One year ago today, we rescued Baker.

A year ago today, FastFriends volunteers in Bakersfield rescued sweet Baker from the Kern County Animal Shelter. His dirty coat, broken jaw, and crooked leg all pointed to years of neglect and pain. The eleven-year-old retired racer had survived many unhappy days, but on March 2nd 2015, that all changed. He was loved, bathed, and fed. He received top notch veterinary care thanks to our many volunteers and donors. Baker united hound lovers ALL over the world; within a couple days, we received an astounding $3,630 in donations to cover his many procedures. Thank you to our wonderful supporters for giving Baker the life he deserves, and most importantly, thank you to the AMAZING Haugen family who adopted Baker the Retired Racer and continues to shower him with love and kisses every day. Share to help Baker and the Haugen family celebrate this special day!

Posted on March 2, 2016 .

3,600 Dogs Adopted

We are very happy to say that FastFriends has placed 3,600 retired racers in loving homes as of this weekend. This is a proud moment for all of our volunteers, donors, and adopters. Let's keep up the great work!!

Posted on January 31, 2016 .


Giving Tuesday is that special day when nonprofit organizations hope to receive support for their many causes during the holiday season. We are hoping that you will choose to support FastFriends by sponsoring one of our broken leg dogs that is currently recovering. 

Sweet Demi suffered a break in her front leg while racing. She is one of the cutest little greyhounds we have in foster care at FastFriends. She really needs all the support she can get to heal fully from her injury. Broken legs cost FastFriends $4,500 to $5,000 on average per dog. These expenses add up fast, and unfortunately we are seeing more broken legs than ever. We rely on donations like yours to keep our doors open to retired racers.

We are an all-volunteer organization and so every penny you donate goes straight to helping the dogs. Today, consider sponsoring Demi even $5 to help her recover. Every single penny makes a difference. 

Posted on December 1, 2015 .

Fosters needed for Injured Dogs

Attention greyhound lovers! We are in desperate need of special foster homes for injured dogs. TWO more broken leg dogs were picked up today. We are seeing more broken leg dogs than ever, and we need foster homes that are able to accommodate their very specific needs. If you are interested, please check out the link at the end of this post, and contact Joyce at 562-694-3519 or

Can't foster? Sponsor one of the broken leg dogs currently recovering in foster care:

Posted on September 24, 2015 .

Linda Weber's Latest Article

Linda Weber writes the best greyhound articles through Examiner and sends all of the money she makes straight to FastFriends to help greyhounds. She is just incredible. Be sure to check out her latest article about the FastFriends Annual Picnic by clicking here. She took some great pictures too!

Posted on July 6, 2015 .

Foster homes needed!

Look into the eyes of your precious retired racer. They got off the track and into their forever home with you because a kind and gracious person volunteered to be a foster home. They found a little extra room in their heart and home to love and care for a newly retired greyhound. That foster parent led your beloved pooch to find its happily ever after with you! We have more greyhounds waiting at the track to find their forever families, and we desperately need more foster homes. We have the best foster coordinators that will help you through your journey. PLEASE message us if you are interested, and tag your greyhound friends. The dogs need YOU! Email us at

Posted on June 24, 2015 .

2015 Picnic

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Annual Picnic this past Saturday. Everyone had a blast supporting greyhound adoption. Check out all of the pictures by clicking here! Photos taken by volunteer Erin Clerico. 

Posted on June 15, 2015 .

Silly Cream

Did you catch Cream's video? If not, be sure to view it here. He is such a sweet boy, and all he wants is a family to call his own. Check out the video, and view his profile by clicking here.

Posted on May 18, 2015 .

Greyhound playing in mud - video

After one of the last rain storms, we had some water get caught in our play pool. It didn't take long for the pups to find the muddy mess and have some fun!

Posted on May 13, 2015 .

Foster Family Update

We are getting more wonderful updates from our new foster families! Diane posted a cute picture of Tossy lounging around her house. She says he is quite the gentleman and doesn't even counter surf for food. He is also getting along with her Italian greyhound. A huge thank you to Diane for joining our team and taking such good care of her foster dog.


If you are interested in fostering, learn more by visiting our foster page. 

Posted on May 13, 2015 .

Retirement Day!

Orion the cat is getting ready for cat testing at tomorrow's Retirement Day! We are so excited to meet the greyhounds coming off the track, and we are looking forward to seeing all of you! If you have never attended Retirement Day, please consider coming out to experience this very special day. Learn more by visiting our Retirement Day page. 

Posted on May 8, 2015 .

Baker Update

 Mariah and Baker are quite happy together.

Mariah and Baker are quite happy together.

Sharon, Baker's wonderful mom, sent us this awesome update:

I think he is 6 mos.  Came home today with stuffies all over the house.  I know it is him because the other two do not play with stuffies.

He is learning his manners very well.  When we are in the kitchen cooking or fixing the dog meals dogs are not allowed in the kitchen and he is minding the word "out" very quickly.

Such a joy and happy dog.  The food transition went well and his poops look really good.  Yes we discuss poop at our house every day when picking up the back yard.  He has learned to let us know when he wants to go potty.  At 5:30 a.m. he is singing to us while the other two are sleeping LOL

He certainly has warmed our hearts to see him so playful and full of life.  He eats up the attention we give him.

Oh and by the way the office was ransacked by him today also.

- Sharon Haugen

Nevada Greyhounds Unlimited

Posted on May 6, 2015 .


Wow! Big news. Handmade4Hounds chose our group to be their featured organization for money they raise through their Etsy shop. Handmade4Hounds has successfully raised thousands of dollars for greyhound organizations over the years, and we are honored to be selected by their group! Please spread the word by sharing with all of your friends. Visit and shop!

Posted on May 3, 2015 .

Baker goes home

Our sweet Baker went to his forever family last weekend. Check out the video to see Baker healthy, happy, and on his way home!

Posted on April 29, 2015 .

Retirement Day: Perspectives

Have you seen our Retirement Day video? It is pretty interesting. Check out what the day looks like through our eyes and through the greyhounds' eyes. 

Posted on April 27, 2015 .