The Scoop 2018
Our mobile clinic team is on the move!
Thanks to our new mobile veterinary clinic, C.A.R.E.4Paws was able to expand both our spay/neuter and veterinary assistance programs significantly in 2018. We altered 1,026 dogs and cats in our mobile clinic and 1,222 total. We also vaccinated more than 3,000 pets and assisted 700 animals with critical vet care, compare to 100 in 2017. Every day, our services help ensure pets stay healthy and with their families for life. These great pix from WinkFace Photography are from a recent spay and vaccine clinic at Santa Barbara Eagles. Go team!
The 2018 Wags n' Whiskers Festival was a howling success
Our 10th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival on October 13 at Santa Barbara City College's West Campus was a huge success, featuring tons of fun activities and attracting more than 1,300 festival-goers and a record-number of exhibitors, too. Our local shelters and rescue groups brought dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, reptiles and other critters for adoptions and found homes for 30-plus animals. We're thrilled about the results, the networking opportunities inspired by our event, and the funds raised for C.A.R.E.4Paws' critical programs to end pet homelessness.
New support for our veterinary assistance program
We’re honored and grateful for two generous grants to support our important veterinary assistance program, which helps low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County. Banfield Foundation has granted us $10,000 to provide critical vet care to dogs and cats and Grey Muzzle Organization has given $5,000 aimed to assist senior dogs. Also, the Diana Basehart Lifeline Fund and its supporters continue to give generously to our intervention services. Together, we're reducing suffering and keeping pets with their families for life. Thank you so much!
The ribbon cutting celebration for our new mobile clinic
We had a lovely time at Oreana Winery on April 29, celebrating the official launch of the new mobile clinic with 75 of our loyal supporters. While the event was a celebration of our new clinic, we are honored to have received $42,000 in donations since the then. There is still an opportunity to add more names to our "Recognition Wall" before the signage is completed. View our gift levels here, and please know that your contribution goes a long way to help the community members and animals that need us the most.
A pet wellness visit to PATH Santa Barbara
On April 20, we visited PATH Santa Barbara to help residents at the shelter as well as members from the public. We offered up exams, shots, pet food and dog jackets and performed three dentals. Our staff and volunteer team heads back on May 4 to help more pet owners in need. "PATH is so grateful to C.A.R.E.4Paws for offering our residents and the homeless community quality pet care," says PATH's John Bowlin, or J.B.
We host a pet wellness day at Solvang Senior Center
C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted a pet wellness day at the Solvang Senior Center on April 11. Many pet owners at the center live on fixed incomes and welcomed the chance to receive free and low-cost shots, flea treatment, nail trims and exams for their pets. We returned to the center on April 13 to provide more shots and a dental for a sweet little pup named Pepe. "This is a wonderful service," says Pepe's mom Linda Hartwell. "I live on a fixed income and don't know how I could have paid for his dental otherwise."
C.A.R.E.4Paws rolls out a new mobile clinic!
Thanks to generous donations and grants, C.A.R.E.4Paws has bought a new mobile clinic that we launched on April 10. The new clinic, which replaced C.A.R.E.4Paws’ aging and lower-capacity “Spay Mobile,” will allow us to perform more mobile spays and neuters each year and to treat a majority of pets in need of veterinary assistance “in-house” instead of sending these clients to a partner veterinarian. Read about our new van in the press.
Our Veterinary Intervention Program expands
C.A.R.E.4Paws will more than triple the number of pets helped with vet care in 2018, from 100 to 350, and the program goes countywide. The expansion is partly due to the closing of Diana Basehart Foundation, which in just four years provided vet care to more than 1,500 dogs and cats in southern Santa Barbara County. Founder Diana Basehart will continue to help by contributing generously to C.A.R.E.4Paws’ new Basehart Lifeline Fund. Read more about our expansion here and visit our program page.