Heartwarming Video: Best Friends Tito and Frank

In honor of Senior Pet Adoption Month, here’s a true senior pet adoption success story!

Tito is a 15 year-old Chihuahua with multiple health issues who was taken in as a foster.  Tito and his “brother” Frank soon became inseparable.

Tito had a collapsed trachea and cannot use his back legs.  Frank helped nurse Tito through his medical care and totes him around on walks.

Frank is a rescued Pit Bull, found emaciated and living in a junkyard.  His early trauma has led to anxiety issues, but feisty little Tito is helping Frank every bit as much as Frank is helping him!

Watch the story of these two special dogs here:

 

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US Law Enforcement Works to End Animal Abuse

Did you know that the National Sheriffs’ Association has a division called the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse?

The NLECAA website has lots of great information for animal lovers around the US who are interested in finding out how law enforcement responds to animal maltreatment.

They recently released a report on the connection between animal cruelty and violence against humans.  The report notes that before 2016, animal abuse was put into an “all other offense” category in a national crime statistics database.

Since 2016, law enforcement now collects data from all over the country on animal cruelty, including gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse of animals.

The report provides guidance for first responders on the scene at animal abuse investigations, including how to link animal abuse to other forms of possible violent criminal activity.

You can download the full report HERE.  The National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse also has a guide on how to report suspected animal abuse in your state.

You can follow the work the NLECAA is doing to protect animals on Twitter!

Images:  NLECCA

 

Mushroom Safety for Dogs

In many parts of the world, fall is the time of year when mushrooms make their appearance in woods and other natural areas.  Is your dog at risk of poisoning if she eats a wild mushroom while out on a walk?

According to the North American Mycological Association, only 1% of mushrooms are considered to be “highly toxic” to pets.

There are some mushrooms that are attractive to dogs, probably because of their odor.  There are also mushrooms that are toxic to dogs while being harmless to humans.

Some mushrooms contain compounds that are dangerous, and sometimes deadly, if consumed by dogs.

NAMA recommends that dog owners take special care with these mushrooms when out on walks:

Amanita phalloides

Amanita muscaria

Amanita pantherina

Dogs can go into a deep, coma-like sleep after consuming certain mushroom toxins.  Other mushroom toxins can cause gastrointestinal distress.  The effects can last for hours.

If you are concerned that your dog ate a poisonous mushroom, seek veterinary care right away.  You can also call the Animal Poison Control Hotline or one of the NAMA experts in your area.

Click HERE for more information on mushroom poisoning in pets.

 

Sugar’s Journey: Meet a Very Special FACE Success Story

Sugar is a three year old cat who lived with a senior citizen named Charles in an apartment in downtown San Diego.  Sadly, Sugar fell 6 stories out of the apartment window.

Charles took Sugar for emergency veterinary care, but her injuries were extensive, and he could not afford the cost of her life-saving treatment.  Charles and his veterinarian reached out to FACE for financial assistance.

With a FACE grant, Sugar was able to get the first of two surgeries on her badly broken jaw with our partners at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center.

Charles was told that Sugar would need extensive aftercare at home after her surgeries, including feeding tubes and medications.  Charles realized that he was not up to the demands of caring for such a sick pet and relinquished Sugar to FACE.

This was an unusual situation for FACE, as we are not a shelter or rescue charity, but we could not turn her away.  Luckily, our friends at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society agreed to foster Sugar during her long recovery.

Sugar had her second jaw surgery with Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties and received additional care from our partners at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital.  She has been recuperating at Rancho Coastal Humane.

Recently, Sugar was put up for adoption at Rancho Coastal.  We are happy to report that Sugar was adopted on the *same day* she became available and is now living with her new “mom” in Chula Vista, CA.

Check out this heartwarming video of sweet Sugar snuggling with her new mom!

 

Video: Pet Fire Safety Preparedness

October is one of the most dangerous months for wildfires here in California and other parts of the Western U.S.

This is because we get very little (if any) rain in the summer months, which makes the vegetation very dry.  This is combined with strong dry winds (called the Santa Anas) that blow in from the deserts to the east.

It’s important for pet owners in California—and everywhere—to be prepared for wildfires and other natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes.

Do you have your emergency plans in place to safely evacuate with your pets?  Here’s a video from PETA that outlines the essentials of a pet fire safety plan.  You can also find more info on the FEMA website HERE.