StrayFaces

Custom Pet Portraits for a Cause - The Gift that Gives

Vancouver, Canada On Etsy since 2018

12,481 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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StrayFaces

Custom Pet Portraits for a Cause - The Gift that Gives

Vancouver, Canada | 12,481 Sales

Announcement    Why the name StrayFaces™?

StrayFaces™ was created specifically to help fund our mission to give back to the homeless stray animals in need.
Through your purchases, we're able to provide strays in both in our mini shelter, and outside of, with veterinary care, housing, and food.
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Our mission is to open the largest and happiest shelter around the globe powered by animal lovers, like you!
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Not only are we passionate about stray animals and people. We genuinely care about our supporters, too.

That's why we offer a 100% HAPPINESS GUARANTEE on all of our products. This means that we’ll make sure your completely satisfied with your art piece before we dare print or ship it from our head office in Canada.

We’re only happy, when you’re happy!

**Join us on the journey on our TikTok @strayfaces for updates on how YOUR purchases help strays**

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 3, 2020

Why the name StrayFaces™?

StrayFaces™ was created specifically to help fund our mission to give back to the homeless stray animals in need.
Through your purchases, we're able to provide strays in both in our mini shelter, and outside of, with veterinary care, housing, and food.
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Our mission is to open the largest and happiest shelter around the globe powered by animal lovers, like you!
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Not only are we passionate about stray animals and people. We genuinely care about our supporters, too.

That's why we offer a 100% HAPPINESS GUARANTEE on all of our products. This means that we’ll make sure your completely satisfied with your art piece before we dare print or ship it from our head office in Canada.

We’re only happy, when you’re happy!

**Join us on the journey on our TikTok @strayfaces for updates on how YOUR purchases help strays**

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Video summary: The StrayFaces Shelter - 100% Funded by Your Purchases!

Why/How Stray Faces was Born and Our Cause

Hi! 👋
We're Roxanne & Tony, the founders of Stray Faces.

Thanks so much for popping into our shop!

Stray Faces was created specifically to help fund our cause to help feed stray animals worldwide.

Want to know even more about our journey and what caused us to start our brand? Get an in-depth look by reading on for the full story:
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THE FULL STORY OF HOW/WHY STRAY FACES CAME TO BE:

Our journey began in late 2016 when Tony and I (Roxanne) first met.

Our desire for something more in life quickly drew us together and not long after, we decided to both quit our 9-5 jobs, sell all of our possessions, and set off into the world in hopes of finding something more fulfilling in life - our calling.

We didn't know where we were going or why, but we knew there had to be something more for us out there then the mundane, repetitive, and meaningless lives we had been living.

What was originally planned to be a 6-month backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia, quickly turned into something that we would have never expected.

As we began our journey backpacking Southeast Asia, we started to notice the countless number of stray animals that lined the streets... something neither of us had ever seen before as Canadians.

Like many others visiting Southeast Asia, we knew we wanted to help but we didn't know how... The problem seemed so extreme and hopeless that we had no choice but to continue forward and turn our backs on the problem. In an effort to help in what ways we could, we decided to start feeding the ones we encountered along the way and before we knew it, we were carrying pet food with us wherever we went.

After 1 short month into our trip, we found ourselves at the peak of a hill by a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand and it was there that we met a dog we eventually named "Dipper".

Before we had met Dipper, we never truly had a deep bond or connection with any of the other strays we had fed. But Dipper was unlike any other stray we had ever met. Other dogs had always been wary and standoffish, but not Dipper. He approached us as if he had known us his whole life and just like that, we fell in love with Dipper the stray dog.

We went back to our room that night and couldn't help but to think about Dipper. Although Tony and I had always been animal lovers, we never shared such an immediate bond with an animal before. We had 5 months left in our backpacking trip and plenty more to see, but no matter how hard we tried, we couldn't shake the thought of leaving Dipper behind.

That's when we decided to drop the rest of our trip in order to stray with Dipper in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We struggled to find a pet-friendly place to bring him home to so we drove up to the mountain top every day. It wasn't long after that when we realized that Dipper wasn't alone and many other strays started to emerge. Feeding Dipper along with all the other strays quickly became part of our daily routine, and before we knew it, we were making the 90-minute journey up the mountain daily to ensure they were all fed.

Some time passed and finally, we were able to take Dipper home. We were delighted to finally be able to bring him home with us but something was off.

Dippers' health rapidly began to decline. We quickly took him to the vet and that's when we learned about Distemper - a fatal viral infection with no known cure that effected many strays.

Unfortunately, distemper eventually caught up with Dipper and he passed away not long after being diagnosed. It was then that we decided to do what we could to help the stray animals. After using up all of our own time, money, and resources, we came to the sad realization that we could never do it on our own and decided to launch a go-fund-me campaign in hopes of helping the other strays before it was too late.

