C.A.R.E.4Paws, Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County and Elings Park come together to host an annual Walk Against Abuse. The event raises funds and awareness for Safe Haven, a program that supports domestic violence survivors and their companion pets. It takes place at Elings Park in Santa Barbara and includes not only a dog walk through the beautiful park grounds, but fun activities, food, great tunes and a presentation about how Safe Haven prevents suffering and saves lives—and ways to support this critical program!

Our inaugural Walk Against Abuse had a great turn out! Visit the event page to view photos and read more about the event.

Why Safe Haven is desperately needed

Every minute of every day, 20 people are abused by an intimate partner in the United States, reports the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sadly, during the current COVID-19 crisis, domestic violence is even more prevalent. Pets are often used as “pawns” in domestic violence situations. Abusers will harm a family pet and/or make threats to hurt or kill a pet to keep family members from speaking up or leaving the abusive relationship. In surveys of women entering domestic violence shelters, as many as 85% reported that their pets had been threatened, injured, or killed by their partners.

Cat Hug

Safe Haven assists domestic violence survivors and their companion animals in Santa Barbara County. We do so in collaboration with several agency partners, including Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.

C.A.R.E.4Paws provides free, anonymous boarding or foster care for animals so that an owner can leave an abusive partner and seek emergency shelter without fearing for the safety and well-being of a family pet.

Our program is free and anonymous, and while in the care of C.A.R.E.4Paws, animals have access to free spays/neuters, vaccines and veterinary services as well as animal behavior training. We reunite animals with their loving owners when the time is right.

Woman petting cat on a sofa

Foster a pet in need

We are looking for loving foster families to provide temporary refuge for Safe Haven pets. Please reach out if you are able to help a dog or cat in need.

Woman kissing dog

A heartfelt thanks to our 2022 Walk Against Abuse sponsors!

La Cumbre Animal Hospital

PLATINUM PAW SPONSOR: $5,000

Avalan is a comprehensive wealth management firm that works closely with clients and utilizes a consultative approach to financial, business, investment and personal planning needs. Through its defined wealth management process, Avalan provides counseling for a limited number of high-net-worth individuals, closely held corporations, trusts and pensions. The firm’s goal is to enter into long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships, which it develops to not only be lifelong, but multigenerational as well. Therefore, Avalan engages in new relationships only after its team determines that its services add substantial value in assisting clients to achieve their goals and all that is important to them. In every aspect of Avalan’s work, the firm provides an uncompromising commitment to administer world-class client service while striving to accomplish each of its clients’ highly individualized wealth management needs.

Advanced Veterinary Specialists Logo

GOLD PAW SPONSOR: $2,500

Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) is a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital located near downtown Santa Barbara. Founded in 2012, AVS provides pets with diagnostics and therapeutics that complement the care provided by your trusted family veterinarian and values that partnership. Many of its doctors are board-certified specialists who have extensive training in fields such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency and Critical Care, and Dentistry. They assess patients with complicated disorders, including kidney or liver disease, diabetes mellitus, immune diseases, heart murmurs, and anemia. At AVS, doctors perform a wide variety of specialized procedures including ultrasounds, color flow Doppler echocardiograms (heart ultrasound), endoscopy, chemotherapy, biopsies, bone marrow sampling, tracheal stent placement, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, and much more. AVS also has a CT Scanner onsite for patients that require advanced imaging diagnostics. In addition to specialty medicine, they have the distinction of becoming certified as a Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. They are one of only two veterinary hospitals in the state of California to achieve Level II designation. AVS is proud of their staff and the superior medicine and service they provide to the community.

La Cumbre Animal Hospital

GOLD PAW SPONSOR: $2,500

August Roofing & Solar has been developing, installing and repairing roofing and solar systems since 1991, working with homeowners, residential properties and businesses from West Los Angeles across Ventura County to Santa Barbara. Clients appreciate expert service, quality products and reliable support that creates a better customer experience. This premium roofing and solar company serves customers who understand that quality and professionalism create value and peace of mind. Customers can be assured that August Roofing & Solar has the experience, expertise and financial strength to respond to and resolve issues. The company embraces professionalism by performing to the highest standard with honesty, transparency and excellence at all times. With its full-time certified and experienced installers, August Roofing & Solar delivers the best-in-class roofing and solar solutions with superior craftsmanship. 

