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13 years ago I went to visit my daughter in Idaho and came home with a 3 lb. Pug puppy I named Muffin. Bob and I had moved out here to Virginia, from Utah a year earlier and I made frequent trips back to visit family. My daughter had a friend who's pug had a litter of puppies so we each took one. She still has little Zoey, Muffins sister.
Muffin was where it all started! Rescue! I needed a little friend for Muffin, since I brought her home to a Rottweiler and a Rhodesian Ridgeback. So, I googled Pugs. What's this? What is "Pug Rescue"? I applied to adopt a pug from Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue and before I knew it we were fostering Pugs. For 5 years I was the foster and adoption Coordinator for MAPR and over 150 Pugs came through our house and went on to their forever homes. One thing seemed to happen over and over again. The seniors were rarely adopted. So, they stayed here. Sometimes I would joke that we were running a retirement home for Pugs. Over the years Bob and I fostered for other rescue groups, and the seniors kept on staying with us. We became more and more aware of the plight of senior dogs. So many are left in shelters, for many different reasons. Many are the pets of aging humans who can no longer care for them. Many of their humans go into nursing homes or hospitals and have nobody to take their dog, so the old dog ends up in a shelter. Then, there are the people who cannot afford their aging dogs veterinary care, and last but not least, the people who dump them.
Whatever the reasons, there is a need for ways to care for these senior dogs, and give them the best quality of life until their last day. That was the beginning of Gray Face Acres. Everything we have done with rescue seems to have taken us down this path, in this direction, to create a sanctuary that could do this very thing. We already had the dogs. We have the perfect property and the perfect location. We just had to make it all official. We obtained our 501c3 non profit charity status in June of 2016. This has allowed us to team up and network with so many shelters, local, and in MD and WV. We are able to "pull" the dogs who are senior and need more help than the shelter is able to offer. Sometimes it is expensive veterinary procedures, like the case of Rudy, who needed a ruptured eye removed immediately, and had multiple other medical issues. Sometimes, because of years of neglect, they need to heal, be rid of fleas and have quality food and medicine for a significant amount of time before they are adoptable. Some we take simply retire here because they are so senior that I do not want them to have to move again, as in the case of 17 year old Jack and 18 year old Bandit.
The rescue has taken off, as this mission seems to capture the hearts of so many people. With so much support from our followers, we have been able to take 40 dogs out so shelters, and help rehome 5 more, since January.
Our goal is to continue to grow and be able to take as many senior, or very sick dogs out of shelters, to make sure their last days, months, or even years, are in a home, filled with love. Bob and I both love what we are being able to accomplish with the help of so many generous donors and volunteers. This is a team effort, and together we can accomplish so much!!
Bob and Debbie Gretz