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Leon R. Femino

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Review for GREY2K USA Worldwide, Arlington, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Grey2K USA Worldwide works to protect greyhounds, to raise awareness of the horrors of dog racing and to campaign for the end of dog racing altogether. The board, staff and volunteers strive to improve the welfare of greyhounds trapped within the dog racing industry. They also facilitate the rescue of greyhounds from tracks via adoption. In states where dog racing is still legal, Grey2K USA Worldwide champions stricter laws concerning the care of racing greyhounds. They helped to strengthen the penalties against track operators found liable for injuries sustained on the track, as well as against dog owners and handlers who abused their greyhounds off the track. Those who formerly mistreated their racing dogs without fear of consequence must now answer to a public that’s increasingly aware and disapproving of this behavior. Since 2001, Grey2K USA Worldwide has played a major part in convincing voters and legislatures in several states to outlaw dog racing. In those states where racing remains legal, they’ve influenced the shut-down of many tracks. Grey2K USA Worldwide has done the same outside the US, as well. Their commitment to and compassion for these gentle creatures are the driving forces behind the tireless work they do on behalf of the greyhounds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing! ;)

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for GREY2K USA Education Fund, Arlington, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Grey2K USA Education Fund does critical work advocating on behalf of greyhounds. The all-volunteer board and staff are committed to spreading the word about these gentle dogs and about the cruelty they endure on the racetrack. Grey2K USA Education Fund promotes greyhound adoption and sponsors greyhounds when they’re newly freed from closing racetracks. They also study the business and culture surrounding dog racing and they work to educate the public about the horrors of this industry. Grey2K USA Education Fund offers several programs that support their mission. For instance, they assist people in setting-up wills designed to benefit their loved ones and their companion animals. In August of 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Grey2K USA Education Fund raised a substantial amount with its virtual 5K and Sit-In. The fund also provides activity kits for children so they can learn the importance of caring for animals, in general, and greyhounds in particular. Along with its sister organization, Grey2K USA Worldwide, the Grey2K USA Education Fund stands as a genuine ally to greyhounds and a beacon of hope in the effort to improve the lives of greyhounds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wouldn't change a thing! :)

Role:  Donor
 

Review for GREY2K USA Worldwide, Arlington, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Greyhound advocacy group Grey2K USA Worldwide works tirelessly to protect greyhounds, to raise awareness of the horrors of dog racing and to campaign for the end of dog racing altogether. The board, staff and volunteers share a passion for and commitment to these goals. The scope of their work includes the welfare of greyhounds still trapped within the dog racing industry and extends to facilitating the rescue of greyhounds from tracks via adoption.

Since 2001, Grey2K has championed stricter laws concerning the care of racing greyhounds in states where racing is still legal. They’ve shined a spotlight on inhumane practices once rampant on tracks and in kennels. Grey2K impelled state legislatures to enact laws concerning what the greyhounds are fed, limits on the amount of time they’re kept in crates each day and the conditions under which they’re made to race. Grey2K proved instrumental in strengthening the penalties against track operators found liable for injuries sustained on the track, as well as against dog owners and handlers who abused their greyhounds off the track. Grey2K’s unwavering effort to expose the barbaric treatment of greyhounds has brought once secret practices out into the open. Those who formerly mistreated their racing dogs without fear of consequence must now answer to a public that’s increasingly aware and disapproving of this behavior.

Between 2001 and 2018, Grey2K played a major part in convincing the voters or legislatures in seven states to outlaw dog racing. In those states where racing remains legal, Grey2K’s influence proved instrumental in closing down several tracks. As of 2019, dog racing remains legal in only five states due in large part to the determination and dedication of Grey2K’s board, staff and volunteers. Its most recent US success was the 2018 ballot question by which Florida voters chose to end dog racing by 2021. Beyond the US, Grey2K spent years campaigning vigorously to close down China’s most notorious racetrack, the infamous Macau Canidrome. Its 2018 closure gained freedom for hundreds of greyhounds and prevented the future suffering of untold numbers of dogs. Grey2K continues its work to bring about similar change here in the US as well as abroad. Grey2K’s commitment to improving the lives of greyhounds and its compassion for these unfortunate creatures drive Grey2K to work continuously on behalf of the greyhounds.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for GREY2K USA Worldwide, Arlington, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Grey2K USA protects greyhounds. Their work has resulted in the elimination of greyhound racing in some states while ensuring greater protections for the greyhounds in the states where racing is still legal. By shedding light on the practices of the racing industry, Grey2K USA makes people aware of the need for stricter laws regulating the treatment of racing greyhounds.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer
carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your review Leon!