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In This Issue: May 9, 2005 
•   Greyhounds Need Your Help, Please Make an Generous Contribution Today
•   New Hampshire Dog Track Closes, New Owners Bid for Property
•   Connecticut Dog Track Closes, New Homes Needed
•   Greyhound Racing Expanding in Vietnam, Letters Needed
•   Greyhounds Win Major Victory in Florida
•   GREYHOUND ADOPTION SPOTLIGHT: Golden State Greyhound Adoption
Greyhounds Need Your Help, Please Make an Generous Contribution Today


The end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005 have brought the closing of three dog tracks in just four months!

These successes have been the result of continued market pressures, the blocking of further subsidies to the industry by advocates, as well as several high profile campaigns surrounding the illegal and cruel activities of the greyhound industry.

Our Florida victory, defeating slot machine legislation, is an example of the work that is being done to counter greedy dog track owners nationwide. Please read below for the details of all these great events for greyhounds!

If you would like to ensure that this momentum continues, please make an immediate donation to our efforts. Because our campaigns are continuing to expand and our professional structure continuing to grow, we need your help more than ever to make sure that all greyhounds, in every racing state, receive help now.

You can make a donation right away by using the secured server below, or by sending a donation to:

Attention: 2005 Victory Campaign
P.O. Box 442117
Somerville, MA 02144

In closing, we would like to send a special thank you to Jake Roth of Ontario, Canada. After learning about the suffering of greyhounds from his grandmother, 13-year-old Jake called the GREY2K USA office to learn how he could assist with our efforts.

The result was a special school fundraiser in which Jake raised almost $1,000 for GREY2K USA. He educated his fellow students about the cruelty of dog racing and plans to continue doing so with future events for the greyhounds. Hats off to Jake!

For the greyhounds,

Carey Theil & Christine Dorchak
PO Box 442117
Somerville, MA 02144
(866) 247-3925

Make a Contribution Today to Help End the Cruelty of Dog Racing

Make a Contribution Today to Help End the Cruelty of Dog Racing
Connecticut Dog Track Closes, New Homes Needed

Greyhound advocates are cheering the news that Plainfield Greyhound Park has announced its closing as of May 14, 2005.

Track owner Karen Keelan entered a formal partnership with car racing promoter, Gene Argenese and has decided to build a new domed facility with restaurants, shops, and a raceway where hot rods will replace greyhounds. The motto Race Cars, Not Dogs has truly become a reality in Connecticut!

While there is speculation that the new partnership may decide to hold special greyhound races beginning in 2006, the fact that kennels are being dismantled indicates greyhound racing may well be finished forever.

For the moment, a number of dogs will soon need homes. Most of the 1200 Plainfield dogs will simply be sent to other tracks to race, and sadly, they will be beyond our reach. This is the heartless nature of greyhound racing.

It is estimated, however, that 200-300 greyhounds will be surrendered, and available for adoption once final decisions are made. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list for adoption, please call Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, Massachusetts at 508-435-5969.

To help immediately, please consider adopting a new friend from a rescue kennel near you. By doing so, a spot will be opened for incoming greyhounds from Connecticut and other racing states.

For a list of greyhound adoption facilities, please click on the link below.

Click Here to Find a Greyhound Adoption Group Near You

Click Here to Find a Greyhound Adoption Group Near You
Greyhounds Win Major Victory in Florida

We are happy to report that the greyhounds won a major victory in Florida last week, when a proposal to implement slot machines at South Florida dog tracks was defeated!

This means that racetrack owners will not be able to install slot machines for at least another year. To read a news story about this victory, click on the link below.

The fight to protect Florida greyhounds, however, is far from over. Dog track owners have already pledged to sue the state for failing to implement slot machines. In November, a constitutional amendment directing lawmakers to legalize slot machines was approved by a narrow 51-49% margin.

GREY2K USA will continue to fight all attempts to subsidize dog races with casino gambling profits. We will not stop until the cruelty of greyhound racing is outlawed in Florida forever.

