October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! It’s always a good time to adopt a homeless shelter pet, but now is the perfect time to make a shelter dog the newest member of your family.

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Fall is a great time to go for hikes with your new best friend, and you know you want to dress him up in a costume for Halloween, too!

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Besides adopting a dog, this is great time to do your part to help raise awareness about adopting shelter animals and the importance of spay/neuter. Post the message on your social media to spread the word.

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You can also contact your local shelter to volunteer your time and help with special Adopt a Shelter Dog events or promotions.


Happy Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!


Last Known 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog Celebrates 16th Birthday


Have a box of tissues handy before you watch this heartwarming video about a sweet search and rescue dog from Texas named Bretagne, thought to be the last living 9/11 search dog.


Bretagne and her owner/handler Denise Corliss travelled from Texas to New York City for their first deployment…a search and recovery mission at Ground Zero shortly after the 9/11 attacks.


Bretagne and her people were invited back to New York to celebrate her 16th birthday in style. She was showered with gifts, treats, and lots of love and appreciation for her work as a devoted search and rescue dog during the difficult days after 9/11.



Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

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Chronic kidney disease is a relatively common condition in older cats. What are the risk factors for CKD that cat owners should be aware of? A large-scale retrospective study of over 1,200 cats from 755 veterinary hospitals was recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The authors found several potential indicators for recognizing and diagnosing CKD in cats.


The most common risk factors for CKD in cats were found to be:

  • Weight loss
  • Thin body condition
  • Dehydration
  • Having had general anesthesia in the prior year
  • Periodontal disease in the prior year
  • Cystitis (bladder inflammation) in the prior year

Significant, unexplained weight loss in cats can be an especially important indicator. Median weight loss during the previous 6-12 months of cats diagnosed with CKD was nearly 11% higher than in cats without CKD.

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An awareness of all of these risk factors, as well as utilization of a couple of standard tests to diagnose CKD (called serum creatinine concentration (SCD) and urine specific gravity (USG)), can result in earlier treatment and better outcomes for cats suffering from chronic kidney disease.


Syrian Refugee Flees Hundreds of Miles with Beloved Dog


Check out this heartwarming video originally posted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  A 17 year old Syrian boy named Aslan fled his home in war-torn Syria for Greece…taking nothing with him but a backpack and his adorable dog named Rose.

Aslan refused to part with his beloved dog, and took Rose on a (so far) 300 mile journey to seek a better life for both of them.  He insisted on taking Rose across the Mediterranean, even making a “passport” for her.

Aslan will have sweet little Rose by his side as he continues on his journey.


FACE’s 1st Annual “Animaltarian” Awards Coming Soon!

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FACE is thrilled to announce our first annual Animaltarian Awards on Sunday, September 27th, 2015!

Join fellow animal lovers for an inspiring afternoon dedicated to the neurology team at San Diego’s Veterinary Specialty Hospital. We will be honoring these surgeons for not only their professional dedication to FACE’s mission, but also for their personal support and commitment to helping FACE save pets’ lives in our community.


The awards will be held at a stunning ocean-front estate in La Jolla, California. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will also enjoy light appetizers, beverages, and a silent auction!

Please join us for what we hope will be the first of a new annual FACE fundraising event!

$100 per person (event from 3:00-5:00 p.m.)

$300 per person VIP (event from 2:00-5:00 p.m.; includes an incredible tour of one of the largest and finest private collections of African and pre-Columbian art, as well as a tour of the estate’s wonderful aviary of exotic birds)

To RSVP, click HERE. For more information, email FACE at events@face4pets.org.


To learn more about our honorees, the Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s neurology team, click HERE.