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Mobile clinic record results!
Our mobile clinic team broke all kinds of records this year. We've altered 1,300 dogs and cats, provided veterinary care to 1,070 animals (up from 100 in 2017) and hosted 140 vaccine clinics countywide. The critical services we offer in the mobile clinic, for free or at very low cost, keep pets happy, healthy and with their families for life. The mobile clinic rolls back out on January 5. More info at care4paws.org/clinics
More pawsitive partnerships
Exciting news: we have expanded our Companion Pet Assistance program significantly. We've partnered with United Way and other agencies to provide more Pet Resource Centers throughout Santa Barbara County, where anyone in need can grab pet food and supplies and sign up for our mobile clinic services. We also offer more Mobile Pet Meals through our mobile clinic and delivery of food. Learn more here!
Great North County Sunday clinics
We hosted a successful $5 rabies vaccine and Pet Wellness Clinic at Guadalupe City Hall on December 8. People came out despite of the rain and we helped as many as 125 dogs and cats with low-cost vaccines, microchips, flea treatment and more. We also provided spays/neuters and medical care in our mobile clinic to another 20 animals. On November 3 in Santa Maria, we assisted 150-plus pets with vaccines and other services. Go Santa Barbara County pet owners!
Pet Emergency Training Workshops
C.A.R.E.4Paws, Advanced Veterinary Specialists and dog trainer Brian Glen have launched Pet Emergency Training (P.E.T.) for First Responders, a Santa Barbara Countywide program that teaches first responders how to care for pets in emergency situations. P.E.T. started off with five workshops with firefighters from Santa Barbara City and Montecito Fire Departments and continues with nine sessions with SB County Fire Department. Learn more and see the press coverage.
Wags n' Whiskers 2019 breaks records!
Our Wags n' Whiskers Festival at Santa Barbara City College on October 12 broke all kinds of records! We had 45 dog, cat and bunny adoptions, 1,600-plus festival-goers and more animal groups and business vendors participating than ever before. Plus, we put on fun activities all day, like our big Best in Show contest, dog agility, a petting zoo, a demo by the K-9 unit from SBC Sheriff's Department and more. Learn more on our event page.
Lending a helping hand
Our goal is always to help those in need, including the homeless. Like Little Bit, who had mammary gland surgery and a dental in the mobile clinic, while her dad Tim got a new bike and wagon to get around. Yoda received treatment for severe skin issues and owner Leo got new bike parts and a doggie wagon for his pups. Boo Boo came close to having an injured leg amputated but now he is healing without it thanks to treatment in the mobile clinic.
Community outreach consulting
C.A.R.E.4Paws' outreach program and affordable, accessible mobile services have made a huge impact on shelter intake numbers and animal welfare in Santa Barbara County. We met with the awesome team at Ventura County Humane Society to share our methods and to start collaborating on outreach in Ventura County neighborhoods in need. So many pawsitive things are going to happen for our two counties going forward!
Our Sunday Pet Wellness Clinic in Lompoc served 170 animals
We hosted a very successful Pet Wellness Clinic at Lompoc's Ryon Park on September 22, providing spays/neuters, vaccines, microchips, flea treatment, nail trims and medical treatment to 170 dogs and cats. We also hosted a low-cost pet supply sale and signed up 30+ pets for future spays/neuters in our mobile clinic. Photos by WinkFace Photography.
A Summer Donation Drive
This summer, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted a countywide Pet Food & Donation Drive in partnership with several local businesses to assist pet owners in need in our community. We asked for contributions of pet food, cat litter, pet jackets and fleece blankets as well as monetary donations and we brought in a lot of food and supplies! Thanks to all who helped make such a pawsitive difference!
C.A.R.E.4Paws receives bank award
This summer, C.A.R.E.4Paws received a $1,000 donation from American Riviera Bank. Every year, bank associates pick a nonprofit to help, and we're honored to be selected for 2019. Thank you so much for supporting our work!
Paws Up For Pets at summer camp
For the first time, our Paws Up For Pets youth program has participated in Elings Park summer camp. Camp-goers have had a chance to explore our mobile clinic, learn about the importance of compassion and that there's no excuse for abuse. They got a chance to meet our amazing ambassador dog, Sol, and our friend Little Star, a mini therapy horse.
Happy Tails Anniversary Celebration
In 2019, C.A.R.E.4Paws celebrates 10 years of helping animals and pet owners in our community. On Sunday, May 5, we hosted our Happy Tails Anniversary Fundraiser at beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, commemorating this significant milestone and all that we have been able to accomplish since 2009—so much of it thanks to wonderful supporters!
C.A.R.E.4Paws receives bank award
On March 20, C.A.R.E.4Paws was one of 10 nonprofits to receive an Anniversary Grant from Montecito Bank & Trust, including generous program funding and a video about our organization. Check it out here. We cannot thank the bank and its amazing associates enough for choosing our organization for this award.
We release a new video!
We’re excited to release our new C.A.R.E.4Paws video, featuring our critical work to help animals and pet owners in need since 2009. Thank you, Montecito Bank & Trust, for sponsoring this video and for your generous Anniversary Grant!