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The Face Foundation: Benefits of Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats

This reblog applies also 2 pet rabbits

Do you love lists? I do. These lists will convince you of the health and welfare benefits to of spay and neuter for our pets. In many counties and cities in the USA free or low-cost shelter or Vet clinics are available. Don’t let cost block you from helping your pets stay healthy. This organization FACE Foundation saves dogs and cats lives by paying for spay and neuter costs when pet parents cannot pay for them. What a good service to spread the word for!

Reasons to spay & neuter dogs & cats
Be smart spay or neuter!
Infographic 4 pet health

When you spay and neuter your pets you are doing your part in helping to decrease the huge number of unwanted puppies and kittens that end up in animal shelters each year. Fixing your pet also has many health and behavior benefits for male and female dogs and cats. Here is a run-down of the benefits of spay and neuter.

Please spay or neuter us!
kittens & cats live longer and healthier lives when spayed or neutered.
Female Spaying
  1. Stops heat cycles
  2. Reduces desire to roam
  3. Reduces or eliminates risk of mammary gland tumors and ovarian/uterine cancer (especially when done before first heat)
Male Neutering
  • Reduces spraying and marking
  • Reduces desire to roaming
  • Reduces or eliminates risk of testicular cancer and prostate disease
  • Decreases aggression
Spay or neuter & take me home
Lost puppy on a street
Spay and Neuter by the Numbers
  1. Altering increases the lifespan of dogs an average of 1-3 years
  2. Altering cats increases their lifespan by 3-5 years
  3. 80% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered males looking for mates
  4. 90% of cats hit by cars are unaltered males or females
  5. For every human born, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born
  6. 55% of dogs and 47% of cats surrendered to shelters are unaltered

Thanks Face Foundation on WordPress for giving me permission to reblog this post.

About Page for FACE Foundation:

“Established in 2006, The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, whose mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.

As many people today experience increasing economic challenges, their pets are suffering too. The number of people who cannot afford critical medical care for their sick or injured pet is growing at an alarming rate.

In what is being labeled as ‘economic euthanasia,’ these beloved companions are being euthanized because their owners cannot afford the often unexpected cost of treatment needed to save their lives. The FACE Foundation was created to address this tragedy. What started out as a beautiful vision to stop the surrender and euthanasia of beloved family pets, has become a supportive center where families in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives.”

“FACE relies solely on donations to continue its mission of providing access to life saving veterinary care and to enhance and preserve the quality of life for these loving pets.”

Readers, please visit their blog.

They also have success stories on their Web site  FACE Foundation

Please share their mission with pet lovers in California.

Gratefully, Deborah Taylor-French

This entry was first posted under Cats, Dogs, Education and tagged animal care, Animal Education, Animal Welfare, cats, dogs, Education, health, medical care, Pets, saving lives, spay/neuter, veterinary care by FACE Foundation.

Dog comforts

Sad-eyed lady

Not so easy when things go south, is it? Especially with our children or pets. As a person I tend towards pre-grieving. When loss comes, as it often does, I think I am mentally prepared. Yet at times, I feel so lost. Lost a big chunk of myself this week. I will not publish the details, I believe stories that involve our loved ones need privacy and time. We all must shift into a slower pace. We all must adjust. All of us need time. Learning to trust again, takes time. In my sadness for others in recent events, I remember a general rule of thumb, most heartbreak has no winners, we all lose when relationships explode or break.

Sydney to the rescue

The other morning, I just sat and sat in the garden with Sydney. He sat on my lap, comforting me. He always knows when anyone in our family feels sad or any strong emotion. Like an EMT trained first responder Sydney has often come running to me, while I wept. I believe that his love and care has saved my life many times over. In times of deepest grief, Sydney has run and launched himself at me. He times his actions perfectly to land in my center, even if I had been standing up at the time! Luckily, my reflects remain strong and I have always caught him when he has flung himself at me.

Love & understanding

Such love and understanding seem rare in people. But dogs get us. They smell our state’s of being, they become alarmed when we weep or fall into a spell of depression. Of all our family dogs, Sydney has been tops in seeking me out when I feel sad. He even gets gut wrenching loss. Daily, he brings comfort to us and our extended family. He has shown us that he knows when someone is ill, by running to her bed. Even those in our family who do not care for Sydney’s natural exuberance and wild greeting tests, know he provides much-needed comfort.

Natural comfort
Doggie comfort
A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

 A Dream Within A Dream – Poem Hunter
Raising a child to love & respect animals

I adore our daughter. She loves all animals, has rescued a puppy and a pet rabbit. Here she is as a young teen with Sydney. We had just adopted him from a local shelter, which thrilled Alex. They shared every moment of play and cuddling. I tried to share my favorite photograph of Sydney and her from years ago, but the format won’t work with WordPress.

Life can be a beach
Sydney loves the beach
"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way." Carl Sandburg.
When this is over, we will share good times

I find remembering good times…doesn’t make the sad times better. I’m more of an idealist. I want to know what to look forward to. I want to make good things happen again for my family. I want to think of sharing happy events like hikes, beach days or game nights.

