Another record-breaking year – thanks to YOU!

Another record-breaking year – thanks to YOU!

Happy 2023! We’re excited for what’s ahead this year and also about our record-breaking 2022.

C.A.R.E.4Paws Mobile Clinic Team

We have:

Spayed/neutered 2,300 dogs and cats, up from 2,025 in 2021!

Assisted 1,700 pets with veterinary care.

Provided 18,000 vaccines, flea treatments, deworming medications, microchips and nail trims during our walk-in Pet Wellness Clinics—an increase by 3,000 such procedures in 2021.

Distributed TWO tons of pet food weekly and more than one million pounds of pet food total since the pandemic, while also providing critical supplies and temporary foster care as well as grooming for pets of community members experiencing homelessness.

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.

Held our first annual Walk Against Abuse at Elings Park to support Safe Haven and pet families exposed to domestic violence.

Promoted compassion for all living beings while working with youth through Paws Up For Pets…this includes the talented young artists who paint wonderful pieces for our Pet Portrait Project.

Been a featured nonprofit in the new Giving List – check it out!

We could not have accomplished all of this without YOU, our donors, grantors, sponsors, business and nonprofit partners, volunteers and staff. Thank you for being there for C.A.R.E.4Paws and the community in such a big way!

Help us roll into the future!

Help us roll into the future!

We’ve raised $277,000 so far and need your help with the remaining $73,000! 

C.A.R.E.4Paws Mobile Clinic with a man holding a black and white puppy

We are fundraising for a brand-new, 37-foot mobile clinic to augment our two existing and old, 26-foot veterinary vehicles.

The new, larger clinic-on-wheels, slated to start rolling in spring 2023:

• Has increased kennel capacity and the ability to carry more types of vital equipment.

• Will allow our organization to more efficiently help additional animals over a larger geographical footprint.

Invest in C.A.R.E.4Paws’ life-saving work by donating toward the purchase of our new clinic.

Tonka the dog, shepherd mix

Thank you to the amazing supporters of our brand-new mobile clinic!

Santa Barbara Foundation Logo
San Luis Obispo Foundation Logo
Chrissie's Fund C.A.R.E.4Paws New Mobile Clinic/Happy Tails Celebration Sponsor Logo
C.A.R.E.4Paws Executive Director holding large donation check

Lee Heller

John & Karen Jostes

Lyn Proctor

Kislak Family Foundation

Larry & Claudia Mitchell

Thornton S. Glide, Jr. & Katrina D. Glide Foundation

Chris Harris’s Facebook Birthday Fundraiser

Mildred G. Federico Charitable Foundation

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

Expansion to San Luis Obispo County

Expansion to San Luis Obispo County

In 2022, C.A.R.E.4Paws expanded our mobile pet wellness services to San Luis Obispo (SLO) County through Snip & Chip SLO, a community-based program developed alongside SLO nonprofits Animals in Need Fund and Animal Shelter Adoption Partners.

The only initiative of its kind in SLO, Snip & Chip curbs pet overpopulation, prevents pet homelessness and euthanasia of adoptable animals, and improves animal welfare in the county.

Since February, we have altered 300 dogs and cats and provided medical care, vaccines, microchips and other basic services to more than 850 pets. In addition to Animals in Need Fund and Animal Shelter Adoption Partners, we thank Feline Network of the Central Coast, Nipomo Dog & Cat Hospital, Lucky Dog Pet Resort, Elm Street Dog Park, City of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach, County of SLO, SLO Animal Services and Woods Humane Society for the partnerships!

For more details and ways to contribute, please visit our program page.

Mobile Spay Marathon in Palmdale

Mobile Spay Marathon in Palmdale

October 22 and 23 was a big weekend for C.A.R.E.4Paws! For the first time in our 13-year history, our clinic team traveled to Palmdale and Subaru Antelope Valley for a big spay/neuter weekend with Karma Rescue. We altered 54 dogs and cats, making a dent in the area’s pet overpopulation.

We are so grateful to our clinic crew, the awesome Karma team and generous spay/neuter sponsorships from Subaru and the City of Palmdale.

Mobile Spay Marathon in Palmdale Veterinarian cuddling kitten
Mobile Spay Marathon in Palmdale Client with Pet