Meet FACE Animaltarian Award Winner Sandie Lampe

We are looking forward to honoring our good friend–and dedicated San Diego animal advocate–Sandie Lampe at our upcoming Animaltarian Awards on September 29th.

Sandie has dedicated much of her professional career in the media to raising awareness about pet well-being and animal welfare.

She is an award-winning pet writer for San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyles Magazine.  Sandie is also an on-air personality at San Diego’s KUSI News, where she hosts the station’s popular “Pet Patrol” segment.

We are lucky to have this leading pet lifestyle expert as a FACE friend and supporter.  Not only does Sandie help us spread the word about our life-saving mission to end pet economic euthanasia through her magazine and television work, she is also a FACE Foundation Advisory Committee member, lending us her considerable public relations expertise.

Thank you, Sandie, for all you do to help San Diego pets!

 

FACE “Animaltarian Awards” Honors La Jolla Veterinary Hospital

On September 29th, FACE will be hosting our Animaltarian Awards, honoring some of our local San Diego area animal heroes.  We’ll be profiling each award recipient in the coming weeks, starting with our friends at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital!

La Jolla Vet has been taking care of pets for nearly 70 years.  They consistently rank among the best veterinary practices in San Diego.

La Jolla Vet has also been a dedicated supporter of animal welfare in San Diego, including FACE’s mission to end economic euthanasia by providing financial assistance to pet owners seeking critical veterinary care.

Among the many ways La Jolla Veterinary Hospital supports FACE is their annual Paws & Pints charitable fundraiser held every summer.  This year alone $15,000 of donations raised at the event went to help fund FACE’s life-saving work!

The hospital also often sponsors FACE’s annual fundraising events, like our Bags & Baubles shopping event and Invitational Golf Tournament, allowing us to raise more funds and help even more pets.

Additionally, Hospital Director Stephanie Coolidge serves on FACE’s Advisory Committee, lending her expertise and knowledge about the veterinary industry to provide strategic advice and guide organizational decisions. Stephanie says about the hospital, “Animal welfare is our lifestyle. Not our job, our hobby, nor a fraction of what we do. It is who we are and FACE encompasses all that we believe in.”

Thank you La Jolla Veterinary Hospital for all that you do, we are grateful for your support!

 

Dog-Friendly Restaurant Dos and Don’ts for You and Your Pup

With summer in full swing, many dog owners are looking forward to bringing their four-legged friends out and about with them.  One of the most popular destinations…dog-friendly outdoor dining patios at restaurants and bars!

Our friends at San Diego Pets Magazine put together a helpful list of tips for dining out with your dog.  Since we’re lucky enough here to bring our pups with us year-round, we’ve got the dog-friendly etiquette down!

  • Bring a chew toy or treat to keep your dog occupied while the humans are dining.
  • Know your dog before you go.  Not all dogs are comfortable in social situations.  If your dog is the shy type, she might be happier at home.
  • Barking and begging for food are definite “don’ts” at any dog-friendly dining establishment.
  • Most facilities don’t let dogs walk through the restaurant to get to the patio, so be sure to stop at the hostess stand and let folks know you’d like to access the patio with your dog.
  • Keep your dog (even very small ones) off the table and chairs when dining outside.

  • It’s safest to always keep your dog on leash while on the patio.  Make sure to keep the lead short so it doesn’t get tangled up or become a tripping hazard.
  • Be aware that there may be multiple dogs on the patio, so if your dog doesn’t play well with others, keep him home.
  • Feed your dog before you go to discourage begging, and take her on a walk to tire her out a bit and to make sure she relieves herself before heading to the restaurant.

  • Don’t assume the restaurant will have enough water bowls to go around during peak times.  Bring your own travel water bowl just in case.

Now you’re ready to enjoy some al fresco dining with your best friend!

 

New Study: Escaped Pet Parrots Living Throughout the US

A study of former pet parrots living and breeding in the wild (called “naturalized” parrots) was recently published in the Journal of Ornithology.

The findings show that our escaped pet birds are living, and in many cases thriving, in nearly all US states, including those with cold climates.

56 species of naturalized parrots have been sighted living in the wild in 43 states between the years 2002-2016.  25 of these parrot species are known to be breeding in at least 23 states.

The most common pet parrot species living in the wild in the US are the Monk Parakeet, the Red-crowned Amazon, and the Nanday Parakeet.

Most naturalized parrots live in three states with relatively warm climates:  California, Florida, and Texas.

A story on this parrot study in National Geographic notes that escaped parrots can live in colder states, thanks to their nightly nesting habits and people putting out bird seed in the winter months.

Parrots live in all types of environments, from urban to rural, with many choosing to nest in man-made structures.

Here in San Diego, researchers report that we have as many as 13 parrot species living in the wild.  Locals can keep up with the latest parrot news and report sightings via the San Diego Parrot Project!

 

Video: Construction Workers Rescue Stowaway Kittens from Steel Column

Five tiny kittens made big news here in San Diego recently!  Workers on a construction site were surprised to hear meows coming from a 60 foot steel column that had traveled hundreds of miles from Hayward to San Diego on a truck.

After failing to coax the kittens out with food, the workers had to tip the long tube over and slide them out.  Inside were a litter of 3 males and 2 females, just one week old!

Rescuers from the San Diego Humane Society came to the construction site and brought the kittens to SDHS’s 24 hour kitten nursery.

The kittens—named Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper—are now 4 weeks old and in foster care, where they will remain until they are ready for adoption at 8 weeks.

Check out the heartwarming video from San Diego Humane here: