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Greyhound Friends Inc

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Hopkinton, MA   |  https://greyhound.org

Mission

To provide placement and care during placement of greyhound dogs and other animals; to inform and educate the public regarding the needs and conditions of a particular breed of dog, namely the Greyhound, in an effort to encourage a humane standard of care for the breed; to promote educational programs concerning the responsibilities of ownership of Greyhounds and other animals in schools and elsewhere. Generally to do all acts necessary to prevent cruelty to animals and to further the organization’s exclusively charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and to solicit and receive donations from the general public; to enter into contracts to acquire, own, lease or hold sufficient property, real or personal,

Notes from the nonprofit

Consistent with this mission, over the past 40 years Greyhound Friends has grown to include a community of adopters, greyhound adoption advocates, and dog welfare supporters working locally, nationally, and internationally. Through the dedicated efforts of its staff, volunteers, and supporters, the organization has rehomed over 10,000 dogs. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and sustainers, the Greyhound Friends adoption kennel reopened for adoptions in December of 2019 after a comprehensive upgrade of its facility, new management, policies and procedures. Since reopening, we have successfully partnered with local, regional, and international organizations to rehome sighthounds and other breeds successfully in Massachusetts and New England, where adoption demand is strong and spay/neuter rates keep the homeless dog population low. This enables us to ease the suffering of dogs in areas where shelters and rescues are overwhelmed. Every adoption here saves another dog there.

Ruling year info

1988

President

Mr. Michael Simon

Main address

167 Saddle Hill Rd

Hopkinton, MA 01748 USA

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EIN

22-2624136

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Greyhounds, sighthounds, and other dogs in the US and abroad need responsible homes. Dog overpopulation is a problem in many parts of the US as well as abroad due to poor spay/neuter practices, irresponsible ownership, dumping and overbreeding. Greyhound Friends provides a shelter and adoption matching, spay/neuter surgeries as needed, and public education/awareness raising to combat overpopulation and promote adoption.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Greyhound & other canine adoption

Our primary goal is to find homes for retired racing Greyhounds. As Greyhound racing winds up in the United States, we are expanding our reach to help out the suffering greyhounds from the meat markets in China & the hunting Galgos of Spain. Ireland also has an overpopulation of Greyhounds that need rehoming.
We have also rescued some Podencos from the Azores and many mixed breed dogs and puppies from Kentucky.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Mass Animal Coalition 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Greyhound & other canine adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We are a no kill shelter and have strict protocols and multiple sign offs required for any euthanasia. One very ill dog euthanized in 2022 with surrendering owner consent and vet recommendation.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Greyhound & other canine adoption

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of dogs spayed or neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Greyhound & other canine adoption

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every dog is spayed or neutered before being adopted unless it is a puppy.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Greyhound & other canine adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The CDC ban, end of greyhound racing in Florida & the pandemic has created a shortage of dogs in the Northeast

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To find loving homes for dogs in need, primarily retired racing greyhounds and other sighthounds.
To rehome dogs at risk due to owners no longer being able to provide care.
To promote animal welfare through educational outreach, especially to youth.

As Greyhound racing has wound down in the United States, we advocate for & help greyhounds and other sighthounds worldwide. Particular emphasis is on dogs in Ireland, Spain, the Azores/Portugal, China, Qatar & Kuwait where overpopulation and lack of animal welfare enforcement is still lacking. We also take in and adopt out domestic (US) dogs, particularly from south-central states where spay/neuter rates are low, adoption demand lags, and local shelters cannot keep up with the level of need.

We have a kennel facility that is specifically built for sighthounds and can easily accommodate smaller breeds. We bring in dogs from rescues outside New England for rehoming. We have formed an International committee which has formed rescue/adoption/rehoming collaborations in several countries. We also partner with local and out-of-state organizations to help rehome dogs in other states.

We have successfully completed over 10,000 adoptions since 1983 and hundreds since our reorganization and reopening in 2019. This includes limited but ongoing operation through the COVID lockdowns and restrictions. We have brought in dogs from China, Portugal/Azores, Ireland, and Qatar. The 2021 CDC ban on importing dogs from 113 countries has hampered our ability to rescue dogs from China, Kuwait & Qatar, but the loosening of those restrictions has made it possible to resume rescue efforts there. We are working with a partner in Spain to begin transports as soon as conditions permit.

We have also partnered with rescues in Kentucky and North Carolina to bring in dogs that are difficult to rehome there due to low demand and high need.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Greyhound Friends Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Catherine DeNorscia

Greyhound Friends

Term: 2019 - 2023

Denise Levesque

Greyhound Friends

Paul Curley

Greyhound Friends

Samantha Dexter

Greyhound Friends

Michael Simon

Greyhound Friends

Regina Moyer

Greyhound Friends

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Disability

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