Happy Holidays from FACE!



Warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday…



From our family to yours!

Collin and his Mom

Collin and his Mom

Here are a just few FACE Success Stories…beloved family pets we were able to help save, thanks to all of our generous supporters!



Juan Diego

Juan Diego



Pup from FACE outreach at Brother Benno's

Pup from FACE outreach at Brother Benno’s


Happy Thanksgiving!


Wishing all of our friends a Happy Thanksgiving!  We’d like to extend a special thanks to our partners at the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo for their generous grant to FACE’s Save-A-Life Program pet cancer fund.  Cute little Chaquita is just one of the recipients of this grant.  She received assistance in October and is doing well.  Check our Facebook page in the coming weeks to see more cancer fund recipients.


FACE Success Story Edwin & Myles Win 2016 Animal Impact Award


San Diego Pets Magazine has chosen FACE grantee Edwin Rivers and his dog Myles for their 2016 Animal Impact Award! Edwin and Myles share a very special bond, and we are proud to be a part of their heartwarming story.

Edwin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his military service during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91. Edwin received treatment for his PTSD, but nothing made more of a positive impact than when he got a 9 month old shepherd mix named Myles. Edwin took Myles in for a friend who could no longer care for him. Myles soon became a comforting presence in his life and helped ease the symptoms of his PTSD.

In 2015, Myles fell and broke his femur. He needed emergency surgery that Edwin could not afford, as he was on a fixed income. The recommended alternative was euthanasia. Edwin reached out to FACE and received a grant for the life-saving operation for Myles. Myles has now fully recovered and Edwin has become a great advocate for FACE, volunteering and speaking about how he and Myles made such a positive impact on each other’s lives.

You can read the full article HERE.


Understanding FIP–And How You Can Help Cure this Deadly Feline Disease


Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal disease that is the number one cause of death in cats under 2 years of age. What is FIP? The disease is caused by the feline coronavirus (FCoV). Under normal circumstances, when a cat is infected with the virus, it will develop a typical immune response and not be negatively impacted. For reasons not 100% understood, some cats will develop deadly FIP after exposure to the virus.

In cats with FIP, the coronavirus will infect a cat’s monocytes (white blood cells) and begin replicating itself. The virus will take over an affected cat’s immune system and cause widespread damage throughout the cat’s body. “Wet” FIP is an acute, lethal form of the disease that causes fluid to accumulate in the body. “Dry” FIP is a more chronic condition, but still serious and eventually fatal.


Cats are commonly exposed to the feline coronavirus in multi-cat environments like animal shelters, breeding and boarding facilities, and even in multi-cat households. While blood tests can show that a cat has been exposed to the virus, they can’t necessarily tell that it has become virulent and will lead to FIP. There is no cure or even an effective treatment for FIP. It is a fatal disease and treatments consist of supportive care like anti-inflammatory medications and fluid drainage.

A cat named Bria was a Birman kitten who passed away from FIP at 9 months of age back in 2005. Her “mom” was Susan Gingrich, sister of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Susan and the Winn Feline Foundation established the Bria Fund a few months after little Bria’s death. The mission of the Bria Fund is to support research on FIP, and also to raise awareness about the disease.


From now until October 31, 2016, a small $5 donation to Winn’s Bria Fund allows you to participate in the Fund’s annual prize raffle drawing. Cat lovers can help find a cure for this terrible disease…and win a neat gift at the same time.


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!