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Our Virtual Wags n' Whiskers
C.A.R.E.4Paws' 2020 Wags n' Whiskers Festival was a weeklong virtual event, October 5-11. We promoted adoptable pets from Central Coast shelters and rescues on our website and on social media. (You can still view adoptable animals here!) We also highlighted our festival sponsors and invited pet owners to participate in Best in Show by posting photos and videos of their pets' favorite outfits or top talents. We are unsure if the 2021 festival on October 9 will be live.
A Pet Food & Matching Donation Drive
Through September 2020, the community stepped up in a beautiful way to support our Pet Food & Matching Donation Drive. Not only did we receive several tons of pet food and supplies, but funds up to $10,000 have been matched, dollar for dollar. We are about $1,000 short of meeting our goal and so we have extended the match through Sunday, October 4. Click to double your gift and help TWICE as many animals in need.
Surgeries to support Paw Works
In May 2020, C.A.R.E.4Paws' mobile clinic team altered 60 cats and dogs from Paw Works in Ventura County. All of Paw Works regular spay/neuter partners were closed due to COVID-19 and they desperately needed to alter the kitties and pups they had in foster so that they could get them adopted and pull more pets from overcrowded shelters. You can help locally by adopting or fostering a four-legged friend from one of our shelters.
ASAP's cat food drive
The team at Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP) hosted a pet food drive to support C.A.R.E.4Paws' efforts in May 2020. We're beyond grateful for the generous funds and food raised: close to $11,000 worth! It's feeding a lot of cats in our community.
An incredible act of kindness
We received a $15,000 donation from community members Heather and Tom Sturgess to help us purchase a large order of pet food from Lemos Feed & Pet Supply. We're beyond grateful for the generosity, kindness and support! Also, a substantial discounts and a big donation of food from Lemos allowed us to stretch the gift even further. "Tom and I are very happy to help families feed their pets during this very difficult time," says Heather. Watch the coverage on KEYT.
Even though C.A.R.E.4Paws is not a rescue group, we sometimes, due to special circumstances, take in pets to ensure they don't up in the shelter. Sweet senior Hunter was first abandoned by his owner and then his new caretaker could not keep him. After a dental in the mobile clinic, he could have been homeless were it not for our volunteer Libby Walling, who took him in and provided lots of love and care. Then our compassionate board member Dan Keep and his wife, Darcy, met Hunter and wanted to make him a part of their family. Happy tails and trails, Hunter (aka Hugo)!
Fall Productions has kindly helped us produce two videos about C.A.R.E.4Paws' services, including our mobile clinic, pet food distribution during COVID-19, and Safe Haven, which supports those affected by family violence. Gerry Fall, thanks for such a wonderful, generous gift. Check out the newest video here!
Countywide Pet Resource Centers
Exciting news: we have expanded our Companion Pet Assistance program significantly. We've partnered with United Way and other agencies to provide more Pet Resource Centers throughout Santa Barbara County, where anyone in need can grab pet food and supplies and sign up for our mobile clinic services. We also offer more Mobile Pet Meals through our mobile clinic and delivery of food. Learn more here!
Pet Emergency Training Workshops
As COVID-19 hit in 2020, we were in the middle of providing 12 pet emergency training workshops for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department with our partners: Dr. Andrea Wells and her team from Advanced Veterinary Specialists and dog trainer Brian Glen. We look forward to starting our workshops back up soon. Learn more about our program and see the press coverage.
Caring for community cats
On February 16, 2020, our mobile clinic team altered 25 community cats in Los Olivos. That's 25 cats that will no longer produce kittens! Our partner Marci Kladnik trapped and brought most of the kitties and will release them after a few days of recovery. We also received wonderful support from Los Olivos locals and other contributors to make this most purrrrfect day happen. It takes a village, and we're so grateful for the many collaborations!
Celebrating Furever Valentines
Last year, we cohosted another Furever Valentine's Pet Wellness Clinic at Elwin Mussell Senior Center with Petco, Project PetSafe, and adoptable dogs and cats from Santa Barbara County Animal Services. Lots of animals were helped with $5 microchips and affordable vaccines, medical care and spays/neuters.
The Animal Welfare Alliance of Santa Barbara County
We are excited about the cofounding of the Animal Welfare Alliance of Santa Barbara County together with Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP) and Dog Adoption Welfare Group (DAWG)/Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society in 2020. Our goal is to improve animal welfare by building strong partnerships so we can maximize resources and jointly build programs.