Meet Toly!

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Meet Toly! This handsome Russian Blue kitty had a spout of bad luck earlier this month when he had two urethral obstructions in a row. After spending as much as they could on treating Toly’s first obstruction, his owners, a young couple living paycheck to paycheck, couldn’t afford the emergency surgery that was needed to help save Toly. Thankfully, Bonita Pet Care Veterinary Hospital referred them to FACE who was able to assist with Toly’s life saving surgery. Special thanks to Narrow Gate Foundation for helping to save Toly.

Veterinarians Discount Services to Help Pets in Need

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Another reason to love your vet…

A recent study by Dr. Lori Kogan of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has found that a large majority of veterinarians reduce the costs of services and products so that animals can get the care they need. Results of a survey of veterinarians show that nearly all of them have discounted prices at some point in the past, with a significant number (68%) reducing prices several times a month.

Survey respondents report that providing the best possible care for their patients is the most important reason for discounting services. With the rising costs of veterinary care, and the sad reality of economic euthanasia, vets are stepping up to the plate and doing all they can to give pets the care they need.

Did you know that the veterinarians working with FACE discount their fees by at least 25%? Often discounts are far greater and veterinary services are donated. A big thank you to our wonderful vet partners!

Check out the full story on the study here:

Meet Juna!

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Meet Juna! Juna was found in a park by her owners about a year ago when she was a kitten. She seemed frightened and was so tiny that they wanted to try to help by giving her a home. Last month, Juna became very sick over a period of a few days and her owners knew something must be wrong. They took her to the vet where she was diagnosed with pyometra, a very serious infection that if left untreated can be fatal. Juna needed an emergency surgery quickly to save her life. Her owners, a single working mother and her daughter, were heartbroken when they found out that this surgery was not something they could fully afford. The great team at Care and Comfort Veterinary Hospital wanted to help this family, so they referred them to FACE. With the help of this hospital, FACE was able to fund for Juna’s emergency surgery. Special thanks to FACE Life Sponsor Care and Comfort Veterinary Hospital for helping to save Juna.

To learn more about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets to avoid life-threatening emergencies such as pyometra visit

The Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer

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Pet care during the summer months is about more than beating the heat and keeping your furry friends cool during hot weather. Check out these great tips on making this a safe and fun summer for your pets!

Thunderstorms: Did you know that pet anxiety during thunderstorms comes from more than just the sound of thunder and the flash of lightning? Pets are sensitive to the static electricity in storms as well. Try rubbing a dryer sheet on their coats to reduce static electricity.

Ticks: Rolling around in the grass is fun, but ticks are no fun at all! To remove a tick, grab the body as close to your pet’s skin as possible and gently pull straight out.

Backyard Barbeques: Keep your pets safe while you and your friends are grilling and chilling! Monitor your pet around open flames, alcohol, insect repellants, and BBQ supplies like charcoal and lighter fluid.

Swimming Pools: Be your best friend’s lifeguard and never leave your pet unsupervised near pools. Teach your dog how to use the stairs to climb out for an easy exit after a planned or accidental dip in the pool. You can also install a pool ramp at the deep end.

Vacations: Plan on taking your dog or cat with you on summer vacation? It’s a good idea to get a list of local emergency veterinary clinics at your destination. You can also get crafty and create a collar tag with your temporary contact information.

And always remember…never leave your pets alone in a parked car!


Humane Education

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FACE Grant Coordinator Danae Davis had a great time today at FACE’s Humane Education talk at Lincoln Acres Library in National City! Today’s topic was Staying Safe & Smart Around Dogs and Recognizing Animal Communication. As you can see, the kids had a great time and were eager to learn! FACE is eager to expand our Humane Education Program so please contact us with any questions or ideas.