Dog Aging Project Seeks Volunteers for New Canine Health Study

The University of Washington and Texas A&M University have teamed up for a large-scale study called the Dog Aging Project.  The project invites dog owners to nominate their pets to be part of the study.

The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to identify factors that are critical to improving healthy lifespan in dogs.  The researchers are interested in finding out how genetics, lifestyle, and environment influence the canine aging process.

By analyzing the data collected, the researchers’ ultimate goal is to provide owners with evidence-based advice that will help owners increase their dog’s healthy lifespan.

If you are accepted into the program, you will be invited to fill out surveys about your dog’s health and life experiences.  You will be asked to submit a sample of your dog’s saliva for DNA testing as well.  Some owners will be able to perform special activities with their dogs and report the results to the study.

Interesting in getting started?  You can learn more about nominating your dog HERE.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Cheryl Passer

Cheryl at Bags & Baubles

Cheryl Passer has been a dedicated FACE volunteer for over 11 years!  Her work with FACE dates back to our earliest days as a brand-new animal charity when, as a professional graphic designer, she helped us with our logo, branding, website, and print materials.

Since then, Cheryl has helped FACE with many other design projects, either gratis or for a discounted rate.  Cheryl has also volunteered her time as well as her artistic talents, working on our two biggest annual fundraising events:  Bags & Baubles and our Invitational Golf Tournament.

A feline friend poses beside Cheryl’s work

Cheryl values her work with FACE.  “I hope that providing free or affordable design services, as well as my time volunteering at events, has helped FACE retain more money to help family pets get the medical attention that they need,” she says.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to this long-time member of the FACE family!  Thank you, Cheryl, for helping us save the lives of over 2,000 San Diego area pets.

 

May 6-12 is Be Kind to Animals Week!

According to American Humane, Be Kind to Animals Week is the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history!  What better way to celebrate this important humane awareness event than with these easy ways to show your kindness to all animals?

  • Adopt a homeless pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Volunteer your time and talents at a non-profit animal welfare organization.
  • Report suspected animal abuse to local police or animal welfare organizations.
  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance and avoid touching or picking up wild animals.

  • Create safe and welcoming outdoor spaces for pets and other animals like birds and insects.
  • Remember to take your pet to the vet for regular wellness exams.
  • Consider buying cruelty-free cosmetic brands on your next shopping trip.

  • Donate to a local low-cost spay/neuter organization to reduce the homeless pet population in your area.
  • Clean up plastic litter than can be harmful to birds and animals if eaten.
  • Teach kids how to safely and gently interact with animals.

  • Be aware of wildlife and free-roaming pets while driving.  Report animals hit by cars to local authorities.
  • Put down your phone and spend more quality time interacting with your pets.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Diana Stone

A life-long animal lover, Diana Stone has been supporting FACE since day one. That means her volunteerism has spanned over 10 YEARS!

From actively participating in all events, to donating beautiful items to our annual Bags & Baubles silent auction fundraiser, Diana is always seeking ways to give back.

Animals are Diana’s passion, and her commitment to donating and volunteering with us over the years makes her an integral part of the FACE Family.

Thank you, Diana for continuing to support FACE and every event!

Interested in becoming a FACE volunteer?  Click HERE for more ways to get involved!

Video: Shelters Prepare For This Year’s Kitten Season

Spring is a very busy time for animal welfare workers and volunteers.  It’s the time of year when the warm weather means that homeless cats in your community (and unaltered pets allowed to roam) will mate and produce lots of kittens.  Each year, animal shelters and cat rescue groups are flooded with homeless kittens (sometimes with mom, sometimes orphaned) that need care.

Want to know what it’s really like to be on the front lines during kitten season?  Cat rescue advocate Hannah Shaw–aka “Kitten Lady”–has recently shared a video about how shelters handle kitten season on her YouTube channel.

If you haven’t heard about the work that Hannah does rescuing vulnerable shelter kittens and raising awareness about this issue, check out the Kitten Lady website to learn more!  And if you’re interested in helping your local shelter or rescue group, you can consider fostering…or donating much-needed kitten season wish list items like kitten food, formula, and other supplies.  Check with you local animal welfare organization to find out what’s needed most.