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FACE Foundation Executive Director Danae Davis, with her dog Makua, shares how their San Diego-based organization helps fund emergency pet care so pet parents aren’t faced with an economic euthanasia decision. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
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FACE Foundation readies for 7th annual golf benefit

Golfers are getting ready to take a swing to help support the FACE Foundation for its seventh invitational golf tournament on Nov. 12 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. The event lands on Veterans Day, so the tournament will also honor those who served their country.

“Our seventh annual golf tournament is going to be special in that it’s going to be dedicated to those in the service including men, women and dogs,” said Danae Davis, executive director of the FACE Foundation. “The day is going to be kicked off by a canine detective demo before the golfers getting out there on the course.”

The golf tournament is an already sold-out event with more than 95 players, but there is still room to take part in the dinner, which will have an official awards ceremony along with live auctions and must-have opportunity drawings. According to Davis, the live auction will be emceed by Sports Director Ben Higgins.

“During the dinner, there’s going to be some special guests including some grantees that FACE has helped before,” said Davis, adding it will be heartfelt evening. 

One of those guests will be San Diego resident and U.S. veteran Edwin Rivers, and his 3-year-old dog, Miles, who helps Rivers with his combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder from Operation Desert Storm.

Having a dog has helped me to be able to feel somewhat safer especially at night at home,” Rivers said. “My dog reminds me that I’m not alone. Miles has encouraged me to want to get out the house more than I used to.”

Rivers turned to the FACE Foundation after Miles fractured his hip when jumping off a porch. The veterinarian said that without surgery, Miles would have to be euthanized.

“There was no way I could pay the cost of the operation, and after contacting a few organizations I got in contact with FACE, and they immediately agreed to cover the entire cost of the operation literally saving my dog from having to be put down,” he said.    

FACE stands for Foundation for Animal Care and Education. The organization was established in 2006 and specifically helps with emergency veterinary treatment for pets in need of life-saving care. 

“What we try to end is what we call economic euthanasia,” Davis said. “This is when a pet is tragically euthanized or put to sleep simply because the pet parent doesn’t have enough funds at the time of the medical emergency. FACE comes in and can help to fund that emergency veterinary care to save the pet’s life.”

In its first year in existence, FACE granted to 12 pets in need and worked with one animal hospital. Last year, FACE granted to more than 330 pets and worked with more than 160 veterinary hospitals.

“To date this year, we have saved more than 270 pets,” said Davis, adding that the organization is expected to grant up to $700,000 just this year. “Since our inception, we have saved 2,260 lives.”

And that number continues to grow with each passing day. 

To purchase tickets to the seventh annual Golf Tournament Live Auction and Dinner, visit