Love from Lompoc!

Love from Lompoc!

We received this lovely note from Brooke. “All the services provided to my kitten have been wonderful. The staff is amazing and kind. Thank you, C.A.R.E.4Paws. The Lompoc community deeply appreciates you.”

Sandra’s Sweet Sentiment

Sandra’s Sweet Sentiment

“I was very pleased with the service that was given to my babies. They received vaccines and nail trims. People were so nice. I could not be more grateful. Thank you! You guys are awesome!” Love, Sandra

C.A.R.E.4Paws is fundraising to expand care for pet owners in need

C.A.R.E.4Paws is fundraising to expand care for pet owners in need

Published December 22, 2022

Forget making a trip to the veterinarian’s office—animal care organization C.A.R.E.4Paws is fundraising for a larger mobile vet clinic that’ll come to you.

The organization provides affordable veterinary services to low-income, senior, disabled, and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County. However, its recent expansion of services to SLO County in February 2022 and the number of residents seeking affordable veterinary care since the pandemic have put a significant strain on C.A.R.E.4Paws, which is why the organization is looking to raise money for a larger, brand new mobile vet clinic.

“We used to help about 7,000 pet families every year before the pandemic, and now we’re helping more than 20,000. And that’s just in Santa Barbara County alone,” said Isabelle Gullo, C.A.R.E.4Paws executive director and co-founder.

The larger, 37-foot mobile vet clinic would help with handling C.A.R.E.4Paws’ newest program, Snip & Chip SLO, which was developed in partnership with nonprofits such as the Animals in Need Fund and Animal Shelter Adoption Partners.

“One thing we’re struggling with right now is that there’s a huge demand for spaying and neutering and other services for large dogs, but we can only accommodate so many per clinic day because of our current setup,” Gullo said.

So far, the organization has raised $252,000 but needs $100,000 more to meet the fundraising goal.

“Our goal is to reach $350,000 by March because we were picking the unit up in April,” Gullo said.

The two current mobile clinics that C.A.R.E.4Paws uses are 26 feet long, but they’re as capable of providing similar services as a stationary vet clinic.

“You’d be surprised how many people we can fit in there,” Gullo said.

However, the current mobile clinics lack the space to provide certain services like X-rays, so C.A.R.E.4Paws has partnered with several local veterinarians and animal clinics for those services that the nonprofit can’t provide inside its mobile clinics.

“We always work with the clients and figure out what they can do, and if we can get discounts from the vet clinics that we work with, [to] pitch in a little bit of money,” Gullo said.

Aside from their mobile vet clinic services, C.A.R.E.4Paws offers a variety of programs, such as the Companion Pet Assistance program, where pet owners can pick up emergency food and supplies and sign up for critical mobile clinic services. For those facing domestic violence situations, C.A.R.E.4Paws has a program dedicated to providing a safe haven for pets so their owners can leave an abusive partner without fearing for the well-being of their pet.

In addition to monetary donations toward the fundraising goal, community members can also drop off dry and canned pet food at various locations throughout Santa Barbara County. Want to contribute with a hands-on approach? C.A.R.E.4Paws offers multiple volunteer opportunities to those looking to lend a helping hand.

“For me, it’s just really wonderful to see how the organization is able to grow, and that’s just because of the community support,” Gullo said. “We have a really wonderful team that I would say, no pun intended, really goes the extra mile to help families in need.”

To find out more ways to help or for a comprehensive schedule of upcoming pet wellness clinics, visit the C.A.R.E.4Paws’ website at care4paws.org.

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 www.care4paws.org/drive. Supporters can also donate funds and contribute food through C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Amazon Wish List available at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2TWE4150GPL1X?&sort=default.

C.A.R.E.4Paws ‘Howliday’ Donation Drive-Thru

C.A.R.E.4Paws ‘Howliday’ Donation Drive-Thru

Published December 2, 2022

C.A.R.E.4Paws is hosting a ‘Howliday’ Donation Drive-Thru at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drive-thru raises resources so families in need can keep their pets safe, healthy and homebound.

Supporters can drive through and drop off dog and cat food or monetary donations.

“Times are hard for so many community members, and families should not have to choose between caring for their animals and putting food on the table,” says executive director Isabelle Gullö. “C.A.R.E.4Paws does everything we can to ensure pets stay healthy and with the people who love them, and we cannot do this without our wonderful partners and donations from the community.”

