Senior Pup Dudley’s Critical Care

Senior Pup Dudley’s Critical Care

We have so many happy tails to share with you about the pets and people we help on a daily basis. Here’s Dudley and Alyson’s tail: “I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for C.A.R.E.4Paws’ clinic team, for the program funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization and the services provided for my Dudley,” says Alyson. “This dog means the world to me and is by my side every day. Dudley had multiple large bumps all over his body and I made an appointment for surgery, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if it wasn’t for the low cost. The fast-growing bump on his leg was thought to be cancer but caught early enough, and most of the bumps on his stomach could be removed. Thank you, Dr. Thompson, Cristy and the clinic team for everything you’ve done for me and my family, extending Dudley’s life, and for what you do for our community and the multiple families and animals you help every week!”

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Medical Grooming for Tiger

Medical Grooming for Tiger

Kudos to our mobile clinic team from Tom and his family: “We received help with grooming for Tiger, my daughter’s giant Maine Coon cat, as his fur was severely matted and tangled, and the staff was fabulous! Very accommodating and helpful. We really appreciate you guys and what you do!” 

Local non-profit collects donations for pet food and animal health services

Local non-profit collects donations for pet food and animal health services

Posted at 7:20 PM, Dec 04, 2021
and last updated 7:20 PM, Dec 04, 2021

On Saturday, Dec.4, local non-profit organization C.A.R.E.4Paws held their pet food donation drive-thru and adoption event with other local shelter animals.

Organizers say the due to the pandemic, many pet owners are struggling to pay their veterinary bills and feed their beloved pets. They say donation drive-thrus like this one really help bring awareness of the needs of pet families.

C.A.R.E.4Paws provides a range of critical pet wellness services to community members in Santa Barbara County’s most under served areas.

The donation and adoption event took place at two different locations on Saturday, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

The monetary donations go toward funding the organization’s animal wellness services, which C.A.R.E.4Paws says are in high demand.

“In terms of how we’re operating as an organization, we are still seeing the incredible demand for our mobile clinic needs,” said C.A.R.E.4Paws Board President Christopher Harris. “Our veterinary services are still the greatest demand we’ve seen, and so we’re running the mobile clinic usually 5 times a week.”

In terms of the pet food donations, volunteers processed the food and broke it down into smaller bags for distribution. Organizers say the food is then distributed through pet resource centers that are set up at local county shelters.

“We’re still distributing about 2 tons of pet food a week, you know sometimes 3 tons, its down a little bit from the pandemic highs but still a lot of food and there’s still a lot of need in the community,” says Harris.

According to C.A.R.E.4Paws, since the pandemic started, the nonprofit has tripled the number of pet families it supports annually to more than 20,000.

In addition to Saturday’s event, pet food and monetary donations can also be dropped off with several C.A.R.E.4Paws business and animal welfare partners year-round.

“We’ve had amazing support throughout the pandemic and over the years, and we so appreciate it. We hope you continue to support us, there’s so much work to be done and we’re so grateful for our shelter partners as well,” says Harris.

A full list of participating businesses can be found here.

For more information about C.A.R.E.4Paws and its services, visit or reach out via or 805-968-2273.

C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts adoption drive-thru event in Santa Barbara County

C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts adoption drive-thru event in Santa Barbara County

Published December 2, 2021 5:14 pm

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — C.A.R.E.4Paws is hosting a donation and drive-thru adoption event in Santa Barbara County.

The Donation Drive-Thru & Home for the Holidays Adoption Festival will help support families in need with pets and help shelter animals find their forever homes.

Supporters will be able to drive through and drop off the dog and cat food along with monetary donations to help C.A.R.E.4Paws with their efforts.

There will adoptable pets from the Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society in Partnership with Dog Adoption Welfare Group (DAWG), Aussie Rescue Networking Group, Santa Barbara Humane, Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelters (BUNS) and Spark Rescue for supporters to meet.

The event will be on December 4 at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and at the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

C.A.R.E.4Paws also offers family photos with Santa for $25 to benefit its programs. Anyone adopting a pet during the festival will receive a complimentary photo.

The organization hopes the event will help raise resources for pet families in need to keep their pets healthy and in their homes. They also hope that adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups will find a family during the holidays.

“Pets are family, and people should never be forced to choose between caring for their four-legged family members and caring for themselves,” says Isabelle Gullo, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ co-founder and executive director, who adds that at least 8,000 families in Santa Barbara County live in poverty and, on average, 65 percent of families own at least one pet. “When people live in poverty, so do their pets,” Gullo says. “The good news is that there are many resources available to ensure pets stay at home. Between C.A.R.E.4Paws, our animal and human welfare partners and generous community members, we create a powerful safety net that ensures people and pets stay together.”

Over the last 12 years, C.A.R.E.4Paws has worked to help families keep their pets by providing access to veterinary care, spays and neuters, pet food and supplies. During the pandemic, the nonprofit has tripled the number of pet families it supports to more than 20,000.

To help support C.A.R.E.4Paws with their efforts during the holidays, click here.

For more information on C.A.R.E.4Paws and its services, you can email them at or call them at 805-968-2273.