COVID-19 Pet Strong
In these difficult times, C.A.R.E.4Paws and our partner organizations are working together to help pets and their owners. Critical pet wellness services are available to those in need to ensure our four-legged friends stay healthy and with their families. And, if you’re looking to help during this crisis, please consider fostering or adopting a shelter pet. You can also donate funds and pet food/supplies to C.A.R.E.4Paws to support our efforts to prevent animals from ending up in shelters.
C.A.R.E.4Paws is here to support low-income, senior, disabled and homeless community members in Santa Barbara County to prevent suffering and keep pets with their owners for life.
For more information, contact us at or 805-968-CARE (2273).
Want to help a shelter pet?
Our community has rallied to offer foster homes (and permanent adoptions!) to many animals in our county’s shelters.
If you are interested in bringing an animal into your home, you can search for foster and adoptable animals at the three Santa Barbara County Animal Services shelters. Placements are by appointment only. Listings indicate which animals are already in foster but would still be available for adoption. Call the appropriate Animal Services shelter for the animal in question:
-Santa Barbara, 805-681-5285
-Santa Maria, 805-934-6119
ASAP, the cat rescue organization at the Santa Barbara shelter, is overseeing more than 100 cats in foster care. For information about fostering/adopting a cat, visit the ASAP website.
The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society/DAWG in Buellton is also open for placements by appointment. More information about their animals is available here. To schedule a meet, call 805-688-8224.
BUNS (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter) is taking information for possible future foster placements and also has supplies for rabbit owners in need. For assistance, call 805-683-0521.
Donate to keep pets with their families
C.A.R.E.4Paws is there to help pet owners facing financial challenges. Your donations go a long way to support our two- and four-legged community members. Together, we ensure pets stay happy, healthy and with their families for life!
Buy food at a local pet store and arrange for a curbside pickup
Volunteer/foster with C.A.R.E.4Paws
C.A.R.E.4Paws needs help with pet food delivery and delivery preparations/packaging as well as fostering for our Safe Haven and Companion Pet Assistance programs. Please email for more details.
Stay prepared for your pets
The newly formed Animal Welfare Alliance of Santa Barbara County—ASAP, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society/DAWG—have united to ask the community to please make a plan for their beloved companion animals. With a COVID-19 crisis anticipated to worsen in Santa Barbara County, hospitals and medical providers are preparing to meet an overwhelming demand for medical assistance and hospital stays. This potentially leaves hundreds of companion animals needing care.
The Alliance urges Santa Barbara County residents to have a plan:
Put together a bag of animal supplies with food, two weeks of medications, and any additional needed supplies, including a travel kennel.
Create a written emergency plan for each of your pets. Include your name and contact information, including cell phone number, your pet’s feeding schedule, any medical conditions and treatment instructions. Document whether your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, and list the contact information for your veterinarian. Lastly, provide up to three contacts for family members or friends who will be able to check on your medical status and give the provider updates.
Find a temporary caregiver who is able to take on your pets if you are hospitalized. Contact neighbors, family, friends, pet-sitters and boarding facilities. The most ideal situation for you and your pets is for them to remain out of a public shelter. Though public shelters can help in emergencies, the system isn’t designed to provide long-term care. In addition, available space is limited, and shelters may not have the capacity to help all animals in need.