Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Cheryl Passer

Cheryl at Bags & Baubles

Cheryl Passer has been a dedicated FACE volunteer for over 11 years!  Her work with FACE dates back to our earliest days as a brand-new animal charity when, as a professional graphic designer, she helped us with our logo, branding, website, and print materials.

Since then, Cheryl has helped FACE with many other design projects, either gratis or for a discounted rate.  Cheryl has also volunteered her time as well as her artistic talents, working on our two biggest annual fundraising events:  Bags & Baubles and our Invitational Golf Tournament.

A feline friend poses beside Cheryl’s work

Cheryl values her work with FACE.  “I hope that providing free or affordable design services, as well as my time volunteering at events, has helped FACE retain more money to help family pets get the medical attention that they need,” she says.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to this long-time member of the FACE family!  Thank you, Cheryl, for helping us save the lives of over 2,000 San Diego area pets.


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Diana Stone

A life-long animal lover, Diana Stone has been supporting FACE since day one. That means her volunteerism has spanned over 10 YEARS!

From actively participating in all events, to donating beautiful items to our annual Bags & Baubles silent auction fundraiser, Diana is always seeking ways to give back.

Animals are Diana’s passion, and her commitment to donating and volunteering with us over the years makes her an integral part of the FACE Family.

Thank you, Diana for continuing to support FACE and every event!

Interested in becoming a FACE volunteer?  Click HERE for more ways to get involved!

Hey, We Were Nominated for a Blogger Award!

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FACE would like to thank one of our amazing WordPress friends—Samantha from samanthamurdochblog—for nominating the FACE Foundation blog for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award! Samantha’s blog is a must-read for all animal lovers. We think the photography is pretty awesome, too.


The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.

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If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and choose to accept, write a blog post about the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.
  2. Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post). Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!
  3. Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions:

What is your name?


Where are you from?

San Diego, California

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I’ve been the volunteer blogger for FACE for a little over 2 years. I first heard about the wonderful mission of the FACE Foundation to save beloved family pets from the tragedy of “economic euthanasia” by providing grants for life-saving veterinary care shortly after I moved to San Diego in 2014. I reached out to the fabulous Brooke and Danae at FACE about volunteering and they asked if I’d like to work on their blog. Never used WordPress or wrote a single blog post before, but I said sure and gave it a try. I’m now, of course, totally addicted!

FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty & Programs Manager Danae Davis...kindhearted AND gorgeous!

FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty & Programs Manager Danae Davis…kindhearted AND gorgeous!

What are you most proud of?

That I finally decided to follow my bliss and become a “real” writer after many years of thinking how much I’d like to make a career change and write for a living. I finally did it in my…ahem…40s and haven’t looked back since! I’ve made the transition from librarian to information manager to writer over the course of my career. Writing is definitely my favorite!

What are your blogging goals?

To continue my pro bono blogging for FACE for as long as they’ll put up with me. I also write website content (including blog articles) for some clients and hope to continue to expand my little freelance writing business. My husband and I also talk about starting our own plant-based, whole foods cooking blog, as we’re big believers in the Forks Over Knives lifestyle. He’s the chef, I’m just the writer.

How do you spend your free time?

Gardening, writing, reading, hanging out with my two cats, and continuing to explore my (relatively new) home of San Diego.

My cats...engaged in some synchronized napping

My cats…engaged in some synchronized napping

  1. Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links.

Just a few of our favorite pet/animal blogs:

https://purrandroar.com/ — One of the most fascinating, thoroughly-researched, and well-written blogs I’ve come across. Not just for cat people!

https://makingwavesoutreach.wordpress.com/ — Incredibly informative, up-to-the minute animal rights information for all concerned animal lovers.

https://hikinggirlwithdog.com/ — Heavenly photography and great inspiration to get out there and enjoy the big beautiful world with your dog.

https://photofinland.wordpress.com/ — Always makes me want to hop on a plane and visit Finland! Great animal and nature photography.

  1. Provide 5 random facts about yourself:
  • I’m first generation Italian-American.
  • I saw the events of 911 unfold in person from across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Back in the 70s we named the family cat after my favorite cartoon character Kimba the White Lion.
  • My parents have been married for 67 years and counting!
  • I’m kind of obsessed with naturalist David Attenborough.
Your humble FACE blogger...smile, Kimba!

Your humble FACE blogger…smile, Kimba!

  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here).
  2. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

You do not need to be nominated to make nominations!


Dogs on Deployment Helps Military Pets


FACE was proud to participate in FidoFest 2016 recently, a dog-friendly event hosted by the City of Santee, California and benefiting an amazing SoCal-based national non-profit called Dogs on Deployment.

Have you ever wondered what happens to soldiers’ pets when they are away on a months-long military deployment? Family and friends are not always able to care for a military member’s dogs, cats, and other pets for an extended period of time.


That’s where Dogs on Deployment comes in. Dogs on Deployment connects members of our military with amazing volunteers who are willing to care for their beloved pets while they fulfill their duties.

This great organization was founded by a husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, a dual-military family who found themselves faced with a deployment and a training assignment at the same time. Their fur kid, an Australian Shepherd named JD, needed a temporary home. Luckily, a family member who lived near Alisa’s training location volunteered to care for JD during this time.


The stress of worrying about what to do about JD gave this military couple an idea, and Dogs on Deployment was born. Shawn and Alisa realized that there was a need to provide members of the military with a support system for their pets. Military members all over the country can search Dogs on Deployment to find volunteers willing to care for their pets, and volunteers can search DoD to find pets in need of assistance.

Interested in helping to care for a military pet near you? Check out the Dogs on Deployment website to learn more and join DoD today!



Help Animals in Need During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month


There are lots of animal awareness months, days, and weeks during the year, but perhaps none is more important than Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, designated for the whole month of April. There are many ways concerned animal lovers can help pets in need during the month. Even if your budget is limited, there are simple things you can do to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of petfinder.com:


Donate your time and skills to a local shelter. Do you have a few hours to spare during the week? Why not volunteer at your local shelter. You can get involved in animal care and socialization, or contribute your expertise in areas like pet photography.

Donate things your pets no longer need. If you have some gently-used pet supplies that your pet no longer uses, consider donating them to your local shelter. They can always use things like a carrier your pet outgrew or spare bowls. They can even put your old bath towels to good use!

Donate your love. Consider fostering a homeless puppy or kitten for your local shelter or rescue group. You can even provide a comfortable temporary home for an older animal that doesn’t do well in a shelter environment.

Donate your wedding registry. Don’t forget to include your favorite animal charity when you register for your wedding. Your guests can make a donation to help animals in need…because how many sets of wineglasses do you really need, anyway?


Donate office and cleaning supplies. Shelters need a lot of basic cleaning supplies like mops, sponges, soap, etc. They can also use basic animal care supplies like rubber gloves and hand sanitizer. And don’t forget about office supplies like paper, ink, and stamps.

Donate pet food and litter. Maybe you bought a case of food that your finicky pet refuses to eat, or maybe there’s just a great sale on pet food or kitty litter at your local wholesale store. Shelters welcome donations of basic pet supplies throughout the year.