C.A.R.E.4Paws continues to help Central Coast families care for their pets

C.A.R.E.4Paws continues to help Central Coast families care for their pets

Published October 6, 2022 

Locals lined up with their pets Wednesday for an affordable pop-up pet clinic to get the services and information they needed for their furry friends.

The C.A.R.E.4Paws Mobile Unit set up shop at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center in Santa Maria — the unit has been helping families and their pets on the Central Coast for about 10 years and the program continues to grow.

“Our main purpose is to lower pet overpopulation and promote responsible pet ownership in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties,” said Carlos Abitia, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ mobile services coordinator. “We do this by promoting free spays and neuters. This year, we are close to 2,000 spays and neuters and we treat about 10,000 animals to low-income pet families.”

Spaying or neutering a dog or cat can typically cost up to $500, but C.A.R.E.4Paws provides them at no charge for local families who qualify for assistance. The program also provides other services to help keep pets, and their owners, happy and healthy. It offers medical services and also preventative pet maintenance.

“This is very purposeful work, there is nothing else I would rather be doing than making people and pets smile,” said Lisa Bolton, a veterinarian technician with C.A.R.E.4Paws.

C.A.R.E.4Paws can help ease the stresses of pet ownership, particularly in situations where pet owners can’t afford to help keep their animal healthy.

“This allows us to pull away the judgment. It’s really hard in this day and age to be able to afford these things for your animals,” said Dr. Shana Schank, who was busy performing surgery on a female pit-bull Wednesday. “The reality is the cost of pet care is high and we are doing the best we can to provide services for people who can’t do that and want to keep their pets.”

While some people lined up for quick services for their pet such as vaccines or a microchip tracking device, some owners dropped off their pets at Wednesday’s clinic early in the morning for more serious procedures.

“When pets get the proper care, it keeps the public safer,” Abitia said. “If all pets get rabies vaccines, this helps prevent a possible outbreak. For pets’ comfort, flea treatments, nail trimmings and wound care are just a few more services that C.A.R.E.4Paws offers.

“We work to promote empathy and compassion. Those are values that not only help the animals, but help the community as a whole. The more empathy and compassion a community has, the better we are going to do as a city, as a county and as a nation.”

C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Mobile Unit, depending on the services, offers both appointments and walk-ins. For more information or to make an appointment, call 805-968-CARE (2273) or email info@care4paws.org or visit care4paws.org/clinics. The C.A.R.E stands for Community awareness, responsibility, education. 

C.A.R.E.4PAWS Safe Haven program in desperate need for dog foster homes in Santa Barbara

C.A.R.E.4PAWS Safe Haven program in desperate need for dog foster homes in Santa Barbara

Published October 4, 2022 8:37 am

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Nothing is more difficult for Wendy Domanski of C.A.R.E.4PAWS than seeing pets in need of a home.

The Safe Haven program provides temporary anonymous fostering for survivors of domestic violence.

Two weeks ago, Domestic Violence Solutions and C.A.R.E.4PAWS hosted its first inaugural Walk Against Abuse event.

Organizers of the event say 200 people came out with their dogs to walk against abuse for people and animals.

Proceeds went to the Safe Haven program which provides temporary anonymous fostering for survivors of domestic violence.

Despite the high turnout to the event, organizers say there is still a need to recruit more
foster families.

“We have three large dogs in our program that would love nothing more than to get a foster family. However, right now it is very difficult to find foster families,” said Domanski.

Domanski said local shelters are overcrowded, not just here in Santa Barbara, but throughout the country.

“Right now a lot of people are returning their pets because they’ve gone back to work they don’t have time to care for them,” said Domanski.

Kate Chapman supports C.A.R.E.4PAWS, and hopes more people will become a foster pet family for the organization.

“I hope that people get alerted I mean get educated about a problem that could be so easily solved I hope that all the animals eventually get homes sooner the better,” said Chapman.

If you are able to be a foster pet family, Domanski said the Safe Haven program will provide all of the food, supplies, vet care, training and anything the pet may need.

“We would love to just increase our bank of foster families that are readily available, that can accommodate these pets so that we can get them into a loving home as soon as possible,” said Domanski.

The Safe Haven program provides all of the food, supplies, vet care, training and anything the pet may need.

Domanski said the foster just needs to provide a loving and safe home for the pet until they can be reunited with their owners.

She said having wonderful foster families is such a critical part of this program, and they desperately need more foster families.

If you are interested in becoming a foster to helping these pets, please contact C.A.R.E.4PAWS paws at foster@care4paws.org.

A Furever Family for Sarge

A Furever Family for Sarge

Another amazing Happy Tail! Linda shared her words of gratitude with us:

C.A.R.E.4Paws is not a rescue group. But sometimes, under special circumstances, we end up taking in dogs and cats when their owners cannot keep them so that the animals don’t have to end up in a shelter. This is the case with sweet, 12-year-old Sarge, whose senior owner had to move into a nursing home.