After speaking and working with various organizations in the area, we learned how much of an uphill battle we were truly facing and we knew we could never do it on our own. We knew we had to find a way and it was then that Stray Faces was born.

A business built to fund a cause.
Our cause. Our passion. Our calling.

Shop members

  • Roxanne

    Owner, Owner

    Hiya! I'm Roxanne. The owner, founder, & visionary behind Stray Faces. I'm passionate about animals, travel, and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. My dream is to build a safe haven for homeless animals and people.

  • Andreea

    Customer Experience Manager

    I have always loved animals, ever since I was a child, and I am more than excited to have the chance to help them through my work. In my spare time, I like relaxing with my 6 years old cat, watching him play or listening to his peaceful purr.

  • Dipper

    Inspiration

    Dipper - the reason Stray Faces all began. If you want to know more about Dippers role in the creation of Stray Faces, check our "Story" section.

  • Desiree

    Assistant

    Hey! My name is Desiree and I work as an assistant for Stray Faces. I have a passion for travelling, food and most importantly - pets! Getting to help animals through my work has always been the goal and I'm glad that it's coming true!

  • Lisa

    Customer Service

    I am a customer service representative at Stray Faces. My passion is travelling, hiking, and I love animals so much that being able to help them through my job is a dream come true!

  • Chloe

    CEO

    Hi! I'm Chloe. I run this show with the help of my humans but basically, what I say, goes. Woof woof from me to you <3

  • Melanie Archie

    Team Clown

    Mel here! I'm the Content Director and sister of Roxanne. You can probably catch me with a camera in my hand at all times. I love to travel and as soon as it's safe to do so, I'd love to go visit our strays at our shelter in Asia. <3

  • Joanne

    Shelter Director

    Hi, I'm Joanne and I live with our animals and rescues at StrayFaces shelter. I love mountain climbing, photography and vlogging are my hobbies. My passion is serving and protecting animals in any way that I can.

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    United States

    Help to produce and ship select items we don't personally carry on hand.

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Last updated on Nov 17, 2020
Frequently asked questions
1️⃣ How Do I Submit My Photo?

Through Etsy chat or to help@strayfaces.com

2️⃣ Do you provide proofs before finalizing?

Yes. We will send a proof within 3-6 business days of ordering via Etsy chat or email, depending on how you sent your photos at the time of purchase.

Please allow 1-3 extra business days during the holiday season.

3️⃣ Why Do StrayFaces™ Portraits Cost More?

When you purchase a portrait, not only are you supporting stray animals and people, you're also helping build stable communities and transform societies in third-world nations.

Our portraits are made by our team of artists and designers that live in developing countries such as Indonesia, Africa, Romania, and the Philippines.

StrayFaces™ is committed to providing our team with a fair living wage so they can live comfortably and help provide for their families, too.

We're so confident in our teams talent and commitment to serving you that all StrayFaces™ products are back by a 100% happiness guarantee.

If you're not happy, let us know, and we promise to make it right or your money back, guaranteed.

4️⃣ How Does StrayFaces™ Give Back?

StrayFaces™ has it's very own "home shelter" in the Philippines which is 100% funded by your purchases!

Not only do we rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home strays in need. We also host weekly feeding for stray animals and people that are in need within needy communities in the Philippines where help is needed most.

Especially during this time in the world.

If you have any questions regarding our mission, our would like to chat further about what we do, please contact myself, Roxanne, the founder of StrayFaces at roxanne@strayfaces.com.

View the video on our main page or website to learn more.
Check out the "Our Story" section of our shop to read more into what compelled us to start StrayFaces™.

5️⃣ What's the story behind StrayFaces™?

Please check out our shops "About Us" section to read our full story on how StrayFaces™ was born and a better glimpse into who (we) the founders are.

6️⃣ Will my photo work?

Please check out our photo guide page found here:
https://strayfaces.com/pages/how-it-works

Still not sure? We'd be happy to help you choose! Just write us here in Etsy chat or by email at help@strayfaces.com with your favorite photos and we'll help you pick :)

7️⃣ How long does it take to get a reply once I message you?

In most cases, Andreea or myself (Roxanne) will get back to you within 24 hours of messaging us. Please note that we are *closed* (away from the computer) Friday evening through Sunday and will respond to messages/inquiries first thing Monday morning.

You can also contact us off Etsy via email at help@strayfaces.com with any further questions/concerns.

Thank you!

8️⃣ Do you keep photos/custom art on file once an order is placed?

Yes. We keep all photos and custom art pieces that we make for our customers in our database in case they should ever decide they want to repurchase in the future. This also helps cut down their future processing time by approximately 5 days.

9️⃣ What do I do if my item has a... printing errors/lost in transit/mis-delivered, or you're simply not happy with it?

Please write us through Etsy chat or email us at help@strayfaces.com and we'll be happy to help you out no matter what the issue is :)