C.A.R.E.4Paws - Community Awareness . Responsibility . Education in Santa Barbara County





C.A.R.E.4Paws works to reduce pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters in Santa Barbara County. We offer a range of services to support pets and pet owners in need, including free spay/neuters, bilingual community outreach and intervention programs that allow dogs and cats to stay in their homes. Learn more about us on this website, and be sure to watch and share our C.A.R.E.4Paws video. Find out about current and upcoming events below and on our calendar page.


C.A.R.E.4Paws makes the news again!
C.A.R.E.4Paws and our Spay Mobile are featured in a two-page article in the latest issue of Equine & CanineNews.

C.A.R.E.4Paws breaks Spay Mobile surgery record...
We're happy to announce that we just broke our all-time Spay Mobile record with 232 surgeries in six months (in 2014 we did 231 surgeries total in the van and 1,020 surgeries overall). We’ve done 565 surgeries countywide this year so far—all for dogs and cats owned by low-income community members. The most amazing news: there are fewer animals at our county shelters in Santa Barbara and Lompoc. Our mobile clinic is used throughout Santa Barbara County to provide free spay/neuter surgeries and low-cost vaccines to animals in need. The goal is to have a presence in neighborhoods around the county where, statistically, you find a large number of unaltered dogs and cats.

See more Spay Mobile photos >>
Read a recent article about us in the Lompoc Record >>

 A workshop on critical pet care at Montecito Fire Station
On Saturday, June 21, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) co-hosted a workshop at Montecito Fire Station on the topic of how to capture, restrain and perform basic life-saving procedures on a pet during an emergency. Ten firefighters and paramedics participated along with three members from the Sherriff’s Department’s Search & Rescue team Dr. Andrea Wells and three of her staff members from AVS provided information on various topics and scenarios that first responders encounter in the field when it comes to animals, including smoke inhalation, burns, overheating, cuts and bone breaks, and rattlesnake bites. Four very cooperative dogs and a kitty helped with the demonstrations.

During the pet emergency workshop at Montecito Fire Station, C.A.R.E.4Paws donated pet oxygen masks to, while AVS supplied muzzles, leashes and other equipment that's comes in handy when first responders handle injured or sick animals.

Our Pawty of the Year!
On Saturday, June 6, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue co-hosted the Pawty of the Year: Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery. The event included wine from Fess Parker Winery, fabulous food from New West Special Occasion Catering, music with The Molly Ringwald Project and great silent and live auction packages. Guests to our VIP Lounge enjoyed private wine tasting with Eli Parker and head winemaker Blair Fox along with special hors d'oeuvres and reserved live auction seating.

More info and photos from Pups & Purrs 2015 >>
View our 2015 Pups & Purrs video release, produced by Navarro Productions and Inspired Emotions >>
View our event video, produced by YTS Digitial Film >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws launches countywide school contest to promote compassion for all living beings
C.A.R.E.4Paws invites schools K-12 countywide to participate in a Pawsitive Thinking Youth Project. The project is part of C.A.R.E.4Paws’ 2015 Wags n’ Whiskers Festival—the largest animal festival on the Central Coast—scheduled for September 13 at Girsh Park, Goleta.

We ask school classes to create any type of art piece or poem on the concept of “kindness to all living beings” and submit it to C.A.R.E.4Paws by August 25.  A panel of 12 judges will select 10 finalists: three classes at the elementary-school, junior-high and high-school level, plus one “Best in Show” winner. Finalists will come up on stage at the Wags n’ Whiskers Festival to receive prizes and diplomas. For more details and to register a class for the project, go to our contest page.

Natura Culina helps C.A.R.E.4Paws through its fabulous, all-natural beauty products!
In June, local beauty expert Natura Culina donates part of all of its sales to C.A.R.E.4Paws. Plus, the company makes incredibly cute goat-milk soaps in the shape of dogs and cats and will donate 70 percent of all soap sales to us year-round. Shop Natural Culina's amazing beauty products AND help us change the future for our four-legged friends.

These cute goat-milk soaps make perfect gifts for friends and family members, all while helping C.A.R.E.4Paws make a difference for animals. Shop now!

C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara City Animal Control team up for another spay/neuter promotion
In May, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara City Animal Control collaborated on a second spay/neuter project since December/January. Thanks to officer Stephanie Burgard and City Animal Control, C.A.R.E.4Paws received $2,800 toward the spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping of 30 dogs and cats that reside in the city of Santa Barbara. Our promotion ended with a spay day at VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital on May 29, when 26 dogs and cats were altered inside VCA Care and in our Spay Mobile, which was parked outside. Additional pets were altered in May with help of the Santa Barbara Humane Society. Our first promotion and a $4,000 grant from City Animal Control allowed for the spaying/neutering of more than 60 dogs and cats.

