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Local non-profit collects donations for pet food and animal health services

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On Saturday, December 4, the local nonprofit CARE4Paws held a pet food donation drive and adoption event with other local shelter animals.

Regulators say that due to the pandemic, many pet owners are struggling to pay their vet bills and feed their beloved pets. They say a donation via payment like this really helps raise awareness of the needs of pet families.

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

The donation and adoption event was held at two different locations on Saturday, Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

The financial donations go toward funding the organization’s animal welfare services, which CARE4Paws says is in great demand.

“In terms of how we operate as an organization, we continue to see huge demand for our mobile clinic needs,” said Christopher Harris, CARE4Paws Chairman of the Board. “Our veterinary services are still the biggest request we’ve seen, and so we usually run the mobile clinic 5 times a week.”

For pet food donations, volunteers processed and divided the food into smaller bags for distribution. Organizers say the food is then distributed through pet resource centers set up at local county shelters.

“We’re still distributing about 2 tons of pet food per week, you know sometimes 3 tons, and that’s a little below the epidemic heights but there’s still a lot of food and there’s still a great need in the community,” Harris says. .

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 Saturday’s event, cash and pet food donations can also be dropped with CARE4Paws’ many business and animal care partners throughout the year.

“We’ve had fantastic support throughout the pandemic and over the years, and we appreciate that very much. We hope you’ll continue to support us, there is a lot of work to be done and we are very grateful to our shelter partners as well,” Harris says.

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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