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C.A.R.E.4Paws is a non-profit organization which aims to improve the overall quality of life for pets in the community. They achieve this by caring for the living situations of both pets — and their owners.
“We know that when people live in poverty, so do their pets,” expressed C.A.R.E.4Paws Executive Director Isabelle Gullo, “and no one should have to choose between feeding and caring for their animals and paying household bills.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, C.A.R.E.4Paws distributed more than 850,000 pounds of pet food in partnership with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, local senior centers and Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People. On Thursdays at Alameda Park, volunteers provide pet food, flea treatment, baths, nail trims, blankets, beds and toys to pets of community members experiencing homelessness.
The non-profit also takes into consideration individuals who are in abusive relationships, as it can be more difficult to leave the situation when there is a loved pet involved. C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Safe Haven program (in partnership with Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County) aids survivors in leaving abusive situations by providing anonymous foster care or boarding until the pets can be reunited with their owners.
C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Paws Up For Pets program educates children K-6 on what it means to be a great caretaker. As they go through the program, they earn badges and diplomas to create a feeling of fulfillment. Generous pet owners can make a donation to the program and provide a photo of their pet, which the children then replicate on an 11×14 painting. The goal for Paws Up is to raise a generation of compassionate animal lovers, and to show youth first-hand that through creativity and service, they can make a difference.
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