Due to the pandemic, the demand for C.A.R.E.4Paws' help is greater than ever. To prevent suffering and ensure pets can stay with their families, we distribute four tons of pet food weekly and provide critical wellness services to a record-number of animals in our mobile veterinary clinic. We also offer refuge for pets of domestic violence survivors as well as humane education programs that promote compassion for animals and empathy in our community.
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OUR DONATION DRIVE-THRU & HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADOPTION FESTIVAL
On Saturday, December 4, we host our Donation Drive-Thru & Home for the Holidays Adoption Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria, 10am to 2pm. We aim to provide resources that keep pets with their families for life, while inspiring forever homes for animals from our local shelters and rescue groups. We offer event sponsorships for business and individuals and also invite companies and local schools to host their own donation drives for C.A.R.E.4Paws in time for the festival. Click for details!
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
Since the start of the pandemic, C.A.R.E.4Paws has stayed true to our mission to prevent pet homelessness and suffering. We continue to bring a safety net of services directly to low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County. This includes assistance with free and low-cost spays/neuters, medical care and walk-in vaccines clinics in our mobile veterinary clinic, distribution of pet food, help for domestic violence survivors and their pets and other critical support.
KEEPING PETS WITH THEIR PEOPLE
Our Companion Pet Assistance program continues to provide at least four tons of pet food weekly to pet owners in need. We distribute pet food in our mobile clinic and during events with agencies such as the Foodbank and People Helping People. We deliver food to homebound pet owners and also have several Pet Resource Centers available. Want to help keep animals healthy and in their homes? Donate pet food or funds anytime!
MOBILE COMMUNITY MEDICINE & SPAY/NEUTER OUTREACH
The need for our Mobile Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach program is greater than ever! Since the pandemic started, we have increased the number of clinic procedures provided with 50%. In 2021, we will perform more than 2,00 spay/neuter surgeries and provide medical care to just as many dogs and cats. We will host 215 Pet Wellness Clinics this year, up from 190 in 2020 and 140 in 2019! Your donations are most appreciated and keep us rolling!
SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AND THEIR PETS
With the heightened emotional and financial stresses caused by COVID-19, domestic violence is more prevalent than ever. Our Safe Haven program ensures domestic violence survivors can find safety for their pets when they leave an abusive situation. Pet owners exposed to domestic violence can seek emergency shelter with their companion animals through Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) and we arrange for anonymous foster care for the pets. Survivors and law enforcement can also contact us directly.
A CONGRESSIONAL AWARD!
We are very honored and grateful to receive a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Salud Carbajal for our work in the community since 2009 and our unprecedented efforts during COVID-19. Thank you for the wonderful acknowledgment! You can view all the great media coverage here and click to watch the award ceremony video!
COMMUNITY SUPPORTING COMMUNITY
We love how our community has come together to help those in need with pet food. A huge thanks to partners such as Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Lompoc's Home Depot, Rescue Me Coffee Company, Montecito Pet Shop, Plaza Deli, Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club, DAWG & Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, ResQcats, Advanced Veterinary Specialists, Companion Animal Placement & Assistance (CAPA), Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation, PetSmart in Santa Mari, Fedex Ground in Santa Maria and Plaza Deli's Larry Balducci, featured in the photo.
YOUTH PET PORTRAITS
Want to help inspire a future artist while raising funds for our critical work? The youth at United Boys & Girls Clubs in Lompoc make pet portraits for a donation as part of our Paws Up For Pets program. Portraits are painted on 11x14 canvasses from a photo you send us and cost $50. Click to learn more and order master piece today! Says Lompoc's club director De’Vika Stalling: "This collaboration has been so therapeutic to our members and has brought them so much joy, while providing an opportunity for them to self-express through their artwork and bring happiness to the gracious donors."
HELP FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Every Thursday evening since April 2020, as part of our Companion Pet Assistance program, we have been at Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park to support community members that are experiencing homelessness, temporarily or long-term. Not only does our volunteer crew distribute food, flea treatment, blankets and beds to pets in need, but on the first Thursday of each month, we provide baths for dogs of homeless owners with our friends from A’s Dog Grooming, generously sponsored by one of our loyal donors.
Without our dedicated volunteers, we could never do our work and support as many pet owners in need, especially not during this pandemic. From packing and delivering pet food to working during our many wellness events to fostering pets for our critical programs, our volunteers are invaluable. Together, we keep animals out of shelters and ensure pets stay healthy and with their families for life. Want to help out? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Learn all about our pawsome community work to support pet families in need, preventing pet overpopulation and keeping animals healthy and in their homes!