Louise Coleman Named "Dogster Hero"
A Tribute to Duke
Duke came to GHFs from Marie O'Bryne - a friend of Marion Fitzgibbons'. Duke had been left at a vet's office near Dublin - he had broken a leg and it had healed but no one came to pick him up.
So Marie stepped in, paid his bill, and tried to find someone who could take him. This was many years ago. I remember travelling with Duke in Patsy, the dog taxi drivers car............across Ireland.
We started in Dublin and ended in Limerick. Patsy had an interesting, ongoing commentary all the way across.
Duke became very attached to the people who he knew. And noisy about those he didn't. For years Duke served as the kennel alarm system.
He had a faithful group of friends. Duke had the rare distinction of being an old, well cared for, well fed, catered to - Irish greyhound. Most don't make it to Duke's old age.
He will be missed. Duke was a good dog - I am glad he livened up our lives and that he thoroughly enjoyed his time as kennel mascot.
Greyhound Friends Advocates for Dogs in Argentina
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
Thank You for Your Donations!
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
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
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
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
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!!!