The Scoop 2017

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Our Paws Up For Pets youth program featured in the news 

Check out the article about Paws Up For Pets, our innovative youth program, in Santa Ynez Valley News. Paws Up For Pets has grown dramatically in just one year. C.A.R.E.4Paws now works year-round with the United Boys & Girls Clubs in its five countywide locations. We also work with Lompoc YMCA, the Chumash Learning Center as well as Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Maria girl scouts and junior high-school classes. We have graduated more than 500 excited Animal Ambassadors and will graduate many more in 2018! 

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Guadalupe Clinic
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Ron & Betty Ziegler, our Furever Friends Award-winning couple of 2017!

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Vaccine Clinics
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Wags n' Whiskers
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C.A.R.E.4Paws' spay/neuter team breaks records again 2017! 

In 2017, we altered as many as 1,200 dogs and cats countywide. Out of those, 820 surgeries were performed in our Spay Mobile, a jump from 650 mobile surgeries in 2016.  We also continue to helped a record number of animals and pet owners in need through our many other services, including low-cost shots, microchips, flea medication, a pet food. Want to help us keep rolling in 2008? Make a tax-deductible donation today. $100 covers a spay/neuter surgery in our Spay Mobile, while $50 sponsors the vaccines, flea medication, dewormer and microchip for one cat or dog. 

The 2017 Furever Friends Award

We are excited to announce our 2017 Furever Friends Award-winners, Ron and Betty Ziegler. This wonderful couple helps C.A.R.E.4Paws in a tremendous way, while also supporting many other animal charities. We are so grateful for their generous contributions and friendship. Thank you, Ron & Betty!  

Paws Up For Pets at Buellton's new United Boys & Girls Club

We're super excited to introduce Paws Up For Pets at United Boys & Girls Clubs' new location in Buellton, at Jonata School. We're working with about 50 students, who are learning about animal welfare, how to be a loving, accountable pet caretakers and the importance of kindness for all living beings. There's no excuse for abuse! 

More than 100 Guadalupe pets vaccinated and altered 

Our December 3 vaccine and spay clinic at Guadalupe City Hall helped more than 100 dogs and cats with spays/neuters, low-cost vaccines, microchips, flea medication, dewormer and more. A great turnout and a wonderful job done by the C.A.R.E.4Paws team!

A fun gathering with C.A.R.E.4Paws' supporters

On November 30, we had the chance to thank more than 60 of our supporters in person for their wonderful contributions to C.A.R.E.4Paws over the years. The event took place at Chuck's Waterfront Grill in Santa Barbara, where guests enjoyed food, wine and great harbor views and got updates on all that we've able to accomplish this year thanks to the community's support and our hard-working staff and volunteers. 

A great $5 rabies shot clinic and free surgery day in Lompoc

Our $5 rabies shot clinic and free spay/neuter event at Lompoc's Ryon Park on November 5 helped 165 pets and their owners! And we signed up 40+ more dogs and cats to be altered in the weeks to come. On this day, we also performed out 700th mobile surgery of the year! A record compared to 650 Spay Mobile surgeries in all of 2017. 

Our recent Santa Barbara clinic helped 100 dogs and cats

On October 22, our Spay Mobile and vaccine clinic teams assisted about 100 dogs and cats on Sunday with free spays/neuters and low-cost shots, microchips, flea medication and dewormer. It was a super busy event and all pets and pet owners were so nice and patient waiting for their turn. Thank you, Santa Barbara Eagles, for being such a wonderful host!

Another successful Wags n' Whiskers Festival 

C.A.R.E.4Paws' 9th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival on October 7 was a huge success, with 31 cat, dog and bunny adoptions from local shelters and rescues. The 1,000-some happy festival-goers enjoyed many fun activities, including Best in Show, and visiting dozens of pet-service provider booths. It was a heartwarming day with gorgeous views from West Campus. Stay tuned for more photos, stories and videos! Go to our event page for the full scoop

Just launched: a Paws Up For Pets video and GoFundMe campaign

The only way to inspire a more compassionate community, in which people and animals are treated with kindness and respect, is to show children the importance of empathy. This is why C.A.R.E.4Paws launched Paws Up For Pets. We're fundraising for this one-of-a-kind program now with the goal to raise at least $15,000 by September 30. Join the Paws Up team today and help C.A.R.E.4Paws continue its work with local youth. Your donation will make a big, pawsitive impact! Click on the image below to access our GoFundMe site with info, photos and a brand-new video. 

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Paws Up For Pets joined local summer camps!

Paws Up For Pets is growing and making a difference! This summer, we graduated another 150 excited Animal Ambassadors enrolled in summer camps at the YMCA in Lompoc and at the United Boys & Girls Clubs Goleta and Westside units. We're also excited to have Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise sponsor 50 kids going through our program. Want to support Paws Up For Pets? For only $25, you can sponsor a child to become a Paws Up for Pets ambassador!

