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.

 

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Summer Pet Safety Tips

The Summer Solstice is this Thursday, June 21st!  Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your pets, but be sure you are prepared to keep them safe when the weather is hot.

The Arizona Humane Society has created some very helpful infographics on summer pet safety…because our friends in Arizona know a thing or two about hot weather!

Check out these important tips!

And this guide to heat exhaustion in pets:

Have a safe and happy summer!

 

 

What Kinds of Litter Do Cats Like Best?

Litter box issues, such as going outside of the box, are one of the most common cat behavior problems experienced by owners.  Sometimes these problems are solved with an easy fix, like adding extra boxes in a multi-cat household, cleaning the box more often, or placing the box in a quiet, isolated area.

Another major factor that contributes to litter box problems?  The type of litter you are using may be bothering your cat.  A recent study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior examined litter box filler preferences among a group of 18 cats.

The researchers gave the cats a choice of clay granules, silica granules, silica microgranules, and wood pellets.  The cats demonstrated a significant preference for clay and silica (both sizes) over the wood.

A second phase of the study gave 12 cats a choice between clay and silica.  The researchers found that the cats showed a significant preference for eliminating in the clay litter over the silica.

If your cat is not happy about that fancy new litter you bought, consider switching back to good old-fashioned clay and see if that makes a difference in your cat’s litter box habits!

Still having problems?  Check out this guide to solving litter box issues.

How Pet Ownership Can Improve Mental Health

There are many physical and emotional health benefits that come from sharing your life with a dog, cat, or other companion animal.  We all know how cuddling with a beloved pet lowers our stress, and walking a dog provides a great opportunity for exercise.

The mental health benefits of pet ownership can help people struggling with many different issues.  According to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, having a pet can help with a wide range of problems, including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Childhood Development
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • PTSD and Trauma

Many evidence-based studies show that a pet can be an important component of your emotional well-being.

One recent British study of people with long-term mental health conditions found that pets are a “main” and not just a “marginal” source of support in mental health management.  Pets offer several benefits (particularly for people with limited social networks), including:

  • Providing a secure and intimate relationship not available elsewhere.
  • Helping people manage feelings by providing a distraction from upsetting experiences.
  • Providing an incentive for increased engagement and activity.

People participating in substance abuse treatment can also find pets to be very helpful in the recovery process.  Treatment providers outline such benefits as:

  • Improved social life.
  • Reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Giving people a sense of purpose (especially when they adopt a homeless animal).

If you are thinking about opening your home to a new pet, make sure you fully understand the requirements of pet ownership first.  Check out this comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about pet adoption HERE.

 

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

The warm weather means that kitten season is here!  Kitten season is the time of year when unaltered cats allowed to roam outside will mate and produce litters of kittens.  Sadly, many of these homeless kittens (and their moms) will end up in animal shelters.

This is a great time to open your heart and home to a kitten or adult shelter cat.  Many shelters and rescue groups provide valuable cat adoption incentives in the spring and summer months.

It’s also a good time to remind cat owners to spay and neuter their pets and keep them safely indoors.

You can search for available cats and read more about cat adoption on the Petfinder website.

Need some inspiration?  Check out this adorable and funny “Prescription Cat” drug commercial parody video!