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





Since 2009, C.A.R.E.4Paws—short for Community Awareness, Responsibility & Education—has worked to reduce pet overpopulation, prevent cats and dogs from ending up in shelters, and inspire a greater sense of compassion and accountability for animals in Santa Barbara County and beyond. We offer a range of services to support pets and pet owners in need, including free spay/neuters, bilingual community outreach, Pawsitive Thinking humane education and intervention programs that allow animals 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.


December spay/neuter and vaccine promotion for Santa Barbara City dogs and cats
In December, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara City Animal Control put on a special spay/neuter and vaccine promotion for low-income cat and dog owners in the City of SB. The first 30 animals signed up for a free spay/neuter get a free rabies shot as well as access to other vaccines, microchips and flea/deworming treatments for only $10. On Dec. 4, C.A.R.E.4Paws will alter these dog and cats in the Spay Mobile. On this day, we'll also offer vaccines, microchips and flea/deworming treatment for $10 for the general public between 10am and 1pm (no appointment needed for vaccines/chips). The location is Fraternity of the Eagles at 923 Bath St. in Santa Barbara. Contact us today for your spay/neuter appointment or with any questions.

Download the flyer in English and Spanish >>

Kids Craft for Shelter Pets
On December 12, C.A.R.E.4Paws invites local kids to our first holiday toy-making project for Santa Barbara shelter dogs and cats.Help us stuff Kongs and make toys to keep dogs and
cats busy and happy while waiting for a forever home. Enter our drawing when you arrive for a chance to join the C.A.R.E.4Paws team as we distribute the toys to animals at the Santa Barbara County shelter, Santa Barbara Humane Society and ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance Program) that same afternoon.

What to bring:
• A used t-shirt, towel and/or a pair of hole-free socks.
• Kong dog toys of any size (optional)
• Blankets for shelter pets (optional)

Download the Toy Project flyer >>

Our community outreach program in the news!
Read about our community outreach program in the Santa Barbara Independent's online column with Lisa Remorenko.

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Another successful free pet vaccine clinic in Lompoc
On Saturday, October 10, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its second free vaccine clinic of the year at Half Century Club in Lompoc. More than 300 dogs and cats got vaccinated for free, and many were microchipped and treated for fleas and worms for a small donation. Close to 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, which promotes spaying and neutering and loving, responsible pet care.

Learn more about our community outreach >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws breaks Spay Mobile surgery record
We're happy to announce that have broken our all-time Spay Mobile record with more than 320 surgeries in nine months (in 2014 we did 231 surgeries total in the van and 1,020 surgeries overall). We’ve done more than 800 surgeries countywide this year so far—all for dogs and cats owned by low-income community members. The most amazing news: there are fewer animals at our county shelters. 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.

See more Spay Mobile photos >>
Read about us in the Lompoc Record >>
Read about us in the Equine & Canine News >>

Wags n' Whiskers 2015 was pawsitively fun!
On September 13, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its 7th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival at Girsh Park. The event, the largest adoption festival on the Central Coast, gathered more than 20 animal groups, dozens of local pet service providers and businesses, and hundreds of visitors. We thank our vendors for being a part, and send a special thank you to our sponsors, who support us in such a big way. Another huge thank you to our volunteers: you make this event possible! Visit our Wags n' Whiskers event page to learn more about the event and our sponsors.

View all the photos by George Rose from Wags n' Whiskers 2015 >>
Go to the event page >>
Check out our two great new Wags n' Whiskers videos by Her.O Productions and YTS Digital Films >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws launched countywide school contest to promote compassion for all living beings
This summer, C.A.R.E.4Paws invited students K-12 in Santa Barbara County to participate in a Pawsitive Thinking Youth Project. We asked students to create an art piece or poem on the concept of “kindness to all living beings” and we received more than 70 great projects from kids all the way from Carpinteria to Guadalupe. On September 1, our team of judges selected 10 finalists, who were honored on stage at our Wags n’ Whiskers Festival, September 13 at Girsh Park. All projects were on display in our Pawsitive Thinking Youth Center at the event.

