Surrendering Your Pet to Santa Barbara Humane Society

 Santa Barbara Humane Society believes in and follows the Socially Conscious Sheltering Model. Its fundamental goal is to create best outcomes for all animals by ensuring that every unwanted or homeless animal has a safe place to go for shelter and food, and by placing every healthy animal and not making euthanasia decisions based solely on time and space.

SBHS offers pet surrender services for cats and dogs surrendered by appointment only. We charge $55 for animals from Santa Barbara County and surrendered by residents of Santa Barbara County. In rare circumstances, we may be able to admit a pet who lives outside of Santa Barbara County, but it must be approved in advance and the fee for out of county surrenders is $150.

We are usually unable to take in animals on a walk-in or same-day basis, but we would be happy to schedule an appointment with you as soon as possible. Depending on our pet population, space may be limited for owner surrendered pets. While we may not be able to accept your pet into our adoption program immediately, we are here to provide support, referrals and rehoming advice, or additional resources that may help you keep your pet.

If you adopted your animal from Santa Barbara Humane Society, we will gladly take them back! If you bring your animal back within 30 days from your adoption date, there will be no fee for the return.

If at any point you need advice along the way or are feeling uncertain, please feel free to call us, we will be happy to assist you! You can contact our Animal Intake team at (805) 964-4777 x117 or at [email protected]

If you plan on surrendering your dog, you can begin the process by filling out this form.

If you plan on surrendering your cat, you can begin the process by filling out this form.

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