Holiday happiness

Holiday happiness

We got this kind holiday note from our friend, Chelito:

“What a wonderful C.A.R.E.4Paws team and organization you are! Thank you very much for providing us with your services for more than five years. And thank you to all of the people who donate. We are very grateful. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

C.A.R.E.4Paws holds second annual Howliday Donation Drive-Thru

C.A.R.E.4Paws holds second annual Howliday Donation Drive-Thru

Published December 5, 2022

On Saturday, C.A.R.E.4Paws raised over $4,000 dollars and collected 1.5 tons of food during its second annual Howliday Donation Drive-Thru to collect money and donations for pet families in need to keep pets safe, healthy and homebound.

Supporters were able to drive through and drop off dog and cat food and monetary donations with the C.A.R.E.4Paws team to support the organization’s intervention services.

“The event went really well, especially as we were worried about rainfall. We collected 1300-1400 lbs of dry food and 500-600 lbs of wet food, for a total of about 1.5 tons of food. I would say we had at least 50 donors drive through. There was a steady flow of cars coming through,” Isabelle Gullö, Executive Director and Co-founder of C.A.R.E.4Paws, told the News-Press. “We collected $4,410 dollars in general donations, in addition to a $20,000 donation from longtime donor of C.A.R.E.4Paws, Lyn Proctor. This donation is specifically earmarked for a third, 37-foot mobile unit to add to the existing mobile veterinary clinics of C.A.R.E4Paws. Lyn Proctor has significantly donated to this mobile unit in the past and came through with this surprise holiday donation. The total cost of the unit is $350,000 and we only have $80,000 left to raise thanks to Lyn’s generous donation.

“Slated to roll out in April 2023, this unit will join the two existing mobile veterinary care clinics which provide free and low cost critical pet wellness services for families in need in the community. Services provided include spays and neuters, veterinary care and vaccine clinics. Earlier in 2022 the mobile clinic services were expanded to San Luis Obispo County,” said Ms. Gullö.

Since its establishment in 2009, C.A.R.E.4Paws has worked to help families keep their pets by providing access to critical resources for low-income, senior, disabled and unhoused community members. In fact, since the pandemic started, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Companion Pet Assistance program has distributed one million pounds of pet food throughout Santa Barbara county, compared to 4,000 pounds total in 2019.

“It was definitely joyful with a great team of volunteers cheering people on as they drove through to donate food and money. It was wonderful to see how our community came out to support those who need help with extra resources and pet food for animals,” said Ms. Gullö.

Most of the food is provided through Pet Resource Centers operated in conjunction with several animal and human welfare partners. These resource centers are located at Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ (SBCAS) shelters in Lompoc, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara as well as at People Helping People in Solvang, Good Samaritan Shelters, Unity Shoppe and the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

“We are not a shelter; everything we do is to keep pets healthy in homes for life. We provide services to low income, seniors, disabled and the unsheltered. Thousands of pet families are struggling in the aftermath of COVID-19 to put food on the table and feed their pets,” said Ms. Gullö.

Some food is also provided during community events. For example, during weekly visits to Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park, volunteers provide food for pets of the unsheltered along with blankets and flea treatment. Once a month, C.A.R.E.4Paws brings A’s Mobile Grooming to the park to bathe dogs of the unhoused for free, a service also provided monthly in Santa Maria with Doggie Parlour.

“We could not be more grateful for the community’s support for this event and C.A.R.E.4Paws’ programs. Together, we are preventing suffering and pet homelessness and keeping animals with the people who love them,” said Ms. Gullö.

In addition to Saturday’s donation drive, pet food and monetary donations can be dropped off year-round, countywide with several of C.A.R.E.4Paws’ business and animal welfare partners, including Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Clubs, ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance Program) in Goleta, Montecito Pet Shop, La Cumbre Feed, Advanced Veterinary Specialists, Plaza Deli, George’s Pet Shop, SYVHS/DAWG in Santa Ynez, and at the Pet Resource Centers at Barbara County Animal Services’ three shelters. 

All locations are listed at Supporters can also donate funds and contribute food through C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Amazon Wish List available at

The Howliday Drive was a huge success!

The Howliday Drive was a huge success!

Our Howliday Donation Drive-Thru on Saturday, December 3 was a huge success! We raised more than ONE TON of pet food and $25,000 in monetary gifts, including $20,000 toward the purchase of a brand-new mobile clinic from our longtime supporter Lyn Proctor. We have also received many very generous online and mailed-in contributions to support our programs.

We are so grateful to our incredible donors and volunteers who made this event both possible and super successful. Thank you!

A pawsitive note from longtime donor, Lyn Proctor

A pawsitive note from longtime donor, Lyn Proctor

“C.A.R.E.4Paws and I share a commitment and drive to make a difference! There are many animal organizations in our area, but what drew me to C.A.R.E.4Paws in the organization’s infancy was cofounders Isabelle Gullö and Carlos Abitia and the dedicated group of volunteers. Their passion and motivation make a big difference in the lives of our four-legged friends.

I support C.A.R.E.4Paws in several areas, including its mobile veterinary clinic, which goes into high-need communities to provide spay/neuter surgeries, medical care, routine vaccinations and other wellness services. I also love the support provided for pet families exposed to domestic abuse through Safe Haven.

C.A.R.E.4Paws is truly a grassroots organization with a mission. Its impact has been impressive from day one and it will only grow stronger!”

Lyn Proctor, a donor with her white curly hair poodle
A heartfelt thanks from executive director Isabelle Gullö

A heartfelt thanks from executive director Isabelle Gullö

With your help, we keep pet families healthy and together!

C.A.R.E.4Paws has had another record year assisting animals and pet families in need. The demand for help is greater than ever as thousands of community members still struggle to make ends meet in the aftermath of COVID-19—in addition to the countless pet families already living in poverty prior to March 2020. When people cannot provide the care that their animals need, everyone in the family suffers, and pets are at much higher risk of ending up homeless. To keep animals safe, healthy and homebound, C.A.R.E.4Paws now assists more than 20,000 pet families in need annually through our programs.

Here are some of many pawsitive updates from 2022:

• In February this year, we expanded our Mobile Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach to San Luis Obispo (SLO) County with a program called Snip & Chip SLO in collaboration with SLO nonprofits Animals in Need Fund and Animal Shelter Adoption Partners.

• Due to the tremendous need for help, we now operate both mobile units several days per week, providing a record-number of free and low-cost spays/ neuters, veterinary care and vaccines. We will alter at least 2,200 dogs and cats this year, an increase of 200 surgeries from 2021 and 900 from 2019!

• As demand grows and one of our mobile units has grown too old, we have put a down payment on a brand-new, 37-foot mobile clinic with increased kennel capacity and more types of vital equipment. We only have $100,000 left to raise! Find out who’s contributed so far—and how YOU can too.

• Our Companion Pet Assistance team has distributed more than one million pounds of pet food since the start of the pandemic. Thank you for support our Howliday Donation Drive-Thru on Saturday, December 3, 2023.

• C.A.R.E.4Paws’ first Walk Against Abuse at Elings Park on September 18 supported Safe Haven and pet families exposed to domestic violence. More than 200 people and almost as many dogs joined us to raise funds and foster families for the program.

• Our Paws Up For Pets humane education program and Youth Pet Portrait Project continue to pave the way for a more compassionate future for animals.

• We launched a new website.

We hope you enjoy all of the pawsitive updates. And please know that none of this is possible without YOU: our donors, grantors, sponsors and volunteers.

Thank you for making an impact in our community!

Isabelle Gullö, Executive Director and Cofounder