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Wags n' Whiskers 2016
On October 1, from 11am to 4pm, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts its 8th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival at Santa Barbara City College's West Campus—a brand-new location for us! The event, the largest adoption festival on the Central Coast, gathers more than 20 animal groups, dozens of local pet service providers and businesses, and hundreds of visitors.

Check out our two new Wags n' Whiskers videos by Her.O Productions and YTS Digital Films >>
Read about us in SB Family & Life Magazine and the Santa Barbara News-Press >>

Wonderful dogs, cats & bunnies for adoption
A visit from "Little Star," a wonderful therapy horse
A Pawsitive Thinking Youth Project contest for kids K-12. Learn more about our 2015 project >>
Military dogs from Vandenberg Airforce Base in action
Bunny training demos

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.

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

VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital is Wags n' Whiskers' top sponsor and also C.A.R.E.4Paws' Elite Partner Corporate Sponsor. VCA Care 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: TOP DOG ~ $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: CAT'S MEOW ~ $2,500 (see benefits)

Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) is a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital located near downtown Santa Barbara. Founded in 2012, AVS provides pets with diagnostics and therapeutics that complement the care provided by your trusted family veterinarian and values that partnership. Many of its doctors are board-certified specialists who have extensive training in fields such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency and Critical Care, and Dentistry. They assess patients with complicated disorders, including kidney or liver disease, diabetes mellitus, immune diseases, heart murmurs, 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, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, and much more. AVS also has a CT Scanner onsite for patients that require advanced imaging diagnostics. In addition to specialty medicine, they have the distinction of becoming certified as a Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. They are one of only two veterinary hospitals in the state of California to achieve Level II designation. AVS is proud of their staff and the superior medicine and service they provide to the community.

Merial is a world-leading animal health 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.

Small Animal Referral Surgery.

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 Fence Systems 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.

Mission Wealth is a nationally recognized firm that serves over 700 families and manages over $1.2 billion. The founding vision for Mission Wealth was simple—to empower affluent families to pursue their financial and personal dreams. The company saw a need for something different from what other financial services firms provide. To address this need, Mission Wealth was founded on the following principles:

  • Independent advice
  • Comprehensive and proactive financial planning
  • Coordination with other professional advisors, including accountants, attorneys, and bankers
  • Academic-based investment approach

Mission Wealth's continuous planning process (Integrated Wealth Solution®) encompasses financial planning, investment management, tax strategies, estate planning and risk management. This service model is designed to help you feel informed and on track with your goals. The company's industry awards serve as one small validation of the care and trust Mission Wealth places over its clients’ priorities and wealth. Mission Wealth is pleased to offer Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) to clients who wish to align their values with their investments.

As a full service accounting firm, Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morriset is uniquely qualified to handle all business related compliance and planning issues for professional services firms. From contracting businesses to architectural firms and law partnerships to medical practices, our professionals have the resources and experience to meet all of your business accounting and tax needs.

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.

K-Nine Solutions is your one-stop-shop for evaluating your dogs’ behavior and getting the training, tools and solutions to correct any problems you may have. By using a balanced and humane approach, K-Nine Solution's unique and highly effective training methods consistently deliver results that surpass clients’ expectations, creating the kind of happy and harmonious relationship that every dog owner dreams of. Eric Smith founded K-Nine Solutions with one goal: To provide dog owners with the help, answers and results they desperately need, along with the care, compassion and understanding they deserve. Eric's partner, Justin Davanzo, is a lover of all things DOG and someone who embodies all of the attributes and skills it takes to make a great trainer, including patience, empathy, presence, consistency, humor, and effective communication and problem-solving skills. K-Nine Solutions embraces a “train as you live” philosophy, which supports developing a great lifestyle for owners and their dogs. K-Nine Solutions is often the last stop for dog owners who have exhausted every other option and have still have not found the help or results they need.

 Santa Barbara Veterinary Group (SBVG) is locally owned and operated by Dr. David Dawson and consists of San Roque Pet Hospital, Montecito Pet Hospital, Goleta Airport Pet Hospital and HydroPaws Animal Rehabilitation and Performance Center. SBVG knows how special your pets are to you and your family and is committed to the highest quality of compassionate veterinary care for your furry friend. With appointments available seven days a week, SBVG's goal is to protect, extend and enhance those precious relationships you have with your pets. This is why they treat your pet like it was one of their own. After all, there is nothing better than a happy, healthy pet.

Founded in 1972 by Mike Lemos, Lemos Feed & Supply is the largest independent feed and pet supply company on the Central Coast of California. Lemos specializes in selling the healthiest pet foods in the world and providing customer service that is second to none. The company strives to offer a wide variety of high quality pet supplies at a fair price. You know that if your pets could talk, they'd say..."Lemos!"

Santa Barbara's all-natural skincare company Natura Culina offers amazing products for the face, body and home. All products are made using the gentlest yet most effective ingredients to produce wonderful results. What's more, founder and skincare guru Lenka Tinka supports charities like C.A.R.E.4Paws by donating products and proceeds from her sales. “I believe the possibilities are endless when we come together to share our love, support and resources to help others in need,” says Lenka.


Betty Ziegler, $2,500

Jim & Terry Knell, $2,000

Vasanti Fithian, $1,000

Shelters, rescues, animal groups & pet service providers that participated in 2015:

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

CAPA and La PAWS, Lompoc


Cold Noses Warm Hearts

Deserving Dogs Rescue & Rehabilitation

Central Coast Pug Rescue

Old Yeller Ranch Rescue

Shadow's Fund


Homestretch Greyhound Rescue

Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue

Spark Rescue Santa Barbara

WHAR Wolf Sanctuary

Canine & Equine Ranch

BUNS (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter

SPARC of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation

All For Animals

Guide Dog Puppy Raisers of Santa Barbara

VCA CARE Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital & VCA Noah's Ark Animal Hospital (Sponsor)

Merial (Sponsor)

Small Animal Referral Surgery (Sponsor)

Advanced Veterinary Specialists (Sponsor)

Montecito Bank & Trust (Sponsor)

Who's Walking Who Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services (Sponsor)

DogWatch Hidden Fence Systems (Sponsor)

K-Nine Solutions (Sponsor)

Dermatology & Allergy Clinic (Sponsor)

The Santa Barbara Veterinary Group: San Roque Pet Hospital, Montecito Pet Hospital, Goleta Airport Pet Hospital & HydroPaws Animal Rehabilitation and Performance Center (Sponsor)

Lemos Feed & Pet Supply


Dioji K9 Resort

K9s Behave

La Cumbre Pet Hospital

Barking Good Grooms & Daycare

Rolling Pet Vet

Disc Dogs in Southern California

Santa Barbara Supersonic

Wags 'n Wash

Georgia's Smokehouse (Food)

Dolce di Roma (Ice cream)

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