When people cannot provide the care their animals need, everyone in the family suffers, and pets are at higher risk of ending up homeless.

The demand for help is greater than ever as thousands of community members still struggle to make ends meet in the aftermath of COVID-19, in addition to the countless pet families already living in poverty prior to March 2020.

This is why C.A.R.E.4Paws hosts a Howliday Donation Drive-Thru, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

The event raises resources for pet families in need to keep pets safe, healthy and homebound. Supporters can drive through and drop off dog and cat food, and monetary donations with the C.A.R.E.4Paws team to support the organization’s intervention services.

“Times are hard for so many community members, and families should not have to choose between caring for their animals and putting food on the table,” said executive director Isabelle Gullö.

“C.A.R.E.4Paws does everything we can to ensure pets stay healthy and with the people who love them, and we cannot do this without our wonderful partners and donations from the community,” she said.

Over the last 13 years, C.A.R.E.4Paws has worked to help families keep their pets by providing access to critical resources for low-income, senior, disabled and unhoused community members.