Our Mobile Clinic
Every year, we spay/neuter more than 1,200 dogs and cats, assist 700-plus animals with veterinary care and provide more than 4,000 pets with vaccines, microchips and other basic services.
We bring services directly to pet owners in need
C.A.R.E.4Paws' mobile clinic, the only spay/neuter and veterinary clinic of its kind on California's Central Coast, is used throughout Santa Barbara County to provide free spay/neuter surgeries, affordable veterinary care, and low-cost vaccines, microchips and other basic services to low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners. We focus mainly on "underserved" areas, communities where a majority of people live at our below the poverty line and where resources to assist pet owners in need are limited or nonexistent.
Mobile spay/neuter surgeries
Our spay/neuter services are free for low-income pet owners who cannot afford to alter their dogs and cats at a veterinary clinic or a low-cost clinic such as the humane society. We perform a majority of our surgeries in our mobile clinic and we also partner with more than a dozen veterinary hospitals countywide. We will send pets that cannot be spayed/neutered in the Spay Mobile to the nearest partner clinic. Click here for more information.
Affordable veterinary care
Our Veterinary Intervention Program provides low-cost veterinary care for low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County, California. Our goal: to ensure cats and dogs have access to medical treatment and can stay with their families for life. We offer a range of affordable services in our mobile clinic. We can also, as funding allows, provide assistance through our veterinary clinic partners. Clients have to show proof of financial need. Click here for more information.
Pet Wellness Clinics
C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts frequent walk-in Pet Wellness Days for dogs and cats in Santa Barbara County. We provide vaccines, microchips, flea treatment and nail trims from $10-$15. You can also make an appointment for a low-cost health exam, spay/neuter, dental and other medical services. Learn more and check out our schedule here.
What to expect on surgery day
Check-in begins at 9:00am. All pets need to arrive fasted, which means they cannot eat breakfast but they can have water. Our experienced and compassionate veterinary team performs physical exams prior to surgery. Then patients are anesthetized and surgically sterilized using the most current anesthesia medications, equipment and surgical techniques. Patients are discharged to their owners in the afternoon, typically between 2pm and 3pm and all go home with pain medication and postoperative instructions. All dogs and female cats MUST leave wearing E-collars (plastic cones) to prevent licking of the incision area. We sell E-collars for $10 onsite or you can bring your own. Pain medication to go home costs $10.
Which areas of Santa Barbara County do you cover?
We work countywide, focusing on areas with large numbers of unaltered, unvaccinated pets. This includes Lompoc, Santa Maria, Guadalupe, New Cuyama and Santa Barbara's East- and Westside. Check out our Spay Mobile schedule to find out when we are in your neighborhood next!
How do I make an appointment?
Please leave a message in English or Spanish at 805.968.2273 or email and a C.A.R.E.4Paws representative will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Our Spay Mobile is on a roll!
Our Spay Mobile—the only of its kind in Santa Barbara County—is essential to C.A.R.E.4Paws’ work as it allows us to bring critical pet services directly to low-income, senior, disabled and homeless community members. This includes free spays/neuters, low-cost vaccines and assistance with veterinary care. Our unit can also help and house animals during natural disasters, such as fires and mudslides.
We park 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. Our services are affordable and accessible! Since we started operating the Spay Mobile in 2013, the growth has been tremendous. Our number of mobile spays/neuters soared from 231 in 2014 to 820 in 2017 and 1,026 in 2018. We plan to perform more than 1,200 mobile surgeries in 2019.
Support for the Spay Mobile
C.A.R.E.4Paws receives grant money and individual donations to run our Spay Mobile. We are grateful for the generous support of the Santa Barbara Humane Society, Chrissie's Fund, Santa Barbara Foundation, May & Bill Allison Foundation, Petco Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, Santa Barbara City Animal Control, Animal Charitable Foundation of Santa Barbara County, Dr. Hildegard H. Balin Charitable Trust, ResQcats, and CAPA at Lompoc's La PAWS shelter. Our generous individual donors include Lee Heller, Dwight and Kim Lowell, Lyn Proctor, Elizabeth Reed, Ken and Barbara Hershberg, and Ron & Betty Ziegler.