Sarge’s owner suffers from dementia, he had not received the care he needed for quite some time, and he came to us with matted, flea-infested fur. He was very uncomfortable, so our Community Programs & Volunteer Coordinator, Wendy Domanski, and volunteer Chris Erskine immediately brought Sarge to Antonio with A’s Mobile Grooming. Afterward, he looked like a completely different dog and you could see the relief on his face.

Next, Wendy took Sarge for a checkup with C.A.R.E.4Paws’ mobile clinic team and then he went home with our volunteer Sally Bulles to be fostered until we could find him a home.

Well, finding him a forever family literally only took one day. The parents of our veterinary assistant Cristy Culligan were looking for a senior pup to adopt and they fell in love with Sarge. We’re beyond excited for this handsome boy and grateful to the whole team that rescued him and ensured he received the care he so desperately needed. Now Sarge gets to live out his life showered with love and affection. Talk about a happy tail!

Animal lovers stand up to animal cruelty and domestic violence in first ever “Walk Against Abuse” Fundraiser

Animal lovers stand up to animal cruelty and domestic violence in first ever “Walk Against Abuse” Fundraiser

Published September 18, 2022 4:05 pm

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Animal lovers united at Elings Park Sunday afternoon to stand up to animal cruelty and domestic violence.

This was the first ever Walk Against Abuse. It’s a fundraiser that supports pet families exposed to domestic violence.

The funds will go to Safe Haven, a C.A.R.E.4Paws program that provides anonymous boarding and foster care for pets of domestic violence survivors.

This recently founded program makes it easier for pet owners to leave abusive partners and seek emergency shelter through Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County without having to worry about what will happen to their pets.

Walk Against Abuse Supports Pet Families Exposed to Domestic Violence

Walk Against Abuse Supports Pet Families Exposed to Domestic Violence

Noozhawk published on September 16, 2022 11:25 am

Every 10 seconds, an animal is abused, but most cruelty cases go unnoticed and unpunished because they are not reported, and the animals continue to suffer. What’s more, there is a proven link between animal cruelty and family violence. An animal is usually the abuser’s first victim.

To create awareness around the prevalence of animal cruelty and domestic violence, and to support pet families exposed to abuse, C.A.R.E.4Paws, Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS), and Elings Park invite the community to Walk Against Abuse, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara.

The inaugural event benefits Safe Haven, a C.A.R.E.4Paws program that provides anonymous boarding or foster care for pets of domestic violence survivors. Safe Haven was started in 2020 alongside DVS to ensure pet owners can leave abusive partners and seek emergency shelter through DVS or a similar agency without fearing for the safety of their pets.

Walk Against Abuse includes a dog walk through Elings Park at noon, activities, food, music, and a presentation about how Safe Haven prevents suffering and saves lives, as well as how to become a Safe Haven foster family. Entry is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Community members and local businesses also can choose from several sponsorship opportunities that help pay for Safe Haven expenses, such as pet boarding fees, animal training, pet food, vaccines, spays/neuters, medical care, and pet housing deposits for four-legged clients.

“Everywhere around us, people and pets are harmed daily by a family member,” said Isabelle Gullo, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ cofounder and executive director, who said many survivors stay on average two years longer in an abusive relationship if there is an animal involved.

“Safe Haven gives survivors a chance to escape their abusive partners by providing a refuge for family pets,” she said. “We’re very excited about our inaugural Walk Against Abuse, as the event allows the community to come together to raise awareness and support for a critical program.”

Many Safe Haven pets stay with C.A.R.E.4Paws for several months or sometimes longer than a year, as it is difficult for survivors to rebuild their lives, let alone find pet-friendly housing.

In addition to DVS, other program collaborators include the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program and Good Samaritan Shelters, whose advocates are trained to help survivors of abuse. Survivors can also contact C.A.R.E.4Paws directly for help.

“DVS is grateful for our partnership with C.A.R.E.4Paws to provide safe and loving foster care for the pets of survivors during one of the most difficult times in their lives,” said Ken Oplinger, DVS interim executive director. “It’s vital to DVS that our clients’ families, including their pets, have access to supportive care.

“Safe Haven ensures that survivors have peace of mind knowing that their beloved pets are safe.”

For more about the event and ticket/sponsor options, visit the Walk Against Abuse event website. For more about C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Safe Haven program, visit care4paws.org/safehaven or contact C.A.R.E.4Paws at info@care4paws.org or 805-968-2273.

Nonprofit Partners Invite the Community to Walk Against Abuse

Nonprofit Partners Invite the Community to Walk Against Abuse

By C.A.R.E.4Paws and Domestic Violence Solutions

Edhat published on September 11, 2022 11:26 am

Every hour of every day in the United States alone, hundreds of people and their companion animals suffer abuse. Animal cruelty is strongly correlated with violence against people, and pets are often used as “pawns” in domestic violence situations to prevent family members from speaking up or leaving the abusive relationship. In fact, survivors stay on average two years longer in a violent home if there’s a family pet involved.

