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





C.A.R.E.4Paws—short for Community Awareness, Responsibility & Education—works 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 here, and be sure to watch our C.A.R.E.4Paws video. Find out about upcoming events below and in our calendar.


Take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws
This Valentine’s, take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws. Instead of getting dressed up and paying for an overpriced meal in an overcrowded restaurant, enjoy a peaceful, romantic evening at home while your donation supports animals in need. Simply click here to join the party!

Go to our Furever Valentine's event page >>

Read our winter newsletter
check out the latest scoop from C.A.R.E.4Paws, including a special thank you to our donors, grantors, sponsors, volunteers and vet clinic partners.

Read our fall/winter newsletter >>

We broke our Spay Mobile surgery record in 2015!
We're happy to announce that we broke our Spay Mobile record in 2015 with 420 spays/neuters performed in the van and 1,035 surgeries performed overall—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. Our goal is to have a presence in neighborhoods that house large numbers of unaltered, unvaccinated pets.

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

Kids Craft for Shelter Pets
C.A.R.E.4Paws' Kids Craft for Shelter Pets event at the Santa Barbara Humane Society on Dec. 12 was a big success. Kids (and adults) had a lot of fun making toys for shelter dogs, cats and bunnies and then delivering the goodies to animals at the Santa Barbara Humane Society, the SB County shelter, ASAP and BUNS. Thanks to everyone who participated and to Lemos Feed & Pet Supply for donating close to 100 Kongs!

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 Santa Barbara. The first 30 animals signed up for a free spay/neuter got a free rabies shot as well as access to other vaccines, microchips and flea/deworming treatments for only $10.


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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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 >>

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 >>

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 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.

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

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