Non-profit C.A.R.E.4Paws hosting donation drive-thru for pet families in need

The pandemic has affected many things, including pets and their owners. That’s why the local unorganized CARE4Paws is organizing a holiday fundraiser and adoption event on December 4th for pet families in need.

CARE4Paws provides a range of important pet health services to community members in the most underserved areas of Santa Barbara County.

“For many families and community members, their pets are a lifeline, especially during these challenging times,” said Isabel Jolo, CEO and co-founder of CARE4Paws. “We want to make sure pets can stay healthy and indoors.”

Organizers say the donation and adoption event is a response to the growing number of pets abandoned in shelters as their owners return to work, and the difficulty some have in providing food and veterinary care for their beloved animals.

The December 4 events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two different locations, the Earl Warren Gallery in Santa Barbara and Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

Shelters and local rescue groups will be there to find new homes for their dogs, cats and rabbits. Supporters can go through pet food or financial donations and drop them in with the CARE4Paws team.

“The last donation we made in April was really successful, so we wanted to do it again as we got closer to the holiday,” Jolo said. “Many people want to give and this is an opportunity to truly contribute to serving those in need.”

According to CARE4Paws, since the pandemic began, the nonprofit has tripled the number of pet families it supports annually to more than 20,000.

In addition to the December 4 event locations, cash and pet food donations can also be dropped with CARE4Paws’ various business and animal care partners.

A full list of participating works can be found here.

For more information about CARE4Paws and its services, visit care4paws.org or contact us at info@care4paws.org or 805-968-2273.

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