Clockwise from top left: Isabelle Gullo-Abitia, Executive Director of C.A.R.E.4Paws; Dr. Courtney Campbell of VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital; Mary Crowell, VCA Care's Hospital Manager; and Santa Barbara City Animal Control Office Stephanie Burgard

A first-time spay/neuter and vaccine clinic for pets in need in New Cuyama
On April 26, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Santa Barbara County Animal Services hosted a joint spay/neuter, vaccination, microchipping and licensing clinic to help pets and pet owners in New Cuyama. The event took place at the New Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center, and a total of 38 dogs and cats were altered by Dr. Tommy Thompson in C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Spay Mobile and by Dr. Ruth Corbo in her Pet2Vet mobile clinic. New Cuyama does not have its own pet hospital and there are no services available for low-income pet owners unless they travel the distance to Santa Maria or Kern County. As a result, many animals here are un vaccinated and unaltered, which adds to the pet overpopulation problem.

Pawsitive Thinking at Lompoc's Boys & Girls Club
Kids, dogs and volunteers had a lot of fun when C.A.R.E.4Paws visited the United Boys & Girls Clubs – Lompoc Unit during National Boys & Girls Club week in April. Our Pawsitive Thinking program promotes kindness to all living beings. Kids taught to treat animals with compassion and respect are also more kind to friends and other human beings, and they take these values into adulthood and pass them onto their own children.

C.A.R.E.4Paws' new Project ResonsiBull video
Our Project ResponsiBull program is offered to owners of pit bull terriers and pit mixes and includes a free spay/neuter, basic obedience training and breed education. Our training workshops encourage particpants to build stronger bonds with their dogs and to become ambassadors for this very misunderstood breed. We are excited to share our brand-new Project ResponsiBull video, produced by Robbie Filkorn.

Trainer Kev Brown with adoptable Roxy from Lompoc's La PAWS shelter are part of C.A.R.E.4Paws' brand-new Project ResponsiBull video >>

Our vaccine clinic in Lompoc helped a record-number of dogs and cats in need
On Saturday, February 21, 2015, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its first vaccine clinic of the year at Half Century Club in Lompoc. More than 290 dogs and cats got vaccinated for free, and many were microchipped and treated for fleas and worms for a small donation. As many as 100 of these pets got signed up for free spay-neuter appointments. The vaccine clinics are part of C.A.R.E.4Paws' community outreach in Lompoc, which promotes spaying and neutering and responsible pet ownership.

Learn more about our community outreach >>

Take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws
This year, we offered our supporters a chance to celebrate Valentine's Day in a meaningful way without having to go anywhere? Our "Take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws!" promotion brought in more than $3,000. If you want to contribute after the fact, simply click here to join the party!

Our "take the night off for C.A.R.E.4Paws" promoton encouraged our supporters to donate what they would have spent at a big event or Valentine's dinner to help animals in need.

C.A.R.E.4Paws' set spay/neuter record in 2014!
We are excited to announce that in 2014, we broke our spay/neuter surgery record in a big way. We altered 1,020 dogs and cats (our goal was 800) owned by low-income pet owners. Thanks to everyone who supported out efforts! We intend to keep the momentum going in 2015.

C.A.R.E.4Paws is proud to announce its new surgery record: 1,020 spays/neuters in 2014!

Read our latest newsletter!
Click on the image or link below to read about all of our accomplishments in 2014, including our spay/neuter program and the veterinarians that help us; our successful community outreach events; the people who benefit from our Companion Pet Assistance services, this year's Wags n' Whiskers Festival, and much more. In this issue, we also thank our donors and supporters over the last 18 months. Thank you! You make our work possible.

Pawsitive Prints, Fall/Winter 2014 >>
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C.A.R.E.4Paws releases new outreach materials
We have just produced new outreach flyers and posters in English and Spanish to include in our community outreach. Please share so that we can maximize the impact!

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Spay/Neuter Awareness
C.A.R.E.4Paws is here to help pet owners in Santa Barbara County who cannot afford to alter their dogs and cats. Help by spreading the flyers to those in need in English or Spanish.

Download and share this flyer in English or Spanish >>

For Pit's Sake
C.A.R.E.4Paws' new For Pit's Sake flyer is here. If you want to help combat the myths and misconceptions about the pit bull and restore its family-dog image, download your own copy in English and Spanish. You'll learn about the pit's history and characteristics, and what to expect from this amazing breed, including the dos and don'ts of pit bull ownership. Contact us if you'd like to have printed copies sent to you or download the files yourself in high or would like the high-resolution versions to print on your own.

C.A.R.E.4Paws chosen Local Heroes by the Santa Barbara Independent!

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