FACE Holds 1st Outreach Clinic for Low-Income & Homeless Pet Owners

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FACE held its first Pet Owner Outreach Clinic this July for low-income and homeless pet owners at The Brother Benno Center in Oceanside, California! We had a great turn out and were able to provide these pet owners with pet food, supplies, and other resources. We also had veterinarian Dr. Cole on site to provide advice and answer questions. Thank you Brother Benno’s for helping us with our first clinic and for serving valued members of our community!

Here’s a short video of the event from the FACE Foundation YouTube channel:


Pets Face Hard Times During Economic Crisis in Venezuela


A recent article in USA Today provides a heartbreaking look at what happens to family pets in times of extreme financial hardship. Venezuela’s economic crisis has resulted in a skyrocketing number of homeless and abandoned pets, because their owners are no longer able to afford even basic necessities like pet food.

Animal advocates in Venezuela report that record numbers of household pets are being left to their own devices to scavenge for food in the city streets…including many purebred dogs like Golden Retrievers. The dire economic situation in Venezuela means that food for people is becoming scarce, let alone commercial pet food.


Sadly, abandoned pets in and around major cities like Caracas are starving to death, being hit by cars, and even being captured by people to be eaten as food. Much of Venezuela’s food supply is imported, including pet food and pet food ingredients. Animal advocates report that a 40 lb. bag of Purina Dog Chow costs three times the country’s monthly minimum wage. 6 lbs. of cat food is equal to one month’s minimum wage. Families reluctant to give up their pets are feeding them what they can, like table scraps and vegetable peelings.

Additionally, USA Today reports that along with shortages of human medicines, Venezuela is also experiencing shortages of medicines and vaccines for dogs and cats, resulting in diseases like distemper. Venezuelan animal welfare organizations note that donations have fallen sharply due to the financial crisis.


To respond to this growing crisis of homeless pets, the Venezuelan government created a program called Mission Nevado, which encourages people to take in abandoned pets. The program tries to provide services like spay/neuter and vaccinations, but unfortunately the worsening financial situation is making this harder to do.

If you’re interested in finding out how you can help homeless animals in Venezuela, you can check out rescue groups like Fundacion Animalia for more information.



Meet Emma: FACE’s 1,500th Life Saved


Last week, an eight year-old Spaniel-Retriever mix named Emma fell ill unexpectedly. She could barely eat and was very lethargic, so her owner Anthony took her to the vet immediately. After examining Emma, FACE Save-a-Life Partner Pet Emergency and Specialty Center (PESC) determined that she had an illness known as Pyometra–a life-threatening infection of the uterus in unspayed female animals. Like many pet owners, Anthony had never heard of Pyometra before his dog became ill. Emergency surgery was needed to save Emma’s life, but the cost was simply unaffordable for Anthony.


After spending all they could on the diagnosis and management of Emma’s severe infection, Anthony and his girlfriend Juli were financially tapped out. Without surgery, euthanasia is often the recommended course of action for animals who have Pyometra, which is why preventative spaying and neutering is so vital. Fortunately, Emma was able to get her surgery thanks to a FACE grant and the amazing veterinary team at PESC, who generously discounted the cost of the procedure for this family. Emma marks FACE’s 1,500th life saved, which just happens to coincide with our 10th anniversary this year.


FACE would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters and donors for helping to make this 1,500th life saved possible. Because of caring animal lovers like you, beloved family pets like Emma can get a second chance and enjoy a happy, healthy, and long life!


10 Essential Pet Travel Tips

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Are you hitting the road with your dog or cat this summer? Whether your vacation plans include travel by car, motor home, plane, or rail, bringing your pet along for the ride always takes a little extra planning and preparation. Here are a few basic pet travel tips to be aware of before you and your best friend make tracks!

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1. Make sure your pet’s ID info and vaccinations are current and up-to-date. Carrying proof of vaccinations with you is also a good idea.

2. For dogs, bring along both a short leash and a long leash so that you are prepared for all situations and local leash regulations.

3. Check for any breed-specific legislation at your destination if you are bringing along a dog breed that is impacted by BSLs.

4. Use secure crates, carriers, and harnesses for safe pet auto travel. Pets and car air bags don’t mix, so deactivate airbags for any seats your pet will be in.

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5. Bring along a pet first aid kit for road trips, especially if your pet will be spending a lot of time in the great outdoors.

6. For air travel, cats and small dogs do best when they are in the cabin tucked under the seat in front of you.

7. Clearly label the carrier with your pet’s ID information. Remove collars before placing your pet in a carrier to avoid choking.

8. Bring portable, spill-proof water bowls and bottles of fresh water with you so your pet stays hydrated.

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9. Remember to keep a close eye on your pet when camping or hiking to avoid him getting lost or having a run-in with a not so domestic animal.

10. For vacations to the beach, be sure to pack a life vest and sunscreen so your pet can safely enjoy the sand and sea.



Tips on Finding a Lost Pet

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There are few things more heartbreaking for dog and cat owners than when their beloved pet goes missing. Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take to both prevent your pet from getting lost…and to find a pet that has gone missing. The experts at Found Animals have compiled an invaluable guide to help pet owners ensure that their fur kids don’t get lost forever.   Here’s a quick rundown…check out their website for the full article HERE.

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  • Spay and neuter your dogs and cats to reduce their desire to wander off.
  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag with up-to-date contact information securely attached to her collar.
  • Microchip your pet and make sure your contact information is always up-to-date with the registry service.
  • Take plenty of good quality pictures showing your pet’s face, markings, etc.
  • Survey your house and yard to make sure it’s escape-proof (window screens, fencing, etc.).

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When Your Pet Goes Missing

  • Call your microchip registry to tell them your pet is lost and make sure their information is current.
  • Tell your friends on social media that your pet is missing.
  • Start searching the neighborhood. Bring along favorite treats or toys.

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Continuing the Search

  • File a lost pet report with local animal shelters and humane societies.
  • Make and post flyers of your lost pet, including a good picture, big font, and your contact information.
  • Post lost pet notices online, such as on Craigslist, and in the local newspaper.
  • Do a regular in-person search of all nearby shelters, and bring some flyers with you.
  • Don’t give up! Microchipped dogs are 2.4 times more likely to be reunited with their families than non-microchipped ones. Microchipped cats are reunited with their families 21.4 times more often than non-microchipped kitties!


Lost cat flyer: Lost cat Hackney London N16 by David Holt; Lost dog flyer: Roscoe Come Home by Mark Turnauckas.