Frosted Funding


Frosted Funding is a program to assist in covering the expenses of veterinary care that is required to significantly maintain and enhance the quality of life for senior dogs in our community.  

Our goal is to help owners whose senior pets unexpectedly become ill or develop chronic conditions that require long term medication, and to treat pre-existing conditions of newly adopted senior dogs within the first 60 days of adoption.  

Pet insurance is costly for senior pets, and does not cover pre-existing conditions for those who wish to adopt seniors, or who register when financial assistance is the most needed. Our hope is that Frosted Funding will encourage owners to keep their pets instead of relinquishing them to the shelter, help them to provide a quality life and dignity, and incentivize senior pet adoption.

Donations made in honor of a pet or person are designated to fund this program and are memorialized on this site and on our social media.  To donate to Frosted Funding to help to keep senior pets with their owners and encourage adopters to choose a senior, please to go our Memorial and Honor Donation page. 

Below are the senior pets and people who have benefited from Frosted Funding.



On February 24th, 2017 we were able to help our first Frosted Funding applicant, and what a neat story it is!

We actually were working to rescue 10 year old "Don Juan" an owner surrendered dog at Baldwin Park Shelter, but all of our open FFF Families declined. Days later we learned he was privately adopted, a burden gratefully lifted from our shoulders, and we moved on. Just weeks later we received a Frosted Funding application with a dog's photo attached who looked awfully familiar!

That's right! Don Juan, newly named "Whiskey" (because nothing ages better than whiskey) was adopted by a family who loved him to pieces and he has a large mass in a bad place. Frosted Funding is a grant program to advocate for the adoption of senior dogs and help keep senior dogs with their families. We fund major necessary surgeries and 6 month terms of life-saving medication. Applicants are low income families or families that adopt a senior dog who reach out within 60 days of adoption.

Whiskey's family did bloodwork which looked good and a biopsy of the mass that proved he had an 8x10cm spindle cell sarcoma mass on the right side of his anus. We scheduled them a consult with a surgeon at San Diego Bay Animal Hospital to evaluate whether surgery was sensible. We did x-rays to determine if the cancer had metastasized and it had not. The family was warned that it was a very aggressive cancer and without surgery they would lose Whiskey very soon. They were also advised that with surgery, they may not be able to take large enough margins, Whiskey may become incontinent, and it may grow back. Whiskey's family was also advised that everything could go very well and we could add many months to his life.

Whiskey's family graciously trusted our decision either way, and we agreed that if Whiskey were a Frosted Face, we would go for it. Today Whiskey and his family drove back down from Los Angeles for the big surgery, they even stopped at the ocean and Dexter's Deli to buy one of our fundraising shirts, and hoped for the best. Surgery went fantastic and they think they were able to remove the entire mass without any nerve damage so he will still be continent, and he also got neutered!

Later in the day we learned that surgery would require an overnight recovery at the hospital, so his family planned to head back to LA and drive back to San Diego in the morning. Then an angel, Paul Anderson, donated some Marriott points to get Whiskey's family a free hotel stay so that we could keep Whiskey's family in San Diego for the evening and they could visit him tonight after surgery and pick him up easily in the morning.

Our hearts are gushing with all of the love of senior dogs that made this procedure, and hopefully a longer life, for Whiskey possible.


Last week we received a call from San Diego Animal Control - Bonita to let us know they had a woman sitting in their lobby very upset and crying. Maria had arrived at their shelter to euthanize her 12 year old Papi whose mouth seemed very painful. She knew she could not afford the dental care he needed in order to eat and she did not want to see him uncomfortable. Staff made note that Maria showed them multiple photos in her phone of Papi's day to day life snuggling with grand kids and appearing very loved.

Maria and her family applied and qualified for Frosted Funding that very same day. We set them up with a consult at San Diego Bay Animal Hospital where aside from much needed dental care, he had ear infections and a skin infection. Now we are not a "one stop shop," but what's the point of making Papi comfortable via a dental surgery without also treating his other conditions that would also cost money and go untreated?

We agreed to pursue dental surgery with pre-anesthetic bloodwork, provide an ear cleaning, ear medication, and antibiotocs for Papi's skin on one condition. Papi was also not neutered, and we asked Maria to cover the $85.00 neuter fee in order to execute the donated care, for both his health and to prevent him contributing to pet overpopulation. She agreed!

Yesterday Papi had every single tooth extracted and his mom was so so happy to have him home and on the road to recovery to live a much longer comfortable life.

Many thanks to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital for working with us to help dogs like Papi and families like Maria. Thank you the Frosted Funding donors who in turn for memorializing your beloved pets, help others in need.


16 year old Bandit and his family were referred to the Frosted Funding program by the OC SPCA needing help with the cost of euthanasia. We owe thanks to Ann McKay for spending time with Bandit to be sure euthanasia was the only treatment option. During the interview it was clear how much Bandit meant to his family and that this loss would be devastating.

Today as part of the Frosted Funding program we helped Joe and his family give their beloved pet, Bandit, a dignified farewell at Family Animal Hospital. We are also covering the cost of a private cremation and paw print to be returned to the family.



A family reached out to us whose 13 year old dog, Candy, had an ulcerated mammary mass that was concerning. Their vet was recommending it be removed but the cost of the surgery was daunting while they were experiencing financial hardship. Through Frosted Funding we agreed to cover the entire cost once they provided bloodwork and x-rays. Their vet declined to spay Candy at the time of surgery, but due to Candy's age and the fact that her not being spayed was the cause for the mammary masses, we wanted to get this all done in one procedure.

We transferred the case to College Animal Hospital where they started Candy on antibiotics to prep her for surgery. Last week Thursday, Candy had her big surgery with Dr. Rose. Rose removed the ulcerated mammary mass, she also removed another smaller mammary mass, and we spayed Candy. While in the care of College Animal Hospital Candy was diagnosed with dry eye, so we covered drops for her eyes, as well as the pain medication and antibiotics to go home.

We are privileged to be able to help with these cases thanks to your Memorial and Honor Donations that support the Frosted Funding budget. It is even more special when helping someone's beloved dog is life changing and met with gratefulness. :

"I’m contacting you guys to let you know that we’re both so appreciative about you guys funding Candy’s surgery! She’s been there for us for so many years and we were so frightened to see her grow a tumor so big in so little time and we wanted to act fast. Thank goodness you guys reached back quickly! Now she’s up and running like nothing happened, she’s also back to barking at our other dog when he doesn’t do anything to her!"

Ting Ting


Yesterday we were able to help 8 year old Ting Ting get the dental care she needed as part of our Frosted Funding program.

All Memory and Honor Donations are designated for Frosted Funding, a program in place to fund lifesaving monthly medications and major procedures for senior dogs of low income families AND newly adopted senior dogs within 60 days.

Ting Ting was newly adopted by her family from the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility on October 23rd, 2017. It is so nice to hear when a senior dog is adopted from the shelter system, because it's one less animal weighing on our hearts in need of exit. We are happy to help with immediate necessary medical no matter one's financial status as a means of thanks.

Dr. Lantrip of San Diego Bay Animal Hospital worked with Ting Ting's owner, Cristina, to develop a treatment plan. While Cristina helped with the exam fee, preanesthetic bloodwork, and biopsy, we were able to cover the dental procedure and mass removal.

Donations have been granted in honor of the following: