Bilingual Community Outreach
Change begins right here in our community!
C.A.R.E.4Paws' bilingual/bicultural community outreach program promotes spaying/neutering and loving, responsible pet ownership, targeting "critical communities" countywide, areas where you find high numbers of unaltered, unvaccinated pets. Our outreach team works directly in the community, talking to pet owners in need about their options and ensuring they have access to affordable services. Our goal is to intervene before animals are abandoned, allowed to breed or forced to suffer.
An innovative program that makes a big impact
Limited funds coupled with lack of awareness and—in many cases—different cultural views when it comes to pet ownership can lead to hardship for a pet and his owner. We bridge this gap by creating awareness around the importance of spaying/neutering and loving, responsible pet care and providing access to affordable, accessible services.
Since 2011, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ innovative outreach program has targeted critical communities in Santa Barbara County, including Lompoc, Santa Barbara’s eastside and New Cuyama. This year, we're expanding to new critical areas, such as Santa Maria and Guadalupe.
Drastically reduced intake numbers at our local shelters confirm that our outreach, along with collaborations with County Animal Services, private shelters and local animal welfare groups, makes a tremendous impact. Not only do fewer animals enter the shelter system, but a larger number of these animals arrive at the shelter altered, meaning that they are less likely to have reproduced before they arrived.
Our outreach helps shifts mentalities around pet ownership, improving quality of life for animals and their owners—and our community as a whole.
Low-cost pet vaccine clinics & outreach events
As part of our outreach, we host quarterly vaccine clinics that allow low-income pet owners to get their cats and dogs current on vaccinations. At our events, we also offer low-cost microchips, flea medication and dewormer, and give pet owners a chance to sign up for free spay/neuter surgeries. Our vaccine clinics allow us to connect with local pet owners and let them know we are here to support them. Find out when and where our next clinic takes place.
C.A.R.E.4Paws' Spay Mobile
C.A.R.E.4Paws is the only organization on the Central Coast that offers affordable and mobile spay/neuter services to low-income pet owners. It's a crucial component to our outreach as it parks directly in neighborhoods where we’re needed the most, eliminating any obstacles that may get in the way of pet owners altering their dogs and cats. The Spay Mobile gives us visibility in the community and allows us to assist pet owners in need on a regular basis. Learn more about our Spay Mobile.
Support for our community outreach
C.A.R.E.4Paws has received support from Roy & Ida Eagle Foundation, ASPCA, Santa BarbaraFoundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and PetSmart Charities. The $31,250 grant from PetSmart Charities, specifically, will allow C.A.R.E.4Paws to spay/neuter a total of 350 dogs in one specific neighborhood (or "census tract") in Lompoc.