The protest at the Irish Consulate in Boston went well on Thursday. The Vice Consul, Meg Laffan, agreed to meet with one of us, accepting a letter of protest from Louise Coleman director of Greyhound Friends Inc. Also in attendence were Stoddard Melhado (GHF Board President), and Bob Mahoney a long time greyhound adopter and supporter. The letter addressed our opposition to the Irish greyhounds going to Macau. Vice Consul Laffan was receptive and aware of the other protests happening around the world in recent days. She said she would convey our strong feelings to the appropriate officials in the Irish government. We passed out lots of information and thank you to everyone who showed up outside!
Greyhound Friends participated once again in this year’s "Clear the Shelters" adoption event on July 23. Greyhound Friends placed 9 dogs with new families during the event. Nearly 20,000 pets found their forever homes in 2015, when some 400 animal shelters across the country partnered with NBC Owned Television Stations.
adoption event place many dogs but more need homes.
Molly resting in her new bed with a family in Worcester MA.
Greyhound Friends would like to thank Mary and Bonnie from the American Lurcher Project for bringing 6 Midwest lurchers to our adoption shelter.
International Update video & slide show:
Other important issues we're working on:
Protesting at the Irish Consulate/Boston
Visit our Shelter in Hopkinton, MA
American Lurcher Project
Kennel Wish List:
• Blankets & Comforters
• Cleaning Supplies
• Carpet & Carpet Cutters
(Used for the dogs’ kennels)
• Dog Food (quality dry
& canned: Iams,
Eukanuba, and Pro Plan
• Laundry Detergent & Bleach
• Liquid Dish Soap & Pine
• Office Supplies (copy paper,
& padded envelopes, tape,
• Olive Oil & Rice
• Paper Towels
• Shampoo (flea & tick for
• Vet Supplies
• Bandages/Vet Wrap
• Bird Seed/Feed
• $$$$$ Yes and we always
need your financial support.
Greyhound Friends Inc. protests in front of the Irish Consulate in Boston, Sept 15th against the export of dogs to China where they are consumed for food.
Slide Show from protest
Slide Show from Open House
This is a documentary written and directed by award-winning photographer John Mottern on the declining greyhound coursing and racing industry in Ireland. The film deals with public perceptions, highlighting the changing attitudes and marketplaces both domestically in Ireland and internationally for greyhounds.(some graphic scenes)
"Going to the Dogs" is a promotion being sponsored by Harper and Faye Jewelers to help Greyhound Friends. The store owners have adopted greyhounds in the past. They are having an inventory clearance sale and are going to donate part of the proceeds to Greyhound Friends. (Great timing for us since winter is coming and we need a cash reserve to help with the cost of oil for heating, electricity - and all the usual bottom line expenses - the mortgage, insurance, etc). Anyone who would like to bring their dog to the October 22nd Meet and Greet at Harper and Faye should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be having some informal lunch time walks, with dogs, in the Financial District passing out postcards about the sale and information about adoption. The dates of the walks will be posted soon. Should be interesting. Jewelry can be ordered online, of course.
Please help Greyhound Friends be ready for the winter storms. Our dogs need to be safe and warm. Greyhound Friends needs the financial resources to pay for heating, electricity, the mortgage, vet bills, insurance, payroll, etc. Our expenses have increased considerably since we now pay to transport the dogs from out of state to our adoption kennel in Hopkinton. We pay all the vet bills.
We have to ready for the New England winter. Please remember the dogs - they need your support and compassion.