Mobile Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach 

During the COVID-19 crisis, C.A.R.E.4Paws continues to host Mobile Pet Wellness Clinics for dogs and cats in Santa Barbara County, providing affordable critical veterinary care by appointment. We also distribute emergency pet food from 10am to 1pm each time we run our clinic, taking all necessary precautions to keep clients, staff and volunteers safe. Find more details below, including clinic services, pricing and schedule. 

Walk-in Pet Wellness Clinics 

Low-cost services during our 10am to 1pm walk-in clinics include: 

  • Vaccines 

  • Topical flea treatment 

  • Dewormer

  • Microchipping

  • Nail trims

  • Emergency pet food distribution

  • Dog licensing with Project PetSafe on select dates

Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Our mobile spay/neuter surgeries are free for low-income pet owners who cannot afford to alter their dogs and cats at a veterinary clinic or a low-cost clinic such as the humane society. We perform 95% of all surgeries in our mobile clinic and send pets that cannot be spayed/neutered in the mobile clinic, due to a health or other issue, to one of our many partner veterinary clinics. 

Please note: Spays and neuters need to be scheduled prior to a clinic day. All dogs and female cats must wear an e-collar ("cone") for 7-10 days post surgery to prevent infection. We charge $10 per cone. We also charge $10 (or slightly more depending on a dog's weight) for three days of pain medication to go home.

Contact or 805-968-2273 for more information and to make an appointment. 

Community Medicine​

We provide low-cost and free veterinary care for low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County. Our goal: to reduce suffering, ensure cats and dogs have access to medical treatment and can stay with their families for life. See the below list for services we offer in our mobile clinic and please note that some service restrictions apply during the COVID-19 crisis and that our mobile clinic is not a full-service or emergency veterinary hospital. Clients have to show proof of financial need. We can also, as funding allows and appointments are available, provide assistance through our veterinary clinic partners. 

Services include:

  • Medical exams for pets in need, $25

  • Nail trims, $15

  • Wound care, $25

  • Treatment of skin issues, from $25

  • Antibiotics, $25

  • Ear cleaning/treatment of infection, from $25

  • Anal gland expression, $25

  • Dental cleaning, $150-$200**

  • Mass removal, $150-$200**

  • Hernia repair, $125-$150

  • Euthanasia, $100-$150 (does not include disposal of body)

**Extra fees may be applied for teeth extractions and if antibiotics are needed post surgery/treatment. 

Who qualifies?

C.A.R.E.4Paws accepts clients that reside in Santa Barbara County and can show proof of financial need. This includes providing a copy of one of the following: 


  • Unemployment

  • Social Security

  • SSI Disability

  • Food Stamps

  • Medicaid

  • VA Disability

  • CalWORKS

  • WIC

  • CalFRESH

  • BIA General Assistance

  • Section 8

Please note: Our mobile clinic is not a full-service or emergency veterinary clinic. If you are approved for assistance and your pet is not in need of urgent care, we will set you up for an appointment in our mobile clinic when we have an opening. If you're experiencing a medical emergency, we will contact you as soon as we possibly can.

Live outside of Santa Barbara County or need additional resources? 
Try this resource list provided by Banfield Foundation

We are on a roll! 

Our mobile clinic is a critical component of our mission, allowing us to travel directly to low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in our county’s most underserved communities, offering services that keep pets happy, healthy and with their families for life. 

In 2020, our mobile clinic team performed 2,005 spay/neuter surgeries and provided medical care to 1,823 dogs and cats—compared to 1,300 spays/neuters and 1,100 pets assisted with veterinary care in 2019. The provision of 65 percent more clinic services in 2020 reflects the enormous need in our community created by the pandemic. We hosted 190 clinic days during 2020, compared to 140 in 2019 and 120 in 2018.

Contact Us

Tel: 805.968.CARE (2273)



Mailing address:
P.O. Box 60524
Santa Barbara, CA 93160

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