Arellanes Junior High
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Little Star joins Paws Up For Pets at Arellanes Junior High 

Just in time for graduation at Arellanes Junior High, our amazing friend Little Star, a mini therapy horse, joined us for a Paws Up For Pets presentation, giving lots of love and smooches to students and staff. We have been working with this Santa Maria school for several months and were happy to end the semester with a visit from Little Star. Just like Paws Up For Pets, he inspires kindness for all living beings. 

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Our first vaccine clinic in Isla Vista

What a great turnout for our first pet vaccine and community outreach event in Isla Vista on June 3! We helped dozens of UCSB students and Isla Vista/Goleta residents with $10 vaccines, microchips, flea medication and dewormer. More than 20 pets got signed up for spays/neuters in our Spay Mobile. We truly appreciate our wonderful staff and volunteers as well as our collaboration with UCBS's Associated Students and Parks & Rec. Another very pawsitive day in Santa Barbara County!

Pups & Purrs
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Pups & Purrs FUNraised for C.A.R.E.4Paws & Old Yeller Ranch Rescue

The 4th annual Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery on May 20, was a big success, raising critical funds for C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue. Guests enjoyed food from K'Syrah, live music with Jesse Rhodes and the VineYard Byrds, wine from Fess Parker, beer from Third Window Brewing, plus a silent and live auction. Our VIP Garden Lounge guests were treated to wine and beer tasting, special appetizers plus priority live auction dining and seating. A heartfelt thanks to sponsors, guests, volunteers and staff, and a HUGE thank you to the generous Fess Parker Family. Photos by Debra Deyette.

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A great spay day in Santa Maria for 35 dogs and cats!

We had a great spay/neuter clinic at Orcutt Veterinary Hospital on Mother's Day, May 14, altering 35 dogs and cats inside the pet hospital and in our Spay Mobile. Staff and volunteers did an incredible job, and the pet owners seemed very happy and grateful for the services provided, all for free or at a very low cost. This is how we—together— fight pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters! A big thanks to the surgery teams, lead by Dr. Forsythe and Dr. Flores of Orcutt Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Thompson, C.A.R.E.4Paws' Spay Mobile vet. 

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$5 rabies vaccines and more draw 100+ Santa Maria pet owners

We had a great spay/neuter clinic at Orcutt Veterinary Hospital on Mother's Day, May 14, altering 35 dogs and cats inside the pet hospital and in our Spay Mobile. Staff and volunteers did an incredible job, and the pet owners seemed very happy and grateful for the services provided, all for free or at a very low cost. This is how we—together— fight pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters! A big thanks to the surgery teams, lead by Dr. Forsythe and Dr. Flores of Orcutt Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Thompson, C.A.R.E.4Paws' Spay Mobile vet. 

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Our first girl scout troop earns Paws Up for Pets Badge 1

Paws Up for Pets engages local youth to help fight pet homelessness and become animal ambassadors. Since the start of the year, we have been working with a wonderful group of girl scouts from Goleta, and they just graduated Badge 1 to become Animal Ambassadors. Next up for the troop is an in-depth shelter tour and project to earn Badge 2. Want to support this innovative program? For only $25, you can sponsor a child to become a Paws Up for Pets ambassador!

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C.A.R.E.4Paws brings youth to visit local animal shelters

Since March, we have hosted regular tours of the Santa Barbara County shelter to show youth enrolled in Paws Up for Pets program what happens when animals end up homeless.  This is part of our Paws Up Animal Advocate badge. After their tours, the kids virtually adopt a shelter pet and create a project about the animal, or they research and write about the topic of “all pets are individuals.” Want to support this innovative program? For only $25, you can sponsor a child to become a Paws Up for Pets ambassador!

Los Alamos Pet Clinic
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Our first pet vaccine and mobile spay clinic in Los Alamos

On Saturday, April 8, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its first event in Los Alamos, a $5 rabies vaccine clinic at Los Alamos Valley Men's Club. More than 50 dogs and cats received services like low-cost shots, microchips, flea medication, and dewormer. About 20 animals got signed up for spays/neuters surgeries and we returned to alter most of these pets in the Spay Mobile on April 14. 

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Lompoc youth makes toys for family and shelter pets

It's been so much fun to work with Lompoc Boys & Girls Club through Paws Up for Pets. These great kids have been working on Badge 1 for the last few months, which includes making toys for shelter and family pets as well as touring the Spay Mobile, doing an art project on the topic of "animals have feelings, just like us," and learning all about loving pet ownership and the importance of compassion for all living beings. We will graduate this group at the end of April. 

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Honoring our first group of Paws Up for Pets "Animal Ambassadors"

On December 28, 2016, we honored 40 students from United Boys & Girls Club in Carpinteria for completing Paws Up for Pets “Badge 1.” We gave out diplomas and "Stay Pawsitive" T-shirts. Our campaign engages youth to inspire compassion for animals and in our community as a whole. Children learn about critical animal welfare topics, including abuse, and have the opportunity to become role models for others and earn badges as they participate in the program at four different levels. Want to support this innovative program? Become a Paws Up sponsor today

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