Local nonprofit collects donations for pet food and animal health services
On Saturday, December 4, the local non-profit organization CARE4Paws hosted their drive-thru and pet food adoption with other animals at the local shelter.
Organizers say that due to the pandemic, many pet owners are struggling to pay their vet bills and feed their beloved pets. They say driving donations like this really help raise awareness of the needs of families of pets.
CARE4 Legs provides a range of essential pet welfare services to community members in the most underserved areas of Santa Barbara County.
The donation and adoption event took place on Saturday at two different locations, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.
Monetary donations are used to fund the organization’s animal welfare services, which CARE4Paws says are in high demand.
“When it comes to how we operate as an organization, we always see incredible demand for the needs of our mobile clinics,” said Christopher Harris, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CARE4Paws. “Our veterinary services are still the biggest demand we’ve seen, so we run the mobile clinic typically 5 times a week.”
As for the pet food donations, the volunteers processed the food and divided it into small bags for distribution. Organizers say the food is then distributed through pet resource centers that are set up at local county shelters.
“We still distribute around 2 tonnes of pet food per week, you know sometimes 3 tonnes, that’s a little down from pandemic highs but still a lot of food and there is still a lot of need in the community. “says Harris.
According to CARE4Paws, since the start of the pandemic, the association has tripled the number of pet families it supports each year to more than 20,000.
In addition to Saturday’s event, pet food and monetary donations can also be dropped off with several CARE4Paws business and animal welfare partners throughout the year.
“We have received incredible support throughout the pandemic and over the years, and we appreciate it so much. We hope you will continue to support us, there is so much work to be done and we are also very grateful to our shelter partners. Harris said.
A full list of participating companies can be found here.
For more information about CARE4Paws and its services, visit care4paws.org or contact us via [email protected] or 805-968-2273.