C.A.R.E.4Paws releases its summer newsletter
Here's the latest scoop from us!

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C.A.R.E.4Paws makes the news again!
C.A.R.E.4Paws and our Spay Mobile are featured in a two-page article in the latest issue of Equine & Canine News.

 A workshop on critical pet care at Montecito Fire Station
On Saturday, June 21, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) co-hosted a workshop at Montecito Fire Station on the topic of how to capture, restrain and perform basic life-saving procedures on a pet during an emergency. Ten firefighters and paramedics participated along with three members from the Sheriff’s Department’s Search & Rescue team. Dr. Andrea Wells and three of her staff members from AVS provided information on various topics and scenarios that first responders encounter in the field when it comes to animals, including smoke inhalation, burns, overheating, cuts and bone breaks, and rattlesnake bites. Four very cooperative dogs and a kitty helped with the demonstrations.

During the pet emergency workshop at Montecito Fire Station, C.A.R.E.4Paws donated pet oxygen masks to, while AVS supplied muzzles, leashes and other equipment that's comes in handy when first responders handle injured or sick animals.

Our Pawty of the Year!
On Saturday, June 6, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue co-hosted the Pawty of the Year: Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery. The event included wine from Fess Parker Winery, fabulous food from New West Special Occasion Catering, music with The Molly Ringwald Project and great silent and live auction packages. Guests to our VIP Lounge enjoyed private wine tasting with Eli Parker and head winemaker Blair Fox along with special hors d'oeuvres and reserved live auction seating.

More info and photos from Pups & Purrs 2015 >>
View our 2015 Pups & Purrs video release, produced by Navarro Productions and Inspired Emotions >>
View our event video, produced by YTS Digitial Film >>

Natura Culina helps C.A.R.E.4Paws through its fabulous, all-natural beauty products!
Each June, local beauty expert Natura Culina donates part of all of its sales to C.A.R.E.4Paws. Also, the company makes incredibly cute goat-milk soaps in the shape of dogs and cats and will donate 70 percent of all soap sales to us year-round. Shop Natural Culina's amazing beauty products AND help us change the future for our four-legged friends.

These cute goat-milk soaps make perfect gifts for friends and family members, all while helping C.A.R.E.4Paws make a difference for animals. Shop now!

C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara City Animal Control team up for another spay/neuter promotion
In May, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara City Animal Control collaborated on a second spay/neuter project since December/January. Thanks to officer Stephanie Burgard and City Animal Control, C.A.R.E.4Paws received $2,800 toward the spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping of 30 dogs and cats that reside in the city of Santa Barbara. Our promotion ended with a spay day at VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital on May 29, when 26 dogs and cats were altered inside VCA Care and in our Spay Mobile, which was parked outside. Additional pets were altered in May with help of the Santa Barbara Humane Society. Our first promotion and a $4,000 grant from City Animal Control allowed for the spaying/neutering of more than 60 dogs and cats.

Clockwise from top left: Isabelle Gullo-Abitia, Executive Director of C.A.R.E.4Paws; Dr. Courtney Campbell of VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital; Mary Crowell, VCA Care's Hospital Manager; and Santa Barbara City Animal Control Office Stephanie Burgard

A first-time spay/neuter and vaccine clinic for pets in need in New Cuyama
On April 26, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara County Animal Services hosted a joint spay/neuter, vaccination, microchipping and licensing clinic to help pets and pet owners in New Cuyama. The event took place at the New Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center, and a total of 38 dogs and cats were altered by Dr. Tommy Thompson in C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Spay Mobile and by Dr. Ruth Corbo in her Pet2Vet mobile clinic. New Cuyama does not have its own pet hospital and there are no services available for low-income pet owners unless they travel the distance to Santa Maria or Kern County. As a result, many animals here are un vaccinated and unaltered, which adds to the pet overpopulation problem.

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 >>

Share our 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 >>

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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