C.A.R.E.4Paws' Wags n' Whiskers Festival 

C.A.R.E.4Paws is gearing up for the 10th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival on October 13 at Santa Barbara City College's beautiful West Campus Lawn, from 11am to 4pm. This year, our free, family-friendly event presents several great new attractions, and we expect a record number of festival-goers, vendors and sponsors. Last year's festival inspired more than 30 pet adoptions and we aim to beat that number this year! Learn more about Wags n' Whiskers and how you can get involved here. 

Download the festival flyer and check out these stories in Noozhawk and Santa Barbara News-Press

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About Our Festival 

Watch our new festival video!

Click above to download the flyer and here to learn more about Best in Show!

The largest pet adoption and animal festival on the Central Coast


Every year, Wags n' Whiskers joins the local pet-loving community for a fun day in the Santa Barbara sun, celebrating animals and the outstanding animal organizations and businesses that help our four-legged friends. Our event is free and family-friendly and promises a great time for humans and pets of all ages! 

Since our first festival in 2009, Wags n' Whiskers has become the largest pet adoption festival on the Central Coast, drawing hundreds of animal lovers every year. Our 10th annual festival takes place October 13 at Santa Barbara City College's West Campus Lawn and we aim for a record-number of adoptions.

Fun festival features in 2018: 
  • Adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and reptiles from 20+ local shelters and rescue groups 

  • Great vendors sharing new pet products and animal wellness tips

  • Best in Show, our top contest with three different categories (more info below) 

  • A Paws Up For Pets Youth Booth with face painting and many special activities

  • Performances by and a focus exhibit with heroic search and rescue teams

  • First responders and how they help us and our pets 

  • Test your target hitting and get a local firefighter wet in our dunk tank!

  •  An all-day Barn Hunt special exhibit 

  • Fast-paced dog agility with the Santa Barbara Flyers

  • Visits with pet rescue expert Larissa Wohl from the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”

  • The Pawparazzi Photo Booth with WinkFace Photography

  • Awesome raffle prizes, including a Disneyland escape for four

  • Plus, "check in" on social media from our Red Carpet and enter to win a special gift basket!

Best in Show 

Our fun Best in Show at Wags n' Whiskers is hosted by Arthur Von Wiesenberger and features three categories with great prizes: 

The Haute Dog Fashion Contest 
Strut your mutt (or other pet) in his or her finest costumes.

Show off your pet's trick or special talent. 

Pet-Owner Lookalike
Do you and your pet resemble each other and/or often dress alike? Show us how in this fun contest! 


Pawparazzi and our "Best in Show Calendar"

Pet portrait professional Wendy Domanski with WinkFace Photography heads up our Pawparazzi Photo Booth, taking fun photos of your pet. We will choose 12 photos for our 2019 Best in Show Calendar. 

The event location 

Santa Barbara City College's West Campus Lawn is a beautiful spot overlooking West Beach and the Pacific Ocean, about five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. There are 1,000 free parking spaces adjacent to the park area. 

Want to volunteer? 

We cannot put on this event without our amazing volunteers. For example, we need assistance with setting up the festival, running our activities and in our Paws Up For Pets Youth Booth (a great opportunity for kids and their parents to volunteer together!). Want to join our team? Please contact us through volunteer@care4paws.org for all of our event volunteer opportunities.

Exhibit at the Festival

Join us as a vendor and boost your business
As a Wags n' Whiskers vendor, you'll meet hundreds of community members looking to adopt a pet and/or learning more about your company's services. Our event also gets extensive media coverage, which highlights participating vendors and helps bring people to our event. 

The fee for a vendor booth is only $250, and there's no charge for nonprofit animal groups and shelters. Click to meet our 2018 vendors

Download our vendor form here

Become a Sponsor 

Sponsor our 2018 festival and reap a range of promotional benefits


Every year, Wags n' Whiskers attracts hundreds of pet lovers, in addition to dozens of participating vendors and animal groups, and we expect a record turnout for our 10th annual festival. Our event is the largest animal festival on the Central Coast and it receives substantial press coverage and is widely promoted through social media, print, radio and TV advertisements and posting of flyers countywide.  


Download our Wags n' Whiskers business sponsorship package.

Become a Corporate Partner, which includes festival sponsorship and many additional perks

C.A.R.E.Paws' Corporate Partnership program invites local businesses to support our work for a whole year for a range of added promotional benefits. Five of six Partnership levels include a Wags n' Whiskers sponsorship.

