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We are always here to help!
These are unsettling times, but we're still here to help animals and pet owners in need. We continue to provide support in our mobile clinic, with pet food and through Safe Haven and other programs, while implementing necessary protocols to keep clients, staff and volunteers safe. Our services are more critical than ever as more pet owners struggle financially. If you're able to make a donation, your gift will have a direct impact, reducing suffering and ensuring animals don't end up in shelters.
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.
Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser
We have postponed our Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser for the time being and will announce our new event date as soon as it is scheduled. In the meantime, we continue to provide our critical services as the need for assistance is greater than ever. If you want to make a donation to help those struggling to care for their four-legged companions, know that your "early" Happy Tails gift will make a big difference!
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.
A spaw day for pets of the homeless
Homeless pet owners can bring their four-legged companions to be groomed on March 19 at Pershing Park and April 9 at Veteran's Memorial Building. Pets will be cared for by A's Mobile Grooming and each dog receives a warm, waterproof and reflective jacket and a blanket. A special thank you to a very compassionate and generous C.A.R.E.4Paws 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
P.E.T. for First Responders with C.A.R.E.4Paws, Advanced Veterinary Specialists and Brian Glen
Pet Emergency Training Workshops
We're in the middle of providing 12 pet emergency training workshops for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. A huge thanks to our amazing partners, Dr. Andrea Wells and her team from Advanced Veterinary Specialists and dog trainer Brian Glen. They have so much knowledge to share and we're honored to work with them on this program. Learn more and see the press coverage.
We keep going the extra mile
We have started the year with fully booked mobile clinic days, and the need for spays/neuters, vaccines and medical assistance is only growing. We provided $5 "Furever Valentines" microchips to more than a 100 dogs and cats from February 9 through 16 to help more animals find their way home if lost. Our compassionate mobile clinic team keeps building relationships in the community and always goes the extra mile!
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!