Staff Report

C.A.R.E. 4Paws will host its 10th annual Wags ’n’ Whiskers animal-adoption festival on Santa Barbara City College’s West Campus lawn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

The free event, billed as the largest animal festival on the Central Coast, features adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and reptiles from 20 shelters and rescue groups. It also presents fun activities for the whole family along with more than two dozen local businesses and nonprofit organizations showcasing their products and services.

This year’s event also highlights the heroic search-and-rescue teams and first responders that help people and pets during emergencies.

The host of Wags n’ Whiskers, C.A.R.E. 4Paws (, is a nonprofit group working to reduce pet overpopulation, keep animals out of shelters and improve quality of life for pets and pet owners in need.

Visit for more festival details, photos, videos and a list of sponsors, or call 805-968-2273, or email