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NON-PROFIT OF THE WEEK

C.A.R.E.4Paws Gives Grooming, Pet Food, & More
updated: Dec 31, 2016, 10:00 AM

Source: C.A.R.E.4Paws

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 homelessness.

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.”

Breann Hollon of Bree's Mobile Paw Spa with little "Bear." Photo by Isabelle Gullo


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.

"Koby" gets groomed for the holidays by Bree's Mobile Paws Spa. Photo by Isabelle Gullo

 
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.”

Breann Hollon of Bree's Mobile Paw Spa and Carlos Abitia from C.A.R.E.4Paws with "Bear" after his bath and nail trim. Photo by Isabelle Gullo

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 info@care4paws.org.

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.

Mission:

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:

Bilingual & Bicultural Community Outreach

Spay & Neuter Assistance

Companion Pet Assistance

Early Education Outreach

Dog Training Intervention

Adoption Events

Learn more at http://www.care4paws.org/ or find them on Facebook.

 

 

 

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 COMMENT 749169P agree helpful negative off topic

2016-12-31 10:57 AM

I love CARE4PAWS. Their spay & neuter program has saved many animals, by keeping the unwanted animals population low.

Wonderful work, along with all the other services the organization provides.

Thank you, C4P.

 

 COMMENT 749186 agree helpful negative off topic

2016-12-31 12:35 PM

Thank You care 4 paws, for all you do to assist animals in need. So grateful!!!

 

 COMMENT 749268 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-01 09:19 AM

care4paws, remove the statement "umbrella organization for local shelters and rescues" because what ever you are, you do NOT serve as an umbrella organization for local shelters and rescues.

 

 COMMENT 749490 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-03 08:45 AM

The number of strays and owner-turn ins to the SB Shelter has dropped to almost nothing, probably due to this spay and neuter program. The SB shelter stays in existence these days to primarily take dogs from Lompoc and Santa Maria and get them adopted in SB. It would be great if C4P could expand their program to the north county and get those numbers down as well. The County would be well served by donating a few 100K to C4P so they could do this. Would be more effective than almost anything else they do!

 

 COMMENT 749512 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-03 11:30 AM

The success of the south county community and the SB county shelter is not because of C4P. It's because of DAWG, K-9 PALS, ASAP, BUNS, and many other awesome animal rescue and welfare organizations. C4P works primarily in north county, but is not enough to effectively equal what the other groups have done and are still doing.

 

 COMMENT 749534 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-03 02:25 PM

512, if you are talking about adoptions and medical care, you are correct. But I was talking about the actual numbers of dogs coming into the shelter, and they are way down over the last few years. To the point where they have transferred 130 dogs from Lompoc and Sta Maria down to the SB shelter to get them adopted.

If it is not due to the C4P spay/neuter programs, what is the reduction in numbers due to?

 

 COMMENT 749535 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-03 02:34 PM

@268: why don't you just use your usual handle 'Animal Listener'?? We all know who you are by your usual negative tone and apparent need to put every other well intending group down. The other groups you mentioned are on the CARE4PAWS site 'More Local Resources: Rescue Groups, Clinics'. Many people involved with these groups are on their Advisory Board had you cared to look. I am quite sure THEIR Advisory Board members have actually ASKED to be on that board...unlike yours.... CARE4PAWS does an incredible amount of educational, youth and outreach programs. Have you? They have the ability to actually work and get along with other groups without demanding total control or absolute credit for what is being done. Perhaps that is why you stand alone?

 

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