Wanting our mother’s love

A universal observance of soldiers dying on battle fields recorded that no matter their age or nationality, soldiers cried out for their mothers as they died. I know the truth of this. I also want my mother when terrible events happen. I also know that most other people, including my mother does not need anymore bad or sad news. Far better that I find a way to write and to share sadness with a person who will not be burdened by my sorrow.

Nobody died, so life goes on

This photograph shows a wonderful moment with my mom and me. When my mother held me tight, as the photographer made me laugh, the joyful love and delight filled our world. This photograph lives beyond the page in my heart. Through my mother’s loving care, I grew up to know love, to show love and to feel deeply all the joy, care and worry mothers bring to our lives. Her guiding light of love keeps shining on me and my daughter, too.

New mom

Happy early Mothers’ Day, Mom. 

Water Bark

No, not a weird type of water, I’m talking about Water Bark, a Doggy Water Day at Spring Lake Park. On this sunny October day, lucky dogs ran on the sand and swam in the Laguna. In celebration of summer’s end, Sonoma County Regional Parks asked for a donation of three dollars per dog. We watched three people registered their golden Labrador retrievers. As we passed, all the dogs kept their noses pointed at the water.

Water Bark

Dogs of all sizes arrived. People wisely shepherded most of the little dogs to a separate area. This made me glad. These people knew that size matters to dogs. Unless raised with large dogs, many little guys would rather play with someone that won’t crush them. Or hit them with a hundred pound paw. I have written about other differences between the social cues of big and little dogs.

These dogs sniffed cautiously. The German Shepard stood still and let the little guy go around him. When they finished, both dogs walked calmly away. This does not always work out so well.

This type of greeting can bring on an attack by the larger dog.

Especially if the little dog becomes aggressive, fearful or rude, the larger dog might try to correct his behavior or simply treat the small dog as prey. If you would like to learn more about keeping small dogs safe around big dogs, fetch my posts Wolfish or Puppyish? Dogs Speak and Dangerous Moments for Dogs.

As we stood watching, a well-groomed standard poodle arrived. Like the best of his breed, he turned out to be a calm, quiet and well-manner guy. Yet clearly, he wanted to join in the fun inside the orange-plastic fencing. He stood ready, watching and alert. I smiled at his patience waiting for his moment to go inside with the other dogs. Another similar sized dog sat behind, waiting.


Once the poodle and his friend entered, they plunged into the water, bucking and lunging. They swam around each other. They whirled. They lurched at one another, splashing. The poodle bolted on to the sand, bounded, and darted. Like a magnet he drew the other dogs after him. When he leapt back into the water, his buddy and several other dogs where in tow. He ran up the beach, zigzagging. The pack of young dogs stayed on his heels.

The poodle paused only to greet new dogs or lower his head and chest in a play bow. Frisky, he swept near others to entice them to a game of chase. We learned he was only two years old. And he had arrived with his camera-loving buddy. Well-matched for size, age and energy, these two stole the show.

Dog lovers relished the high energy, wild and goofy play.

The poodle and his pals charged out of the water then up to their people on the sand. The dogs shook and wet everyone.

Playing chase, dodge and dash, the poodle’s friend ran straight to my camera and shoved his nose at the lense. I pulled back in time to save my camera from being smeared by a wet nose. His person said, “He loves to have his picture taken.” So as I stood watching these two playmates, they repeated their circuit, punctuated by a lunge at my camera. I snapped dozens and dozens of photos, learning to guess when I might capture their sprawling frolic.

Save Veterinarian Costs And Keep Your Dog Healthy

Because our pets age faster than we do, don’t skip on your dog’s annual checkup.

I am looking into ways to save like everyone else. And as I come across ideas that keep our furry friends healthy while saving us money, I plan to share them with you.

I just stumbled on a fun blog, Travels With My Dog and then I subscribed. If you click this link below, you can read how to save money on your pet’s health bills, while still getting good quality care for your dog.


Travels With My Dog

Sydney says keep on yelping.

Sid garden dirt

“With Me” Dog Fun Tip

This dog training tip came from taking our dog Sydney to a dog agility class. In a fenced off area, where dogs were not allowed to mark, each person had his or her dog sit and watch while our instructor demonstrated how to teach “With Me.” Our instructor cued her dog through the course. I loved watching them work together.

We were told to practice this at home. The best place to work is in a hallway or a room with no other pets or people in it. This allows you both to tune into each other.

Teaching “With Me” makes you partners with your dog. Both of you need to walk together, within about three or four feet of each other. Your dog must stay beside you so he can see what directions you will give him and what direction you want to walk.

This command helps your dog learn to walk beside you off leash.

Get a dozen or so bean-sized treats, choose the kind that your dog loves.

Put the treats in an easy to pullout pouch or bag at your waist. Keep one treat in your hand.

  • Use treats at first to keep his attention on you.
  • When your dog starts following you for about 4 or 5 steps say, “Good” and give a treat.
  • After a few days of teaching, just give a treat every other time he walks with you.
  • If he gets tired, stop and go outside or rest.
  • Everyday play “With me” and give treats when he follows you.
  • Always praise when your dog does what you want.

Never drag your dog by his leash or collar. You could hurt him or get bitten.

Here is a link to a video on how to teach your dog to walk with you.  http://www.ehow.com/video_2200205_train-dog-walk-leash.html

Does your dog follow you from room to room? Try playing “With Me” and see if he will walk by your side.