It was ten years ago April 20 that we took a huge leap of faith and established Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc. We had no way of knowing what was in store for us or what the future would bring. We decided that we would focus only on finding homes for greyhounds when they finished their racing careers and make that our only priority. We far exceeded our expectations and it’s because of some of the people we have met along the way who shared our vision and made it possible to succeed. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who had a hand in helping us reach this milestone.
We love our dedicated volunteers. They are true altruists. They work tirelessly behind the scenes at personal and financial sacrifice and never ask for repayment. (What greater payment is there than the satisfaction we feel when each greyhound has found its forever home.) Our volunteers are not attention and/or glory seekers or right fighters – you will not see their names plastered all over social media sites and/or getting involved in petty issues or word games – they stay above the fray because they understand and ascribe to our philosophy to help us accomplish our mission. What we are is because of them. We are so fortunate to have them on our team and are so proud to call them our friends.
We appreciate those committed adopters who with us also took the leap of faith and gave one (or more) of our deserving greyhounds a home. We appreciate them respecting our adoption process and following through with training, patience and understanding to give their dog(s) a good home knowing that they would be rewarded with much joy, love and companionship. Although many greyhounds have gone on to the bridge since our work began, we celebrate in the knowledge that they had wonderful homes throughout their lives.
We are thankful to those adoption partners and good friends from other groups who have worked with us to send us dogs for many years. We all share the same philosophy and it has made this hard work so much easier. We are grateful to partner organizations we’ve worked with to place the Craiger’s List dogs and that they trusted us to find the best homes for these special dogs. Like us, these people know that greyhound adoption is not a popularity contest, a competition, nor is it about numbers – we all acknowledge and recognize the value of every single dog.
As we have in the past, we will continue to focus on our mission and survive any storms that come along. It’s been said that when people put themselves first over the animals (in animal rescue), the animals always suffer. This has not happened and never will happen at FFGR, Inc. because we will always focus on what is in the best interest of each greyhound first. We cannot predict the future but we will continue to work every day for as long as we can to do right by the dogs in our care. It’s the least every greyhound deserves.