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Wags n' Whiskers 2014
Our 6th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival takes place Sunday, August 10, from 11am to 4pm at Girsh Park in Goleta. The event—the largest animal festival in Santa Barbara County—features adoptable dogs, cats and bunnies from about 25 animal shelters and rescue groups and showcases a wide range of local pet service providers and animal welfare groups.

Last year's event drew a record number of visitors and inspired as many as 35 cat and dog adoption from local rescues and shelters. Our activities, including Frisbee dog shows, a police K9 demo, Flyball and a dog training demo with Camp Canine, were a hit, too. Read alll about it in our front-page article in the News-Press.

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LEVEL: ELITE PACK ~ $10,000 (see benefits)

Let us introduce our Elite Pack sponsor: CARE Hospital. CARE 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.

Supporting the largest onsite medical team on the Central Coast, CARE Hospital 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 expertise, along with 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.

CARE's experienced and compassionate staff care 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.

LEVEL: TOP DOG ~ $5,000 (see benefits)
LEVEL: CAT'S MEOW ~ $2,500 (see benefits)

Merial is a world-leading animal health animal company.  Merial provides a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. It is a forward-looking company with a proven track record, producing pharmaceutical products and vaccines for livestock, pets and wildlife (including endangered species). Merial is a supporter of the veterinarian community and the agricultural industry. Please visit its Paws to Save Pets website to learn more on Merial’s efforts to assist animals in need in the event of a natural disaster.

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

A sponsor of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Wags n' Whiskers Festival, 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 it 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.

DogWatch® Hidden Fences of Santa Barbara was established in early 1993 by Kirk and Karen Nielsen, a husband-and-wife team who have been Santa Barbara residents for over 50 years. As the original founders of their family-owned and operated DogWatch dealership, they are 100% committed to the happiness of their customers and safety of their dogs. 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 their clients and their family's pets the best possible experience; patience, caring, and compassion are their top focus.

In addition to being a new, top-notch, 24-hour pet emergency hospital in Santa Barbara, Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) provides pets with diagnostics and therapeutics that compliment the care provided by an owner's trusted family veterinarian. All of its doctors are board certified specialists and have extensive training in their field. They assess patients with many disorders including kidney or liver disease, diabetes mellitus, heart murmurs, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and anemia. At AVS, doctors perform a wide variety of specialized procedures including ultrasounds, color flow Doppler echocardiograms (heart ultrasound), endoscopy, chemotherapy, biopsies, bone marrow sampling, tracheal stent placement, and much more. Currently, AVS is able to see pets and clients at several veterinary practices located within Santa Barbara and as far as Santa Maria and Oxnard.


Valley Pets, Santa Barbara County's premier pet store, is excited to support the Wags n'  Whiskers Festival for the fourth year in a row, and is proud to be among pet stores that support animal adoption. Valley Pets promotes awareness and strives to educate pet owners on how to best care for their furry and four-legged family members. The company, working closely with numerous rescues as well as Santa Barbara County Animal Services, is proud to present an in-house team of caring pet professionals, all dedicated to the health and well-being of animals. Its mission statement always holds true: "Valley Pets, where your pets are our pets."

LEVEL: PAWSITIVE PARTNER ~ $500 (see benefits)

Right from the start, Invisible Fence® Brand solutions were created out of a genuine concern and love for dogs. Back in 1973, Richard Peck, a well-traveled dog lover, grew alarmed at the number of dogs he saw roaming the streets or injured by cars. Knowing that our furry friends need daily exercise to remain healthy, he resolved to find a way to enable pet owners to keep their dogs and cats safe – without constant monitoring by their owners – while still maintaining their freedom. In the nearly 40 years since then, Invisible Fence® Brand has protected more than 2 million pets of just about every size, breed, and temperament.

Santa Barbara's Dermatology & Allergy Clinic for Animals is the office of Jean Greek, DVM, DACVD, the only board certified veterinary dermatologist on the central coast.

SAM's Doggie Dude Ranch is named for the owners' beloved dog, SAM, undefeated champ of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Although SAM has gone to Doggie Heaven, his gift to this world lives on. SAM’s Doggie Dude Ranch is set on a 300-acre cattle and horse ranch on the gorgeous Gaviota coast. The ranch has been in the family since 1866 and offers plenty of room for playful romps through pastures, soaks in the water troughs, peaceful walks and chasing squirrels! Boarding packages such as “Bed & Biscuit” includes feedings twice a day and plenty of fun and exercise.

LEVEL: ANIMAL AMBASSADOR ~ Donation amount of choice (see benefits)

Shelters, rescues, animal groups & pet service providers particpating in 2013:

Santa Barbara Humane Society

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




Cold Noses Warm Hearts

Deserving Dogs Rescue & Rehabilitation

Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue

Central Coast Pug Rescue

Old Yeller Ranch Rescue

Shadow's Fund


Catalyst For Cats

Homestretch Greyhound Rescue

Southern California Labrador Retreiver Rescue

French Bulldog Village

Rowdy Dog Rescue


Katitude Cat Rescue

Operation Rescue, Inc.

K-9 Heroes Rescue

All For Animals

Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation

Cesar Millan Foundation

CARE Hospital

Doggie Do Good


Advanced Veterinary Specialists

Montecito Bank & Trust

Dermatology & Allergy Clinic

DogWatch of Santa Barbara

Who's Walking Who Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services

Sam's Doggie Dude Ranch


Platinum Performance

Angel Veterinary Hospital

Camp Canine

Santa Barbara K9 Unit


Valley Pets

Dioji K9 Resort

Invisible Fence Brand

Pet House

Rolling Pet Vet

VIP Petcare

Howell’n Good Doggie Dentals

La Cumbre Animal Hospital

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

VCA Noah's Ark Animal Hospital

K9s Behave

Hungry Dawgz of Dogtown

Artemis Animal Clinic

Morris Animal Foundation

National Museum of Animals and Society

Disc Dogs in Southern California

Santa Barbara Supersonic


Tiki Taco

Dolce di Roma (ice cream)

Georgia's Smokehouse

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