Rehoming your pet

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Safety net programs aim to keep loving owners and their pets together.

Sometimes, as much as we love our pet, circumstances may cause deep frustration and even desperation. Santa Barbara Humane offers donor-funded services that may be just what you need. Identify your challenge below and reach out for assistance.

Is the issue with your pet’s behavior?

Certified trainers at both the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria campuses offer free behavior advice and affordable dog training classes. If you need financial assistance, please inquire about donor-supported opportunities. 

Email [email protected] or call 805-964-4777.

Do you suspect your pet is ill and you are unable to afford the treatment?

Santa Barbara Humane offers affordable high-quality veterinary care for many illnesses and ailments. Pet parents who cannot afford treatment have options for care through our medical assistance fund. Visit the Veterinary Services Page to see a detailed list of veterinary services.

Is your pet without pet food, a crate, or other supplies?

Please email [email protected] with your request and we’ll respond with help.

Has your home life changed and you need temporary or emergency boarding for your pet?

Please email [email protected] with your request and we’ll respond with help.

Is it something else?

Download this valuable resource for other programs available to support your family and your pet.

When you have to give them up, Santa Barbara Humane provides another chance for a home.

As an open-admission shelter, all animals are accepted into Santa Barbara Humane by appointment. All cats and dogs—regardless of reason, age, health, or behavior—will have a chance to find a new family. To make an appointment to surrender an animal, please complete the dog or cat surrender form and we will contact you to discuss your unique situation. For general questions, email [email protected] or call 805-964-4777.

Pet Surrender Fees:

  • $55.00 per animal (or per litter) for Santa Barbara County residents.
  • $150.00 per animal for residents outside of Santa Barbara County. Admission is not guaranteed for out-of-county animals.

As a Socially Conscious Shelter, euthanasia may be the solution for animals that are deemed to pose an unacceptable danger to other animals, themselves, or the public, or animals that are suffering mentally, emotionally, or physically. Less than 6% of the animals we receive are euthanized for behavior or medical conditions, but please be advised that we are not a sanctuary and do not guarantee placement of animals surrendered.