Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE).

According to Pets of the Homeless, five to ten percent of the roughly 9,000 homeless individuals in San Diego have pets. Like most animal lovers, pets provide homeless individuals with comfort and a sense of purpose, and many might be transitioning with their owner during a time of hardship. The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE), a not-for-profit that provides financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford emergency veterinary care, has recently launched a new homeless outreach initiative to connect homeless pet owners with veterinary resources.

FACE has partnered with local homeless organizations to provide resources to their clients and held its first outreach clinic at Brother Benno’s Center in Oceanside this past July. The Foundation provided free pet food, supplies, resources to the patrons of Brother Benno’s, and had a veterinarian on site. All pet food was generously donated by Balboa Veterinary Hospital, Hill’s and Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Homeless individuals account for about five percent of FACE grantees. “We want to make sure that no pet in need slips through the cracks,” FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty tells APL Magazine.

Those looking for more information about FACE’s homeless outreach program and upcoming fundraisers can contact FACE at (858) 450-3223 or grants@face4pets.org.

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