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MAKING A PAWSITIVE DIFFERENCE

C.A.R.E.Paws (short for Community Awareness, Responsibility and Education) 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 animals 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.

THE LATEST SCOOP

Gearing up for Pups & Purrs!
On Saturday, May 3, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue co-host the "pawty" of the year: the Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos. The event takes place from 4pm to 9pm and features live music with talented local artists Hana Pestle, Ray Fortune and Jesse Rhodes, food by New West Special Occasion Catering and wine from Fess Parker Winery. A live and silent auction gives guests a chance to bid on a variety of packages, including luxury travel and lodging, exclusive wine collections, high-end spa treatments and exquisite art—most items donated by local businesses and individuals supporting the cause. Visit the event web page for more information and to buy tickets. We hope to see you there!

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Save the date for Wags n' Whiskers 2014!
C.A.R.E.4Paws' 6th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival takes place Sunday, August 10, at Girsh Park in Goleta, from 11am to 4pm, with a low-cost vaccine and licensing clinic starting at 9am. Our 2013 festival drew a record number of visitors and inspired as many as 35 cat and dog adoptions from local rescues and shelters. Our activities, including Frisbee dog shows, a police K9 demo, Flyball and a dog training demo with Camp Canine, were a hit, too.

Read our front-page article in the News-Press and stay up to date about Wags n' Whiskers 2014 here.

Check our photos from Wags n' Whiskers 2013 and sign up for this year's festival >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts a Project ResponsiBull class in Lompoc
On Saturday, February 8, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its first Project ResponsiBull workshop of the year in Lompoc, at La PAWS animal shelter. Six dogs and their owners came to participate in the class, taught by trainer Kev Brown. We offer this workshop once a month, alternating between Santa Barbara and Lompoc. In addition to dog training, Project ResponsiBull also includes breed education and a free spay or neuter. All dogs who came to class this time were spayed and neutered rescue pups, half of them altered and vaccinated by C.A.R.E.4Paws.

 
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C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts a free vaccine clinic for cats and dogs
On Saturday, February 1, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its first vaccine clinic of the year at Half Century Club in Lompoc. As many as 281 dogs and cats recieved free vacinated, and also had the opportunity to receive flea medication and nail trimming for a small donation.
As many as 115 of these pets got signed up for spay-neuter appointment. These vaccine clinics are part of C.A.R.E.4Paws' Critical Communities Spay-Neuter Outreach program in Lompoc, Santa Barbara County’s most overlooked pet-owning community. Click here to learn more about our community outreach in Lompoc and beyond.

 
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C.A.R.E.4Paws starts out the new year with four spay days in the Spay Mobile clinic
C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted three successful spay days in the Spay Mobile in January and February, altering a total of 35 dogs and cats. The Spay Mobile, a veterinary clinic on wheels, 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. This year, C.A.R.E.4Paws is focusing much of its community outreach efforts on Lompoc, having spayed and neutered about 300 dogs and cats in the city in 2013.

 
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C.A.R.E.4Paws' Pampered Pooch FUNdraiser
Thank you to everyone who showed up to support C.A.R.E.4Paws' dog wash fundraiser Sunday, October 27, at Hendry's Beach. We raised more than $1,500 for our nonprofit, and everyone had a great time. A special thank you to our amazing volunteers, who washed and pampered at least 60 dogs, and to Ed and Ede with Monarch Pet Spas for hosting us and for being so supportive of C.A.R.E.4Paws' efforts to help animals in our community.

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C.A.R.E.4Paws voted one of Montecito Bank & Trust's top-10 nonprofits to receive an award in 2013
Every year, Montecito Bank & Trust gives out a $1,500 grant to 10 nonprofits, all selected and voted for by the bank associates. C.A.R.E.4Paws received the grant in 2010 and just recently again in 2013. As part of the grant, awarded at a ceremony on March 13 at the bank's downtown Santa Barbara branch, we receive a wonderful promotional video to share with the our supporters and those who'd like to learn more about us. We thank Montecito Bank & Trust for its support and Cox Communications for producing our video. Watch it now.

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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.

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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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