C.A.R.E.4Paws works to reduce pet overpopulation and keep pets happy, healthy and with their families for life. We offer a range of free and low-cost services for pet owners in need, including vaccine clinics, spays and neuters, help with veterinary care and delivery of pet food. Our Paws Up For Pets youth program inspires compassion for animals and in our community as a whole.
Together, we make a pawsitive difference!
MOBILE PET WELLNESS CLINICS
Our Mobile Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach program offers free spays/neuters and affordable veterinary care to qualifying low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County. Our Pet Wellness Clinics provides low-cost vaccines, microchips, flea treatment, nail trims and other important pet services.
We have exciting program updates! We'helped a record-number of families in 2019, while launching more Pet Resource Centers, a pet emergency training for first responders and a community outreach consulting project in Ventura County. This month, we start a program to help victims of domestic violence and their pets.
C.A.R.E.4Paws turned 10 in 2019, and we celebrated our amazing first decade with a Happy Tails Anniversary Fundraiser. This year's Happy Tails event takes place on April 26. We also hosted our most successful Wags n' Whiskers Festival on October 12. Our 2020 festival is scheduled for October 10). Stay tuned for more details for both events!
PET EMERGENCY TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
We’re excited to have launched Pet Emergency Training (P.E.T.) for First Responders alongside Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) and dog trainer Brian Glen. Our program demonstrates how to safely handle and care for pets in an emergency situation. More workshops start January 22 with Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
THE MOBILE CLINIC BREAKS RECORDS IN 2019!
In 2019, we helped more animals and pet owners in need than ever before. Our mobile clinic team performed 1,300 free spay/neuter surgeries, assisted 1,070 dogs and cats with veterinary care and hosted 140 vaccine clinics. We anticipate to surpass those records in 2020!
HELP ON THE WAY FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THEIR PETS
In January, C.A.R.E.4Paws will launch a Santa Barbara County program to help victims of domestic violence in collaboration with agencies such as Domestic Violence Solutions. We will provide temporary refuge for pets so that their owners can leave abusive partners without fearing for their animals’ safety. In our program, pets will be cared for until they can be reunited with their owners. Want to help? Your contribution will save lives!
CRITICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PETS AND THEIR OWNERS
No pet or pet owner in Santa Barbara County should have to go hungry or without critical care. In partnership with several local human welfare agencies, we're increasing services available to community members in need by introducing more Pet Resource Centers and Mobile Pet Meals. Pet owners can easily access dog and cat food and other supplies, sign up for services in C.A.R.E.4Paws’ mobile clinic and find out about programs for themselves.