|Helping the Community||Why We Are Here|
Did you know, Fast Friends works with many groups within the community to help young adults fulfill volunteer hour requirements for school and/or special programs. While volunteering, students learn new life skills and experience firsthand how caring for animals can enrich their lives forever.
These community organizations include:
Earn-It – Is operated by the City of Keene Youth Services Department, and serves as a sentencing alternative for the Keene District Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Conference Committee Diversion Program (JCC). Through Earn-It, youthful offenders (age 12-17) are held accountable and work off their ordered restitutions, fines and community service to repay their victims and the community.
ACCESS is a program for high school age special education students that is designed to help students obtain vocational and employability skills.
We also have volunteers visit us on a regular basis from the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Keene State College and Franklin Pierce College, just to name a few.
Volunteer activities include but are not limited to walking the greyhounds, washing dishes, laundry, general cleaning, helping with playtime for the greyhounds and assorted outdoor activities, weather permitting.
Founded in 1992 in West Swanzey, NH, Fast Friends is a state-licensed animal shelter and non-profit organization. We are dedicated to educating the public about racing greyhounds and finding responsible, loving homes for greyhounds in need that have failed to qualify at racetracks throughout the country. Fast Friends is involved with Community Outreach as an education, training, and resource center supporting the public, community groups, and other animal welfare organizations. We believe that enriching the lives of those in our community; both humans and animals is an essential part of our mission.