Champions for animals and people who love them.


A happy, healthy community for all animals.


Work together

Think big

Care deeply

About Our Organization

Since 1983, the caring staff and volunteers of the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society have placed 12,985 homeless dogs and cats into new and loving homes and our highly-skilled veterinarians have helped and healed an additional 34,945 dogs and cats. Providing shelter for animals in crisis, rescue efforts, and “Pet Food Pantry” for dogs and cats in need helps thousands more animals each year.  Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is a public charity that relies entirely on support from the communities that we serve.

Our Programs

Rescue: Serving the Central California Coastal counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society rescues dogs and cats at risk from euthanasia in area animal shelters.  Our organization also serves as safe refuge for animals in crisis when their human families can no longer provide them a home.

adoption center

Animal Shelter: Our shelter serves as a learning center for the community as our state-of-the-art facility is a pleasant, friendly, quiet place for people to go to see animal interactions and positive behaviors modeled in the daily routines. Every dog and cat in the care of Santa Maria Valley Humane Society learns basic manners, housetraining, and social skills to become a successful new family member. It is not uncommon for as many as 100 animals per night to seek refuge and safety in our shelter.

Veterinary Care: Quality, affordable medical services and spaying or neutering of dogs and cats in the community through our modern veterinary clinic is a critical part of the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society mission.  Keeping animals who have homes healthy, helps those animals stay in their homes and out of the shelter.  Spaying or neutering pets prevents puppies and kittens from being born, further reducing pet overpopulation.

Train:   Inappropriate behavior is the number one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters.  Santa Maria Valley Humane Society animal behavior specialists and certified professional dog trainers teach dogs and cats good manners and social skills in the shelter making homeless animals more adoptable. For animals already in homes, public training classes can correct undesirable behaviors keep those animals safe in homes and out of the shelter.