This Rachel Rothstein interview focuses on the work that FACE Foundation does to save pets and help their families.

FACE Foundation aims to offer animals a better life by providing education and medical care.

If you want to learn more about them, check out the interview below with their Communications & Events Manager.

1. How did you start your website and what was your motivation?

We made our website to support our organization, the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE Foundation).

FACE was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2006 by a group of veterinarians and concerned community members to provide access to necessary medical care and education.

We realized that there was a real problem in San Diego – economic euthanasia.

This is a term coined by FACE to describe the situation where many owners cannot afford the critical care their beloved pets need to survive, and have no choice but to euthanize their pet.

We were formed to address this tragedy and keep pets and families together.

2. What are the most challenging aspects of dealing with ill pets?

Most of our cases are time-sensitive, and as a small nonprofit organization, it is difficult to work around the clock.

We pride ourselves in working efficiently and diligently for our community.

3. What should pet owners do to keep their pets as healthy as possible?

Always spay or neuter your pet!

Many illnesses stem from not altering your pet, including a very common disease – pyometria.

This is one of the most prevalent issues in San Diego, and yet very preventable.

Another great preventative measure is purchasing pet insurance for your pet, which can pay itself off in the long-run.

4. Should we adopt pets or buy them?

Adopt – don’t buy.

Not only are you saving a life by adopting, but many purebreds have more health issues than mixed breeds.

You can use the money you saved from not purchasing an expensive dog to pay for pet insurance!

5. Any thoughts you want to share with our readers?

FACE has saved the lives of over 2,200 dogs, cats, and small animals over the past 12 years of existence.

We work solely off the generosity of the public – the more donations we receive, the more pets we can save.

You can learn more about FACE Foundation and the lifesaving work we do at

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Official FACE Foundation logo

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