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Our Featured Santa Barbara, CA Partner:

Dog Adoption & Welfare Group

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Santa Barbara County

About Our Shelter:

DAWG provides a safe and loving environment for dogs awaiting permanent adoption, and promotes their adoption through outreach programs in the Santa Barbara community.

Most of the dogs in our care come from Santa Barbara county shelters. Our primary goal is to reduce the rate of euthanasia in the county shelters by providing the medical care and training many dogs need for a second chance at life.

Since DAWG’s inception in 1991, we have worked hard to bring out the best in our dogs, improving their quality of life during their stay at the shelter, and placing healthy, well-behaved dogs back into the community.

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Come Meet our Pets:

5480 Overpass Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805-681-0561

Public hours:
Friday - Sunday
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Our Adoption Process:

Fill out application at time of your visit to the shelter or download from our website (

Application Review Process:
The application committee reviews all shelter applications and selection is based on specific criteria. Our commitment is to find the best match for each dog and family.

If your application is selected as a match, we proceed to the next steps.

If you have another dog in your home, we schedule dog introduction at our facility
If you rent, we must verify with your landlord that you have permission to have a dog
If you own, we verify home ownership and give preference to Santa Barbara County residence
We schedule a home visit to ensure the environment is safe and appropriate for the dog you are adopting.
After these steps are completed, you may return to DAWG to pick up your new canine companion! We complete the adoption paperwork, and ask for a minimum adoption donation of $250 for puppies(under one year), $150 for adult dogs, and $125 for seniors(dogs over 8 years old) when you pick up your new dog. DAWG is funded only through donations and grants; we greatly appreciate any amount you can give above the minimum.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.