Thanks to the overwhelming support from the community we will see you on August 19th
Lauren is the Executive Director and the heart and soul of The Animal Pad (TAP). TAPis known for rescuing some of the worst-case-scenario animals from the streets ofMexico and the US. They take on large projects, saving hundreds of animals at oncethat are found in the worst conditions. She is known for spending the night in somevery risky places and waiting for a known, abused pet to return so she can save them. There is nothing she wouldn’t do to save a pet and the growth at TAP represents her commitment to the cause. She volunteered for years as the Executive Director for TAP and finally brought the organization to a place where she is being paid for the first time this year. Lauren has spearheaded strong partnerships with veterinary hospitals in Mexico, where dogs are triaged until they become stable enough to bring to the US where they continue their healing, are fostered, and then adopted by families in San Diego County.
Dr. Laura Schultz has been fortunate to have contributed to animals and their advocates in many different environments including working in private practice and animal shelters, teaching at Mesa in the RVT program, working with the Army Veterinary Corp during overseas duty stations, and volunteering with marine stranding programs. Through each experience, Laura has gained invaluable tools to help her become a well-rounded and compassionate veterinarian, teacher, business owner, mother, and spouse. Laura established CoastView Veterinary Hospital in 2016 to provide exceptional, compassionate, low-stress, and convenient care to pet patients as well as clear and honest communication with their owners. Benjamin’s Fund was created at CoastView through the AVMF to help clients who may have financial restraints care for their animal’s unexpected illnesses. Laura is extremely proud of becoming the first “Fear Free Certified” hospital in California. Laura hopes that one day Fear Free practice will be the standard of care and not the exception as we all create positive change for patients and the profession. CoastView is a family, and they have an amazing team that supports each other and the Fear Free philosophy.
The Animal Pad is a non-profit, all-breed dog rescue that focuses on saving dogs from high-kill shelters and the streets of Mexico.
Frosted Faces is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that delivers the promise of family and quality veterinary care for senior animals whose love and lives are in jeopardy.
Bobbi Brink is the founder, director and vice president of Lions Tigers & Bears. Situated on 142 acres outside of Alpine, California, on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest, Lions Tigers & Bears is an animal sanctuary for rescued big cats, bears, and other exotic animals.
San Diego’s first natural pet food store was opened in 1996in Del Mar. Over 25 years later health food for dogs and cats is bigger than ever!
The Paws Family is comprised of compassionate veterinarians who strive to care for and support pets and their parents throughout the end-of-life process. They believe that in a pet’s final moments, they should be home, in the arms of their family.
SUP Pups' purpose is to teach you and your dog a new activity/hobby that you can do together, outside, where you can build trust, confidence, and reliance on one another.
Fuzz has been in her owner's life for almost 10 years and has been her service dog for almost all of that time. Fuzz has been by her human’s side through some of the darkest hours. Including major grief, medical episodes, doctor’s appointments, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent cares, police stations, therapist offices, and much more.
Fuzz has also made an impact on more people than me. While her main purpose is being a service dog, she is also trained in many different tricks that bring a smile to many people's faces. Fuzz helped multiple people I know find their love for dogs and helped educate many people on service dogs and their purpose. She has also helped many people through hard times in their lives and brought smiles and happiness to kids at school.
They call her "Amazing Grace" and together with her partner “Kaia,” they serve with Love on a Leash, a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer pet therapy teams. For years, this partnership has been providing therapy to children testifying against their abusers, with Kaia laying her head down on the victim’s lap during very overwhelming situations in San Diego family courtrooms. These two also visit hospice centers, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, and even incarcerated people condemned to live the rest of their lives in prison, many in solitary confinement. As Grace’s owner said “THERAPY DOGS visits bring KINDNESS, COMPASSION, and LOVE to those in need. No human being should ever suffer ALONE. It has been a true privilege to meet so many incredible Wounded Warrior Veterans, Alzheimer’s elderly, special needs children, prisoners, dying hospice patients, and others less fortunate.” When therapy dogs enter a room and cuddle up to someone who desperately needs to feel hope, the results are powerful. Their handlers have committed to “NEVER FORGET THE FORGOTTEN!” It is their life’s meaning.
Orbit is the service dog for Lorilei Lebruska, who served as an Army translator/voice interceptor. While deployed during Operation Desert Shield and Storm, Lorilei was exposed to Sarin nerve gas, which damaged her nervous system, leaving more than 30 lesions in her brain and spinal cord. Guide Dogs of America and Tender Loving Canines matched Orbit and Lorilei in 2018. Orbit provides assistive tasks to mitigate PTSD symptoms and calm Lorilei's injured nervous system. Overexposure to stimuliover whelms Lorilei’s nervous system, causing disorientation, slurred
speech (or not being able to speak), muscle weakness, vertigo, and cognitive impairment.
Before she met Orbit, Lorilei was constantly planning her permanent departure—and suffered in a deep well of mental and physical anguish. In short, Orbit saved Lorilei's life – and he has healed MANY lives. When Orbit was trained by men incarcerated at at RJD in San Diego, they were profoundly changed by the experience. He also brought smiles to the prison’s volunteers on weekends during his two years in training. After Lorilei's mood and symptoms improved, and she felt pulled to share the joy and healing energy of this amazing service dog. They started visiting local fire departments together to offer emotional support to the staff.
Canine Voodoo is a Narcotic Detection Canine and has been the partner of SDPD Detective Scott Henderson for the past 4 1/2 years. Voodoo is imprinted and certified to detect the orders of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, and Fentanyl. Canine Voodoo has been instrumental in the seizure of hundreds of pounds of illegal narcotics being trafficked thru San Diego County. Canine Voodoo and her handler Detective Henderson have also been involved in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars which have been directly linked to illicit narcotic traffickers as drug proceeds. Canine Voodoo and Detective Henderson are currently assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force with their primary responsibilities focused on the San Diego International Airport.
Canine Voodoo is an asset for law enforcement throughout the county of San Diego and is constantly being sought out by various law enforcement agencies to assist in various narcotics investigations. Canine Voodoo is a valuable community asset during red ribbon week at local schools and training events. She has been an educational ambassador since her deployment as a narcotic detection canine.
She is also a very valuable asset to her handler Detective Henderson and his family. She is a loving dog at home with her brother Iain and boxer sister Luna. Voodoo helps her handler Scott daily at work with her sweet demeanor and huge work ethic.
Dr. Andi Flory is a co-founder and Chief Medical officer of PetDx, the Liquid Biopsy Company for Pets, which is a San Diego-based molecular diagnostics company. Its flagship product, OncoK9®, enables veterinarians to detect cancer in dogs with a simple blood draw. As a first-in-class multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test, OncoK9 employs cutting-edge genomic analysis that leverages next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology and proprietary bioinformatics algorithms, empowering veterinarians to provide superior care to canine patients.
Dr. Sue Morizi is the owner and founder of The Village Veterinary Hospital in La Jolla. She has been nominated for her efforts in providing stem cell therapy to dogs and cats. She is proud to offer Stem Cell Therapy to her hospital’s patients. More than 11,000 animals have been treated with VetStem technology over the last decade for arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and muscle injuries. Not only that, but VetStem is evaluating new uses for stem cells that may be available in the not-too distant future.