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Rolling into the future!

Rolling into the future!

For two years, C.A.R.E.4Paws has been fundraising for a brand-new, 37-foot mobile clinic to augment our two existing and older, 26-foot veterinary vehicles. We are so excited share that—thanks to the generous support of our community—we have met and even surpassed our... read more

Our SLO partner event helped 175 pets!

Our SLO partner event helped 175 pets!

Wow! Our first Pet Wellness Clinic cohosted with San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Animal Services in SLO City was incredibly busy from start to finish. We helped 175 pets with critical services, such as $5 rabies vaccines and low-cost spays/neuters and medical... read more

On a roll!

On a roll!

We are on a roll to curb pet overpopulation. Spaying/neutering prevents unwanted litters, suffering and pet homelessness. It reduces the risk of deadly cancers and pyometra infections and can improve a pet's behavior too! That's why C.A.R.E.4Paws' mobile clinics... read more

A Safe Haven for pets in need

A Safe Haven for pets in need

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... read more

Services for the unhoused

Services for the unhoused

On the first Thursday of each month at 5pm in Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara we offer support for pet families experiencing homelessness. This includes provision of pet food and supplies, basic grooming and access to free and low-cost vaccines,... read more

Care for community cats

Care for community cats

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are home to many colonies of community cats, populations that grow incredibly fast unless you spay/neuter these kitties. C.A.R.E.4Paws helps curb overpopulation by altering several hundred community cats annually through TNR... read more

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. 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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Creativity with compassion

Creativity with compassion

The youth at United Boys & Girls Club in Lompoc continue to amaze us with their pet portraits, which they create from photos of beloved pets. Portraits are $50 and the money raised supports C.A.R.E.4Paws’ critical programs. Order your portrait today, whether it’s... read more

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... read more

Walk Against Abuse—a pawsome event!

Walk Against Abuse—a pawsome event!

On Sunday, September 18, C.A.R.E.4Paws, Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County and Elings Park hosted the inaugural Walk Against Abuse. More than 200 people and almost as many dogs came out to support Safe Haven, a program that assists pet families... read more

Youth making a difference

Youth making a difference

In the fall of 2022, we loved having Jayden volunteer with us during a clinic day in Santa Maria. He’s planning to become a veterinarian when he grows up, and maybe he will come work for C.A.R.E.4Paws! We also had animal lover David Dominguez come to visit our clinic... read more

400 FREE microchips!

400 FREE microchips!

A big thank you to our microchip sponsors: Santa Barbara County Animal Services and Lompoc’s CAPA. We microchipped 400 pets for free from June 1 through July 6! This means 400 dogs and cats now have a permanent ID if they ever get lost.

We’ve got food!

We’ve got food!

C.A.R.E.4Paws just received an anonymous donation of six pallets of pet food to support families in need in our community. We are so grateful for this most amazing contribution, which will feed hundreds of pets! A special thanks to the team that drove down to Orange... read more

Go team! The numbers look good.

Go team! The numbers look good.

We're crunching mobile clinic numbers, and halfway through the year, C.A.R.E.4Paws is on track to alter more than 2,000 dogs and cats again in 2022! We are assisting 150 pets with vet care monthly and hundreds more through our vaccine clinics. Go team! read more

Going the extra mile!

Going the extra mile!

In 2021, our Mobile Community Medicine & Spay/Neuter Outreach team helped more than 10,000 dogs and cats with critical services. Operating at least one of our mobile clinics four or five times per week, we spayed or neutered 2,025 pets and provided veterinary... read more

Celebrating the Happy Tails

Celebrating the Happy Tails

On Sunday, May 22, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted our hybrid Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser at the Music Academy of the West. We raised more than $135,000 for C.A.R.E.4Paws' programs and are so grateful to everyone who supported our event, in person and virtually from... read more

TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) Pet Food Drive

TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) Pet Food Drive

Thanks to everyone who donated and a special thank you to TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) for hosting a pet food drive for C.A.R.E.4Paws and families in need in our community from April 18-30, 2022. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner up for this successful drive. TVSB has also helped C.A.R.E.4Paws through their great video services.

