Couple Gives Senior Dogs A Loving Home In Their Final Days

A Virginia woman, and her “very” supportive husband, have taken it upon themselves to create a retreat for homeless senior dogs. Bob and Debbie Gretz created the non-profit, Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue and Retreat, in April 2016 – their mission, “to provide the comfort and love of a home and family for senior dogs abandoned or left in shelters.”


It all started when Debbie adopted her first dog (a pug) 13 years ago and decided that she wanted a friend for him. In her quest for a canine companion, Debbie turned to a rescue group where she began volunteering and fostering.

Today, 20 gray-faced dogs share their lives with Debbie and Bob on 10-acres in Haymarket. Some of the dogs were strays…others no longer could live with their families and still more have been pulled from rural animal shelters where they were considered “too old” to be adoptable.

All of the dogs enjoy the comfort and love of a home, and a family, until they either cross the Rainbow Bridge, or are adopted to a new owner.

When asked why she continues to do what she is doing, she emotionally responded, “It’s so rewarding to be able to wake up everyday and do something that makes a difference.”

Find Gray Face Acres on Facebook here.

Gray Face Acres website here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.