Download our Corporate Partnership package

Community members can become Animal Ambassadors 
To help fund the festival and raise money for C.A.R.E.4Paws’ important work, we invite community members to become Wags n’ Whiskers Animal Ambassadors. As a festival Ambassador, you will be featured on our website, at the event and in our summer/fall newsletters. And we accept pledges over several months.

View our giving opportunities. 

Our 2018 Festival Supporters

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 7th 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. Avalan is also a C.A.R.E.4Paws Corporate Partner.


SILVER PAW: $2,500 

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. AVS is also a C.A.R.E.4Paws Corporate Partner.


SILVER PAW: $2,500 

Who's Walking Who Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services visits with your pet(s) in the comfort of your own home, which allows for a less stressful, consistent daily routine and gives you the peace of mind that your pet is getting the quality attention it deserves by a professional with years of experience working with animals. The company offers regular dog-walking services as well as in-home pet sitting and pet sitting visits while you're on vacation or out of town on business trips. Who's Walking Who is also a longtime C.A.R.E.4Paws Corporate Partner.

SILVER PAW: $2,500 

Boehringer Ingleheim is a global, research-driven pharmaceutical company embracing many cultures and diverse societies.  Boehringer Ingelheim provides a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. It is a forward-looking company with a proven track record, producing pharmaceutical products and vaccines for livestock, pets and wildlife (including endangered species). Boehringer Ingelheim is a supporter of the veterinarian community and the agricultural industry. The company is also a C.A.R.E.4Paws Corporate Partner.

SILVER PAW: $2,500

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise is made up of local business, professional, and civic leaders. They meet regularly, get to know each other and form friendships, and through that they are able to get things done in both local and global communities. The club is active in local service projects, including a free dental clinic that provides critical care to the underserved in our community. It purchases and distributes free dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the Santa Barbara Unified School District and recognizes at-risk youth at La Cuesta Continuation High School with a Student of the Month program. It also engages in hands-on improvement projects at Camp Whittier, part of United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. Internationally, the Sunrise club supports a children’s orphanage and surgical eye clinics in Mexico in addition to funding clean-water projects, medical clinic improvements, and a pharmacy project in two rural communities in Nicaragua. The club meets for the “best breakfast in Santa Barbara” every Wednesday at 7am at the Historic Santa Barbara Club. For more information, call 805.884.6428.

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. The firm is also a C.A.R.E.4Paws Corporate Partner.

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

Camp Canine has been Santa Barbara's premier Pet Resort & Training Center since 1984. With over 30 years experience raising and training dogs, the care and comfort of your dog continues to be Camp Canine's passion and commitment. Here, canine guests enjoy the best cuisine and receive regular health checks throughout their stay. Camp Counselors supervise active play groups designed to match your dog's temperament and personality. You can also add Fitness Camp activities to your dog's stay to enhance mental and physical well-being. Camp Canine is conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, with transportation to Montecito, Summerland, Goleta and surrounding areas available.  Call today for a tour and a free trial for your canine friend. 

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

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

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

Equine & Canine News was co-founded and created by Jessica Johnson-Segal, who was fulfilling a dream while serving a need for horse and dog lovers alike. Jessica works closely with her mom and co-founder, Nola Johnson, who loves putting her sales and business experience to work. Jessica’s hunch was right that dog and horse lovers alike would appreciate a full color, locally-based publication with informative articles and local events. It has become so popular that they have extended coverage to the San Fernando Valley, which offers a booming horse community and a dog shop on just about every corner. Jessica, Nola and their sales reps attend nearly every horse and dog event in Southern California between San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties and the San Fernando Valley to meet and greet readers, vendors, and clients. Be sure and introduce yourself if you see them at an event!

BRONZE PAW $1,000 


Adobe Pet Hospital, located on upper State Street in Santa Barbara, provides quality veterinary care for your pet dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, and pocket pets in its recently remodeled hospital, Monday through Saturday. Dr. Greg Haskell and Dr. Kristi Gibbs along with the Adobe staff congratulate and thank C.A.R.E.4Paws for its many years of service to the community.

BRONZE PAW $1,000 

VCA Noah's Ark Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic in Goleta. For more than 20 years, VCA Noah’s Ark has practiced the motto that the best medicine is preventative medicine. The clinic provides veterinary services for every stage of a pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy. And the clinic's services does not end at the hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, its veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows its doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.

