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Greyhound Friends, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and placing them in responsible, loving homes.  While we are predominantly a greyhound adoption group, we also help some non-greyhounds rescued from kill shelters or other high-risk situations in other parts of the country, where their chances for adoption are slim.

We invite you to learn more about us by reading our website and visiting our kennel at 167 Saddle Hill Rd, in Hopkinton, MA. We're open

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Latest News

Today's Blizzard
01/27/2015

The dogs at Greyhound Friends are weathering the storm just fine. Two staff members graciously volunteered to stay over at the kennel last night & will remain there until the storm has passed. All dogs are fed, warm & dry, although not necessarily enthusiastic about venturing outside, as illustrated in the link below...

Download 20150127_053039 (1).mp4

 

Peet's Coffee Fundraiser
01/21/2015

Thank you to everyone who donated at the Peet's Coffee fundraiser for Greyhound Friends! Please click on the link for more on this story.

http://dover.wickedlocal.com/article/20150118/NEWS/150119004/0/SEARCH

 

Please Donate a Kuranda Bed!
01/21/2015

Greyhound Friends is now able to receive donated "Kuranda" beds. These sturdy, comfy, elevated beds would be desirable in any dog's kennel. Please click on the link below to provide a bed to a dog who would truly appreciate your generosity:

http://kuranda.com/donate/12003 

 

Greyhound Friends Email Hacked
01/09/2015

Iif you happen to receive an email from Greyhound Friends (Louise) asking for money because she is stuck in the Phillipines, please be aware that this is a hoax. The email account has been hacked. We would never request a bail-out for hotel and various travel expenses. As always, we appreciate donations to Greyhound Friends for care of the dogs, but please don't respond to the scam email. Thank you.  

Documentary Video of Greyhound Life in Argentina
01/07/2015

Photo journalist John Mottern recently made a trip to Argentina to document the plight of the greyhounds in that area. Greyhound Friends has expanded our rescue efforts to shed light on the unfortunate situation that occurs when dogs from the U.S. are transported overseas to countries where racing is still popular. Unfortunately for them, they will likely never know a loving home.  

Please note the video contains some graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0OmPLbuggzA

 

Holiday Message from Louise
12/24/2014

Thank you everyone for all your support - given in so many ways.   Everything you contribute helps consolidate Greyhound Friends efforts.  We bring in greyhounds,  hounds, lurchers,  and the occasional galgo and  find them good homes.  Our second major endeavor is promoting greyhound, hound, galgo, and lurcher welfare.

Please continue contributing.   We, of course, will keep on working.  Our latest newsletter is on this website.

 Best Wishes, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

 Louise

Happy Holidays
12/24/2014

Holiday Greetings
12/24/2014

Benefit for Greyhound Friends at Peet's Coffee and Tea Store
12/23/2014

Please click the link below to read about the benefit that Peet's Coffee and Tea store in Wellesley is doing for Greyhound Friends in honor of our dear friend Anet James. Have a wonderful holiday.

http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141216051

Louise Coleman Named "Dogster Hero"
11/27/2014

Please click the link below for an informative article on www.dogster.com regarding Louise, the history of Greyhound Friends, and the shelter's rescue efforts in the midwest and overseas as well.

http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/greyhound-friends-rescued-retired-greyhounds

 

Greyhound Friends Advocates for Dogs in Argentina
11/24/2014

Greyhound Friends supporter, John Mottern, is presently in Argentina documenting the horrific conditions that dogs must endure. Please join Greyhound Friends in our mission to expose these atrocities, and advocate for better lives for these dogs. Click "Read More" to find out how you can help.

Greyhound Friends in the News
10/30/2014

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has featured longitme adopter and Greyhound Friends board member Donna Nelson Dewey - and her 4 greyhounds - in an informative article covering greyhounds both here and abroad. http://www.telegram.com/article/20141007/NEWS/310079969/1246

 The piece was picked up by the AP and subsequently published by the Boston Globe, the RI Sun Chronicle, the Western MA Valley News, and WCVB News, among others.

 (Click "read more" for our media archive.)

Thank You for Your Donations!
10/13/2014

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations! We're so appreciative of all the dog food, cleaning supplies and thrift store items just to name a few. We are still in need of more dog food though and would be grateful for any additional donations. Thank you again - we couldn't make it without you!

 

Our Amazon Wish List
10/10/2014

Greyhound Friends has a kennel Wish List on Amazon.com.  If you're an Amazon.com user - especially if you have a Prime account - please consider donating some Wish List items to keep our operating costs as low as possible. These are items we need all the time - from dog food to cleaning supplies.

In addition, if you sign up for the "Amazon Smile" program and select Greyhound Friends as your charity of choice, Amazon will send us 0.5% of any eligible purchase you make! Eligible products are marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile Donation" so you can select them as you shop using your existing Amazon account.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Urgent Appeal - Message from Director Louise Coleman
08/31/2014

Greyhound Friends began leasing the old kennel and land at 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton on May 1, 1987. Finances were slim and sporadic at the beginning. For several years I lived in the tiny office of the kennel. It was quite awful. But Greyhound Friends took hold, as people steadily adopted dogs and the word spread about these wonderful pets. A steady flow of funds, however, was and still is usually difficult to attain.

One particularly bleak winter day in the early '90s the phone had been shut off, the oil tank was on almost empty and I had to scrounge to buy the cheapest dog food. The snow was mountainous in the parking lot. I went out for coffee and came back to find $300 in $50's on the desk in the office. What an incredible feeling to be rescued - just in the nick of time - by some generous friend.

Now, many years and many dogs later, Greyhound Friends is again up against the wall financially. We have a tremendous staff, dedicated volunteers, and supportive board members. But the lack of "green energy" - money - is extreme. Expenses are mounting, due in part to increased transport and isolation costs for dogs coming in. We have been in the red all summer, and have cut back spending wherever possible. Still, when the young staffers working here for the summer leave for school, we won't be able to fill those positions; the insurance payment is due, the vet bills are looming, and the oil tank is almost empty.........and FALL is going to be here any minute. Not a pretty picture.

Please think about all the terrific dogs that have come through our adoption kennel.......and all the ones waiting. We will be there for them, but we need your help. PLEASE contribute now.......Don't wait, because the dogs can't wait. Unlike that anonymous friend who rescued us with a handful of $50's over 20 years ago, you don't even have to come to the kennel. Just mail a check or go to our website http://www.greyhound.org/donations.cfm to make a secure online donation (or click the Donations -Greyhound Adoption link at the bottom of this entry) - now...........and thank you!!!!!

P.S. Your gift - in any amount - is tax-deductible. Your support is our lifeline; thank you from all of us and all the dogs we help.

 

A Video Tour of Greyhound Friends
08/01/2014

Check out our new video tour!  Created at the request of a foundation as part of a grant proposal, this video is a wonderful introduction to the Greyhound Friends shelter and what we do here.

  Many thanks to volunteer Christine Wilson for creating this piece.

 

Items Needed for Thrift Store
03/25/2014

Greyhound Friends operates a thrift store - Second Chances - in Natick Center.  Donated items are sold and all profits go to support our kennel operations.   (Please click the link for store hours, news, etc.)
 
The shop is in need of new donations, such as unique jewelry, kitchen items, home décor, books, artwork, clothes/shoes and vintage/antique pieces of small furniture. Glass and dishware items are also gratefully accepted. Spring items are selling especially well right now.
 
 
Donations can be dropped off at the Greyhound Friends kennel or at Second Chances - located at 6 W. Central Street in Natick (right at the intersection of Rts. 135 and 27).  Thank you!!!
 

 
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