It's time to adopt!

Adoptions are by appointment
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. daily.

The Santa Barbara and Santa Maria campuses will be open for walk-in cat and kitten adoptions every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m

To schedule an adoption appointment:
Select the animal you’d like to meet, then click “Ask About Me” and complete the contact form. Once received, a team member will contact you to share insights and characteristics about the dog or cat you could bring to your family.

For general questions, email [email protected] or call 805-964-4777.

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Transfer of animals may be available between campuses.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees help support our shelter operations, including veterinary care, dog training, and foster programs.

All U.S. service members receive the following discounted adoptions:

  • Active duty: 20% off with I.D.
  • Retired: Free with Veteran I.D.
  • Kittens (under six months) $125

    Adopt a second kitten for $75

  • Cats (six months to seven years) $50

    Two-for-one bonded pairs

  • Senior Cats (over seven years) $25

    Two-for-one bonded pairs

  • Puppies (under six months) $175
  • Dogs (six months to seven years) $125
  • Senior Dogs (over seven years) $75
  • VIP Super Pets (animals in high demand) $300 and Up

Look for these badges!

lonely hearts club Lonely Hearts Club
Adoption fees are waived on all Lonely Hearts Club animals. Some dogs and cats can be camera shy, others need more time to heal from a medical need, then there are those who need to meet you to get a chance to warm up. To help these special pups and kitties stand out, the Lonely Hearts Club was created! This Lonely Hearts badge means an animal has been at the shelter longer than most and may need special attention from pet owners like you. 

Sponsored Adoption Sponsored Adoption
Your adoption fee is pre-paid by generous community members. Some animals are wagging and purring with delight to already have their adoption fees covered by generous community members who want to help them on their journey to a new home. Look for this badge to see if an adoption fee has been paid. If you want to make a difference by sponsoring an adoption fee, call 805-222-0139.

super pet vip VIP Super Pets
VIP Super Pets are excluded from adoption promotions and discounts. VIP animals are those that are in high demand and quickly find a loving home. You will notice that VIP Super Pets have higher adoption prices — this is because they leave a financial legacy for the other animals in our care who may need extensive medical care or more time to find a loving home. 

Adoption Guides

santa barbara humane cat kitten adoption packet

Cat & Kitten

Adoption Packet

santa barbara humane dog adoption packet


Adoption Packet

santa barbara humane puppy adoption packet


Adoption Packet

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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.