a pet's life magazine Summer 2015 - Page 16

education FACE Foundation Youth Humane Education Initiative T his year marks an exciting beginning for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) as it expands its Humane Education Program, providing underserved youth with handson experiences in animal welfare. The program’s mission is helping youth develop compassion toward animals, encouraging them to see similarities between themselves and the animals who share our world. Founded in 2006, FACE is a San Diego nonprofit that provides assistance to animals in need of critical veterinary care through monetary grants. FACE works with over 100 veterinary hospitals to assist in cases when pet owners cannot afford the cost of care. In addition to preventing “economic euthanasia,” education is an important component of FACE’s mission. Over the past year, FACE has collaborated with several local youth organizations, including Pro Kids Golf Academy, Lincoln Acres Library and Access Youth Academy, hosting free monthly lessons on topics including responsible pet ownership, animal behavior, pet safety and animal-related careers. Students have had the chance to visit the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley, touring the surgery suite, meeting veterinarians and even visiting with animal patients. “I am so thrilled that FACE has re-launched this program, as there is a need for it in our community,” FACE’s Programs Manager Danae Davis tells a pet’s life magazine. “By developing strong character traits in San Diego’s youth, we are preparing them to be responsible young adults who have the capacity to affect the future in a positive way.” Those looking for more information about this program can contact FACE at (858) 450-3223 or grants@face4pets.org. FACE’s 5K Doggie Dash! Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 8am-11am Grab your pup for this fun, dog-friendly walk/run featuring music, prizes and pet friendly vendors! Proceeds benefit local pets in need of life-saving veterinary care. www.face4pets.org 858-450-3223 16 apetslifemagazine.com | SUMMER 2015