by LYDIA COBB | photos by Soul of Photography

Passionate for Paws

Cini Robb grew up in Long Beach and is a second generation Irish-American from a small and “very loving family,” she described. She graduated from CSU Long Beach and has been married to her husband Ira for 38 years. They share a home with various furry and feathered members: 8 dogs, a cat, and 18 birds. The Robbs moved here 14 years ago when Ira retired from an executive position at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “We built our home in the Ranch knowing that we would be opening its doors to enhance the mission of the charitable causes that are so near and dear to both our hearts,” shared Cini, who grew up loving animals, “because they do not have a voice. They give us so much.”


When she was approached by a veterinary hospital that revealed the growing crisis in “economic euthanasia” due to a family’s lack of funds, Cini saw an opportunity. She became involved in Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE), a nonprofit founded in 2006 to provide financial assistance to those whose pets need critical veterinary care. FACE also educates pet owners, from children to seniors, on how to best nurture their furry loved ones. Cini is currently chairman of the board, as well as president. “I am also hands-on with fundraising, which is a role I never saw myself in,” revealed Cini. “I was always on the giving side. Now I just tell myself it is for the animals and their families and we are saving lives.” More than 1,300 pets have been saved by the foundation.


Cini also serves on the Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. She first began under the leadership of First Lady Betty Ford and in the Chairman’s Council with President Gerald Ford. Cini added, “I have learned many skills during my past 15 years of service that I have been able to bring to FACE.” Cini encourages financial donations and volunteerism. “I would also like to thank all those in our community who already support us and have played a huge part in our success,” she added.

She and Ira enjoy fine dining and attend Church of the Nativity. She plays in her bowling league (185 average), yet she admitted she’s a homebody. A perfect Saturday night, to Cini, is spent with her husband and their pets. It’s a paws for celebration.

Name: Cini Robb
Family: Husband – Ira; Dogs – Barron, Baxter, Bella, Bogie, Mocca, Rocco, Rosy, Roxie; Cat – Mulligan; 18 birds including an African Grey Parrot named Cosmo
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Profession: Chairman of the Board and Pesident of FACE
Interests: Bowling, volunteering, helping animals and families
Favorite Spots in 92067: Church of the Nativity, The Bridges, Rancho Santa Fe Country Club, Mille Fleurs