Meet FACE Success Story Luna!

Cute little Luna is a 13-week-old Border Collie mix who got sick after eating tree bark.  Our partners at Ethos Veterinary Health were treating Luna when her dad (who works 2 jobs to help make ends meet) ran out of funds during her hospitalization.

A FACE grant enabled Luna to remain in the hospital for one more day of the oxygen therapy and supportive care she needed to survive.

We’re happy to report that Luna is now doing well and on her way to a full recovery.

Did you know that some tree bark is harmful to dogs?  Here’s a list of plants that are toxic to dogs, from the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control website.

Why do some dogs love to eat tree bark?  Here’s a short video that helps explain this common canine behavior:



Meet FACE Success Story Sammy!

10-year-old Sammy was in urgent need of surgery when his bladder ruptured. Sammy’s “mom” is on a fixed income and had no way of paying for the necessary procedure to save her best friend. Our friends at Mohnacky Animal Hospitals of Carlsbad contacted us to help save this sweet boy!

FACE’s network of hospital partners connects us with so many pets and their families that otherwise would not know about FACE and our mission to save pets from economic euthanasia.

Sammy received his emergency surgery and after extensive care at the hospital, was able to return home to fully recover with his mom!


How to Make a Pet Poison Prevention Kit

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center provides pet owners with great pet poison prevention advice, in addition to staffing a 24/7 hotline that helps concerned pet owners in a poison-related emergency.

Do you have a pet poison emergency kit at home?  A few simple items can be helpful if your dog or cat encounters anything toxic.

A basic kit should contain:

  • Liquid dish soap to remove substances from the fur or skin.
  • Rubber gloves to protect your hands while treating your pet.
  • Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always consult with a veterinarian before using this treatment).
  • A large syringe or turkey baster to administer the hydrogen peroxide.
  • Canned pet food to help dilute toxins or give more bulk to the vomit.
  • Saline solution to flush irritants from the eyes.
  • Tweezers to remove splinters or insect stingers.

Here’s a helpful video with more information on putting together a pet poison prevention kit:

Meet FACE Success Story Ivy!

Ivy was adopted 9 years ago by her “mom,” a self-employed woman living in La Mesa, California. Recently, Ivy suddenly got very sick. She was vomiting, wouldn’t eat or drink water, and was extremely lethargic.

After a veterinary visit, Ivy’s vet determined that she had a foreign body obstruction – she swallowed an object that needed to be surgically removed.  The urgent costs were not something Ivy’s mom could fully afford, and the surgery needed to be done ASAP, so she reached out to FACE.

With help from our donors and supporters, we were able to quickly approve her application for a financial grant and get Ivy the surgery she needed to pull through.

As it turns out, she swallowed a peach pit! Her owner had no idea, as Ivy doesn’t usually get into things, but she is so grateful FACE was there at her time in need.

Best wishes to sweet Ivy and her mom!


Wildfires Impact California Shelter Pets

The many large wildfires in California are having a devastating impact on people and their pets.  But what about the homeless animals in the path of the fires?

Many of these shelter animals are being evacuated from fire zones and are being brought to shelters in the San Francisco Bay area, so that pets displaced by fires can get emergency housing.

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek California is working to rescue homeless dogs and cats from shelters impacted by fire.  These animals are now available for adoption.

Click below to learn more about what ARF is doing to help these sweet pets!