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Greyhound Friends expand their mission to include other dogs

Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton estimates it has found homes for more than 9,000 dogs, like the dog above. Clockwise (from bottom left): Wanda, a rescued greyhound from West Virginia, went home from the Friends’ Hound Open House with Robin Narcovich of Bristol, R.I.; Sarah DeLisio-Downs of Framingham was to the Bosnian hound Maggie’s liking; a hound crossbreed; the bloodhound Cash gathered donations during the event.
Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton estimates it has found homes for more than 9,000 dogs, like the dog above. Clockwise (from bottom left): Wanda, a rescued greyhound from West Virginia, went home from the Friends’ Hound Open House with Robin Narcovich of Bristol, R.I.; Sarah DeLisio-Downs of Framingham was to the Bosnian hound Maggie’s liking; a hound crossbreed; the bloodhound Cash gathered donations during the event.Credit: SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

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HOPKINTON — A few weekends ago Robin and Steven Narcovich drove up from Rhode Island to Hopkinton to visit the Greyhound Friends’ fall open house, looking for a companion for their 7-year-old fawn greyhound, Tiger.

The Narcoviches quickly found their dog an ideal partner. Wanda, a sweet-natured brindle, who took to him immediately.

With the greyhound breed in flux as the dog-racing industry becomes a thing of the past in a growing number of states — Massachusetts voted in 2008 to ban greyhound racing, and New Hampshire banned the sport two years ago — for the first time in their 30 years of existence, the Greyhound Friends have begun to arrange adoptions of dogs that are only part greyhound, if that.

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