Meet FACE Success Story Copper!

Copper and her dad John live a happy life together. As a veteran, John finds companionship and support in his sweet two-year-old Beagle.

One day, Copper got out the back gate and was hit by a car before John knew she escaped. John heard a yelp and a car horn and ran outside to find Copper on the ground and a car speeding away. John brought Copper inside, where she immediately hid in pain. They went to the veterinarian where Copper was diagnosed with a fractured jaw that would require surgical intervention.

John’s only income comes from his VA pension, and that alone is barely enough to get him through the month. He had no way of coming up with the money to help Copper, but also couldn’t consider leaving her in so much pain.

After John found out about FACE, he quickly reached out to us for help with his best friend. With a financial grant for critical veterinary care from FACE, Copper was able to get the surgery she needed.

We’re happy to report that Copper had a completely successful fracture repair. She and John are back home enjoying life side by side!

 

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Video: FACE Success Story Jax and His “Dad” Luis

Back in March we introduced you to a very special dog who we had the honor of helping with a grant for emergency veterinary care.

Jax is a certified service dog for Luis, a military veteran who struggles with PTSD.  They were both seriously injured in a car accident with a drunk wrong-way driver.

Both Jax and Luis needed extensive medical treatment.  While Luis was hospitalized, Jax was also getting the veterinary care he needed.

A FACE grant helped Luis and his family pay for Jax’s treatment.

It’s been a long road to recovery for both Jax and Luis, but we are so happy to report that they are doing well.

Jax, Luis, Jax’s “sister” and the law enforcement officer who responded to the scene of the accident were honored guests at our recent golf tournament fundraiser, where we premiered this moving video detailing their story.

Thank you to everyone who supports our mission to save critically ill and injured pets in San Diego!

 

US Law Enforcement Works to End Animal Abuse

Did you know that the National Sheriffs’ Association has a division called the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse?

The NLECAA website has lots of great information for animal lovers around the US who are interested in finding out how law enforcement responds to animal maltreatment.

They recently released a report on the connection between animal cruelty and violence against humans.  The report notes that before 2016, animal abuse was put into an “all other offense” category in a national crime statistics database.

Since 2016, law enforcement now collects data from all over the country on animal cruelty, including gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse of animals.

The report provides guidance for first responders on the scene at animal abuse investigations, including how to link animal abuse to other forms of possible violent criminal activity.

You can download the full report HERE.  The National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse also has a guide on how to report suspected animal abuse in your state.

You can follow the work the NLECAA is doing to protect animals on Twitter!

Images:  NLECCA

 

Mushroom Safety for Dogs

In many parts of the world, fall is the time of year when mushrooms make their appearance in woods and other natural areas.  Is your dog at risk of poisoning if she eats a wild mushroom while out on a walk?

According to the North American Mycological Association, only 1% of mushrooms are considered to be “highly toxic” to pets.

There are some mushrooms that are attractive to dogs, probably because of their odor.  There are also mushrooms that are toxic to dogs while being harmless to humans.

Some mushrooms contain compounds that are dangerous, and sometimes deadly, if consumed by dogs.

NAMA recommends that dog owners take special care with these mushrooms when out on walks:

Amanita phalloides

Amanita muscaria

Amanita pantherina

Dogs can go into a deep, coma-like sleep after consuming certain mushroom toxins.  Other mushroom toxins can cause gastrointestinal distress.  The effects can last for hours.

If you are concerned that your dog ate a poisonous mushroom, seek veterinary care right away.  You can also call the Animal Poison Control Hotline or one of the NAMA experts in your area.

Click HERE for more information on mushroom poisoning in pets.

 

Sugar’s Journey: Meet a Very Special FACE Success Story

Sugar is a three year old cat who lived with a senior citizen named Charles in an apartment in downtown San Diego.  Sadly, Sugar fell 6 stories out of the apartment window.

Charles took Sugar for emergency veterinary care, but her injuries were extensive, and he could not afford the cost of her life-saving treatment.  Charles and his veterinarian reached out to FACE for financial assistance.

With a FACE grant, Sugar was able to get the first of two surgeries on her badly broken jaw with our partners at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center.

Charles was told that Sugar would need extensive aftercare at home after her surgeries, including feeding tubes and medications.  Charles realized that he was not up to the demands of caring for such a sick pet and relinquished Sugar to FACE.

This was an unusual situation for FACE, as we are not a shelter or rescue charity, but we could not turn her away.  Luckily, our friends at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society agreed to foster Sugar during her long recovery.

Sugar had her second jaw surgery with Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties and received additional care from our partners at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital.  She has been recuperating at Rancho Coastal Humane.

Recently, Sugar was put up for adoption at Rancho Coastal.  We are happy to report that Sugar was adopted on the *same day* she became available and is now living with her new “mom” in Chula Vista, CA.

Check out this heartwarming video of sweet Sugar snuggling with her new mom!