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Supporting the community
Since the start of COVID-19, our Companion Pet Assistance program has provided more than four tons of pet food weekly to pet owners in need. This includes Mobile Pet Meals delivery to hundreds of families in collaboration with the Foodbank and 211 Helpline. We distribute pet food in our mobile clinic and during events with agencies such as the Foodbank and People Helping People. Pet owners can also access food at our dozen Pet Resource Centers countywide. It's all about keeping pets with their people!
We always go the extra mile
These are tough times for so many community members. To assist those in need, our mobile clinic team continues to provide critical medical care and spays/neuters and also distribute pet food at all clinic events. We keep building relationships in the community, ensuring that pets stay happy, healthy and with their families for life!
We're in the news again!
Our efforts throughout COVID-19 were just featured in the Santa Barbara Independent on June 14. On Sunday, April 26, the Santa Barbara News-Press featured our food distribution and other COVID-19 efforts on its cover. Also, our Safe Haven program for pet owners affected by domestic violence was just featured on Edhat and in the Santa Ynez Times, Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record. Click to see all media coverage and videos.
An incredible act of kindness
We have just 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.
We love Lemos
In addition to the donation and discounts on food we recently receives, our friends at Lemos Feed & Pet Supply donated several tons of pet food to C.A.R.E.4Paws early in April to help support families in need in Santa Barbara County during these difficult times. Thank you for the wonderful contribution!
A foodraiser 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. In three weeks, ResQcats has raised more than $10,000 worth of food, which will help feed so many kitties in our community!
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 is kindly helping 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!
A Safe Haven for pets, too
Domestic violence is everywhere in our community and affects all family members, including pets. Many victims stay with their abusers because of a pet, or they are forced to leave their animals behind. C.A.R.E.4Paws' new Safe Haven program ensures victims can leave WITH their pets. Victims can seek help at a Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) shelter, and we arrange for anonymous foster homes or boarding until the pet and owner can be reunited. Learn more here.
So many Happy Tails
Even though we had to postpone our April 26 Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser, we want to share some of our many great stories, or "happy tails" with you. We invite you to celebrate with us, at home, maybe even with your own C.A.R.E.4Paws "Meowgarita."A heartfelt thanks for the Happy Tails gifts we have already received and for the amazing community support.
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!
Paws Up For Pets, everyone!
This spring, we're increasing our number of Paws Up For Pets youth program workshops countywide. Right now we are working with the YMCA in Buellton and the United Boys & Girls Clubs in Buellton and Goleta. Paws Up For Pets promotes compassion and accountability for animals and empathy for all living beings. It empowers youth to speak up against abuse and ties into our Safe Haven program for domestic violence victims.
Spaw days for pets of the homeless
As soon as we're able to, we'll be helping homeless pet owners have their dogs groomed. Pets will be cared for by A's Mobile Grooming and each dog receives a warm, waterproof and reflective jacket and a blanket. The idea was inspired by a very compassionate and generous volunteer who, when he found out that grooming was at the top of the wish list for homeless pet owners, offered to sponsor these services, along with other types of assistance to homeless community members.
Pet Emergency Training Workshops
As COVID-19 hit, 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 Sunday, February 16, 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
On February 13, 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.
Introducing the Animal Welfare Alliance of Santa Barbara County
We're excited to the announce the cofounding of the Animal Welfare Alliance of Santa Barbara County together with Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), Dog Adoption Welfare Group (DAWG) and Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society. Our goal is to improve animal welfare by building strong partnerships between local organizations so we can maximize resources and jointly build programs. Safe Haven is one such collaborative initiative by Alliance members, and there's more to come!