Over the last 13 years, 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.

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.

Most of the pet food is provided through Pet Resource Centers co-operated with several animal and human welfare partners.

Some donations are also provided during community events, including weekly visits to Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park.

In addition to the December 3 donation drive, pet food and monetary donations can be dropped off year-round.

Click here to find a drop-off location near you.

C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Howliday Donation Drive-Thru raises resources that keep pets healthy and with their families for life

C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Howliday Donation Drive-Thru raises resources that keep pets healthy and with their families for life

Published November 25, 2022

When people cannot provide the care their animals need, everyone in the family suffers, and pets are at much higher risk of ending up homeless. 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. This is why C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts a Howliday Donation Drive-Thru on Saturday, December 3, at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., raises resources for pet families in need to keep pets safe, healthy and homebound. Supporters can 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.

“Times are hard for so many community members, and families should not have to choose between caring for their animals and putting food on the table,” says executive director Isabelle Gullö. “C.A.R.E.4Paws does everything we can to ensure pets stay healthy and with the people who love them, and we cannot do this without our wonderful partners and donations from the community.”

Over the last 13 years, 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. This includes free and low-cost veterinary care, spays and neuters and vaccine clinics in the organization’s two mobile clinics, support for pet families exposed to domestic violence, and assistance with pet food and supplies. 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.

Most of the food is provided through Pet Resource Centers co-operated 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.

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.

In addition to the December 3 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 care4paws.org/drive, where supporters can also donate funds and contribute food through C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Amazon Wish List.

To learn more and support C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Howliday Donation Drive-Thru, go to care4paws.org/drive. For more information about C.A.R.E.4Paws and its services, visit care4paws.org or reach out via info@care4paws.org or 805-968-2273.

C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Howliday Donation Drive-Thru raises resources that keep pets healthy and with their families for life

C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Howliday Donation Drive-Thru raises resources that keep pets healthy and with their families for life

Published November 22, 2022
When people cannot provide the care their animals need, everyone in the family suffers, and pets are at much higher risk of ending up homeless. 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. This is why C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts a Howliday Donation Drive-Thru on Saturday, December 3, at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., raises resources for pet families in need to keep pets safe, healthy and homebound. Supporters can 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.

“Times are hard for so many community members, and families should not have to choose between caring for their animals and putting food on the table,” says executive director Isabelle Gullö. “C.A.R.E.4Paws does everything we can to ensure pets stay healthy and with the people who love them, and we cannot do this without our wonderful partners and the donations from the community.”

Over the last 13 years, 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. This includes free and low-cost veterinary care, spays and neuters and vaccine clinics in the organization’s two mobile clinics, support for pet families exposed to domestic violence, and assistance with pet food and supplies. 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.

Most of the food is provided through Pet Resource Centers (PRC) co-operated with several animal and human welfare partners. These PRCs 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.

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, bedding 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.

In addition to the December 3 donation drive, pet food and monetary donations can be dropped off year-round and countywide with several of C.A.R.E.4Paws’ business and animal welfare partners. All locations are listed at care4paws.org/drive, where supporters can also donate funds and contribute food through C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Amazon Wish List.

To learn more and support C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Howliday Donation Drive-Thru, go to care4paws.org/drive. For more information about C.A.R.E.4Paws and its services, visit care4paws.org or reach out via info@care4paws.org or 805-968-2273.

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!”

Buddy is Healed and Happy!

Buddy is Healed and Happy!

Buddy’s mom sent us a note after we helped her beautiful pup in our mobile clinic:

“We are so thankful for all that you do to help our community! After a 3.5-pound tumor removal, Buddy wears his scar proudly. Thank you!”

Joy for Jojo

Joy for Jojo

Jojo is a sweet and much-loved senior pup. But as his owner, Paula Herschede, explains, his airborne allergies can make him miserable, causing him to rip out his fur and rub his eyes so hard that he scratches them. Paula is desperate to help Jojo, but her financial situation makes it difficult to pay for his costly medication. Luckily, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ mobile clinic has been able to help Jojo, and he’s now feeling great.

“We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group like C.A.R.E.4Paws to help those in need,” Paula says. “My hope is that C.A.R.E.4Paws finds kindness in return in the magnitude it is given.”