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Low-cost pet care, wellness checks offered during stressful times in Santa Barbara

Care 4 Paws
John Palminteri
The C.A.R.E. 4 Paws mobile unit is offering free and low cost services in Santa Barbara County during these stressful times. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - You may find yourself short of the cash you need to care for your pet during the ongoing crisis.

One group is stepping up to help.

With a fully staffed, large mobile care center, C.A.R.E.4Paws is setting up in different locations throughout Santa Barbara County to provide services. 

Thursday in Santa Barbara, pets were getting important shots outside of the vehicle, right on the spot.

Inside, there were several pets going through some emergency surgeries, and wellness checkups.

Many pet owners and their pets came away with smiles and wagging tails.

Owner Carlos Abitia says, "we are really happy to help when it counts, when it matters. Right now people are strapped for money, in some cases, they have no paycheck, so we are here to help."

Free pet food is also available.

"Most of the services are free or for a very very low cost," said Abitia.

C.A.R.E.4Paws is also offering pet food for the homeless, along with pet checkups. In domestic violence cases, they respond with a vet and shelter services.

For more information on their set up locations, dates and times go to: C.A.R.E. 4 Paws.

Lifestyle / Santa Barbara- S County

John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.