IN A TIME OF TURMOIL, LET'S CELEBRATE THE HAPPY TAILS!
Hello everyone,

I hope you're staying healthy and safe!

These are tough times for so many community members but, amid the uncertainty and sadness, we see wonderful acts of kindness, from individuals donating their time and funds to help others to agencies, businesses and whole communities coming together to make a difference.

That's the beautiful silver lining.

While many nonprofit animal agencies remain closed to the public, C.A.R.E.4Paws is still working directly in the community, distributing more than two tons of pet food and cat litter weekly, providing affordable critical medical care in our mobile clinic , and offering pets affected by domestic violence a Safe Haven .

On Sunday, April 26, we had planned to host our Happy Tails Celebration & Fundraiser . Even though we had to postpone the event, we want to share some of our many great stories, or "happy tails" with you. We invite you to celebrate with us, at home, maybe even with your own C.A.R.E.4Paws "Meowgarita."

A heartfelt thanks for the Happy Tails gifts we have already received and for the amazing community support! If you would like to make a donation to support our work and inspire more happy tails, know that your contribution will have a direct impact, reducing suffering and keeping pets with their families.

Thank you so much for being a part of our team. Please stay well and stay pawsitive!

Isabelle Gullo
Executive Director
WHAT REAL HAPPY TAILS ARE MADE OF!
Ensuring that no pets go hungry or end up homeless

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, C.A.R.E.4Paws' Companion Pet Assistance (CPA) program has provided more than two tons of pet food weekly to pet owners in need. This includes Mobile Pet Meals delivery to hundreds of families in collaboration with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and 211 Helpline. We distribute pet food in our mobile clinic and during events with agencies such as the Foodbank, People Helping People and Los Alamos Foundation. Pet owners can also access food at our dozen Pet Resource Centers countywide, including at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Shelters and Santa Barbara County Animal Services' Santa Maria Animal Center. We are here to provide a safety net to ensure animals stay happy, healthy and with their families for life.
Sal and Vivian Medina say that their pups Luna and Harley-Grace provide extra comfort during these tough times. The couple is grateful to receive dog food from C.A.R.E.4Paws.
C.A.R.E.4Paws in the news!
On Sunday the 26th, the Santa Barbara News-Press featured our food distribution and other COVID-19 efforts on its cover!

Also, our Safe Haven program for pet owners affected by domestic violence was just featured on Edhat and in the Santa Ynez Times, Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record .
An incredible act of kindness
We have just received a $15,000 donation from community members Heather and Tom Sturgess to help us purchase a large order of pet food from  Lemos Feed & Pet Supply . We're beyond grateful for the generosity, kindness and support! Also, thanks to substantial discounts and a big donation of food from Lemos, we were able to stretch the gift even further. "Tom and I are very happy to help families feed their pets during this very difficult time," says Heather.
We love Lemos!
In addition to the donation and discounts on food we just received, our friends at  Lemos Feed & Pet Supply  donated several tons of pet food to C.A.R.E.4Paws earlier this month to help support families in need in Santa Barbara County during these difficult times. Thank you, Mike Lemos, Paul Benedix, Jason Byard and your team for the wonderful contribution! 
Mobile medical care
C.A.R.E.4Paws’ mobile veterinary clinic is still open for dogs and cats in need of critical medical treatment and urgent spays/neuters. The clinic also serves as an access point for pet food three to four times per week. The need is tremendous as more and more people are facing financial difficulties. Throughout this process, we're taking all necessary precautions to keep our staff, volunteers and clients safe.
We provide a Safe Haven
With the lockdown orders and heightened emotional and financial stresses caused by COVID-19, domestic violence is on the rise. So many of our community members and their animals are being harmed in a place where they should feel safest: their own home. C.A.R.E.4Paws and our agency partners are here to help through Safe Haven . We provide temporary foster care or boarding for pets until they can be reunited with their loving owners. Read our latest press release here .
A ResQcats "foodraiser"
We could not be more grateful to Jeffyne Telson and  ResQcats  for hosting a cat-food drive for C.A.R.E.4Paws. In less than a week, ResQcats has raised more than $4,000 worth of food, which will help feed so many kitties in our community!
What a great place to be
When we did not know where to store and pack all of our food in south county, our longtime partners at Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club stepped in. Co-owners Jeannie Wendel and Susan Vasquez offered up one of their facilities as storage and work space and it has made a tremendous impact for us. Dioji and its many generous members have also donated pet food to us. The photo is of Jeannie volunteering during one of our many "food packing parties." Thanks, Dioji!
Best friends furever
We're truly grateful to  Best Friends Animal Society for generously sharing pallets of wet and dry Wellness dog food with C.A.R.E.4Paws and other regional partners. We also thank our friends at the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Valley Humane Society for a recent, large donation of pet food to support our distribution program. Other awesome contributors of food and supplies include Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society/DAWG , ASAP, Montecito Pet Shop , Healthy Pet , PetSmart , La Cumbre Feed , and Foodbank of Santa Barbara County .
Hunter's home!
Even though C.A.R.E.4Paws is not a rescue group, we sometimes, due to special circumstances, take in pets to ensure they don't up in the shelter. Sweet senior Hunter was first abandoned by his owner and then his new caretaker could not keep him. After a dental in the mobile clinic, he could have been homeless were it not for our volunteer Libby Walling, who took him in and provided lots of love and care. This week, our compassionate board member Dan Keep and his wife, Darcy, met Hunter and wanted to make him a part of their family. Happy tails and trails, Hunter (aka Hugo)!
Pawsitive promotion
Fall Productions  is kindly helping us produce two videos about C.A.R.E.4Paws' services, including our mobile clinic, pet food distribution during COVID-19, and Safe Haven, which supports those affected by family violence. Gerry Fall, thanks for such a wonderful, generous gift! We can't wait to share the videos.
Keeping pets out of shelters
C.A.R.E.4Paws is collaborating closely with Santa Barbara County Animal Services' three shelters to prevent animals from being relinquished. We work directly with shelter staff to ensure pet owners have access to the services we offer. Also, a big shout-out to Animal Services along with ASAP, Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society/DAWG and the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Valley Humane Society for providing foster care for so many adoptable animals. Many of these pets will stay homebound!
Stay in the AnimalZone
Need some pawsitive news? Check out AnimalZone's latest episodes and learn about different animals and animal groups and the great work they do. C.A.R.E.4Paws and our Wags n' Whiskers Festival is featured in several episodes and we love the coverage!
Volunteer power
April is National Volunteer Month and we send a huge thanks to all of our incredible volunteers. Without YOU, we cannot do our work, right now or ever. You make a difference through our Companion Pet Assistance program, the mobile clinic, Safe Haven, Paws Up For Pets, Wags n' Whiskers, and beyond.

Another silver lining during this crisis, we have recruited many new volunteers and it's exciting to keep building our team!

Thank you, everyone. Together, we make a pawsitive impact and inspire happy tails.

PS: A special thanks to our food package and delivery teams. Glenn with Moving Miss Daisy , we appreciate all of the deliveries made in your beautiful van.
TOGETHER, WE ARE PET STRONG!
Do you need support for your pet or would like to help others during this crisis? We have created a COVID-19 Pet Strong community page with links to assistance available plus information for those who want to help, whether through donating, volunteering or fostering an animal from a local shelter.
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