This is why C.A.R.E.4Paws, Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS) and Elings Park invite the animal-loving community to Walk Against Abuse on Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, at Elings Park in Santa Barbara. The inaugural event raises funds and awareness for Safe Haven, a C.A.R.E.4Paws program that provides anonymous boarding or foster care for pets of domestic violence survivors. Safe Haven was launched in 2020 alongside DVS to ensure pet owners can leave abusive partners and seek emergency shelter through DVS or a similar agency without fearing for the safety and well-being of their beloved pets.

Walk Against Abuse includes a dog walk through beautiful Elings Park (starting at noon), fun activities, food, music and a presentation about how Safe Haven prevents suffering and saves lives, as well as how to become a Safe Haven foster family. Entry is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Plus, community members and local businesses can choose from several sponsorship opportunities that help pay for Safe Haven expenses, such as pet boarding fees, animal training, pet food, vaccines, spays/neuters, medical care and pet housing deposits for four-legged clients.

“Everywhere around us, people and pets are harmed daily by a family member,” says C.A.R.E.4Paws’ cofounder and executive director Isabelle Gullo, who explains that domestic violence crosses all social and economic boundaries and, when it comes to animal cruelty, especially, most cases are never reported. “Safe Haven provides a much-needed refuge for vulnerable pets, while giving their loving owners a chance to escape the abuse. We’re very excited about our inaugural Walk Against Abuse, as the event allows the community to come together to raise awareness and support for a truly critical program.”

Many Safe Haven pets stay with C.A.R.E.4Paws for several months or sometimes longer than a year, as it is difficult for survivors to rebuild their lives, let alone find pet-friendly housing. In addition to DVS, other program collaborators include the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program and Good Samaritan Shelters, whose advocates are trained to help survivors of abuse. Survivors can also contact C.A.R.E.4Paws directly for help.

“DVS is grateful for our partnership with C.A.R.E.4Paws to provide safe and loving foster care for the pets of survivors during one of the most difficult times in their lives,” says Domestic Violence Solutions’ executive director Marilyn Simon-Gersuk. “It’s vital to DVS that our clients’ families, including their pets, have access to supportive care. Safe Haven ensures that survivors have peace of mind knowing that their beloved pets are safe.”

To learn more about the event and ticket/sponsor options, visit the Walk Against Abuse event website. For more information about C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Safe Haven program, visit care4paws.org/safehaven or contact C.A.R.E.4Paws at info@care4paws.org or 805-968-2273.

The heatwave on the Central Coast is impacting pets and their well being

The heatwave on the Central Coast is impacting pets and their well being

Published September 7, 2022 11:08 pm

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – The heatwave across the Central Coast has not only been affecting people, but pets as well.

Pet owners are keeping a close eye on their animals during this hot weather.

“The heat is extremely dangerous for our animals. Just imagine you walking around with a fur coat. So in our plain clothes we are hot just imagine your pets,” said Carlos Abitia, the Mobile Animal Clinic Manager for C.A.R.E 4Paws.

Pet owners should also walk their pets before sunrise or after sunset.

“We’ve had some difficulties keeping him inside as well. Yeah, he gets really impatient. He’ll want to be outside, but his black fur does not help him,” said pet owners Miguel Sanchez and Anahi Garcia.

With the Central Coast still in a heatwave, C.A.R.E 4Paws says to really take care of their pets during this time.

“Well I mean don’t walk out on pavements, make sure their coats are thinned out so they’re not as hot. Make sure they have plenty of hydration, water is clean, fresh water, always a shade and always a means of cooling down like a mister or water fans air conditioning,” Abitia said.

A Lot of Love for Li’l Bit

A Lot of Love for Li’l Bit

Another amazing Happy Tail! Linda shared her words of gratitude with us: 

“Thank you for taking such good care of my little spit fire baby girl Li’l Bit last week as you spayed her. She is doing well in her recovery. Your service is appreciated so much! We would not have been able to afford her having this surgery if it wasn’t for your amazing service to our community! Thank you, again!”

C.A.R.E.4Paws and Domestic Violence Solutions partner to provide pet care for victims leaving abusive homes

C.A.R.E.4Paws and Domestic Violence Solutions partner to provide pet care for victims leaving abusive homes

New Wheels for Kali!

New Wheels for Kali!

Recently, after beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog Lizzie sadly crossed the rainbow bridge, her family reached out to C.A.R.E.4Paws to see if we knew of a dog in need of a wheelchair. Shortly thereafter, sweet pup Kali received her new walking wheels and is getting around wonderfully. A big thank you to Lizzie’s family for the kind gift!

Bernese Testimonial