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Our Virtual Wags n' Whiskers
This year, C.A.R.E.4Paws' 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. Next year's festival is live on Saturday, October 9, at Santa Barbara City College.
A fantastic Pet Food & Matching Donation Drive
Through September, 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.
Helping a community in need
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, compared to two tons in all of 2019. We distribute pet food in our mobile clinic and during events with agencies such as the Foodbank and People Helping People. We also deliver pet food to seniors stuck in their homes. Pet owners can also access food at our dozen Pet Resource Centers. It's all about keeping pets with their people!
Our clinic team goes the extra mile
We are busier than ever providing free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary care to our community’s most vulnerable members. In fact, we have already provided critical care to more pets in the first nine months of 2020 as we did in all of 2019. We are on track to 1,900-plus pets and assist 1,700 pets with medical treatment this year. Your contributions keep us rolling!
We made the news again!
Our donation drive and efforts throughout COVID-19 have been featured extensively in the press. See coverage on KSBY, on NPR and in the Santa Maria Sun. We also received features in Montecito Neighbors magazine and Santa Barbara Independent and in a cover story in the Santa Barbara News-Press. Our Safe Haven program for domestic violence survivors was featured on Edhat and in the Santa Ynez Times, Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record. See all coverage.
A Safe Haven for pets, too
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.
Pawsome pet food partners
We could not be more thankful for the support from our community partners. We appreciate Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club for sharing its facilities and making our food distribution efforts possible. Santa Ynez Valley Humane society/DAWG receives donations for us as does Montecito Pet Shop, La Cumbre Feed, and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Lemos Feed & Pet Supply gives us great discounts and donations of pet food and is helping us during the donation drive, too.
This fall, we are 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 and Topher the kitty. Learn more about Paws Up For Pets here.
Grooming for dogs of the homeless
On the first Thursday of each month, we provide baths for homeless community members with A's Dog Grooming at Santa Barbara's Alameda Park. We have spent every Thursday at the park since the beginning of summer, distributing pet food, blankets, pet beds, flea treatment and more to those in need. Thanks to a generous C.A.R.E.4Paws donor, we have been able to add grooming services, too.
Surgeries to support Paw Works
In May, 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
In May, the team at Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP) hosted a pet food drive to support C.A.R.E.4Paws' efforts during COVID-19. 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.
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!
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!
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 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!