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Annual Fundraiser Raised Over $2,000 for Local Animal Rescue.

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Greyface Rescue and Retirement is a Minnesota foster-based rescue that helps senior cats and dogs find a permanent home. They do not discriminate against any breeds or medical conditions and accept dogs of all different types into their care. Grey Face is one of the many small MN rescues that protect pets from dangerous situations that often involve cruelty and abuse. Fact: each year, more than 10 million animals die of abuse in the United States alone. Dogs make up 65% of those abused animals.

2023 Pet portrait Fundraiser. Emily's Photography.

Why is Donating to Animal Charities Important?

Sadly, dogs cannot speak and fight for themselves. Donating to an animal charity allows you to do your part in tipping the balance away from a world that causes suffering to animals and towards one that offers them love, respect, and empathy instead.

Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Roughly, 70 million cats are homeless in the United States. Only 10% of dogs born will find a permanent home. Around 3.9 million dogs are abandoned or given up to shelters each year. More than 10 million animals die from abuse in the United States. -

2023 Pet portrait Fundraiser, Georgie and Rambo. Emily's Photography.

Why Help Senior Pets?

Most people that see senior shelter pets feel sad and disregard them completely - assuming since they don't have much time left to live theres no point of adopting them. Bethie, the owner and founder of GreyFace, see's the opposite - opportunity. One last opportunity to be able to change a dogs life. Bethie see's a dog that still has just enough time left to leave this earth fulfilled with love and hope. And that's exactly what Grey Face Rescue does - fill animals with so much love that they won't remember those few short days in the shelter. Every animal deserves to leave this Earth knowing what love feels like, and what having a real family feels like. Thats why donating to senior rescues is important.

Celebration of Life photoshoot for Theo. Emily's Photography.

Benefits of Rescuing

  • Your saving more than one life, by adopting, you’re helping make space for another animal in need and helping to give them the opportunity to find their forever family.

  • By adopting, you are giving back to your community instead of helping cruel breeders profit.

  • Making a lifelong friend, your rescue is always there to listen, and they will never judge you. You’ll never feel lonely, and in return neither will your shelter dog.

Celebration of Life photoshoot forTasha. Emily's Photography.

Pet Portrait Fundraiser

The Annual Pet Portrait Fundraiser has been hosted by Omni Brewing, Maple Grove, from its beginning in 2021. Emily's Photography organizes the small event in hopes of helping animals who are less fortunate. Why support animal rescue over other charities? Because animal rescues are the best and often only line of defense against animal cruelty. From 2021-2023, the fundraiser raised over $2,000 for senior cats and dogs in need. The funds raised benefit the organizations many initiatives, including their Hospice Program, which prides itself for pulling dogs from various euthanasia lists across the state, and providing them with medical care and top quality basic necessities.

2023 Pet portrait Fundraiser, Lucy and baby Reese. Emily's Photography.

Grey Face Mission, and How to Get Involved


Grey Face Rescue strives to educate and strengthen the bond between families and pets to avert the need for rescue in later years. If rescue is needed, we provide exceptional care to ensure all animals are respected and valued and that they live with comfort and dignity through foster, hospice, and adoption programs. We can only accept senior animals into our organization if a foster-home is available. We do not have a physical shelter for our animals. We rely heavily on foster homes for our animals. Unable to foster, we have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities; transporting dogs or supplies, events, working at our facility, administrative work and more.

Future Plans

Stay tuned for the 2024 Pet Portrait Fundraiser, as its going to be bigger and better than the previous 3 years. Emily's goal is to host an event that solely focuses on raising funds for animal rescues - both senior animals, and bully breeds. Leave a comment below to be apart of the email list, so you can receive updates on the August 2024 Fundraising Event.

Thank you to everyone who showed up,

and supported a good cause.

Click here to view the 2023 Portraits.

pss.. look at our first ever turtle participant, what a cutie.



Emily documents people (and their dogs) at weddings! She lives alongside her five amazing, crazy and energetic pups, Nessie, Peach, Sammi, Vinny, and Bobbi. They chew everything they see, take up the whole bed, but most importantly - they give the best hugs.

She became a professional photographer in 2019 and since then have had the opportunity to capture incredible moments with hundreds of couples. Her goal is to tell the story not only of your wedding day, but of your love. Get to know her more, here.

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