Montecito Pet Shop Celebrates 26 Years

Join the Montecito Pet Shop this Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for a day of sales, raffles, freebies, door prizes, and pet adoptions! The Montecito Pet Shop is located at 2020 Cliff Dr. For more info, call 965-6780 visit

Wags ’n’ Whiskers

On Sunday, August 18, C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts its fifth annual Wags ’n’ Whiskers Festival at Girsh Park in Goleta, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event is Santa Barbara County’s largest adoption festival, featuring dogs, cats, and bunnies from about 25 animal shelters and rescues countywide. The event also showcases a wide range of area animal service providers, such as pet stores and veterinary clinics, including CARE Hospital, this year’s top Wags ’n’ Whiskers sponsor.

Festival-goers enjoy a great mix of activities, such as two Frisbee shows with Southern California’s famous Disc Dogs (for the first time at Wags ’n’ Whiskers); fast-paced Flyball with Santa Barbara Supersonic; and an exciting police dog performance. Also new this year, a henna tattoo parlor, a Kissing Booth hosted by the cute four-legged crew from Peace, Love & Pit Bulls (coming all the way from Las Vegas), and participation from the Cesar Millan Foundation. C.A.R.E.4Paws’ fun Pawsitive Thinking Kids Corner invites children to discover how to care for all living beings, while hair experts from Paul Mitchell, The School offers Cuts for Mutts. Additionally, Project PetSafe provides low-cost vaccines, microchipping, and licensing for dogs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

C.A.R.E.4Paws (Community Awareness, Responsibility, Education) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that works to reduce pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters. The organization’s services include early education, bilingual community outreach, free spays/neuters, dog training intervention, pit bull education, and countywide adoption events like Wags n’ Whiskers. What makes Wags n’ Whiskers unique is that it sheds light on the impressive work of the county’s animal shelters and rescues and lets the public meet a large number of adoptable pets outside the shelter environment. 

Last year’s events drew more than 1,000 visitors and inspired forever homes for as many as 35 cats and dogs. This year, C.A.R.E.4Paws aims to significantly increase the number of adoptions, visitors, and vendors and make it an even more successful gathering for our community’s animal lovers.

Visit for more details and a list of festival participants (sponsors are listed on page two of this release).

Adoptable Pet of the Week


Liza is a nine-year-old female lab mix who has a lot of love to give. She is a goofy, playful dog that would make a great addition to your family. Liza would be a faithful companion to her new owner(s) and wouldn’t hesitate to join you on an evening stroll. Come in and visit her today.

For more information on adopting, visit the Santa Barbara Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Road, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; call (805) 964-4777; or go to


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