C.A.R.E.4Paws Gives Grooming, Pet Food, & More
updated: Dec 31, 2016, 10:00 AM
Just in time for the holiday weekend, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Bree’s Mobile Paw Spa visited PATH Santa Barbara on Thursday, Dec. 22 to offer baths, vaccinations,
flea medication, microchips and food for the dogs and one cat staying at the housing facility on 816 Cacique Street. The services were provided as part of
C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Companion Pet Assistance program, which helps low-income, senior and disabled pet owners and community members experiencing
PATH Santa Barbara, formerly Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter, addresses homelessness in the community by connecting individuals with the services they
need to improve health, increase income and transition into stable housing. Right now, PATH has five four-legged residents, and C.A.R.E.4Paws was asked to come
and lend a helping hand for the holidays.
“Our goal is to improve quality of life for pets and their owners and ensure animals can stay with their families for life,” says Carlos Abitia, C.A.R.E.4Paws’
Community Outreach & Youth Program Director and the organization’s cofounder. “As funding allows, we can provide anything from free vaccines, grooming and
delivery of pet food to vet assistance and spays/neuters.”
The nonprofits’ Companion Pet Assistance program has grown significantly in 2016 and now includes pet food pickup stations at several local facilities, such as
PATH, Rescue Mission and Unity Shoppe. Pet service providers, including Lemos Feed & Pet Supplies, La Cumbre Feed and Camp Canine help bring in supplies by
housing donation bins in which supporters can drop off contributions.
Says Giann Franco, Outreach and Safety Navigator at PATH Santa Barbara, “I admire that there are nonprofits such as C.A.R.E4Paws that take a proactive approach
to helping animals in need.”
If you want to learn more about C.A.R.E.4Paws and support its Companion Pet Assistance program with a tax-deductible donation, please visit care4paws.org. For more information on how to become involved, contact 805.968.CARE (2273) or email@example.com.
C.A.R.E.4Paws—short for community awareness, responsibility and education—was created with the mission to help put an end to pet overpopulation in Santa
Barbara County, and to inspire a greater sense of accountability, compassion and respect for animals in the process.
C.A.R.E.4Paws works to reduce pet overpopulation, keep animals out of shelters, and improve quality of life for pets and pet owners in need.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit, C.A.R.E.4Paws was founded in 2009 with the goal to alleviate the burden of Santa Barbara County's overcrowded shelters and change the
future for animals in this community and beyond. The founders, all longtime shelter volunteers, looked at the reasons why animals end up in shelters and designed
programs to tackle these issues. Services include free spays/neuters for low-income pet owners, intervention programs that keep animals in their homes, and
bilingual educational outreach to inspire a greater sense of compassion and accountability for animals.
As part of its mission, C.A.R.E.4Paws collaborates with all of the county’s shelters, rescues and animal welfare groups, jointly building programs that promote
adoption and compassionate pet care.
To make our mission a reality, C.A.R.E.4Paws has implemented several programs that in a short period of time have had a significant impact on the community: