Diana Basehart Foundation has news! After four years of working hard and helping over 1,500 animals get the essential veterinary care need, we are now joining forces with the Care4Paws family under the new “Basehart Lifeline Fund.”
C.A.R.E.4Paws will more than triple the number of pets helped through its Veterinary Intervention Program in 2018, from 100 to 350, and the program has gone countywide. The expansion is partly due to the new Basehart Lifeline Fund under C.A.R.E.4Paws. For the past four years, Diana Basehart Foundation has provided critical veterinary care serving southern Santa Barbara County, and the Basehart Lifeline Fund will continue that mission.
We encourage all of our supporters to continue helping the most vulnerable members of our community by donating to the Basehart Lifeline Fund at CARE4Paws or through their Facebook page. If you know someone who needs assistance, have them contact CARE4Paws at 805-968-2273.
Thank you for your continued compassion and support.
The Diana Basehart Foundation
On April 1, C.A.R.E.4Paws launched a new mobile clinic and expanded two of its largest programs to address the needs of low-income, senior and disabled community members and their pets. The goal: to prevent suffering and ensure animals can stay with their families for life. The new clinic, will allow the organization to perform more mobile spays and neuters each year and to treat a majority of pets in need of veterinary assistance “in-house” instead of sending these clients to a partner veterinarian.
“If you look at the reasons why animals end up in shelters, lack of resources to provide vet care tops the list,” says Executive Director Isabelle Gullo, who cofounded C.A.R.E.4Paws in 2009 to prevent animals from becoming homeless in the first place. “Many owners, as much as they love their pets, make the tough decision to relinquish their animals in hope they will receive medical help this way.”
Often, these pets suffer from treatable medical conditions, like skin infections and dental disease, and with financial assistance, the animals could have stayed with their families. With the help of grants and private donations, C.A.R.E.4Paws supports the county’s most underserved communities, where many families live at or below the poverty line and have limited access to pet care of any kind. The Spay Mobile is vital to the organization’s work as it brings free and low-cost services directly to those in need, including weekly spay/neuter, vaccine and vet care days.
On medical days, which happen on Fridays, the mobile veterinary staff assists pets in their homes or
at a central location, providing anything from vaccinations and wound treatment to dental cleanings and mass removals. The nonprofit can also visit senior care facilities and assisted living communities.
Depending on a pet owner’s situation, mobile medical services are offered for free or at very low cost, and all clients requesting help must fill out an application and show proof of financial need.
“We’re very excited to increase the use of our mobile clinic and make our services even more accessible to the animals and pet owners that need us the most,” says Gullo.
For more information about C.A.R.E.4Paws’ mobile clinic and its services, to make a donation, or to apply for assistance, please visit care4paws.org or call 805-968-CARE. If you would like your donation to under the Basehart Lifeline Fund, please write Basehart Lifeline Fund in the memo section on your check or specify when you make an on-line donation.
C.A.R.E.4Paws—short for Community Awareness, Responsibility & Education—works to reduce pet overpopulation, keep animals out of shelters and improve quality of life for pets and pet owners in need. The organization was founded in 2009 with the goal to alleviate the burden of Santa Barbara County’s shelters by intervening before animals become homeless. Its critical services include free spays/neuters, low-cost vaccine clinics and intervention programs that keep animals in their homes, such as assistance with veterinary care and delivery of pet food. Most services are provided through the organization’s own mobile clinic. Additionally, C.A.R.E.4Paws provides a Paws Up For Pets youth program and targeted, bilingual community outreach that inspire compassion and accountability for animals. Learn more at care4paws.org.