Mobile Community Medicine 

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Affordable vet services for pet owners in need

We provide low-cost veterinary care for low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County. 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, as listed below. We can also, as funding allows, provide assistance through our veterinary clinic partners. Clients have to show proof of financial need. 

Our mobile clinic services and low-cost fees: 

Walk-in Services (10am-1pm on clinic days):

  • Vaccines, $10-$15

  • Flea treatment, $10-$15

  • Dewormer, $10

  • Nail trims, $15

  • Microchips, $10

By Appointment (clients have to show proof of financial need; see below):

  • Pet wellness exams, $15

  • Wound care, $25

  • Basic antibiotics, $15-$25

  • Anal gland expression, $25

  • Ear cleaning, $25

  • Ear cytology, $25

  • Skin scrape, $25

  • Parvo test, $25

  • Urinalysis, $25

  • Dentals, $125-$175 

  • Mass removal, $125-$150

  • Hernia repair, $125-$150

  • Euthanasia, $100

Who qualifies for our services? 

C.A.R.E.4Paws accepts clients that reside in Santa Barbara County and can show proof of financial need. This includes providing a copy of one of the following: 

  • Unemployment

  • Social Security

  • SSI Disability

  • Food Stamps

  • Medicaid

  • VA Disability

  • CalWORKS

  • WIC

  • CalFRESH

  • BIA General Assistance

  • Section 8

  • Extreme medical expense, such as loss of home due to natural disaster

We have a limited amount of funding to help clients who cannot afford to pay the above fees or the cost associated with treatment at one of our veterinary clinic partners. All clients requesting services that for free or for a donation have to first apply for Care Credit (a healthcare credit institution unrelated to C.A.R.E.4Paws) to help cover veterinary costs. Scratch Pay is another, similar service to apply for. 

Do you live outside of Santa Barbara County? 

Please consult this extensive list for veterinary assistance and food programs in your area. You can also view C.A.R.E.4Paws' resource list for assistance outside of Santa Barbara County to look for additional options. 

How to apply

If you can show proof of financial need, please click on the button below to apply for assistance through C.A.R.E.4Paws. 

NOTE: Please include in the application if you already have a diagnosis and the estimated cost. Once you have submitted your application, our team will evaluate your request and contact you within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the urgency of the situation. Expect a reply from

If you are approved for assistance and your pet is not in need of urgent care, we will set you up for an appointment in our mobile clinic or, if needed, with a partner veterinary clinic. If you're experiencing a medical emergency, we will contact you as soon as we possibly can.

The application in PDF form  

​You can download the application in PDF form here to print or fill out offline, then email to It's ok to take a photo of the application with your phone. 

Support for our Veterinary Intervention Program

We are able to run our Veterinary Intervention Program thanks to generous grantors, sponsors and donors, including Banfield Charitable Trust, PetSmart Charities, Grey Muzzle Organization and the Diana Basehart Lifeline Fund. This veterinary assistance fund was inspired by lifelong animal advocate Diana Basehart, whose former foundation provided critical vet care to more than 1,500 pets in southern Santa Barbara County over between 2014 and 2018. 

To contribute to our critical services, click below for options to make a one-time gift or to contribute monthly. You will be able to designate your donation to the Diana Basehart Lifeline Fund or to make donation in honor of a specific pet. We gratefully welcome pledges over several months and years. Email us at with any questions. 

Contact Us

Tel: 805.968.CARE (2273)



Mailing address:
P.O. Box 60524
Santa Barbara, CA 93160

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