FastFriends Greyhound Adoption is dedicated to finding kind, loving homes for every greyhound retiring from the Caliente Race Track in Tijuana.
What We Do
We have a single purpose - to “adopt” racing greyhounds when their track careers are finished and find each one an adoptive home where they can experience long, happy lives as companion pets and family members. We have been doing this since October 1995 and are have found homes for 4000 ex-racing greyhounds.
How We Do It
We are an all volunteer, non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization with no paid or salaried positions. We accomplish our goal through the dedication of a wonderful group of hard-working volunteers devoted to helping ex-racing greyhounds achieve a happy post-racing life. Backing up our volunteers is a group of loyal supporters who participate in our varied fundraising efforts. “Show & Tell” demonstrations are our main method of spreading the word about greyhounds as pets. Most people have never seen a greyhound in person and a “Show & Tell” opportunity enables them to meet greyhounds, chat with enthusiastic greyhound owners, and consider whether greyhounds are the right pet for their own family. It’s a treat for the greyhounds, their visitors and their owners!
The California chapter of GPA was led by Joan Headland and Carol Osborne for several years, until they moved to Arizona and became members of GPA/Arizona. Darren Rigg took over the leadership of GPA/CA. In 1991, Joyce and Tom McRorie began working as volunteers with GPA/CA. They had adopted their first greyhound, Robber, in 1990 and a second, Max, in 1991. Rigg asked them to do a home visit to prospective adopters in Fullerton (Orange County), and they suddenly found themselves the greater Los Angeles area Placement Representatives.
The McRories began organizing GPA events in the Los Angeles area, gradually collecting a merry band of volunteers. Joyce was named to the GPA/CA board of directors in 1993, and became President of GPA/CA in 1995. She resigned her position in August.
In September Joyce shared the idea of starting a new sub-chapter of GPA/CA with the LA volunteers and explained how she believed it could succeed. The volunteers unanimously supported the idea and went on to elect an interim board for the new group. They included Dan Sullivan, Karen Charpie-Elton, Joyce McRorie, Ron Stolte, Paula Otteson, Carol Simpson, Kathy Mooney, Pat Lynch, and Joanne Kally. The interim board served until February, 1996. Greyhound owners living in the Los Angeles area were enthusiastic about the new organization. They formed the Orange County & Greater Los Angeles sub-chapter of GPA/CA on October 1, 1995.
The new group's first official action was to pick up four greyhounds from Caliente. It successfully placed about 100 dogs in its first eight months of existence. On June 17, 1996, GPA/CA--Orange County & Greater Los Angeles was granted full chapter status by a vote of all GPA chapters.
The response of area residents and the track kennel operators has been overwhelming. Organizations and individuals interested in the welfare of the greyhound have been very supportive of the group's efforts. Kennel operators are happy for the dogs to go to a home rather than be destroyed. In fact, they have coined a phrase for it at the track. When the dog's racing career is finished, they now "pet them out". The day a greyhound leaves the track to become someone's pet is a very happy occasion for kennel operators and GPA volunteers alike. The greyhounds' happy excitement suggests that they know something very good is happening.
The folks of this chapter experienced a number of positive changes in 1997. They purchased a dog trailer through the generous donations of the Hintzkes and others. They worked with the Caliente track to set up a pet kennel on the track and to make it accessible to all organizations involved in greyhound adoption. They organized and ran a second annual Renaissance Faire, expanded from one to two days. They saw the number of veterinarians offering gratis and reduced-fee services grow. And of course they continued to place greyhounds in loving homes. The year also brought a number of challenges. Foremost among them was the unusually large number of dogs requiring extended medical treatment.
In 2010 this chapter terminated it's relationship with Greyhound Pets of America since they were becoming more supportive of the racing industry rather than remain neutral. Our name was changed to FastFriends Greyhound Adoption.
On January 8, 2011 the first trip to pick up greyhounds was completed and marked the occasion by exceeding 3,000 greyhounds taken from that track. These greyhounds have assumed new careers as companion, service and therapy dogs and have enriched the lives of all that have known them.
The home of Thomas and Joyce McRorie
1210 N. Cypress St.,
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
Board meetings are open to our members and are generally held on the third Sunday of the month at 1:00pm. Because we schedule the meetings around holidays and events, please contact Joyce at (562) 694-3519 to confirm the meeting day prior to making arrangments to attend.
President, Veterinary Coordinator, Adoption Coordinator
Vice President, Show and Tell Coordinator
Executive & Corresponding Secretary