Services for the Unhoused

Man with his pet at a C.A.R.E.4Paws Mobile Clinic event

Help for Unsheltered Pet Families 

C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Companion Pet Assistance program offers support for pet families experiencing homelessness. This includes provision of pet food and supplies, basic grooming and access to free and low-cost vaccines, flea treatment, spays/neuters, medical care and microchips. We collaborate with several community partners to help improve the welfare of animals and the people who love them. 

Food & Supply Access Points

One of many pet clients receiving pet food on Thursdays at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara - by WinkFace Photography

Community Events

Thursdays at 5pm at Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara

Man receiving food at a community event for unsheltered pets

Pet Resource Centers

At our many resource centers, pet owners in need can pick up food and supplies and sign up for critical mobile clinic services.


  • Santa Barbara County Animal Services shelter, 1501 W. Central Avenue (Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm or call 805-737-7755)​
  • Bridge House, a Good Samaritan Shelter, 2025 Sweeney Road (call first, 805-735-4390)

Santa Barbara/Goleta​​

  • Santa Barbara County Animal Services shelter, 5473 Overpass Road (Monday-Saturday, 9am-4:45pm, closed from 11am-noon, 805-681-5285)
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, 535 E. Yanonali Street
  • Isla Vista Community Service District, 970 Embarcadero Del Mar (Wednesday and Friday from 12:30pm-2:30pm)
  • Showers of Blessing, 6586 Picasso Road
  • Unity Shoppe, 1209 State Street/1401 Chapala Street

Santa Maria

  • Good Samaritan Shelter, 401 W. Morrison Avenue, #C (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00pm-5:00pm)
  • Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ Santa Maria Animal Center, 548 W. Foster Road (Monday-Saturday, 9am-4:45pm, closed from 11am-noon, 805-934-6119)​

Solvang & Santa Ynez Valley

  • Santa Ynez People Helping People, 545 N. Alisal Road (Monday-Thursday from 8am-5:30pm)


When you live on the streets or in your car, it can be impossible to find a way to bathe your four-legged companion. This is why C.A.R.E.4Paws offers basic grooming for pets of the unhoused.

The first Thursday of every month at 5pm at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara, A’s Mobile Mobile Dog Grooming joins us to provide baths and nail trims specifically for pets of the unsheltered.

In Santa Maria, we have partnered with Doggie Parlour to offer baths and nail trimming as well as pet food distribution for pets of the unhoused. Parts of these services are generously sponsored by our supporter and volunteer Bill Basiliko.

Man hold his large grey dog in the air for a picture

Mobile Community Medicine

Pet Wellness Clinic services

Our unsheltered clients get access to free or low-cost with vaccines, flea treatment, microchips and other basic services at low-cost. Our walk-in vaccine clinics run from 10am to 1pm and we provide:


  • Rabies (by Merial)
  • Distemper parvo vaccine (DHPP) for dogs
  • Feline distemper vaccine (FVRCP)
  • Bordetella (aka “kennel cough” for dogs)
  • Topical flea treatment
  • Dewormer
  • Microchips
  • Nail trims
  • Dog licensing with Santa Barbara County Animal Services on select dates, $25 for altered dogs

Assistance with veterinary care

We provide low-cost mobile veterinary care for homeless pet families in Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County. Please note that our mobile clinic is not a full-service or emergency veterinary hospital. Clients have to show proof of financial need.