The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) was created to address the tragedy of economic euthanasia – when a pet is euthanized because their owners cannot afford the sudden cost of emergency veterinary care. Marking FACE’s 2,000th life saved is Cleo, a cat who was spared from economic euthanasia earlier this year.

San Diego resident, Sean, adopted Cleo, an adorable tabby that had been abandoned and was in need of a home. Cleo was an indoor-outdoor cat and one night after a trip outside, she showed up dirty and crying in pain. Sean rushed Cleo to Bodhi Animal Hospital who determined that she had been hit by a car and had a severe leg fracture requiring surgery.

Sean didn’t want Cleo to suffer, but he did not have the funds to cover the emergency costs of surgery. Just before losing hope, Cleo’s veterinarian referred Sean to FACE, who provided a grant for her lifesaving care. Cleo is now fully recovered and will be an indoor cat from now on.

Fractures are the #1 emergency FACE assists with. Without treatment, euthanasia is the recommended course for animals who have severe fractures and injuries. FACE has helped to save the lives of over 475 pets in need of fracture repairs from incidents like car accidents, animal fights, jumping off furniture and children mishandling the pet.

While common, fractures are avoidable – keeping pets indoors or on a leash while outside, educating children on proper animal handling, spaying & neutering and behavior training are essential to avoiding injury. For more information about pet health or to make a donation to FACE Foundation, please visit www.face4pets.org.

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