Happy Guinea Pig Appreciation Day!

July 16th is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day…a great time to celebrate the adorable guinea pig!

Thinking about adding a guinea pig to your family?  Consider adopting from a local animal shelter or guinea pig rescue organization.

Need some inspiration?  Check out this story and video from People about the “Guinea Pig Whisperer”–Saskia Chiesa of Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue!

 

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FACE Partners with Elevate Foundation to Help Pet Owners in Need

Recently, FACE partnered with the Elevate Foundation to pass out pet supplies and resources in Downtown San Diego.  The Elevate Foundation’s mission is to identify individuals of need in our community and partner with other non-profits (and donors) to provide them with support and assistance.

Friend of FACE, Dr. Corey Cole of Lifetime Animal Care Center, provided flea control and veterinary advice to pet owners in need. Together, we were able to help over 65 pet owners and their pets!

Thank you to both the Elevate Foundation and Lifetime Animal Care Center for your support.

FACE is so thankful for the community partnerships that enable us to lend a helping hand to pet owners in need. We have been able to give over 600 pet owners access to resources and supplies thanks to the network of community organizations who partner with us.

 

DNA Study Reveals What Happened to the Native Dogs of the Americas

A new study on canine genetics has been getting a lot of attention recently.  Do dogs living in modern North and South America retain the genes of the ancient dogs that accompanied the first Americans who came from Asia thousands of years ago?

A genetic study of the remains of ancient American dogs reveals that they were descended from the ancient dogs of Siberia (somewhat like today’s Arctic dogs such as Huskies and Malamutes) and not the native American wolf population.

These original dogs almost completely vanished after the arrival of European immigrants and their dogs in North and South America.  Only a tiny fragment of their genetic code lives on in modern American dogs…and you may be surprised to find out what it is.

Researchers have discovered that the closest surviving genetic link between these ancient dogs and modern dogs is the canine transmissible venereal tumor, which is a contagious cancer clone that can be traced to one individual dog that lived between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago!

You can learn more about this fascinating topic HERE.

 

Heartwarming Video: Meet FACE Success Story Lilly and Her Mom Linda

Grab a tissue and check out this recent addition to our YouTube channel!  FACE was able to help an adorable adopted senior dog and her loving mom.  Meet our friends Linda and Lilly!