A recent news story from the Salt Lake Tribune will have animal advocates cheering for the Humane Society of Utah! Like many animal welfare organizations, Utah Humane is opposed to pet stores selling puppy mill-bred animals for profit. So, when they found out that a donated pallet of dog food came from a pet store called the Puppy Barn, they said “Thanks, but no thanks.”
According to the article, the Humane Society discovered that the donation came from a pet store after the owners of the Puppy Barn posted a self-congratulatory video of the food purchase and donation on their social media accounts.
Administrators at HSU promptly sent the pet store a check for $900 (the estimated cost of the food) and informed them that they do not accept donations from companies that don’t share their mission. They also asked the Puppy Barn to take the video down. A Humane Society employee accepted the donation, not realizing the donors were pet store owners. After finding out, she was “upset” to have been shown in the video, thanking them for the food.
HSU notes that many animals sold as babies via pet stores often end up in animal shelters as they grow into adults, lose their cuteness, and become harder to handle for inexperienced owners. As officials at HSU say, “We don’t want to promote buying puppies when we deal every day with trying to find them homes.”
Meet Cece, a beautiful Siamese cat who escaped from home a few months back. Cece was struck by a car and suffered a fractured back. The surgery to save her life was more than her family could afford, but they applied for a FACE grant and Cece was able to have her surgery. We’re happy to report she’s doing great now! Check out this VIDEO about Cece and her family on the San Diego Union Tribune website.
FACE co-founder Dr. Keith Richter with his pups Mr. Piggy and Bloopus
Accompanying the video is an ARTICLE about Cece and the work that we do to save pets in need of critical veterinary care in the San Diego area. With the cost of diagnostic services and specialty treatments for unexpected pet illnesses and injuries often running thousands of dollars, FACE provides hope for pet owners faced with the sad reality of economic euthanasia.
Thank you San Diego Union Tribune, for the wonderful profile of Cece and FACE!
Recently FACE received a wonderful thank you letter from a truly special grantee. Meet Kenneth and his service dog Sampson. FACE provides financial assistance for emergency veterinary care to qualified pet owners…and some of these pets happen to be service dogs like Sampson! Ken receives life-saving support from Sampson. Ken has multiple health challenges, and Sampson provides comfort and assistance on many levels. Not only is Sampson a diabetic alert dog, he also helps Ken get around in his motorized wheel chair and provides emotional support too. Ken is hard of hearing and taught Sampson American Sign Language, so Sampson alerts Ken to the phone and doorbell as well.
Meet a few more FACE success stories who also happen to be very special assistance animals like Sampson!
Bella Amia is a registered service dog for her disabled owner. Bella developed a cancerous tumor and the cost of surgery was more than her owner could afford on a fixed income. FACE stepped in to help Bella…thanks to generous pet cancer grant funding from the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo.
Pete provides emotional support to a young girl who has cerebral palsy. After he broke his leg, Pete’s owner, a single mom, needed some financial assistance for his surgery. With a FACE grant, Pete was able to get his surgery, much to the relief of his loving family.
Rascull is an emotional support dog for a disabled senior who struggles with some mental health issues. Rascull swallowed something he shouldn’t have and needed surgery his owner couldn’t afford. Knowing how important Rascull was to his mom, his vet called FACE and we were able to provide assistance to save his life.