Walk Against Abuse 

On Sunday, September 18, join C.A.R.E.4Paws, Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County and Elings Park for our Walk Against Abuse. The event raises funds and awareness for Safe Haven, a program that supports domestic violence survivors and their companion pets. It takes place at Elings Park in Santa Barbara from 11am to 2pm and includes not only a dog walk through the beautiful park grounds, but fun activities, food, music and a presentation about how Safe Haven prevents suffering and saves lives—and ways to support this critical program!   

Sign up today!

Elings Park is located at 1298 Las Positas Road in Santa Barbara. It costs only $25 to participate for adults 13 and up and $10 for children 12 and under. Click below to RSVP. 

Support Safe Haven as an event sponsor

We offer sponsorships that help pay for critical Safe Haven services, such as boarding, animal training, pet food, vaccines, spays/neuters, medical care and pet housing deposits for our four-legged clients. As a sponsor, you will be promoted on this event page, in several types of advertisements and at the event. Click below for more information. 

Why Safe Haven is desperately needed

Every minute of every day, 20 people are abused by an intimate partner in the United States, reports the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sadly, during the current COVID-19 crisis, domestic violence is even more prevalent. Pets are often used as “pawns” in domestic violence situations. Abusers will harm a family pet and/or make threats to hurt or kill a pet to keep family members from speaking up or leaving the abusive relationship. In surveys of women entering domestic violence shelters, as many as 85% reported that their pets had been threatened, injured, or killed by their partners.

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Safe Haven assists domestic violence survivors and their companion animals in Santa Barbara County. We do so in collaboration with several agency partners, including Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County

C.A.R.E.4Paws provides free, anonymous boarding or foster care for animals so that an owner can leave an abusive partner and seek emergency shelter without fearing for the safety and well-being of a family pet. 

Our program is free and anonymous, and while in the care of C.A.R.E.4Paws, animals have access to free spays/neuters, vaccines and veterinary services as well as animal behavior training. We reunite animals with their loving owners when the time is right. 
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Foster a pet in need

We are looking for loving foster families to provide temporary refuge for Safe Haven pets. Please reach out if you are able to help a dog or cat in need.