La Cumbre Animal Hospital

GOLD PAW SPONSOR: $2,500

La Cumbre Animal Hospital (LCAH) has been proudly serving the community of Santa Barbara for over 60 years. The clinic recently moved to a new state-of-the-art facility at 3910 State Street. The LCAH team strives to provide the highest level of medical care and compassion. The clinic focuses on the whole patient as an individual and highly encourages and educates clients on preventative care. The vet team focuses on Fear-Free techniques to reduce anxiety and provide the most pleasant experience possible for your furry family. LCAH provides a complete range of services, including cold laser therapy, dental therapy and surgery options. The clinic has the ability to run comprehensive and emergency laboratory tests, take digital x-rays and emergency ultrasounds. LCAH is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment that promotes healthy living habits, happiness and excellence among all team members. The staff looks forward to helping you!

La Cumbre Animal Hospital

GOLD PAW SPONSOR: $2,500

Founded in 1987, VCA is a network of hometown animal hospitals committed to making a positive impact for pets, people, and their communities. VCA cares about the communities they serve and every pet within them, not just those seen in their hospitals. Every hospital carries a sense of pride for the legacy of excellence they have built and the stories of service that are deeply connected to their local communities. Together, they are writing a powerful story about what’s next in veterinary care.

VCA hospitals in the Santa Barbara area include VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital, VCA Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital and VCA Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital.

La Lieff Wines

BRONZE PAW SPONSOR: $500

Camp Canine has been Santa Barbara’s premier Pet Resort & Training Center since 1984. With over 30 years experience raising and training dogs, the care and comfort of your dog continues to be Camp Canine’s passion and commitment. Here, canine guests enjoy the best cuisine and receive regular health checks throughout their stay. Camp Counselors supervise active play groups designed to match your dog’s temperament and personality. You can also add Fitness Camp activities to your dog’s stay to enhance mental and physical well-being. Camp Canine is conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, with transportation to Montecito, Summerland, Goleta and surrounding areas available.  Call today for a tour and a free trial for your canine friend. 

La Lieff Wines

BRONZE PAW SPONSOR: $500

Chrissie’s Fund is a private foundation that supports programs that reduce dog overpopulation, promote adoptions and help eliminate the suffering of dogs. Its funding is allocated primarily for bully breeds, large dogs of any breed and mix, and seniors. Chrissie’s Fund is not only a supporter of C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Spay/Neuter Program for many years, but a sponsor of Wags n’ Whiskers since 2010.

La Lieff Wines

BRONZE PAW SPONSOR: $500

Helena Avenue Bakery is a homestyle artisan bakery and kitchen that brings together wholesome, homemade specialties using the highest quality ingredients found along the Central Coast.  The bakery offers rustic, organic breads, handmade seasonal pastries made from scratch and a wide variety of gourmet breakfast and lunch items made to order. The menu is ideal for dining in or taking away to enjoy at home, at wine tasting rooms throughout the Funk Zone or the Santa Ynez Valley, to the nearby beaches or at numerous other picnic locations around town. Helena Avenue Bakery shares a space with the Santa Barbara Wine Collective so patrons can grab a bottle of their favorite local wine for the perfect pairing. Since opening in 2016, Helena Avenue Bakery has received high praise from 805 Living, C Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, Santa Barbara Independent, The Hollywood Reporter, Zagat.com, and the SoCal Restaurant Show.

La Lieff Wines

BRONZE PAW SPONSOR: $500

DIAMOND PAW PATRON: $10,000

Lyn Proctor

GOLD PAW PATRON: $2,500

Spooky Mulder & Poppy Tartlett

BRONZE PAW PATRON: $500

Donna Crawford
Thomas & Lora Fisher
Greta Hansen
Dan & Darcy Keep
Lynn & Gary Larson