As a 3 year old refugee fleeing war, and landing in a new country, my mind blocked a lot out during most of my childhood. It’s strange not having many memories until your teen years! One of the few things that I do vividly remember is my first dog, Benji. He didn’t look anything like the pup from the movie, but we didn’t speak English and Benji was the only American dog name we knew. When I was sad or scared or worried, I always went to him for comfort. Life was really hard, so that was a lot of comforting! His unconditional love awoke in me a life-long compassion and deep love of animals. My Mom said I was born with it, cried even at the thought of an animal suffering. That’s true to this day.
I rescued my first 2 dogs in college, and then 8 since, plus 4 cats. When one baby became an angel in 2018, I contacted Debbie Gretz of Gray Face Acres to donate supplies. She had a dog that needed subq fluids, and that’s when my journey with GFA began. I am so grateful and proud to work with this team of dedicated warriors who have committed themselves to saving as many seniors as possible, no matter the heartache that comes with it. Honestly, they redeem humankind every day for me. I’m often thanked for my work, to which I reply, “it gives me the meaning I will search for when I’m on my death bed. It will let me pass in peace”. When I become an angel, I know I will be welcomed by all the animals I’ve helped, and that keeps me going down this wonderful road with GFA. I’d like to thank Benji, Buddy, Charlie, Jazzy, Moppitt, Noki, Mogwai, Taz, BC Kitty, Sophie, Molly, Cheeto, Pixie, Amadeus, Minnie, Cooper, and Teddy for nourishing my heart and soul.
Bob and Debbie Gretz
Foster and Adoption Coordinator
Our Board and Founders
Bob and Debbie Gretz founded Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat after fostering many dogs for other rescue groups, and finding that most of the senior dogs never left their house! So began the journey of Gray Face Acres in June of 2016. In the course of 15 years, over 450 dogs found there way to our home, and either retired with them, or went onto their forever families.
“Our goal is to rescue as many unwanted senior dogs as we possibly can, through our connections with many of the local shelters, and so many people who reach out asking for help with placing senior dogs they can no longer care for.
Family called us back to Idaho in August of 2019, where we have parents, children and grandchildren. We left Gray Face Acres in the very capable hands of a wonderful board, and volunteers, and love seeing the progress they are continuing to have!! We are working on Gray Face Acres West as we look for our niche in a completely new area!! We look forward to seeing what we can do to help senior dogs in Idaho!
My love for animals began growing up here in Virginia catching frogs, petting cows, and bargaining with my parents to secure a family dog. Our very first family dog, Jake, was a GSD puppy adopted from a local shelter.
During my college years in Richmond, VA I adopted an old moody dog named Benji. He was initially a test drive dog because the shelter did not believe he was adoptable. When I returned to sign the adoption papers, the shelter workers asked me “are you sure you want him?” From that point forward I searched for the least adoptable dog in shelters. The dogs who stink, who show aggression, dogs who are blind, or “damaged”, dogs consistently overlooked and left behind.
Since that time I’ve adopted three blind dogs and one moody dog who believes himself to be a cat. One of those blind dogs, Oscar, came from a local rescue and was being fostered by Debbie Gretz. My friendship with Debbie blossomed and I realized we could do truly great things for animals. Debbie formed Gray Face Acres and I hopped on board building a social media presence for the rescue. It’s been an honor to participate in saving so many old, “broken” dogs with GFA and I am so excited for great things to come.
I have been a dog lover since birth. As soon as I could walk, I was following every dog that walked past our yard. Things didn't change much and I have always made a point to include dogs in my life. I volunteered at shelters, walked and watched dogs in my neighborhood and begged my mother to keep every stray I came across. I knew dogs would have to be a part of my life.
I have lived in Maryland all of my life. I have had some amazing opportunities to travel the globe, but home is always with my dogs and Marcus back in Maryland! I work in non-profit finance for a small private school in my area and I love my job and it has taught me so much!
Marcus and I have been together since we were 16! It will be ten years in October! He loves me, old dogs and all. Although it was not a shared passion at first, Marcus loves our dogs and is a huge part of our team! I could not do this without him!
When we got our first condo together, we adopted Carol, an old smelly beagle from our local shelter. She changed my life. Since bringing carol home, I have been passionate about helping our senior fur babies live out their best life in their golden years.
We have adopted nine seniors since then and it has been unbelievably rewarding. I am so happy and honored to be joining GFA to continue to do what I love and make a difference.
Director of Social Media