Our New Mobile Clinic Featured in Noozhawk

Our New Mobile Clinic Featured in Noozhawk

By Brooke Holland

A desire to help low-income, homeless, senior, and disabled residents and their pets has put C.A.R.E.4Paws new mobile veterinary clinic on the road.

The Santa Barbara County nonprofit launched a mobile veterinary service April 1 to provide more spaying and neutering surgeries, treat pets in need of veterinary assistance, and serve residents who may not have transportation to a veterinary clinic.

“We can bring our services directly to those in the community that need it the most,” said Executive Director Isabelle Gullo, who cofounded the organization in 2009 to prevent animals from becoming homeless.

The mobile veterinary staff aids pets on Fridays in their homes or at a central location such as senior-care facilities and assisted-living communities.

“We eliminate any obstacles, not just the lack of finances but also the lack of transportation,” Gullo said of the mobile clinic.

Staff provides services ranging from vaccination and wound treatment to dental cleaning and mass removal, according to Gullo.

Depending on the pet owner’s situation, Gullo said, mobile medical services are offered free or at a low cost.

Clients requesting help must fill out an application and show proof of financial need.

“For the demographic that we focus on, most pet owners can’t afford to pay $100,” she said of veterinary bills. “It’s important that our services are free.”

The 26-foot-long clinic vehicle, which replaced C.A.R.E.4Paws’ aging and lower-capacity Spay Mobile, was financed through grants and private donations.

“The new van allows us to house more animals inside during the day,” Gullo said. “We are also going to be able to house larger dogs.”

To apply for assistance or to make a donation, visit care4paws.org.

“Medical service for pets can get expensive, and if you’re living on a fixed income it’s hard to provide veterinary care,” Gullo said. “We are providing that bridge so that people don’t have to relinquish their pets due to financial constraints.”

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https://www.noozhawk.com/article/c.a.r.e.4paws_takes_veterinary_clinic_on_the_road 

Our New Mobile Clinic Featured in Santa Ynez Valley Times

Our New Mobile Clinic Featured in Santa Ynez Valley Times

By Mike Hodgson

Santa Barbara County nonprofit C.A.R.E.4Paws launched a new mobile clinic April 1 and expanded some of its programs to assist low-income, senior and disabled residents and their pets.

The new mobile clinic, which replaced C.A.R.E.4Paws’ aging and lower-capacity Spay Mobile, will allow the organization to perform more mobile spay and neuter procedures each year, a spokeswoman said.

It will also let the organization treat a majority of pets in need of veterinary assistance “in-house” instead of sending them to a partner veterinarian.

Pets suffering from treatable medical conditions, like skin infections and dental disease, are often relinquished to animal shelters by owners who can’t afford the cost of veterinary care, said Isabelle Gullo, executive director, who cofounded C.A.R.E.4Paws in 2009 to prevent animals from becoming homeless.

But with financial assistance, the animals could have stayed with their families, Gullo said.

With the help of grants and private donations, C.A.R.E.4Paws is able to support the county’s most underserved communities, where many families live at or below the poverty line and have limited access to pet care of any kind, she said.

On Fridays, the mobile veterinary staff helps pets in their homes or at a central location, including senior care facilities and assisted living communities, providing services ranging from vaccinations and wound treatment to dental cleanings and mass removals.

Mobile medical services are offered at a low cost or free of charge if clients fill out a request for help and show proof of financial need, Gullo said.

For more information, to make a donation or to apply for assistance, visit care4paws.org or call 968-CARE.

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https://syvnews.com/news/local/c-a-r-e-paws-rolls-out-new-mobile-clinic/article_4cec1dd4-5d6d-54bd-8594-cd09239df509.html