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We've expanded to SLO County!
C.A.R.E.4Paws now host Pet Wellness Clinics in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County alongside SLO nonprofits Animals in Need Fund and Animal Shelter Adoption Partners. Snip & Chip SLO aims to curb pet overpopulation, prevent pet homelessness and euthanasia of adoptable animals, and improve animal welfare in the county. We're not expanding all of our programs to SLO yet but we hope that—with the community's support—we can cohost many clinics in SLO this year. Read our press release and watch us on KSBY.
New videos highlight our critical work
We are excited to show off several new videos that highlight our work in the community, including with our Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach, pet food distribution services, assistance for pet owners experiencing homelessness, our Safe Haven program from domestic violence survivors and our Paws Up For Pets youth initiative. You'll also enjoy heartwarming Happy Tails from the many pet owners we help daily.
We go the extra mile!
In 2021, our mobile clinic team performed 2,025 spay/neuter surgeries and provided medical care to 1,700 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 reflects the enormous need in our community created by the pandemic. We hosted 215 clinic days during 2021, compared to 140 in 2019 and 120 in 2018. Your contributions keep us rolling!
Celebrating the Happy Tails!
On Sunday, May 22, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts our Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser at the Music Academy of the West, 4pm to 8pm. Our event highlights our work in the community and features heartfelt Happy Tails from some of the many pet owners we help daily to keep animals healthy and in their homes. In 2021, our virtual event raised more than $110,000 thanks to our incredible sponsors and donors!
Assisting a community in need
Since the start of COVID-19, our Companion Pet Assistance program has distributed more than 800,000 pounds of pet food to families in need, compared to two tons per year total during prepandemic times. We distribute emergency food through several Pet Resource Centers countywide as well as during special events and in limited supply through our mobile clinic. Find all access points and how you can help here. It's all about keeping pets with their people!
Our 2021 Holiday Drive
Our Donation Drive-Thru & Home for the Holidays Adoption Festival on December 4, 2022, at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria was a great success! The communi has helped hundreds of pet families in need. The festival also inspired forever homes for pets from local shelters and rescues. We can't thank our donors, event sponsors, business partners and volunteers enough for making this possible. Click for more details!
Weekly Wellness Clinics Support Pets
Every week, we host multiple Pet Wellness Clinics, assisting hundreds of dogs and cats in need with vaccines, flea treatment, dewormer, nail trims, microchips, and emergency pet food distribution, in addition to and free and low-cost spays/neuters and critical medical care in our mobile clinic. Santa Barbara County Animal Services joins us frequently to sell dog licenses and also provides free microchips at special events. In Lompoc, Companion Animal Placement Assistance (CAPA) donates free chips.
A Safe Haven for pets in need
Our Safe Haven program ensures that domestic violence survivors can find safety for their pets when they leave an abusive situation. Pet owners can seek emergency shelter with their animals through Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS), and we arrange for anonymous foster care or boarding for the pets. We also collaborate with the District Attorney's Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program. Plus, victims and law enforcement can contact us directly for support. Learn more here.
Grooming for dogs of the homeless
On the first Thursday of each month, we provide baths for unsheltered community members with A's Dog Grooming at Santa Barbara's Alameda Park. We've spent every Thursday at the park since the start of the pandemic, distributing pet food, blankets, flea treatment and more to those in need. Thanks to a generous C.A.R.E.4Paws donor, we also just started to provide grooming for pets of the unsheltered in Santa Maria with Doggie Parlour on the second Monday of the month.
Our Congressional award!
We are very honored to receive a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Salud Carbajal for our work in the community since 2009 and our unprecedented efforts during COVID-19. Thank you for the wonderful acknowledgment! You can view all of the great media coverage here and click to watch the award ceremony video!
Two new Pet Resource Centers
On May 26, 2022, we co-launched two new Pet Resource Centers at Santa Barbara County Animal Services' shelters in Lompoc and Santa Barbara. This adds to the center launched in 2020 at SBCAS’ Santa Maria shelter and the 10 centers that we have operated with other agencies since 2019. A big thanks to Supervisor Gregg Hart, Jenelle Osborne for Mayor of Lompoc and Goleta Mayor Paula Perote for supporting our event.
Our first Pet Food Donation Drive-Thru
We hosted our first Pet Food Donation Drive-Thru on April 24 and 25, 2022, when supporters dropped off food and monetary gifts at five different locations countywide as well as at our many year-round drop-off locations. Thanks to so many generous community members, we raised tons of pet food and critical funds to help support pet owners struggling during the pandemic. We are beyond grateful to all of our contributors, volunteers and location hosts for making this event such a huge success.
A Texas pet rescue team effort
Last spring, our C.A.R.E.4Paws crew transported 22 shelter dogs and one cat from Texas in a collaboration with Santa Barbara County Animal Services (check out the KEYT video!). Winter storms have left Texas shelters beyond overcrowded and these agencies have to make space for more pets in need. The 22 animals that arrived here are being adopted out to great homes by SBCAS. Shadow's Fund and Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation were also instrumental in making this happen. Go team!
Pawsome pet food partners
C.A.R.E.4Paws is truly grateful to our partners and donors, who contribute food and also collect pet food donations for us. A huge thanks to partners such as Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club, Plaza Deli, Montecito Pet Shop, ResQcats, La Cumbre Feed, Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society/DAWG, ASAP, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Santa Barbara Humane, CAPA, Advanced Veterinary Specialists, Animal Medical Clinic, Healthy Pet, Lompoc’s Home Depot, Roots Dispensary, Hardy Diagnostics, Coldwell Banker Realty in Montecito, Deckers and George Pet Shop.
We keep working with youth enrolled in afterschool-care at the YMCA in Lompoc as well as at the United Boys & Girls Clubs in Lompoc and Goleta. The kids learn about compassionate pet care, safety around animals, dog training and more. The get to meet and hang out with our ambassador pets: pups Penny and Eddies Topher the kitty and Little Star from Little Star Pony Foundation. Learn more about Paws Up For Pets here.
Foodraising with ResQcats
We could not be more grateful to Jeffyne Telson and ResQcats for hosting a cat-food drive for C.A.R.E.4Paws, first in September 2020, then through the holidays and now she continues into 2021. ResQcats has raised more than $13,000 worth of food, which helps feed so many kitties in our community!