Pets and Wildfires: One Cat’s Survival Story

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This has been a rough year for wildfires here in Southern California and throughout much of the western United States. A few weeks ago, the Border Fire destroyed over 7,600 acres in southeast San Diego County. Fires can be devastating for both people and their pets. While it’s always important to have a disaster preparedness plan in place for yourself and your animals, sometimes natural disasters like wildfires can get out of control very quickly, putting people and animals in danger.

Meet sweet little Minikins, a kitty caught in the middle of the Border Fire. Minikins’s owner Renee got a call at work saying her neighborhood was being evacuated. Renee rushed home to save her beloved cats, but authorities would not let her get close to the house for days…until she finally found one Cal Fire officer who agreed to take her.

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The wildfire had surrounded her house, getting all the way to the front porch. She found all of her cats hiding under the porch, except for one poor kitty, who is still missing. All were scared, but unharmed…except for Minkins. Minikins had suffered severe burns on all four of her paws. She had lost fur and skin, and fire retardant was stuck to her feet. Crying in pain, Minikins was rushed to the vet.

The veterinary team at Country Pet Hospital in Alpine, California worked hard to save Minikins, but her journey to recovery is far from over. She will need debridement surgery on her paws and weeks of ongoing care. Our partners at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital have agreed to take on Minikins’s treatment at a reduced rate, since her owner cannot afford the thousands of dollars associated with her care.

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If you would like to help with Minikins’s care, you can go to the FACE Foundation’s Donate page and select “gift in honor of” and write in “Minikins” to ensure your gift goes to her care.

To see a local ABC News story about Minikins, click HERE.

 

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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.

 

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!

 

Local Artist Donates Proceeds to Help Save Pets

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Local San Diego artist Glina has announced that she is donating 40% of proceeds of artwork sold to the FACE Foundation, “where art can be used to heal.”  Esther Glina Montagner is a renowned abstract artist who gives voice to the theme “to be heard” in her work.  She has depicted such emotional human experiences as the Holocaust, 9/11, and the earthquake in Japan in her bold and intense art.  Her work can be found in many permanent museum collections and touring exhibitions, as well as in commercial interiors, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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To learn more about Glina and see her work, visit her website HERE.  If you are interested in helping FACE save the lives of beloved family pets by purchasing artwork by Glina, please contact Glina at orowood@aol.com or FACE at events@face4pets.org.  Special FACE pricing will be applied to all artwork purchased through this program.  You can contact Glina for pricing details.

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Thank you for your help in supporting families with pets in need of emergency veterinary care!

 

Support FACE and Your Other Favorite Charities with Pledgeling

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Pledgeling is an online giving platform that makes it easy to donate to your favorite charities like the FACE Foundation. Pledgeling allows you to centralize your giving to multiple non-profits all in one place, and makes it easy for you to track all of your charitable giving at tax time.

You can quickly and easily donate from your computer or any mobile device, and then share your donation activity with your friends and other pledgeling.com users (the amount remains private). Pledgeling is free to use, and organizes participating non-profits by category, so it’s easy to find and give to the charities of your choice.

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Did you know that when you create an account, pledgeling.com will automatically donate $5 to the FACE Foundation?

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit pledgeling.com and click “Sign-Up” at the top.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email. Verify your email and $5 will be added to your account.
  3. Find the FACE Foundation by typing FACE in the search box.
  4. Click “Donate” to confirm that you want the $5 to go to FACE.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to help pets in need of emergency veterinary care!