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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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  Aug 23  Petco - Hudson 12pm-3pm space
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  Aug 24  Pet Source - Marlborough 12pm-2pm space
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  Aug 31  PETCO - Auburn 11 am-2 pm space
  Aug 31  Pet World in Natick 12pm-3pm space
  Sep 6  Sterling Fair - Sterling, MA 10 am-5 pm space
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  Sep 14  Pet World in Natick 12pm-3pm space
  Sep 20  New England Pet Expo - Wilmington 10 am-6 pm space
  Sep 20  Annual Fall Open House 12 pm-4 pm space
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  Sep 27  Petco-Westford 10am-1pm space
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Every day this month we're featuring a Greyhound Friends dog and asking you to make a DONATION - in any amount - to help support our work. Today's featured dog is BRIAN, a very shy Irish pup waiting at GF to go home. Will you make a tax-deductible gift to help BRIAN gain some courage and go home?

It takes around $1500 a DAY to run Greyhound Friends. That includes the kennel mortgage & utilities, staffing, vet care and meds, dog food & supplies - as well as indirect costs such as publicity and special events (all of which help increase adoptions and welfare/awareness).

As a special BONUS through the month of August, a small group of generous donors are MATCHING all your DOG DAYS OF AUGUST gifts, which means your donation can bring DOUBLE the value to Greyhound Friends. Please give today.  BRIAN says THANK YOU!



Urgent August Appeal - Message from 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. To encourage donations this month, a group of generous donors have agreed to MATCH all August donations, dollar for dollar. Your gift - in any amount - will have twice the impact if you don't delay. Of course it's also tax-deductible. Your support is our lifeline; thank you from all of us and all the dogs we help.


Greyhound Friends in the News

Greyhound Friends' August fundraising push was written up in the "People & Places" section in the Sunday Globe today!


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

Volunteers Needed for Booth at Sterling Fair

Greyhound Friends will have a booth at the Sterling Fair again this year.  We're looking for volunteers to help staff our booth on Saturday & Sunday, Sept 6th & 7th. We need coverage from 10AM - 5PM both days; hours are flexible. Please mail ccurls @ aol.com if you'd like to help or would like more information.


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.


Our Amazon Wish List

The Greyhound Friends kennel now has a 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.

In addition, if you sign up for the new "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!


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!!!

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