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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 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.


Don't miss Wags n' Whiskers 2014!
C.A.R.E.4Paws' 6th annual Wags n' Whiskers Festival, the largest adoption event in the tri-counties, 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. Meet adoptable dogs, cats and bunnies from more than 25 animal shelters and rescue groups and learn about the latest in animal wellness from local pet service providers.You'll also enjoy fun performances—Disc Dogs, Police K9s, agility, Flyball and bunny and dog training demos—while kids have fun in our Pawsitive Thinking booth.

Visit our Wags n' Whiskers event page to learn more about the activities, vendors and sponsors and to check out photos and videos from previous events. Download the flyer >>

Check out photos from Wags n' Whiskers 2013>>
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A pawsitively fun day at Pacific Pride Festival
On July 12, C.A.R.E.4Paws and dogs from the Santa Barbara shelter took part in the annual Pacific Pride Festival at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara. As usual, we cohosted the "Put Your Paws Up" dog show, which is always a big hit. Our foster dog, Zena, took home the big prize in her football player costume!

Check out more photos from Pacific Pride Festival >>

Our vaccine clinic in Lompoc helped 250 dogs and cats!
On Saturday, June 14, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted its second vaccine clinic of the year at Half Century Club in Lompoc as part of its community outreach. As many as 250 dogs and cats got vaccinated, and may were treated for fleas and worms for a small donation. Our of the pets vaccinated,
110 got signed up for free spay-neuter appointments.

Learn more about our community outreach >>

C.A.R.E.4Paws' Spay Mobile is on a roll!
Since January, C.A.R.E.4Paws has hosted regular spay days in the Spay Mobile, our veterinary clinic on wheels, altering 110 dogs and cats in six months. The Spay Mobile 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, with the goal to spay and neuter 450 dogs and cats in the city in 2014. We are already at 270!

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

An awards picnic at Goleta Beach with Dogs Days in SB
On June 7, Dog Days in Santa Barbara hosted a picnic at Goleta Beach for C.A.R.E.4Paws, DAWG, K9-PALS and lots of Santa Barbara shelter dogs. People and dogs(!) got treated to great food, while Dog Days in SB also gave our three nonprofits a donation (we’re the company's Top Dog recipients for 2014 and receive part of its proceeds). Thank you, Paige and family, for hosting us. Everyone had a great time.

Find more photos on our Facebook page >>

Pups & Purrs was the pawty of the year!
On Saturday, May 3, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue cohosted the first Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos. The event featured much celebrated food from New West Special Occasion Catering, wonderful wine from Fess Parker and live music with Hana Pestle, Ray Fortune and Jesse Rhodes. Our live and silent auctions gave guests a chance to bid on fabulous packages, including luxury travel and lodging, exclusive wine collections, high-end spa treatments and exquisite art. Check out our Facebook photo album here or visit the event web page for more great scoop.

Our Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser was a big success!

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.

See more images from this and other Project ResponsiBull events >>

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.

Watch our promo video >>

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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