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!

 

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Meet FACE Success Story Detective Snoots!

 

Meet…Detective Snoots! This adorable Pomeranian needed FACE assistance after developing pyometra, a deadly infection of the uterus that can occur in unspayed animals.

Detective Snoots was receiving care at FACE partner Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital, which referred her owners to us for help.

Pyometra is a serious medical condition we unfortunately see quite often at FACE, and if not dealt with immediately, the pet is unlikely to survive. Detective Snoots needed life-saving surgery that same day, leaving her dads with no time to come up with funds for her emergency care.

Thankfully, we were able to help Detective Snoots and we’re happy to report that after a successful surgery she was able to return home and fully recover with lots of TLC from her loving family!

 

Meet FACE Success Story Luna!

Cute little Luna is a 13-week-old Border Collie mix who got sick after eating tree bark.  Our partners at Ethos Veterinary Health were treating Luna when her dad (who works 2 jobs to help make ends meet) ran out of funds during her hospitalization.

A FACE grant enabled Luna to remain in the hospital for one more day of the oxygen therapy and supportive care she needed to survive.

We’re happy to report that Luna is now doing well and on her way to a full recovery.

Did you know that some tree bark is harmful to dogs?  Here’s a list of plants that are toxic to dogs, from the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control website.

Why do some dogs love to eat tree bark?  Here’s a short video that helps explain this common canine behavior:

 

Meet FACE Success Story Sammy!

10-year-old Sammy was in urgent need of surgery when his bladder ruptured. Sammy’s “mom” is on a fixed income and had no way of paying for the necessary procedure to save her best friend. Our friends at Mohnacky Animal Hospitals of Carlsbad contacted us to help save this sweet boy!

FACE’s network of hospital partners connects us with so many pets and their families that otherwise would not know about FACE and our mission to save pets from economic euthanasia.

Sammy received his emergency surgery and after extensive care at the hospital, was able to return home to fully recover with his mom!