C.A.R.E.4Paws' bilingual community outreach promotes loving pet ownership, focusing on Santa Barbara County's most underserved areas. Our outreach team works directly in these communities, talking to pet owners in need about their options and connecting them to affordable services. The goal is to prevent suffering and ensuring animals don't end up in shelters due to lack of resources and access to proper pet care.
We make a pawsitive impact
C.A.R.E.4Paws provides a range of critical services to pet owners in need in Santa Barbara County. We focus our work on our county’s most underserved areas, including Santa Maria, Lompoc, Guadalupe, New Cuyama, Santa Barbara’s East- and Westside and Goleta/Isla Vista, where you find high poverty rates.
When families live in poverty, so do their pets. While income level is not at all an indicator of how much a dog or cat is loved by his family, many pet owners have a hard time providing even basic services for their animals, especially with the high cost of quality pet food and veterinary care.
Our Mobile Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach program provides free spay/neuter surgeries and affordable medical care in our mobile veterinary clinic. We run our mobile clinic 12-15 days per month, and each time we host a walk-in Pet Wellness Clinic with low-cost vaccines, microchips, flea treatment and other basics.
Also, our Companion Pet Assistance program provides essential care such as food, grooming, boarding and behavioral training.
Through our boots-on-the-ground approach and compassionate, bilingual outreach team, we have built trusting relationships with thousands of local pet owners. Our work has not only improved animal welfare in our community, but it has had a significant impact on the county’s pet overpopulation problem—most notable in drastically reduced shelter intake numbers countywide.
We continue to grow and have an impact in our community and on our shelter population as we expand our services and build more and more relationships in the community, with local pet owners, businesses, animal shelters/rescue groups, pet service providers and human welfare organizations, such as homeless shelters and shelters for domestic violence victims.