Wags n' Whiskers Adoptions

C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its Virtual Wags n' Whiskers Festival on October 5 through 11. We promoted (and are still promoting) adoptable pets from Central Coast shelters and rescues here and on our social media pages. We also highlight our generous festival sponsors, who make our event possible. Find profiles on adoptable pets and our sponsors below. 

Participating Animal Groups

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Ahimsa Animal Rescue
Ahimsa Animal Rescue is driven by a single goal: to save as many animals in need as possible. The group is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit specializing in the rescue and rehoming of reptiles, rabbits, rodents, birds, and more animals. Some animals stay with Ahimsa permanently and are used in education at schools, while others are adopted out to the public.
Visit Ahimsa's adoption webpage.
Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP)
The mission of ASAP is to save the lives of cats in Santa Barbara County by providing shelter, veterinary care, behavioral support, adoption and foster services, education and community outreach.
Adoption fees: adults (over 5 months) are free; kittens are $75 and get a second for free. 
Visit ASAP's adoption webpage.
Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS)

BUNS is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the care and welfare of rabbits and guinea pigs. BUNS works to find bunnies and guinea pigs permanent homes, and educates the public on caring for their guinea pig and rabbit companions.

Adoption fees: $30 for one bunny, $30 for a pair of bunnies and $15 for a guinea pig.

Visit BUNS' adoption webpage.
Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC)

The HSVC is a compassionate care animal welfare organization strengthening the bond between people and their pets throughout Ventura County.
Adoption fees: $60-$200
Visit HSVC's adoption webpage.
Meade Canine Rescue Foundation
Meade Canine Rescue Foundation provides medical care, nutrition, exercise and shelter for unwanted dogs of all breeds. Located in Creston, the rescue offers a safe haven where four-legged friends spend the rest of their lives in comfort.
A community resource, this group advocates for spay/neuter and educate on the joys of senior pets.
Visit MCRF's adoption webpage.
New Life K9s

New Life K9s is a nonprofit group that teaches service dogs for veterans and first responders with PTSD. 

If you are a veteran or first responder with PTSD, New Life K9s always accepts applications for service dogs. The organization serves the counties of San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Fresno, Kings, and Kern.

Orange Twins Rescue 

Orange Twins Rescue is located in Los Angeles with the mission to assist in rescuing and rehabilitating any animal in need.

For information about adoptable kitties, please visit Orange Twins' adoption webpage or email orangetwinsrescue@gmail.com

ResQcats is a nonprofit group dedicated to rescuing owner released and homeless kittens and cats and  placing them into new homes. To prevent pet overpopulation, all kittens and cats are spayed or neutered, and ResQcats provides a safe and loving shelter until stable, loving homes can be found.


For information about adoptable kitties, please
visit ResQcats' adoption webpage or email rescuecats@hotmail.com.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services

Santa Barbara County Animal Services has dogs, cats, bunnies and other animals for adoption by appointment at its shelters in Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria. 


To adopt or learn more about any of the listed pets, call the shelters in Santa Barbara, (805) 681-5285, Lompoc (805) 737-7755 and Santa Maria, (805) 934-6119. 

The Santa Barbara & Santa Maria Valley Humane Society


On February 1, 2020, the Santa Barbara & Santa Maria Valley Humane Societies merged, creating the largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the county that serves through sheltering, medical care, rehabilitation and compassion. Right now, the shelters celebrate National Adopt a Dog Month with "name your price adoptions" for dogs four months and older.

Visit the humane societies' adoption webpage!

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society (SYVHS) & Dog Adoption Welfare Group (DAWG)


SYVHS in partnership with DAWG serves Santa Barbara County by providing and promoting humane care of companion animals and preventing overpopulation through low-cost spays/neuters, clinic services and adoptions.

Adoption fees: $65-$200 (by appointment only)

Visit SYVHS/DAWG's adoption webpage.

Shadow's Fund

Shadow's Fund is a nonprofit animal rescue and sanctuary that brings hope and second chances to the most vulnerable shelter dogs and provides a safe haven for dogs, horses and pigs at its 100-acre, no-kill sanctuary.


Adoption fees: $250 ordinarily; reduced to $125 for Wags n' Whiskers.

Visit Shadow's Fund's adoption webpage.

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC)

The mission of SPARC is to provide the resources, progressive programs and community education needed to rehabilitate and rehome the abandoned and stray animals of Santa Paula. 

Visit SPARC's adoption webpage.

