The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is celebrating their 2,500th life saved! Established in 2006, the local San Diego nonprofit helps pets in need of emergency veterinary care.

Charlie, an adorable 5-year-old terrier mix, is FACE’s 2,500th life saved. Suffering from a near-fatal infection, Charlie was close to death. Thankfully, her story doesn’t end here.

Charlie came into Janine and Paul’s family when she was a young pup. Paul, Janine and their two teenagers have loved Charlie and cared for her dearly ever since. Recently, the family noticed Charlie acting lethargic and vomiting – they knew something was wrong. After rushing her to the vet, it was determined that Charlie has pyometra – an infection in unspayed female dogs that if left untreated can be fatal. Her veterinarian at VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon recommended an emergency surgery to save Charlie. Her family never expected anything like this to happen to her, which is why educating pet owners about the health benefits to spaying and neutering is so important. They didn’t have the funds to cover this life-saving procedure and were in desperate need of help. Without this surgery, Charlie wouldn’t have been able to make it.

Both Janine and Paul are seniors working to make ends meet. After a major fall three years ago, Janine is disabled and wheelchair bound. Her injury caused Janine deep depression, making her almost unrecognizable to their entire family. Her rehabilitation therapist suggested incorporating Charlie into her rehab, and she quickly transitioned back to her old self. Through tears, Paul told a pet’s life, “I honestly credit Charlie with saving my wife’s life. Charlie helped get her through this tough time. Charlie is always by her side.”

Thankfully, FACE’s supporters were able to raise enough funds to get Charlie the surgery needed to save her life. She is now back at home with her family, happy and healthy!

FACE is asking for tax-deductible donations of $25 or more in honor of our 2,500th life saved. You can learn more about FACE Foundation and how to donate at www.face4pets.org or by calling 858-450-FACE.