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Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc.: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

In 2008 we established a program called Craiger’s List, which is named in honor of a very special greyhound who graced our lives for a wonderful, but brief, period of time. Craiger died of lymphoma shortly after his third birthday. He touched us deeply and permanently. We wanted others to know how giving a special dog a home can be so rewarding. Craiger will always be in our hearts, and we hope that his passing will be honored by giving other special dogs a chance at a good life, with time and additional care not being a concern.

Our group is always working harder to place greyhounds from Craiger’s List. Although we have worked hard and have found homes for hundreds of greyhounds since our group was established, we have had our most satisfying experiences finding homes for these special hounds. We have always felt that the “overlooked” dogs also deserved a chance. Therefore, we have enhanced our mission and work on behalf of these deserving animals. There are many people who can talk about how fulfilling their adoption of special-needs hounds has been, and we have met many wonderful people in the process who understand that the best dogs are sometimes the ones that get overlooked.

All available dogs on Craiger’s List are considered hard to place for various reasons. We work with greyhound farms, racing and adoption kennels, other adoption groups and individuals. We are notified by these entities if a qualified dog needs a home. We turn no one away if they ask us to place a dog on Craiger’s List. Each dog will usually stay on Craiger’s List until a qualified adopter comes along and adopts the dog. Because of the grant we received, we have been able to increase the numbers of dogs on Craiger's List because we now have the funds to help each one and pay for vet care and transportation to our organization.

Because of this grant, we had the ability to list five additional greyhounds on Craiger's List because we now have the funds to pay for their vet care and transportation to our organization.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have helped three greyhounds since the grant arrived and are actively working on taking in two addtional dogs.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gunny (Jas Gunny Baloo, first photo) is a 2-year-old greyhound who lost an eye in an accident. He was brought to our organization after an adopter spotted him on Craiger’s List and was adopted. Ron (Windy Ron, second photo) is a 3-year-old greyhound who lost a leg when it was shattered during a race. The break was so bad that the leg could not be saved. He found a home with one of our experienced adopters.

We took 2-year-old Fester (J Cals Fester, third photo) from another greyhound adoption organization when they rejected him for being so shy. He had not been vetted. We vetted him and put him in foster care, where he is still waiting for his forever home. Since his arrival several months ago, he has become a wonderful, loving dog. We are sure that someone will eventually adopt Fester. Meet Fester:

Draft (MC Bump Draft) was listed on Craiger’s List when we found out that he had been sitting in an adoption kennel for a long time. He had broken his leg and it was not repaired properly. Consequently, his leg is twisted and it could not be fixed. We placed him on Craiger’s List and he was adopted by a veterinarian.

We took in 2-year-old Kerry (Moonlight Walk) and placed her on Craiger’s List because she was so shy. She was in foster care for more than two months, but she has found her forever home and will be adopted this week.

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