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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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It's Feel Good Friday!
Today we are celebrating all the animals that have found homes this week! Cats Finch, Midnight, Butterscotch, Tink, Chiva, Queen, Pan, Bagheera, Fiona, Versace, Pawdrey Hepburn, Phoenix, Clowfish, Skecher, Udon, Soba, Minerva, and Tom, and dogs Sugar Bear, Rocky, Baby Ruth, Lulu, Billy Idol, Bailey, Howard, Silver, Kit Kat, Ozzy Osbourne, and David Bowie 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
Evelyn is poking her head out to say hello!
This lovely five-year-old would be over the moon to have the chance to greet you each and every day. Evelyn is a friendly cat who loves to say "hello" with a series of sweet meows each and every time you walk into whatever room she happens to be in. She isn't the kind of cat who wants to be petted all the time, but she will happily accept chin scratches. 
If you are interested in having Evelyn be the greeting committee in your home, stop by our Santa Barbara campus to meet her! We are open for walk-in adoptions from 12 to 4:30 PM every day of the week except Wednesdays. 
#ShelterCat #CatAdoption #FriendlyCat #CatsSayingHello #SantaBarbara #SantaBarbaraHumane
He's smart as a whip, friendly, cuddly, and great with other dogs; Pongo really is the total package!
Pongo's fabulous personality and playful nature make this debonair two-year-old Husky exceptionally easy to love. He makes friends easily and really enjoys playing with other dogs. As a young and energetic boy, Pongo would benefit from training, but as he is quite clever, we're guessing that with a little work, he will be the star pupil in any training class. 
Does Pongo sound like your kind of dog? You can meet him at our Santa Maria campus! We are open for adoptions from 12 to 4:30 PM every day of the week except Wednesdays. 
#ShelterDog #Husky #DogAdoption #DreamDog #SantaMaria #SantaBarbaraHumane
We stan a Short King! 
Especially a short king as handsome and sweet as this two-year-old tripod Bulldog named (you guessed it) Short King. Short King is indeed short, but this small guy has a big (and wonderful) personality! He is playful, snuggly, and all-around awesome. 
Does Short King sound like your dream dog? Come meet him at our Santa Barbara campus! We are open for walk-in adoptions from 12 to 4:30 PM every day of the week except Wednesdays. 
#Bulldog #ShortKing #DogAdoption #ShetlerDog #SantaBarbaraHumane
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To help safeguard your pets this July 4th holiday, we are providing free microchipping now through July 3rd.


Independence Day

The Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Campuses will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.

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