April 15, 2020

An Operational Update For All Our Dedicated Supporters

As the stay-at-home orders continue, we wanted to update you on where we are and how the animals in our care are doing.

Although we took a quick pause on all operations when the Governor’s order was officially stated, we used that time to get a handle on what was the safest way to move forward putting the health and safety of our staff first. 

Although we remain closed to the public for our services, we have implemented a process that works for adoptions. We have instituted telephonic counseling and contactless pickups which allow for physical distancing for the adopter and our team. It has worked incredibly well aiding us in placing more than 70 animals just in the last couple weeks alone.

Our population is dwindling and that is a good thing. After all, our number one job has always been to find loving homes for dogs and cats in need. 

If you are interested in adopting any of our dogs and cats from our organization, the best way we have found is to start the process with an email. Once the staff receives the email with the interested adopter’s information, they follow up with a phone call to provide a counseling session to provide more information on the dog or cat and make sure they would be a fit for the adopter’s home. 

We have an email for each campus since our population is different at each however, do not let that limit you. For our adopters we are more than willing to take a dog or cat to the other campus for you. 

We plan to continue this until we get all our animals into homes! If you know someone interested in one of our animals – here are the email addresses you can share:

For Adoptions: North Campus Animals – Santa Maria Valley –  [email protected]

For Adoptions: : South Campus Animals – Santa Barbara – [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support of us in these times.



A letter from our Executive Director, Kerri Burns

We could not have foreseen the events of 2020 that have brought us to this moment. From a historical merger of two amazing organizations into ONE – to an unprecedented order to close all doors in California and hit pause on life as we know it.  We are now at a new crossroad. 

Effective immediately, the doors of the Santa Barbara Humane Society and the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society will be closed to the public. Respecting the order of the Governor and exercising an abundance of caution for our fellow Californians we will be closed until April 19th. 

We want to thank you, our valued supporters, for staying with us today and in the future. We want to thank our volunteers who have dedicated so many hours to our organization. And most importantly we want to thank our staff who will continue to provide daily care to the dogs and cats who are living in our facilities. Their hard work will ensure that the dogs get to play every day, the cats get attention and laps to sit on and that they are well fed and looked after in the coming weeks. 

The Santa Barbara Humane Society was founded in 1887. We have withstood adversity and trying times. When we are able, our doors will open again and welcome you, your families and most importantly the homeless animals who need us most. 

Until we get to see you again, stay healthy and safe.

Please read below for important information. 



Following the directives of California Governor Gavin Newsom, both campuses of the Santa Barbara Humane Society will close to the public beginning today and extend through April 19, 2020.  If you have a puppy or a kitten in need of booster vaccines, please contact the campus nearest you for more information. 

The Santa Barbara Humane Society has served Californians and the homeless pets in our communities since 1887 and we will continue to support those in our care in this critical time. We look forward to serving you all again very soon.  We ask our community to stay safe and to monitor our social media and websites for updates. If you have an animal related emergency or have found a lost pet, please contact the Santa Barbara County Animal Services office nearest you.

For inquiries about local options for boosters for puppies & kittens:

North Campus: 805-349-3435 x 2

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society

1687 W Stowell Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93458


South Campus: 805-964-4777 x 281

Santa Barbara Humane Society 

5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, California 93111


For more information, visit www.SBHumaneSociety.org or call (805) 964-4777.