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Foundation for Animal Care & Education (FACE)

Saving Pets and Helping Families

aka FACE Foundation   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.face4pets.org

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Mission

Established in 2006, The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, whose mission is 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 through close to 200 veterinary partners for animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet's emergency or critical care.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Stash McCollough

Main address

10505 Sorrento Valley Road Suite 175

San Diego, CA 92121 USA

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EIN

20-5333261

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

Other Services (D60)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Problem: Economic Euthanasia Each year, many animals are brought to their veterinarian with life-threatening conditions. Sadly, many owners cannot afford the critical care their beloved pets need to survive. They are left with one choice—euthanasia. According to CPI reports, 15.7% of San Diegans fall below poverty level and 33% of San Diegans do not earn enough to cover basic expenses. When faced with a sudden and costly medical emergency, many are faced with the difficult decision of euthanasia simply due to cost of treatment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Save-a-Life Program

FACE provides financial grants to nearly 200 partner veterinary hospitals for pet owners who cannot afford the cost of their pets' critical or emergency veterinary care. Grants are awarded only for patients with immediately life-threatening conditions with a good prognosis if treated. Additionally, pet owners must provide proof of financial hardship and partner hospitals must provide a 25% discount. FACE responds to complete grant applications seven days a week in an effort to ensure that ill or injured animals are tended to as quickly as possible.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Military personnel
Retired people
Unemployed people
Veterans

FACE hosts several educational, animal-focused classes for youth in the San Diego community. Classes cover topics such as basic animal care, interpreting animal behaviors and cues, the importance of spay and neuter, how to safely approach a dog (where students get to "meet and greet” a trained therapy dog), and even careers in various animal fields, which includes a tour of the 3-story, 26,000 sq. ft. Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley. FACE is thrilled to offer these classes as a free service to the community with the hope to inspire a sense of interest and compassion for animals in our local youth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

FACE serves San Diego's very low-income and homeless pet owners by providing resources for veterinary assistance, free veterinary exams and pet supplies at quarterly clinics.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pets assisted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Save-a-Life Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FACE's Save-A-Life saves pets from economic euthanasia by providing grants to assist with the cost of emergency and critical veterinary care for pets with life-threatening conditions.

Number of veterinary partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Save-a-Life Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FACE's veterinary hospital partners generously discount their services by 25% for FACE cases, allowing us to leverage our funding to save even more lives.

Number of other pet owners assisted (inquiries and referrals to other resources)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Save-a-Life Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

If a pet owner does not qualify for assistance from FACE, we provide them with a list of referrals for other organizations and/or veterinary hospitals that may be able to assist them.

Number of students reached through humane education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Humane Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FACE’s Humane Education program cultivates awareness toward the ethical treatment of animals and helps at-risk youth see the similarities between themselves and the animals who share our world.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FACE's Save A Life Program was created to address the tragedy of economic euthanasia. 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. 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. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible within our community, giving pets a second change at life and helping families avoid the heartbreak of "economic euthanasia." Our goal is also to educate the public (including youth) about responsible pet ownership and the importance of preventative care for their pets.

The Foundation is working to expand its donor base so that it can provide more financial grants for veterinary procedures. FACE is striving to partner with more veterinary hospitals in order to increase its exposure in the community and to reach more in-need pet owners. In 2021, FACE would like to grant $876,000 to assist at least 380 more family pets. FACE also hopes to continue expanding our Humane Education Program, which aims to get our local youth involved in animal welfare, as well as our Community Outreach Program which focuses on providing very low income families with needed pet supplies and resources.

FACE has been supported through grassroots fundraising and by several larger organizations both nationally and locally, including the Petco Foundation. We also have worked with over 180 veterinary hospitals in San Diego County.

We have accomplished our granting goals for money given and lives saved for the past several years, but we still have a lot of work to do. So many people are not aware of our existence, and there are many veterinary hospitals in the area that have not yet worked with FACE.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Foundation for Animal Care & Education (FACE)

Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Keith Richter

Ethos Veterinary

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Amber Yoo

SKY Facial Plastic Surgery

Term: 2022 -

Keith Richter

Retired Veterinary Specialist

Cini Gannon-Robb

Community Volunteer

Dori Slater-Vance

Retired Veterinarian

Jarrett Bostwick

Spearhead Capital, LLC

Amber Yoo

SKY Facial Plastic Surgery

Arash Sarlati

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital

Lana Hock

The Hock Group, R.W. Baird & Co.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes