To keep shelter animals, staff and the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) has modified operations and created a proactive plan to mitigate unnecessary gatherings of people.

Shelter Operations will temporarily be limiting in-person services, effective immediately. All shelter locations will remain open by appointment or via phone. In- person services include adoptions, shelter intakes and return-to-owner of animals already in the care of the shelter. All measures will be taken to return animals to their owners in the field instead of impounding them; owner surrender intakes will be on an emergency basis only.

Individuals interested in adoption, can visit to view adoptable animals. To schedule an interaction with a dog, cat or rabbit currently in a SBCAS shelter, contact (805) 681-5285.

Animal Control Field Operations will respond to priority calls only per the recommendations of National Animal Care and Control Association. Priority calls include law enforcement assistance, injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints and dangerous and aggressive dog complaints.

Current volunteers who would like to assist, can contact Michelle Maltun at (805) 345 -5741. Staff will be on site during normal operating hours to answer questions by phone only and address any concerns relating to animal sheltering or animal control.

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