Westside German Shepherd Rescue 

Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles is a nonprofit, no-kill rescue committed to saving all types of German Shepherd dogs from high-kill shelters and adopting them to loving, qualified homes.
The general adoption fee is $375 for adults.
Visit the shepherd rescue's adoption webpage.
Volunteers for Inter-Valley animals (VIVA)
VIVA operates a no-kill, cage-free cat shelter in Lompoc with adoptions by appointment.  
Adoptions fees are $75 and kittens are two for $100. All cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. To meet one of VIVA's listed kitties, email vivacatshelter@gmail.com or call (805) 735-6741.
Visit VIVA's adoption webpage.

Festival Sponsors 

GOLD PAW: $5,000

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 9th year in a row and congratulates C.A.R.E.4Paws for the amazing work they are doing," says co-founder Kimberly Lowell.

GOLD PAW: $5,000 


Avalan is a comprehensive wealth management firm that works closely with clients and utilizes a consultative approach to financial, business, investment and personal planning needs. Through its defined wealth management process, Avalan provides counseling for a limited number of high-net-worth individuals, closely held corporations, trusts and pensions. The firm's goal is to enter into long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships, which it develops to not only be lifelong, but multigenerational as well. Therefore, Avalan engages in new relationships only after its team determines that its services add substantial value in assisting clients to achieve their goals and all that is important to them. In every aspect of Avalan's work, the firm provides an uncompromising commitment to administer world-class client service while striving to accomplish each of its clients’ highly individualized wealth management needs. 


GOLD PAW: $5,000 

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.

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

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. 

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

La Cumbre Animal Hospital
 (LCAH) has been a staple in the Santa Barbara community for almost 60 years, and is proud to be AAHA accredited for over 27 years, providing the highest level of medical care and compassion. The clinic team is proud to focus on using Fear Free methods every day to reduce anxiety or fear. As a full-service clinic, LCAH uses the most state-of-the-art equipment, like a comprehensive in-house laboratory, digital x-rays and ultrasound. The clinic is dedicated to providing a complete range of services, including cold laser therapy, dental therapy and surgery options, which include non-invasive techniques. The La Cumbre Animal Hospital team focuses on the whole patient as an individual and highly encourages and educates clients on preventative care. LCAH is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy living habits, happiness and excellence among all team members. The staff looks forward to helping you!

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 


The founders of Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club envisioned a state-of-the art facility where each dog could truly enjoy a vacation of their own, and their families would have the peace of mind that their furry family members were in the best of care, with attentive dog-lovers catering to their needs 24 hours a day. They set out to create Dioji, all from a dog's perspective, which is why every Dioji facility has over 10,000 square foot of indoor/outdoor play space to enjoy the California weather, lots of room to run and play, and, of course, a giant pool for splashing and swimming! Since the opening of its Goleta location in August 2007, Dioji has grown to a team with more than 100 dog lovers catering to the needs of four-legged customers at multiple locations along the California Coast.  

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

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!"

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

A sponsor of the Wags n' Whiskers Festival since 2010, and a supporter of so many local nonprofits and causes, 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.

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BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

In a career spanning 30 years, Gerry Fall, founder of Fall Productions, has made an art of capturing the moments that count. Leading the exclusive livestream video team for University of California, Santa Barbara sports, Gerry knows exactly how to make your events shine on screen. He brings this expertise not only to sporting events, but to business functions, weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, life celebrations and other milestone events, providing an experience unlike any other. Expect a staff of full-service video professionals, state-of-the-art equipment, unparalleled expertise and unbeatable prices to serve all your video and post-production needs. 


Every month, Rescue Me Coffee Co. delivers fresh-roasted coffee to your door from 12 amazing farmers, a different country each month. The company's roaster is Top Dog Coffee Bar, and from each bag delivered to you, 20% of the proceeds goes to C.A.R.E.4Paws and New Life K9s, a nonprofit that helps veterans and first responders with PTSD, working with shelters on the Central Coast of California. This is coffee for a cause, and your monthly coffee subscription will truly make a pawsitive difference. As founder Suzanne Maury says: "You can’t do this alone, but together, we can change the world!"



On February 1, 2020, the Santa Barbara & Santa Maria Valley Humane Societies merged, creating the largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the county, serving through sheltering, medical care, rehabilitation and compassion. One of the first organizations in the western US, the Santa Barbara Humane Society was founded in 1887.

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Delilah is a 5 month old puppy that is silly and loves to play with her doggie friends. She is ready for her forever home, which would ideally include another big dog or 2, no little animals, and an understanding that she may be hardwired to protect her person and property (she's already showing some guarding instincts). She is a pittie/akita mix, will grow to be quite big (80+ lbs) and is seeking a human who has both the time and the interest to help her grow into the best dog she can be.

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