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SINCE 1887

Champions for animals and the people who love them.

Founded in 1887, Santa Barbara Humane is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of the first animal welfare agencies in the country. With campuses in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Humane provides low-cost veterinary care, vaccines, and spay/neuter; affordable and humane dog training classes; pet adoption; and animal rehoming services. As a local community organization not funded by any national agency, Santa Barbara Humane relies on the generous support of our community to ensure cats and dogs receive the care they need.

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When you are ready to add to your family, we are here for you!

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Santa Barbara Humane is an independent nonprofit that relies on direct donations from our community.

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Affordable services are a critical part of Santa Barbara Humane’s continued commitment to animals and the people who love them.
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Our precautions for visiting during COVID-19

To protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and guests, we’ve implemented safety protocols for adoptions, veterinary appointments, and animal intakes. Please read our FAQs During COVID-19 to help you plan your visit.

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It's Feel Good Friday!
Today we are celebrating all the animals that have found homes this week! Dogs Peach, Mitchell, Estrella, Amy, Leona, Chewy, Panda, Keebler, Ziva, Abner, Honey, Coconut, Sasha, Ellie, Chocolate, Tootsie, Tic, Thyme, Little Shadow, and Vanilla and cats Dave, Oliver, Galaxy, Mark, Mika, Tiny, Gala, Pumpkin, Shasta, Pepsi, Fawn, Rebel, Viola, Grumpy, Kovu, Mimi, Legend, Oogie, Misty, Stevie, Fuzy, Lego, Onyx, Lilac, Marble, and Purrlock Holmes have all been adopted.
There are many more animals looking for a place to call home. Click the link in our bio to make a difference today!
#Adoptions #FeelGoodFriday #AnimalAdoptions #CatAdoption #DogAdoption #CatsOfInstagram #DogsOfInstagram #SBHumane
Pixie is searching for a very special home. 
This precious eight-year-old Maltese came to Santa Barbara Humane in pain. Pixie had bad cataracts, her ears were severely swollen, and her skin was obviously itchy. Our incredible medical team decided that while her ears and skin could be treated, her cataracts were causing her too much pain and would need to be enucleated. 
Pixie has recovered nicely from her surgery and is now ready and eager to find a home. She will need an adopter who can be patient with her as she adjusts to her new surroundings. This lovely girl loves sitting in laps and would love to find a home with someone who enjoys snuggling as much as she does. Pixie might be okay with another dog as long as they are calm and easy-going.
Do you think Pixie might be the dog for you? You can meet her at our Santa Maria campus. We are open for walk-in adoptions from 12-4:30 PM every day but Wednesdays. 
#ShelterDog #AdoptableDog #Maltese #SpecialNeedsDog #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
Have you been deprived of kitten snuggles? Have you been forced to live without the joy of having a purring kitten in your lap? If so, you may be legally entitled to compensation.
My name is Sweetie, and I'm here to (figuratively) fight for you. In the five months that I have been alive, I have already helped dozens of my clients win all the kitten love they deserve. And I'm not just a kitten lawyer; I feel so strongly about your right to snuggle kittens that I'm willing to provide said snuggles to you free of charge. 
For your free kitten snuggle consultation, come visit Sweetie at Santa Barbara Humane's Santa Barbara campus. No appointments are necessary! Just come in during walk-in adoption hours, from 12-4:30 PM every day except Wednesdays. 
#ShelterKitten #AdoptableKitten #CatLawyer #IWillFightForMew #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
It's almost October, and we can think of no better way to celebrate the start of spooky season than with Pumpkin. 
It's not a trick; spending time with this adorable six-week-old season is a treat! Pumpkin is a playful, sweet, and loving girl who is available for adoption now at our Santa Barbara campus. 
We are open for walk-in adoptions from 12-4:30 PM every day except on Wednesdays. 
#ShelterKitten #AdoptableKitten #CalicoKitten #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Labor Day

The Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Campuses will be closed on Monday, September 4th.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services will also be closed for the holiday. To report an aggressive, or injured stray animal, please call 911.