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Adoption Procedures
When you are ready to commit to a new best friend, consider making Santa Barbara County Animal Services your first stop. You may use Animal- Pet Search to preview the animals available for adoption. When you come into the shelter. our helpful and friendly staff and volunteers will assist you to find just the right match for your family.  Animal Services has hundreds of dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption at all times.  We also often have other animals such as birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and other companion animals available for adoption.


All potential adopters fill-out an Interest Survey to help with the matching process.   Forms can be filled out and emailed  or printed and mailed/brought into the Shelter.  

Forms are best completed using Adobe Reader (found here).  

For information on how to download, save and open forms, click here.

Once an Interest Survey is completed, we work with you to find a match that will be the appropriate temperament, age and compatibility for your household.  Once identified, we would encourage you to bring your family down to meet the new pet, and if applicable, your current dog.

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All of our dogs and cats have been checked by a veterinarian, vaccinated and treated for fleas or worms, if needed. If your new pet has not already been spayed or neutered, the surgery will be scheduled by our customer care staff. You may pick-up your new family member after the spay/neuter surgery.


Our staff and volunteers are available to answer questions or advise you on helpful hints for bringing your new pet home. Please feel free to ask questions about topics such as:

• Introducing a new animal to current pets
• Litter box or house training,
• Behavior challenges such as chewing, digging, barking, scratching or jumping up
• Animal proofing your house
• Basic obedience training classes

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If you do not find your perfect match, come back. New animals come in every day to our three County Animal Shelters.  You can also view many of our animals on line at:


Thank you for your interest in adopting from Santa Barbara County Animal Services.  We hope to see you at your community shelter soon!

Together we can save lives!

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Animal Services
Santa Barbara: 5473 Overpass Road, Goleta, CA 93117 • Telephone: (805) 681-5285   SBAHS on Facebook
Lompoc: 1501 West Central Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436 • Telephone: (805) 737-7755
 Santa Maria: 548 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455 • Telephone: (805) 934-6119