Never Dog Tired; Amy Roy Is ‘1,000 Percent About Our Mission’

By Paul Cuno-Booth
The Keene Sentinel, N.H.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Amy Roy is passionate about rescuing greyhounds from all over the world and connecting them with loving families here in the United States.

The Keene Sentinel, N.H.

When Amy Roy flew to China for a day about three weeks ago, it wasn’t a typical business trip. The Fitzwilliam resident’s assignment was to hang out with several dogs, so they’d feel comfortable with her when, many hours later, they all landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Roy, 41, is the development director at Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption, a Swanzey nonprofit organization that finds homes for retired racing greyhounds and other dogs from the same family, known as sighthounds.

Fast Friends takes in mostly greyhounds that come from Florida, where dog racing is concentrated nowadays, according to Roy. But the organization also works to bring in sighthounds from other parts of the world — podencos and galgos from Spain, borzois from China. It’s housing an Afghan hound at the moment.

Recently, Fast Friends brought 20 dogs from China over to the United States in four separate trips. (Five is the maximum allowed to fly at one time, Roy said.) It works with Candy Cane Rescue, a Beijing nonprofit organization that rescues greyhounds and other dogs from the meat trade.

Roy has traveled to China three times in about four months, including the late July/early August trip. She has another journey planned for September, to pick up four borzois — Alfie, Diego, Leon and Lucas — and one greyhound. Fast Friends has been holding an online auction to raise funds for it.

“There’s not a lot of demand for them in China,” Roy said. Smaller dogs are more popular as pets there, in part because of regulations in many cities that limit residents to dogs of a certain size, she explained.

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