C.A.R.E.4Paws - Community Awareness . Responsibility . Education in Santa Barbara County





C.A.R.E.4Paws works to reduce pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters in Santa Barbara County. We offer a range of services to support pets and pet owners in need, including free spay/neuters, bilingual community outreach and intervention programs that allow dogs and cats to stay in their homes. Learn more about us on this website, and be sure to watch and share our C.A.R.E.4Paws video. Find out about current and upcoming events below and on our calendar page.


Gearing up for the Pawty of the Year!
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue co-host the Pawty of the Year: Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos, from 4pm to 9pm. Don't miss all the good stuff:
Great wine from Fess Parker Winery
Fabulous food from New West Special Occasion Catering
Live music with The Molly Ringwald Project
Amazing silent and live auction packages
A chance to join the exclusive VIP Party with private wine tasting and other special perks.

Pawsitive Thinking at Lompoc's Boys & Girls Club
Kids, dogs and volunteers had a lot of fun when C.A.R.E.4Paws visited the United Boys & Girls Clubs – Lompoc Unit during National Boys & Girls Club week in April. Our Pawsitive Thinking program promotes kindness to all living beings. Kids taught to treat animals with compassion and respect are also more kind to friends and other human beings, and they take these values into adulthood and pass them onto their own children.

C.A.R.E.4Paws' new Project ResonsiBull video
Our Project ResponsiBull program is offered to owners of pit bull terriers and pit mixes and includes a free spay/neuter, basic obedience training and breed education. Our training workshops encourage particpants to build stronger bonds with their dogs and to become ambassadors for this very misunderstood breed. We are excited to share our brand-new Project ResponsiBull video, produced by Robbie Filkorn.

Trainer Kev Brown with adoptable Roxy from Lompoc's La PAWS shelter are part of C.A.R.E.4Paws' brand-new Project ResponsiBull video >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws' Spay Mobile is on a roll in 2015
Since the start of the year, our Spay Mobile team has altered more than 100 dogs and cats owned by low-income community members. Our mobile clinic is used throughout Santa Barbara County to provide free spay/neuter surgeries and low-cost vaccines to animals in need. The goal is to have a presence in neighborhoods around the county where, statistically, you find a large number of unaltered dogs and cats. In 2014, we performed 231 surgeries in the Spay Mobile alone (out of 1,020 total surgeries) and we focused much of our community outreach efforts on Lompoc.

See more Spay Mobile photos >>
Read a recent article about us in the Lompoc Record >>

Our vaccine clinic in Lompoc helped a record-number of dogs and cats in need
On Saturday, February 21, 2015, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its first vaccine clinic of the year at Half Century Club in Lompoc. More than 290 dogs and cats got vaccinated for free, and many were microchipped and treated for fleas and worms for a small donation. As many as 100 of these pets got signed up for free spay-neuter appointments. The vaccine clinics are part of C.A.R.E.4Paws' community outreach in Lompoc, which promotes spaying and neutering and responsible pet ownership.

Learn more about our community outreach >>

Take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws
This year, we offered our supporters a chance to celebrate Valentine's Day in a meaningful way without having to go anywhere? Our "Take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws!" promotion brought in more than $3,000. If you want to contribute after the fact, simply click here to join the party!

Our "take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws" promoton encouraged our supporters to donate what they would have spent at a big event or Valentine's dinner to help animals in need.

C.A.R.E.4Paws' set spay/neuter record in 2014!
We are excited to announce that in 2014, we broke our spay/neuter surgery record in a big way. We altered 1,020 dogs and cats (our goal was 800) owned by low-income pet owners. Thanks to everyone who supported out efforts! We intend to keep the momentum going in 2015.

C.A.R.E.4Paws is proud to announce its new surgery record: 1,020 spays/neuters in 2014!

A first-time spay/neuter collaboration with Santa Barbara City Animal Control
I December and January, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara City Animal Control collaborated on our first spay/neuter project. Thanks to officer Stephanie Burgard and City Animal Control, C.A.R.E.4Paws received $4,000 for the spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping of 40 Santa Barbara dogs and cats that reside in the city of Santa Barbara. The promotion was so successful that we ended up helping 60 dogs and cats instead with help of the Santa Barbara Humane Society, Dr. Scott Smith of Animal Medical Clinic and our Spay Mobile team.

Officer Stephanie Burgard of Santa Barbara City Animal Control inspired the collaboration that led to the spaying/neutering, vaccination and microchipping of 60 dogs and cats.