Legislature adjourns without passing slot machine regulations

Legislature adjourns without passing slot machine regulations
New Hampshire Dog Track Closes, New Owners Bid for Property

Within hours of the announcement that Plainfield Greyhound Park in Connecticut was closing, the greyhounds won another victory when Lakes Region Greyhound Park in New Hampshire reported that it will also shut down indefinitely.

The track, located in Belmont, has been dogged for months by allegations that it participated in a multi-million dollar illegal gambling scheme with the Gambino Crime Family.

Days after this announcement, two local businessmen, including a Massachusetts hotel operator, announced intentions to purchase the facility and reintroduce greyhound racing. The sale is now pending before a local judge.

To learn more about the closure of Lakes Region Greyhound Park, click on the link below.

Greyhound park closes amid controversy

Greyhound park closes amid controversy
Greyhound Racing Expanding in Vietnam, Letters Needed

The only greyhound track in Vietnam, which closed for eight months following the deaths of twelve greyhounds, reopened again on April 23, 2005. The Vung Tau Racetrack hosted a full schedule of races, involving two hundred dogs, to commemorate the event.

In August 2004, ten dogs died from their kangaroo-based diet, and two others later contracted kidney disease, amounting to 100 deaths by poisoning over four years at Vung Tau.

The track’s operator, Sports Entertainment Services, has now announced plans to bring dog racing to cities such as Ha Noi, HCM City and Can Tho. You can help stop this dangerous expansion by sending letters to the South Vietnamese government. Personal letters sent by regular mail will be the most effective.

Please let the Prime Minister know that dog racing should not be tolerated because it is cruel and inhumane. Let him know that the trend in the United States and in other countries is to close down facilities, not authorize them.

You can send your letter to:

His Excellency Phan Khai
Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Hoang Hoa Tham
Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mr. Doan Duy
Thanh International Trade Center
9 Dao Duy Street
Hanoi, Vietnam

For more information on this issue, including letter-writing information, please click on the link below.

Thank you for caring about greyhounds worldwide.

Greyhounds in Vietnam

Greyhounds in Vietnam
GREYHOUND ADOPTION SPOTLIGHT: Golden State Greyhound Adoption

Hundreds of greyhound adoption groups work tirelessly across the country to find homes for dogs who have been discarded by the racing industry.

As part of an ongoing series, we would like to spotlight the wonderful work of Golden State Greyhound Adoption.

"Golden State Greyhound Adoption is a non-profit adoption group that is focused on finding good homes for retired racing greyhounds. Since there isn't any dog racing in California, we help by flying in needy dogs from Colorado. Our Colorado and California volunteers all stand committed to finding homes for the retired racing hounds regardless of their age or injury status.

We work especially hard to insure that older dogs that have been used for breeding are placed in homes to live out their remaining days in comfort. In addition, we have established a relationship with an orthopedic surgeon who treats greyhounds with serious leg injuries so that we can adopt them out through the program. These dogs have their legs repaired in Colorado and spend several months in rehabilitation before making their way to their forever homes in California. We have had great outcomes with even the most severely broken legs.

An important part of any adoption group is preparing the new adopters for the challenges of adopting a racing greyhound. Our volunteers in California are trained to discuss the commitments of adoption and the nuances of the racing greyhound. Prior to adoption we give each potential adopter an owner's guide and visit their homes to insure a safe environment. Only after in depth discussions and pre-planning do we finally adopt. We offer a private informational and interactive bulletin board for our members. We have also coordinated monthly play dates, weekend walks, annual picnics and ongoing meet and greets.

Visit our website and click on Greyhound Pictures. I know you will walk away with a smile on your face."

To learn more about Golden State Greyhound Adoption or to become a volunteer, please visit their website by clicking on the link below. You may also send a donation to:

Golden State Greyhound Adoption
PMB 182
2977 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598-3535

Thank you for caring!

Click Here to Learn More About Golden State Greyhound Adoption

Click Here to Learn More About Golden State Greyhound Adoption

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Thank you for your continuing commitment to protect greyhounds.

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