The 2015 Wags n' Whiskers Festival!
Our annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival, the largest adoption event on the Central Coast, takes place at beautiful Girsh Park, Goleta, and features adoptable dogs, cats and bunnies from more than 25 animal shelters and rescue groups. It also showcases dozens of local pet service providers and animal welfare groups.

This year's festival is set for Sunday, September 13, from 11am to 4pm, with a low-cost vaccine clinic for dogs with Project PetSafe from 9am to 1pm.

In 2014, Wags n' Whiskers drew a record number of visitors and inspired as many as 37 cat and dog adoptions from local rescues and shelters. Read all about our successful event in a front-page article in the Santa Barbara News-Press >>

Check out photos from Wags n' Whiskers 2014 >>
Watch our Wags n' Whiskers video >>

Wonderful dogs, cats & bunnies for adoption
A visit from "Little Star," a therapy horse
For the first time, a Pawsitive Thinking Youth Project contest for kids K-12. Learn more about this >>
Dog agility and Flyball
Disc Dogs of Southern California
Military dogs from Vandenberg Airforce Base in action
A bunny training demo

Cat and dog training "tip" stations

Face painting & fun activities for kids
Vendors sharing new pet products and animal wellness tips
Special pet adoption highlights
Low-cost vaccines, licenses & microchips for dogs with Project PetSafe (9am – 1pm)

Silent auction with anything from pet products to spa, wine and travel packages to a TaylorMade custom golf set.
Yummy food and dessert
And much more...Stay tuned for updates as we will keep adding activities to the list over the next few months.

LEVEL: TOP DOG ~ $10,000 (see benefits)

Our Elite Partner Corporate Sponsor, VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital, is proud to provide the highest quality emergency and specialty care for pets available in Santa Barbara County. Since it opened in 2002, the clinic has provided medical services for more than 30,000 pets and earned the distinction of being the county's most referred-to veterinary practice. VCA Care provides rapid, 24/7 attention and treatment to your pet. The clinic offers multidisciplinary health care–bringing to your pet the expertise needed, when it is needed. The depth and breadth of medical and surgical expertise, along with VCA Care's large, state-of-the-art facility, means animals receive the diagnosis and treatment they deserve, with minimal wait times, all at one location. VCA Care's experienced and compassionate staff cares for both the animals they treat and their owners. Understanding the shared bond, the staff encourages owners to participate in their pet’s healing through regular visits, which can speed patient recovery and reduce anxiety of patient and owner. VCA Care works closely with its sister hospital VCA Noah's Ark Animal Hospital, a full-service veterinary clinic in Goleta, CA. VCA Noah’s Ark practices the motto that the best medicine is preventative medicine and has been doing their best to keep Goleta’s animals healthy for 20-plus years.

LEVEL: CAT'S MEOW ~ $5,000 (see benefits)

Chrissie's Fund is a private foundation that supports programs that reduce dog overpopulation, promote adoptions and help eliminate the suffering of dogs. Its funding is allocated primarily for bully breeds, large dogs of any breed and mix, and seniors. "Chrissie's Fund is proud to be a sponsor of Wags n' Whiskers for the fourth year in a row and congratulates C.A.R.E.4Paws for the amazing work they are doing," says co-founder Kimberly Lowell.

LEVEL: COTTON TAIL ~ $1,000 (see benefits)

A sponsor of the Wags n' Whiskers Festival since 2010, and a supporter of so many local nonprofits, Montecito Bank & Trust has an enduring commitment to maintaining the strength and vitality of the communities where we live, and puts this commitment into action every day. The bank's philanthropic efforts include anniversary grants to 10 local nonprofits and the well-known Community Dividends program, which contributes $1 million annually to over 100 nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. But monetary contributions are only part of the story. Bank associates contribute generously of their personal time and talents as local volunteers. What's more, Montecito Bank & Trust helps local organizations prosper by providing them with valuable financial tools – banking services and special benefits designed specifically for nonprofits.

Who's Walking Who Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services visits with your pet(s) in the comfort of your own home, which allows for a less stressful, consistent daily routine and gives you the peace of mind that your pet is getting the quality attention he/rshe deserves by a professional with years of experience working with animals. The company offers regular dog-walking services as well as in-home pet sitting and pet sitting visits while you're on vacation or out of town on business trips.

LEVEL: PAWSITIVE PARTNER ~ $500 (see benefits)

DogWatch® Hidden Fences of Santa Barbara was established in 1993 by husband-and-wife team Kirk and Karen Nielsen, who've been Santa Barbara residents for over 50 years. As the founders of the family-owned and operated DogWatch dealership, they are 100% committed to the happiness of their customers and safety of the dogs they help. DogWatch® Hidden Fences are recommended by veterinarians and pet trainers all over the world and have been consistently awarded a Consumer Digest “Best Buy." With more than 27 years of combined experience in electronic pet containment, Kirk and Karen have earned a reputation as Santa Barbara's premier pet containment specialists. They have personally trained thousands of dogs to the DogWatch containment system, working tirelessly to proudly achieve a success rate of 99.9%. Kirk and Karen strive to provide clients and their pets with the best possible experience, focusing on patience, care and compassion.

Shelters, rescues, animal groups & pet service providers participating in 2014

ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance League)

Santa Barbara Humane Society

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society

Santa Barbara County Animal Services' Santa Barbara Shelter and Santa Maria Animal Center



Catalyst for Cats


Cold Noses Warm Hearts

Deserving Dogs Rescue & Rehabilitation

Central Coast Pug Rescue

Old Yeller Ranch Rescue

Shadow's Fund



Homestretch Greyhound Rescue


All For Animals

Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation

Small Animal Referral Surgery


Montecito Bank & Trust

Advanced Veterinary Specialists

Who's Walking Who Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services

DogWatch Hidden Fence

Dermatology & Allergy Clinic

VCA CARE Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital

VCA Noah's Ark Animal Hospital

Santa Barbara K9 Unit


Dog days in Santa Barbara

Western Animal Supply

Dioji K9 Resort

Pet House

The Santa Barbara Veterinary Group (Hydropaws, San Roque Pet Hospital & Montecito Pet Hospital)

K9s Behave

La Concepcion Animal Hospital

La Cumbre Animal Hospital

Fur, Feathers & Scales Pet Services

Disc Dogs in Southern California

Santa Barbara Supersonic

Paul Mitchell, the School & Cuts for Mutts

Georgia's Smokehouse

Dolce di Roma (ice cream)

Photo album 2014 >>
Photo album 2013 >>
Photo album 2012 >>
Photo album 2011 >>
Photo album 2010 >>
Photo album 2009 >>

Wags n' Whiskers promo video >>
Event TV commercial >>

Press coverage from Wags n' Whiskers >>
Directions to the park >>
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