Our fall/winter newsletter just came out!
Click on the image or link below to read about all of our accomplishments in 2014, including our spay/neuter program and the veterinarians that help us; our successful community outreach events; the people who benefit from our Companion Pet Assistance services, this year's Wags n' Whiskers Festival, and much more. In this issue, we also thank our donors and supporters over the last 18 months. Thank you! You make our work possible.

Pawsitive Prints, Fall/Winter 2014 >>
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C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts a Dog Training & Pet Wellness Clinic
On Saturday, October 25, C.A.R.E.4Paws put on its very first Dog Training & Pet Wellness Clinic at Ryon Park in Lompoc and we assisted more than 120 dogs and cats. Our fabulous trainers (Kev Brown, Angela Adan and Brian Glenn of Deserving Dogs Rescue & Rehabilitation, and Jason Hardy from a Proper Dog) helped 70-plus dogs and their owners. And we provided basic grooming, microchipping and flea medication to at least 50 dogs and cats and signed many up for free spays/neuters and low-cost vaccines. Kids had fun with arts & crafts in our Pawsitive Thinking Kid Corner. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and worked so hard to make this event possible!

Learn more about our community outreach >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws collaborates on October pit bull promotion
C.A.R.E.4Paws and our partners in the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Alliance honored National Pit Bull Awareness Month in October with a special "Love-a-Bull, Fix-a-Bull" promotion. FREE spays/neuters, plus free rabies and $10 microchips, for pit bull terriers and pit mixes in Santa Barbara County, and $20 pit bull adoptions at our local humane societies and county shelters. Results coming soon!

Wags n' Whiskers 2014 breaks adoption record!
Our August 10 Wags n' WhiskersFestival was a huge success. We broke our record with 27 onsite adoptions and 10 adoptions pending home checks—and maybe even more adoptions over the next few weeks. It was a fun-filled day with lots of activities and great opportunities for animal lovers to not only meet the wonderful pets for adoption, but to learn about the latest from local pet service providers.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible, including our amazing sponsors and volunteers! Check out the great photos and read our front-page article in the Santa Barbara News-Press >>

Check out the photos from Wags n' Whiskers 2014 >>
Learn more about our 2014 sponsors and vendors >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws releases new outreach materials
We have just produced new outreach flyers and posters in English and Spanish to include in our community outreach. Please share so that we can maximize the impact!

Download in English and Spanish >>
Download in English and Spanish >>
Download in English and Spanish >>

A pawsitively fun day at Pacific Pride Festival
On July 12, C.A.R.E.4Paws and dogs from the Santa Barbara shelter took part in the annual Pacific Pride Festival at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara. As usual, we cohosted the "Put Your Paws Up" dog show, which is always a big hit. Our foster dog, Zena, took home the big prize in her football player costume!

Check out more photos from Pacific Pride Festival >>

An awards picnic at Goleta Beach with Dogs Days in SB
On June 7, Dog Days in Santa Barbara hosted a picnic at Goleta Beach for C.A.R.E.4Paws, DAWG, K9-PALS and lots of Santa Barbara shelter dogs. People and dogs(!) got treated to great food, while Dog Days in SB also gave our three nonprofits a donation (we’re the company's Top Dog recipients for 2014 and receive part of its proceeds). Thank you, Paige and family, for hosting us. Everyone had a great time.

Find more photos on our Facebook page >>

Pups & Purrs was the pawty of the year!
On Saturday, May 3, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue cohosted the first Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos. The event featured much celebrated food from New West Special Occasion Catering, wonderful wine from Fess Parker and live music with Hana Pestle, Ray Fortune and Jesse Rhodes. Our live and silent auctions gave guests a chance to bid on fabulous packages, including luxury travel and lodging, exclusive wine collections, high-end spa treatments and exquisite art. Check out our Facebook photo album here or visit the event web page for more great scoop.

Our Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser was a big success!

Spay/Neuter Awareness
C.A.R.E.4Paws is here to help pet owners in Santa Barbara County who cannot afford to alter their dogs and cats. Help by spreading the flyers to those in need in English or Spanish.

Download and share this flyer in English or Spanish >>

For Pit's Sake
C.A.R.E.4Paws' new For Pit's Sake flyer is here. If you want to help combat the myths and misconceptions about the pit bull and restore its family-dog image, download your own copy in English and Spanish. You'll learn about the pit's history and characteristics, and what to expect from this amazing breed, including the dos and don'ts of pit bull ownership. Contact us if you'd like to have printed copies sent to you or download the files yourself in high or would like the high-resolution versions to print on your own.

C.A.R.E.4Paws chosen Local Heroes by the Santa Barbara Independent!

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