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.

ABOUT THE AWARD

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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THE RULES

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?

Lisa

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!

 

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Dogs on Deployment Helps Military Pets

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Help Animals in Need During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

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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:

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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?

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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.

 

All About Fostering Kittens

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The coming of spring means that “kitten season” will soon be here!  Kitten season is the time of year (generally peaking from late spring to early summer) when animal shelters and rescue groups are inundated with litters of homeless kittens (and their moms, in many cases) in need of care. These kittens are born to unspayed family pets allowed to go outside, as well as to stray and feral community cats.

Animal welfare organizations need all the help they can get during kitten season, including generous volunteers willing to foster some little guys in their homes. If you’re thinking about fostering kittens this year, here are some basic facts you should know, courtesy of Maddie’s Fund.

What types of fostering options are there?

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You can pick the kind of fostering situation that suits you best. Generally, the options are: fostering a mother cat with her litter of kittens, fostering and bottle-feeding very young orphaned kittens, caring for older, self-feeding kittens, and caring for (and socializing) feral kittens.

What supplies do you need to foster kittens?

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Make sure you talk to the shelter or rescue organization to find out exactly what supplies you need, where to obtain them, and who pays for them. In many cases, you can pick up what you need from the shelter, but sometimes fosters will be asked to supply things like food and litter. Other supplies can include kitten formula and bottles, medications, a cage or crate, towels, toys, and a heating pad.

Where do foster kittens live in the home?

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Your foster kittens should be kept in a contained space and not be given the run of the house. You can set them up in a laundry room, bathroom, or bedroom of their own. You can also set up a large cage in any room of the house if you don’t have a spare room just for them. A mom with babies can also be housed in a spare room or large cage. Feral kittens should have as much human contact as possible.

What are common foster kitten health and safety issues?

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Kittens, especially young ones, should be kept warm with a heating pad. Be sure to keep their faces and rear ends clean. Keep an eye out for fleas, ear mites, diarrhea, and signs of upper respiratory infections. Talk to the shelter or rescue group if your kittens seem sick. Keep the kittens separate from any other household pets. Be prepared to take your fosters to the vet or back to the shelter for check-ups and any needed treatments.

 

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month: Ways You Can Help

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Did you know that June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month? The warm weather means kitten season, and animal shelters and cat rescue groups are full of homeless cats and kittens just waiting for their forever home. What can you do to help spread the word about adopting shelter cats? Here are some great public awareness tips to get started.

Social Media Campaigns

Use your Facebook and Twitter accounts to tell your friends about adopting a shelter cat. Update your Facebook status and tweet the message that adopting a shelter cat this month will save lives.

Don’t forget about using your website, blog, and Pinterest account to spread the word about Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, too.

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Volunteer

Contact a local shelter or rescue group in your area and ask about volunteer opportunities. Have a few hours to spend socializing shelter cats or staffing an adoption event at a local pet store? These great organizations would love your help. You can also use your photography and writing skills to take pictures of adoptable cats and create kitty bios for the organization’s web page.

Donate

Shelters and rescue groups always welcome donations large and small. Donate money in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month or as tribute to a particular cat who is special to you. Cat food, kitty litter, litter boxes, toys, towels, carriers…you name it, there’s an organization in need of all kinds of cat supplies near you. Many shelters and rescue groups also need things like surgical scrubs and office supplies. How about baking some cookies for the hardworking staff at your local shelter?

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Educate the Next Generation

Talk to children about the importance of pet adoption, spay and neuter, and being kind to animals. You can work with a local shelter or rescue group and bring a cat or kitten to a cat-themed story time at the local library, a scouting or church kids’ group event, or even the local elementary school…with permission of course!