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 provides the longest appointment times in town to ensure there is ample one-on-one time with both patients and clients to provide care and education. The staff is extensively committed to continuing education, professionalism, and integrity. 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 

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!"



Atlas Rehabilitation For Canines (ARC) just opened in Santa Barbara this summer as the city's only stand-alone canine rehabilitation and performance facility. Led by certified and licensed professionals Karen Atlas, PT, MPT, CCRT, and William J. Otto, DVM, ARC is a state-of-the-art clinic, fully equipped with the latest underwater treadmill, cold laser therapy (class 3b), therapeutic ultrasound, Alpha-Stimulation (CES), pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF), electrical stimulation (NMES and TENS), as well as innovative land based exercise equipment. More importantly, it is Karen’s unique knowledge base and manual therapy skills from her 20 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist that has contributed to the success of her practice with animals. 


Founded in 1986, PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, everyone loves pets and believes pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything the staff does for its customers, the way the company supports its associates, and how PetSmart gives back to the community. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products and offers unique pet services, including pet grooming. In Santa Barbara, visit the brand-new store at 222 N. Milpas Street. 



Bright Party Rentals is the nation’s largest event rental company with over 30 years of experience. It has locations across the country and more than 450 trucks on the road. The company offers a large range of wedding rentals, banquet event rentals, party tents, dance floors, table & chair items for your party or event. Bright Party Rentals also provides the highest quality of tenting, draping, lighting, furniture and elegant tableware and linens. If you can dream it, Bright Party Rentals can deliver.


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!"


Davey’s Voice, a Santa Barbara County 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2015 by Gretchen Lieff to honor Davey, a five-month-old puppy who had to be euthanized after enduring ongoing torture by his owner. Davey’s Voice was formed to speak out for future victims of abuse, and to educate the community so another animal does not have to suffer in silence as Davey did. Davey’s Voice supports projects and programs that promote animal welfare, reduce suffering, and save lives. Davey’s Voice advocates for harsher laws and stronger legislation against animal abuse. The nonprofit pledges to make Santa Barbara the most animal responsible county in California and continue its mission throughout the United States and beyond.



VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital is proud to provide the highest quality emergency and specialty care for pets available in Santa Barbara County. Since it opened in 2002, the clinic has provided medical services for more than 30,000 pets and earned the distinction of being the county's most referred-to veterinary practice. VCA Care provides rapid, 24/7 attention and treatment to your pet. The clinic offers multidisciplinary health care–bringing to your pet the expertise needed, when it is needed. The depth and breadth of medical and surgical expertise, along with VCA Care's large, state-of-the-art facility, means animals receive the diagnosis and treatment they deserve, with minimal wait times, all at one location. VCA Care's experienced and compassionate staff cares for both the animals they treat and their owners. Understanding the shared bond, the staff encourages owners to participate in their pet’s healing through regular visits, which can speed patient recovery and reduce anxiety of patient and owner.



With three locations serving Santa Barbara and Montecito, you can "Expect the Best” from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, as the company has represented satisfied clients in the area for over 30 years. With more than 100 professionals, Coldwell Banker is dedicated to providing the highest level of service with old-fashioned values: honesty, integrity and common sense. Careful, complete and sensitive to legal requirements, the team’s experienced, seasoned and independent negotiators will help you get the best possible price! At Wags n’ Whiskers, Coldwell Bankers’ Montecito and Santa Barbara agents will generously sponsor several pet adoptions from local shelters and rescue groups as part of its annual “Home for Dogs” campaign.

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HUB International Insurance is a global insurance brokerage that puts you at the center of everything the company does. HUB's reach and resources mean you have the insurance you need when you need it—and before you know you need it. HUB provides complete protection: property, casualty, life and health insurance products; employee benefits and business risk management; and wealth management products and services. When you work with HUB, you’re working with a team of experts dedicated to helping you understand your risks and manage all of your insurance requirements.


Gold Paw: $5,000

Lyn Proctor

Silver Paw: $2,500

Hugh & Keets Cassar

Ron & Betty Ziegler

Bronze Paw: $1,000

Daniel & Donna Courain

Christine & Reece Duca

Marilyn Makepeace

Suzanne Von Drehle

Copper Paw: $500

Ed & Ann Brady

Georgia Funsten

Jun Shimizu