Wags n' Whiskers Festival

While we could not host a "live" Wags n' Whiskers Festival in 2020 due to COVID-19, we put on a virtual adoption event the week of October 5 through 11. We promoted adoptable pets from our local shelters and rescues on this page and on our social media pages. Each animal group and pet adoption highlights were presented by one of our generous festival sponsors. 

Watch our festival video!

About the largest animal festival on the Central Coast

Every year, Wags n' Whiskers joins the local pet-loving community for a fun day in the Santa Barbara sun, celebrating animals and the outstanding organizations and businesses that help our animal friends. Our free, family-friendly festival raises awareness around the importance of adoption and highlights the wonderful shelters, rescue groups and local businesses that help homeless animals. We plan to be back with another live event on October 9, 2021. Stay tuned for more details. 


Shelters & Rescue Groups

View adoptable pets

We still list pets from more than a dozen Central Coast shelters and rescues on our Wags n' Whiskers adoption page
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Festival Sponsors 

GOLD PAW: $5,000

Chrissie's Fund is a private foundation that supports programs that reduce dog overpopulation, promote adoptions and help eliminate the suffering of dogs. Its funding is allocated primarily for bully breeds, large dogs of any breed and mix, and seniors. "Chrissie's Fund is proud to be a sponsor of Wags n' Whiskers for the 9th year in a row and congratulates C.A.R.E.4Paws for the amazing work they are doing," says co-founder Kimberly Lowell.

GOLD PAW: $5,000 


Avalan is a comprehensive wealth management firm that works closely with clients and utilizes a consultative approach to financial, business, investment and personal planning needs. Through its defined wealth management process, Avalan provides counseling for a limited number of high-net-worth individuals, closely held corporations, trusts and pensions. The firm's goal is to enter into long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships, which it develops to not only be lifelong, but multigenerational as well. Therefore, Avalan engages in new relationships only after its team determines that its services add substantial value in assisting clients to achieve their goals and all that is important to them. In every aspect of Avalan's work, the firm provides an uncompromising commitment to administer world-class client service while striving to accomplish each of its clients’ highly individualized wealth management needs. 


GOLD PAW: $5,000 

Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) is a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital located near downtown Santa Barbara. Founded in 2012, AVS provides pets with diagnostics and therapeutics that complement the care provided by your trusted family veterinarian and values that partnership. Many of its doctors are board-certified specialists who have extensive training in fields such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency and Critical Care, and Dentistry. They assess patients with complicated disorders, including kidney or liver disease, diabetes mellitus, immune diseases, heart murmurs, and anemia. At AVS, doctors perform a wide variety of specialized procedures including ultrasounds, color flow Doppler echocardiograms (heart ultrasound), endoscopy, chemotherapy, biopsies, bone marrow sampling, tracheal stent placement, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, and much more. AVS also has a CT Scanner onsite for patients that require advanced imaging diagnostics. In addition to specialty medicine, they have the distinction of becoming certified as a Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. They are one of only two veterinary hospitals in the state of California to achieve Level II designation. AVS is proud of their staff and the superior medicine and service they provide to the community.

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

As a full service accounting firm, Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morriset is uniquely qualified to handle all business related compliance and planning issues for professional services firms. From contracting businesses to architectural firms and law partnerships to medical practices, our professionals have the resources and experience to meet all of your business accounting and tax needs. 

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

La Cumbre Animal Hospital
 (LCAH) has been a staple in the Santa Barbara community for almost 60 years, and is proud to be AAHA accredited for over 27 years, providing the highest level of medical care and compassion. The clinic team is proud to focus on using Fear Free methods every day to reduce anxiety or fear. As a full-service clinic, LCAH uses the most state-of-the-art equipment, like a comprehensive in-house laboratory, digital x-rays and ultrasound. The clinic is dedicated to providing a complete range of services, including cold laser therapy, dental therapy and surgery options, which include non-invasive techniques. The La Cumbre Animal Hospital team focuses on the whole patient as an individual and highly encourages and educates clients on preventative care. LCAH is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy living habits, happiness and excellence among all team members. The staff looks forward to helping you!

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 


The founders of Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club envisioned a state-of-the art facility where each dog could truly enjoy a vacation of their own, and their families would have the peace of mind that their furry family members were in the best of care, with attentive dog-lovers catering to their needs 24 hours a day. They set out to create Dioji, all from a dog's perspective, which is why every Dioji facility has over 10,000 square foot of indoor/outdoor play space to enjoy the California weather, lots of room to run and play, and, of course, a giant pool for splashing and swimming! Since the opening of its Goleta location in August 2007, Dioji has grown to a team with more than 100 dog lovers catering to the needs of four-legged customers at multiple locations along the California Coast.  

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

Founded in 1972 by Mike Lemos, Lemos Feed & Supply is the largest independent feed and pet supply company on the Central Coast of California. Lemos specializes in selling the healthiest pet foods in the world and providing customer service that is second to none. The company strives to offer a wide variety of high quality pet supplies at a fair price. You know that if your pets could talk, they'd say..."Lemos!"

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

A sponsor of the Wags n' Whiskers Festival since 2010, and a supporter of so many local nonprofits and causes, Montecito Bank & Trust has an enduring commitment to maintaining the strength and vitality of the communities where we live, and puts this commitment into action every day. The bank's philanthropic efforts include anniversary grants to 10 local nonprofits and the well-known Community Dividends program, which contributes $1 million annually to over 100 nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. But monetary contributions are only part of the story. Bank associates contribute generously of their personal time and talents as local volunteers. What's more, Montecito Bank & Trust helps local organizations prosper by providing them with valuable financial tools – banking services and special benefits designed specifically for nonprofits.

BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

In a career spanning 30 years, Gerry Fall, founder of Fall Productions, has made an art of capturing the moments that count. Leading the exclusive livestream video team for University of California, Santa Barbara sports, Gerry knows exactly how to make your events shine on screen. He brings this expertise not only to sporting events, but to business functions, weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, life celebrations and other milestone events, providing an experience unlike any other. Expect a staff of full-service video professionals, state-of-the-art equipment, unparalleled expertise and unbeatable prices to serve all your video and post-production needs. 


Every month, Rescue Me Coffee Co. delivers fresh-roasted coffee to your door from 12 amazing farmers, a different country each month. The company's roaster is Top Dog Coffee Bar, and from each bag delivered to you, 20% of the proceeds goes to C.A.R.E.4Paws and New Life K9s, a nonprofit that helps veterans and first responders with PTSD, working with shelters on the Central Coast of California. This is coffee for a cause, and your monthly coffee subscription will truly make a pawsitive difference. As founder Suzanne Maury says: "You can’t do this alone, but together, we can change the world!"


BRONZE PAW: $1,000 

The Santa Barbara & Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals and strives to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats until they are able to find forever homes for them. 

Contact Us

Tel: 805.968.CARE (2273)

Email: info@care4paws.org


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

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