C.A.R.E.4PAWS plans special holidays event

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CARE4Paws is sponsoring a donation drive – through the house – for the December 4 Holiday Adoption Festival in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

CARE4PAWS will host a donation drive – through the house – for the Holiday Adoption Fest on December 4 at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, as well as Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

At both locations, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds at 3400 Calle Real. The Elks Lodge is located at 1309 N. Bradley Road.

The event will raise funds to help families keep healthy pets in their homes as well as promote adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups.

The event will be open to motorists, who can deliver dog and cat food as well as financial donations, which will go to the organization’s intervention services.

Participants can also stand in and visit with adoptable pets from groups such as the Animal Shelter Assistance Program, Santa Ynez Valley Humane in partnership with Dog Adoption Care Group, Aussie Rescue Networking, Santa Barbara Humane, and Bunnies Urgly Needing Shelters and Spark Rescue. There will be family photo opportunities with Santa to take advantage of shelter programs and a free photo for anyone who adopts a pet.

Furthermore, CARE4Paws has partnered with agencies such as Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Helping People and Good Samaritan Shelters, to provide food and supplies to several pet resource centers.

“Pets are a family, and people should never be forced to choose between taking care of their four family members and taking care of themselves. When people live in poverty, their animals also live in poverty,” said Isabel Jolo, co-founder and CEO of CARE4Paws, in a press release. The good news is that there are many resources available to ensure that pets stay home.

“Between CARE4Paws, our animal and human care partners and generous community members, we create a strong safety net that ensures people and pets stay together,” she said.

At least 8,000 families in Santa Barbara County live in poverty, and nearly 65 percent of families own at least one pet, according to Ms. Jolo.

In addition to the Earl Warren Showgrounds and Elks Lodge in Santa Maria, pet food and financial donations can be delivered on December 4th with CARE4Paws’ many business and animal care partners. This includes the Plaza Deli, Dewji’s K-9 Resort and Gym, Montecito Pet Shop, La Comber Feed, Advanced Veterinary Specialists, George’s Pet Shop, and Santa Ynez Valley Humane/DAWG at Bolton County and Santa Barbara Animal Services Shelters in Giulietta, Lombok And Santa Maria.

ASAP in Goleta collects pet food weekly for CARE4Paws and is hosting a fundraiser in support of the CARE4Paws event on December 4th.

All locations are listed at care4paws.org/holidaydrive, where supporters can also donate money and contribute food through CARE4Paws’ Amazon wishlist.

For more information, go to care4paws.org/holidaydrive.

Email: kzehnder@newspress.com

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