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FACE Foundation (Foundation for Animal Care and Education)

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet's emergency or critical care.

Results: FACE has saved the lives of over 2,000 beloved family pets since administering our first grant in 2007.

Target demographics: Pets with immediately life-threatening injuries and illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 pets and families.

Geographic areas served: San Diego County

Programs: Our save-a-life program in which we give financial grants to assist pet owners who cannot afford to save their beloved companion. FACE is also committed to providing fun and engaging Youth Humane Education Programs with local partners around San Diego County.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Heather G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2013, my 3 year old old dog, Spunky, suddenly had trouble walking. My vet recommended a specialty vet who diagnosed him with a herniated disk. The cost of the MRI alone was greater than all my credit limits combined. The specialty vet recommended I apply for a grant with FACE. Their application process was short; review and approval very quick, and within an hour, my little guy was being prepped for emergency surgery. Without the help of the FACE Foundation, so many families would lose their fur babies - mine included - caused because of economic euthanasia - the horrifying decision to end your pet's life because emergency care is out of financial reach. Today, you can't even see Spunky's scar and have no idea what he experienced. It has been so heartwarming to see the organization create so many new partnerships within the community and host such creative and fun fundraisers. Because of FACE, my family is still together....Spunky and I.

Lorena C.

Donor

Rating: 5

FACE helped saved my puppies leg after a horse had stepped and broke her leg. With only 2 options Surgery or Amputation with very little money, this was a hard decision to make. FACE stepped in and helped save her leg. Now 5 years later she is still doing great!!!!
I have since then donated for a few other cases, not much but what I can when I can. and I simply LOVE how they keep me updated with the cases that I have donated too, so I know where my donated money has gone and how it helped

Donor

Rating: 5

Having lost 2 dogs over a period of 6 years to liver cancer (Baxter & Shadow), we were always supported by FACE Foundation in our quest for cures. Fortunately, FACE was there to give us
the comfort and reassurance that we needed at that time. FACE has to be the most caring and compassionate organization there is in helping any animal that needs support. If your having trouble, reach out to FACE. You will not regret touching them and supporting them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My emotional support dog needed Blatter surgery for the second time and place for Pats was there once again to help me with the bill of the surgery

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a psychiatric social worker working at the VA medical center in La Jolla, CA. I provide psychotherapy to veterans suffering from mental illness. One of the most effective treatments available, IMO, for Vets suffering from PTSD in particular is a support or service dog...I’ve seen service animals literally transform the lives of veterans. While I have not had to rely on the services of the FACE Foundation for the care of my two dogs, I have referred veterans with sick animals to FACE for help many times in the past. I also make monthly donations of money to FACE to help them do the good work that they do. I’ve included a photo of my Corgi, Cody, and his new girlfriend, Poppy..........what would I do without my beloved dogs?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

ZERO! They were advised of the nature of my babies emergency life threatening situation. As verified by her Vet. $2600 surgery. The person I spoke with told me bladder stones were not considered life threatening and that I should look into how to get them dissolved or change of diet. I was told medical needed to be reviewed when the vet office explained this was not an average bladder stone situation. Instead I was told to "submit my income information but most likely it will be denied as female dogs are susceptible to such things. I suggest you try to find other options."
Well here is the stone you thought she would pass or could be dissolved. My rating is ZERO But App would not let me leave blank.

Amanda170

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FACE is a great organization that really believes in their mission. While unique to San Diego county, this organization has done so much to help the lives of it's grantees and work to end economic euthanasia. FACE is doing some great pioneering work in an area that has not received enough involvement. Each individual at FACE truly cares about saving the lives of pets and will everything they can to help.

Danae D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FACE really is a unique organization that stays true to its mission: saving pets and helping families. By donating to a pet's emergency treatment when there are no other resources available, FACE not only saves a life, but also keeps a family together by saving one of its members. FACE is invaluable to the San Diego community, and my hopes are that some day it can expand to be a resource for all families in need of assistance.

Review from Guidestar

Claire22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FACE Foundation is a unique organization in San Diego County that seeks to end the tragedy of "economic euthanasia" by providing financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford their pet's life-saving veterinary care. All too often pet parents are forced to make the unthinkable decision of having to euthanize a beloved furry family member simply due to lack of finances. FACE is a beacon of hope for these people, helping keep families together and pets at home where they belong. I only wish more people knew about this wonderful organization!

Review from Guidestar