by LYDIA COBB | photos by Soul of Photography

Hope for Home

volunteer_hawman3Rose Hawman’s cat, Boomer, spent a week in a veterinary hospital after ingesting lily pollen. It’s toxic to cats, but Boomer pulled through. “Fortunately, we were able to afford the expense,” said Rose, “but it made me realize that there are so many people out there who cannot, and that is where FACE can help.”

FACE is the Foundation for Animal Care and Education and recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Rose’s veterinarian works with the nonprofit that provides financial assistance to families in need whose pets may require emergency surgery and care. “No one should have to euthanize their pet because they cannot afford to pay for critical treatments,” shared Rose. “FACE has saved the lives of 1,500 pets – that’s amazing!”


Name: Rose Hawman
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Volunteer Affiliation: FACE Foundation
Profession: Retired, software consulting
Family: Husband Michael, and three cats
Hobbies: Painting, dining, community work, walking
Favorite Local Spot: The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia


volunteer_hawman2“I have a true love for animals and their proper treatment and care,” Rose explained. With FACE she assists in fundraising, and looks forward to the acclaimed Bags & Baubles gala each May, hosted in a private estate here in Rancho Santa Fe. Painting classes have inspired her to create a studio at home. She walks the trails every day, and is involved in HOA leadership at The Crosby. She elaborated, “I truly love our community and its lush golf course and open spaces, and would like to see it maintain its beauty while being conscious of the never-ending drought conditions in San Diego.” She also volunteers at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Rose and her husband Michael, CIO at General Atomics in La Jolla, moved here three years ago from Calabasas. She recently retired from a career in software consulting primarily in the aerospace and defense industries. It’s how she and Michael met, when she was on a consulting project in Connecticut. “Three cats complete our family,” shared Rose, whose home has an enclosed center courtyard where they are safe from predators. “They are very spoiled cats and they mean the world to me.” Rose wants other families to bring home their pets. By helping with FACE, she’s saving the lives of our furry family members.


Group: FACE Foundation
Mission: To enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education.
Website: www.face4pets.org