Established in 2006 by a group of veterinarians and concerned community members, the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial grants for animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care. The FACE Foundation is one of the first organizations of its kind in the country.
Mission: To enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education.
Save a Life Program:
As many people today experience increasing economic challenges, their pets are suffering too. The number of people who cannot afford critical medical care for their sick or injured pet is growing at an alarming rate. In what is being labeled as “economic euthanasia,” these beloved companions are being euthanized because their owners cannot afford the often unexpected cost of treatment needed to save their lives. The FACE Foundation was created to address this tragedy. What started out as a beautiful vision to stop the surrender and euthanasia of beloved family pets has become a supportive center where families in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives. FACE grantees are typically low-income families, senior citizens, veterans, military families, students, disabled individuals, or hard-working families and individuals who struggle to survive paycheck to paycheck, or cannot afford an expensive veterinary bill all at once. With a tagline of “Saving Pets and Helping Families,” FACE’s work is just as important for the animals we save as it is for the families who are spared the heartbreak of losing their best friend.
Humane Education Program:
FACE also offers free Humane Education lessons to youth in the San Diego community!
Achieving Our Mission:
FACE proudly works with over 100 veterinary hospitals throughout San Diego County. Veterinary partners make FACE’s work possible by generously discounting their services for qualified FACE patients by at least 25%, and helping to fundraise whenever possible.
FACE relies solely on donations to continue providing access to life saving veterinary care and to enhance and preserve the quality of life for these loving pets.
All gift-in-kind donations go to use in our auctions or raffle drawings at our annual events.