We’d like to share a bit of news about a project close to the heart of FACE’s very busy Humane Educator Annie Petersen: the SoulPaws Recovery Project. Besides the work she does with FACE to educate young people in our community about pets and animals, Annie has also worked with other organizations like the San Diego Humane Society and the Zoological Society of San Diego.
Annie, who holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management, has also served as the President of the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies. Currently, Annie works closely with an amazing organization called the SoulPaws Recovery Project, which she co-founded with Shannon Kopp. The mission of SoulPaws is to offer therapeutic support (including animal-assisted therapy) to those affected by eating disorders.
SoulPaws is dedicated to rescuing shelter animals and utilizing animal-assisted therapy to support sufferers of eating disorders. SoulPaws works with certified therapy animals as well as shelter animals. They also use other therapies like yoga, journaling, and art therapy. Their work was recently featured on the Huffington Post website. Be sure to check out the article and the SoulPaws website to learn more about this great non-profit.
We are very grateful to have such an amazing advocate as part of the FACE team. Thank you for all you do for the animals…and people…in our community, Annie!
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.
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.
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.