Since 2015, we have dedicated ourselves to saving seniors dogs in need, whether due to a medical condition, behavioral traits displayed in a shelter environment, or simply because no one else was willing to give the animal a chance. We pride ourselves in dedicating our time and effort to saving senior dogs.


This is a great passion of ours and a huge need in the rescue community. Grey Face Rescue & Retirement is the first senior-only rescue in the state of Minnesota. We pride ourselves on focusing solely on dogs 7 years of age and older. 

It’s a sad truth that every day in our communities, beautiful loving pets are euthanized. Why? Simply because they are older and therefore not considered adoptable.

Traditional shelters with an open-door policy, a policy that means they must accept every animal that walks through their door, run out of space. Too many pets, not enough homes. Those that are older are considered “unadoptable”. And because they are older, they are the first to be euthanized. 

Grey Face Rescue & Retirement’s mission is not only to save the lives of those senior pets, but also to change the way people view and treat older dogs and to let senior pets enjoy the twilight of their lives through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.

We rescue senior dogs from traditional shelters. As the only organization in our area that specializes in senior pets, we find homes for the adoptable ones, and offer a peaceful hospice life for those that are not. Often the senior pets we rescue from behind metal bars aren’t just “strays” – they are beloved pets who have lost a guardian usually through no fault of their own; death or incapacitation of a guardian, foreclosure, change in lifestyle, or the inability to care for a pet any longer. 

In a perfect world, every senior pet would spend the twilight of their lives surrounded by love and family. Adopting a senior pet changes not only their life for the better, but the lives of their adopter.

With your help, we can continue to make a difference in these senior dogs lives immediately. We would be honored to partner with you to help save the lives of these animals in need!


Bethann Gondeck
Executive Director
Grey Face Rescue & Retirement