Mobile Spays & Neuters
Would you like to alter your dog or cat but can't afford it? C.A.R.E.4Paws can help you!
We offer free spays/neuters for dogs and cats owned by low-income community members in Santa Barbara County. Surgeries are performed in our mobile spay/neuter clinic and through our partner vet clinics.
C.A.R.E.4Paws' spay/neuter program
Every year, C.A.R.E.4Paws alters more than 1,200 dogs and cats owned by low-income community members, preventing the birth of countless litters of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Our mobile clinic, the Spay Mobile
C.A.R.E.4Paws' Spay Mobile, the only mobile spay/neuter clinic on California's Central Coast, is used throughout Santa Barbara County to provide free spay/neuter surgeries, veterinary care, and low-cost vaccines, microchips and other basic services to low-income, senior and disabled pet owners in our community. We focus mainly on "underserved" areas, communities where a majority of people live at our below the poverty line and where you find large numbers of unaltered dogs and cats. Learn more about our Spay Mobile.
Our veterinary clinic partners
We work with more than dozen partner vet clinics. Located from Carpinteria to Santa Maria Valley, these clinics take on hundreds of dogs and cats for C.A.R.E.4Paws each year at a greatly reduced fee, which allows to provide spays/neuters for free (or for a donation) to those who cannot otherwise afford to alter their pets. Meet our vet clinic partners.
Who qualifies for a free or low-cost spay/neuter?
If you cannot afford to have your pet altered at your veterinarian's clinic or a low-cost facility such as the humane society, or the low-cost clinic cannot alter your dog or cat due to a weight, age or health-related issue, contact us for help.
How to 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.
Low-cost spay/neuter clinics in Santa Barbara County
If you can afford to pay something for a spay/neuter but not your veterinarian's full price, try a low-cost facility near you:
Santa Barbara Humane Society, 805.964.4777
Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, 805.688.8224
Support for our spay/neuter services
C.A.R.E.4Paws receives grant money and individual donations to run our spay/neuter program. 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 and Ron & Betty Ziegler.
Did you know? One single unspayed female cat or dog and her descendants can produce thousands of kittens or puppies in just a few years. Do you part and spay/neuter your pet. You will help save lives!
Every year, millions of cats and dogs end up in U.S. shelters. Many of these animals (great pets just like your own dog or cat) are euthanized simply because there are too many animals and not enough loving homes to adopt them, and shelters run out of space. Often, these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Maybe someone's cat or dog got out just that one time, or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find good homes failed. And so the animals suffer.
Even if you do find homes for your pet's puppies or kittens, that means there are fewer homes available to take in other pets from shelters. Spaying/neutering reduces the numbers of animals who are born only to languish in a shelter or die prematurely and without a family who loves them. And there are many health and behavioral benefits, too:
Sterilized animals are less likely to roam and mark territory.
Spayed pets no longer experience heat cycles that attract unwanted male animals.
Sterilized animals tend to be less aggressive and better socialized.
Sterilized females have a greatly reduced risk of developing mammary cancer and neutered males are less likely to get testicular cancer.
No health benefits come from letting your female dog or cat go through a first heat cycle (or pregnancy) before spaying her.
What exactly is spaying/neutering?
Surgical sterilization is the removal of certain reproductive organs. In a female, the ovaries, oviducts and uterus are removed. The correct name for this procedure is ovariohysterectomy, commonly referred to as a spay. In a male animal, the testicles are removed in a procedure called an orchiectomy, more typically referred to as a castration.
Myths & Misconceptions About Spaying/Neutering
"My pet will get fat."
Obesity is controlled by diet and exercise and is not determined by a surgical procedure.
"My pet will get lazy."
Exercise and play time will determine how playful your pet is. Pay attention to your pet and he will stay a youngster for a long time to come.
"Surgery is dangerous."
Spayed/neutered animals have a better chance of staying healthy for the rest of their lives. Plus females avoid the risks of giving birth.
"My brother wants a puppy from my dog so it will be easy to place the litter."
What if your dog gives birth to 10 puppies? Can you find 10 good homes?