CARE4Paws continues to help Central Coast families look after their pets | local news
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Locals lined up with their pets for an affordable pop-up veterinary hospital Wednesday to get the services and information they needed for their furry friends.
The CARE4Paws mobile unit is based at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center in Santa Maria – the unit has been helping families and their pets on the Central Coast for about 10 years and the program continues to grow.
“Our primary goal is to reduce pet overpopulation and promote responsible pet ownership in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties,” said Carlos Abitia, Mobile Services Coordinator for CARE4Paws. “We do this by promoting free spaying and neutering. This year we have almost 2,000 neutered and neutered and we treat about 10,000 animals to low-income pet families.”
Spaying or spaying a dog or cat can typically cost up to $500, but CARE4Paws is offering it free of charge to local families who are eligible for assistance. The program also offers other services to keep pets and their owners happy and healthy. It offers medical services and also preventive pet care.
“This is very purposeful work, there is nothing I would rather do than make people and pets smile,” said Lisa Bolton, Veterinary Technician at CARE4Paws.
CARE4Paws can help alleviate the stress of pet ownership, especially in situations where pet owners cannot afford to keep their pet healthy.
“That allows us to withdraw the verdict. It’s really hard to afford these things for your animals these days,” said Dr. Shana Schank, who was busy operating on a female pit bull on Wednesday. “The reality is that the cost of caring for pets is high, and we are doing our best to provide services to people who cannot and want to keep their pets.”
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While some people were queuing for quick services for their pet like vaccines or a microchip tracking device, some owners brought their pets to the clinic early in the morning Wednesday for more serious procedures.
“When pets get the right care, the public is safer,” Abitia said. “Having all pets rabies vaccines will help prevent a potential outbreak. Flea treatments, nail care and wound care are just a few other services that CARE4Paws offers for pets.
“We work to encourage empathy and compassion. These are values that not only help the animals, but the community as a whole. The more empathy and compassion a community has, the better we will do as a city, as a county, and as a nation.”
Depending on the service, the mobile unit from CARE4Paws offers both appointments and walk-ins. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 805-968-CARE (2273) or email [email protected] or visit care4paws.org/clinics. CARE stands for Community Awareness, Responsibility, Education.
The mobile clinic will be headed to Orcutt on Friday, October 14 to a pet wellness clinic at the OASIS Senior Center at 420 Soares Avenue, deworming and nail care for cats and dogs. Castrations and medical care are only possible by prior appointment.
Photos: Care4Paws mobile veterinary clinic comes to Mussell Senior Center
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