There's nothing cuter than a puppy, and Greyhound puppies are particularly adorable! They are also rare for Fast Friends, as the vast majority of Greyhounds we have for adoption are retired racers, averaging between two and five years old.
We were thrilled when our partner in Alabama told us they had a litter of puppies on the way that would not be trained to race. Asked if we would like a few of them, we quickly said "YES!"
Mom, a beautiful white and black Greyhound named Jasmine, went into labor and we all eagerly followed her progress as she gave birth and began to care for her newborns. But then, the unthinkable happened.
Jasmine passed away two days after giving birth, leaving eight orphaned puppies.
BECAUSE OF YOU, Fast Friends was able to make arrangements to immediately go to Alabama and retrieve the puppies. They were five days old by then, and needed to be nursed around the clock and kept at just the right temperature.
Over the next eight weeks, staff took turns staying up all night to feed and care for the growing puppies. All the dedication and sleepless nights paid off! All eight puppies are now adopted!
Blind Tahoe & Deaf Sugar
Greyhounds are so resilient. Not only do they adapt to a completely different life when they leave the track and come to Fast Friends, but they live with special needs so well it's often difficult to tell they have any impairment at all.
When Tahoe came to us, he seemed like any other young, energetic Greyhound. He was cheerful and outgoing and quickly settled in to his new life at Fast Friends. But staff noticed that he seemed to have trouble taking treats. A trip to the veterinarian revealed that Tahoe was going blind.
The good news was that Tahoe was not in any pain. The bad news was that there was no treatment for his condition; he would go completely blind in time.
We wanted to get Tahoe settled into a home quickly, so he could learn his way around before he lost his sight completely. But we also knew this very special Greyhound needed a very special family.
BECAUSE OF YOU, Fast Friends was able to keep and care for Tahoe until he found his perfect home. And he did!
A wonderful family came forward for Tahoe. He has a big fenced yard for playing, a huge deck for sunbathing, and other Greyhounds for company.
A few months after settling in, Tahoe got another Greyhound sibling to play with. The same amazing family adopted Sugar, a deaf Greyhound!
Four Greyhounds Cured of Heartworm
The call came from one of our partners, "We have four sick Greyhounds. Can you help?"
Carson, Reba, June, and Chris were in a precarious situation. All were owned by a breeder who had unexpectedly passed away. His family could not keep them. Local shelters were also unable to help, because these four Greyhounds had a very serious disease: heartworm.
If left untreated, heartworm is fatal. These four Greyhounds needed to get treatment soon, or else all four would die.
BECAUSE OF YOU, Fast Friends stepped up and immediately made arrangements to get Carson, Reba, June, and Chris from Alabama to New Hampshire.
As soon as they arrived at Fast Friends, the four Greyhounds began getting ready for their treatment. Treatment for heartworm is very hard on the dogs, but it is the only way to cure the disease and save their lives.
After the grueling treatment, the slow process of recovery began. Each Greyhound was monitored closely, particularly June. At eight years old, the treatment was especially difficult for her.
As the days turned into weeks and Carson, Reba, June, and Chris all continued to improve, we began looking for adopters for these very special Greyhounds. After all they had been through, we wanted the rest of their lives to be just perfect.
Making Room for Mobile
What happens when a huge group of Greyhounds suddenly need a place to go?
This uncommon situation happened not once, but twice in a little less than two months.
When the Mobile, Alabama, racetrack closed at the end of August, 400 Greyhounds retired at once. That meant 400 Greyhounds needed to be spayed or neutered, have veterinary checkups, and be settled into adoption centers - all at the same time!
As soon as the track closure announcement was made, local adoption groups in Alabama began reaching out to their adoption partners across the country, including Fast Friends. We took already retired racers immediately so the Alabama groups would have enough open spaces for the Mobile Greyhounds.
Less than two months after successfully placing the all Greyhounds from the Mobile track, the Greyhound world was rocked by the situation at the Pet Blood Bank in Cherokee, Texas. The same network of adoption groups was activated, and Fast Friends brought in extra Greyhounds so that those from the closed blood bank could be placed locally and not have the additional stress of a cross-country journey.
BECAUSE OF YOU, Fast Friends was able to help Greyhounds from both the Mobile track and the Cherokee blood bank.
"Posie is such a doll."
Posie is a sweet, silly Greyhound that won the hearts of all the staff. Full of life and vitality, Posie has a fun-loving nature and can't help but brighten everyone's day.
With such a wonderful personality, no one expected Posie to stay at Fast Friends for long. But she did.
Adopter after adopter passed Posie by.
As outgoing and playful as she was with people she knew, Posie was reserved and shy when meeting new people. Her reserve made it hard for potential adopters to get to know her.
BECAUSE OF YOU, staff spent countless hours working with Posie, encouraging her to be confident while meeting new people and in other strange situations. She was letting her sweet, silly self shine through.
Once she gained her confidence, Posie was on the fast track to a new family. She was soon adopted and settled into her new life with ease.
Third Time's a Charm
When a Greyhound leaves the track, they leave their old life behind and begin the transition to a completely new life as a treasured companion with a home of their own.
Fast Friends works hard to prepare every Greyhound to be successful in their new life. Staff works with each Greyhound every day to help them learn new skills like going up and down stairs, walking on a lead, and riding in a car.
When the Greyhound is ready, they are introduced to potential adopters with lifestyles that are a good fit for that particular Greyhound's personality. Some thrive in busy families with lots of coming and going, others prefer a calmer routine. Some like other animals to play with, others prefer to be your one and only. Whatever their character, we believe every Greyhound will find that perfect home!
But, sometimes, an adoption just doesn't work out.
BECAUSE OF YOU, Fast Friends always welcomes our Greyhounds back, no matter what the situation. And we will work just as hard to find that Greyhound a new home.
Photos with Santa
Have you ever seen such happy Greyhounds?
So many adopters bring their Greyhounds to get a photo taken with the Fast Friends Santa. We love to catch up with our friends and see how well they're all doing in their new lives.
BECAUSE OF YOU, all these Greyhounds, and many more, were adopted! They have wonderful lives because of you.
Education is a big part of the mission at Fast Friends. We love to engage the community and introduce people to this amazing breed.
The Halloween Parade is a new annual tradition. It's hard to tell who enjoys it more, the spectators or the Greyhounds themselves!
There's nothing quite like seeing a regal, dignified Greyhound dressed in a silly hat or angel wings, preening and prancing! They love the extra attention and seem to catch the feeling that something special is in the air.
BECAUSE OF YOU, these retired racers can let their playful sides show and be ambassadors for the breed.