Paws Up For Pets
Paws Up For Pets was created in response to several incidents of severe animal cruelty in Santa Barbara County and the knowledge that too few cruelty cases are reported—despite the proven connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. When you show children how to be respectful and kind to animals, the ripple effects are endless. Children feel empowered, and are less likely to harm a pet, hurt a friend or bully a classmate. And they bring these values into adulthood.
Paws Up For Pets works with after school facilities countywide, including United Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA and Girls, Inc., as well as local schools and girl scout troops. We also recently introduced our Youth Pet Portrait Project with United Boys & Girls Club in Lompoc. The talented youth paint portraits of all types of pets, while raising critical funds for our critical work.
Paws Up For Pets is an innovative education program that engages local youth to promote compassion for animals and empathy in the community as a whole. A partnership with United Boys & Girls Clubs, Paws Up For Pets works mainly with children K-6 enrolled in after school programs in our county’s most underserved areas. We empower youth to make a difference by showing others that they care about animals by speaking up against abuse and bullying.