Anniversary Grant from Montecito Bank & Trust

Anniversary Grant from Montecito Bank & Trust

C.A.R.E.4Paws is grateful to be one of 10 nonprofits to receive an Anniversary Grant from Montecito Bank & Trust, including generous program funding and a video about our organization. We cannot thank the bank and its amazing associates enough! In the photo: MB&T’s chairman and CEO, Janet Garufis, and president and chief operating officer, George Leis, with C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Chris Harris and Isabelle Gullo.

We’ve expanded to SLO County! 

We’ve expanded to SLO County! 

C.A.R.E.4Paws now host Pet Wellness Clinics in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County alongside SLO nonprofits Animals in Need Fund and Animal Shelter Adoption Partners. Snip & Chip SLO aims to curb pet overpopulation, prevent pet homelessness and euthanasia of adoptable... read more

Assisting a community in need

Since the start of COVID-19, our  Companion Pet Assistance program has provided more than four tons of pet food weekly to pet owners in need, compared to two tons in all of 2019. We distribute pet food in our mobile clinic and during events with agencies such as the... read more

Our 2021 Holiday Drive

Our 2021 Holiday Drive

Our Donation Drive-Thru & Home for the Holidays Adoption Festival on December 4, 2022, at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria was a great success! The communi has helped hundreds of pet families in need. The festival also... read more

Foodraising with ResQcats

Foodraising with ResQcats

We could not be more grateful to Jeffyne Telson and ResQcats for hosting a cat-food drive for C.A.R.E.4Paws, first in September 2020, then through the holidays and now she continues into 2021. ResQcats has raised more than $13,000 worth of food, which helps feed so... read more

Compassion counts!

We keep working with youth enrolled in afterschool-care at the YMCA in Lompoc as well as at the United Boys & Girls Clubs in Lompoc and Goleta. The kids learn about compassionate pet care, safety around animals, dog training and more. The get to meet and hang out... read more

Grooming for dogs of the homeless

Grooming for dogs of the homeless

On the first Thursday of each month, we provide baths for homeless community members with A's Dog Grooming at Santa Barbara's Alameda Park. We have spent every Thursday at the park since the beginning of summer, distributing pet food, blankets, pet beds, flea... read more

Pawsome pet food partners

Pawsome pet food partners

C.A.R.E.4Paws is truly grateful to our partners and donors, who contribute food and also collect pet food donations for us. This includes awesome businesses and nonprofit friends such as Montecito Pet Shop, Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club, Foodbank of Santa... read more

Our Congressional Award!

We are very honored to receive a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Salud Carbajal for our work in the community since 2009 and our unprecedented efforts during COVID-19. Thank you for the wonderful acknowledgment! You can view all of... read more

A Texas pet rescue team effort

A Texas pet rescue team effort

On March 6 and 7, our C.A.R.E.4Paws crew transported 22 shelter dogs and one cat from Texas in a collaboration with Santa Barbara County Animal Services (check out the KEYT video!). Winter storms have left Texas shelters beyond overcrowded and these agencies have to... read more

Our first pet food donation drive-thru

In 2020, our mobile clinic team performed 2,005 spay/neuter surgeries and provided medical care to 1,823 dogs and cats—compared to 1,300 spays/neuters and 1,100 pets assisted with veterinary care in 2019. The provision of 65 percent more clinic services in 2020... read more

Two new pet resource centers

Two new pet resource centers

On May 26, we co-launched two new Pet Resource Centers at Santa Barbara County Animal Services' shelters in Lompoc and Santa Barbara. This adds to the center launched in 2020 at SBCAS’ Santa Maria shelter and the 10 centers that we have operated with other agencies... read more

Our successful Happy Tails Celebration! 

On Sunday, June 13, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosted our virtual Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser and we raised more than $110,000 thanks to our incredible sponsors and donors! Our event highlighted our work in the community and featured heartfelt Happy Tails from some of... read more

A pet wellness clinic in Guadalupe

We hosted a great Pet Wellness Clinic in Guadalupe On June 27, providing vaccines, flea treatment, nail trims, spays/neuters, dentals and other critical care for more than 150 pets. Santa Barbara County Animal Services sold licenses and microchipped 60 dogs and cats... read more

Wags n’ Whiskers Festival 2019

About the largest animal festival on the Central Coast Wags n' Whiskers joins the local pet-loving community for a fun day in the Santa Barbara sun, celebrating animals and the outstanding organizations and businesses that help our animal friends. Our free,... read more