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Santa Barbara Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Serving animals and families in Santa Barbara County

aka Santa Barbara Humane - Campuses in Santa Barbara & Santa Maria   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.sbhumane.org

Mission

Santa Barbara Humane is committed to helping animals and the people who love them. The organization operates two campuses located in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria providing care for both owned and homeless animals. Both campuses serve the public with low-cost, high quality veterinary care and affordable dog training; and a rehoming program for owners who can no longer care for their pets. Shelter animals receive medical care, shelter, and basic behavior training until their adoption.

Ruling year info

1954

CEO

Kerri Burns

Main address

5399 Overpass Rd

Santa Barbara, CA 93111 USA

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EIN

95-1643377

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community members need access to affordable veterinary care, dog training, and other resources to help animals in Santa Barbara County.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dog training classes

Santa Barbara Humane offers affordable training classes for dogs from puppy to adult, addressing a variety of common issues such as shyness, manners, and reactivity. The behavior team is trained and experienced in modern, humane training methods. They are 100% committed to reward-based, positive reinforcement training without the use of choke, shock, or pinch collars. As a result, the bond between owners and their dogs is strengthened as new skills and communication evolve. Financial assistance is always available so behavior support never seems out of reach.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Low-income people

Santa Barbara Humane has two high-quality veterinary clinics - one at the Santa Barbara Campus and one at the Santa Maria Campus. The clinic offers everything from vaccines and microchips to spay/neuter, dentals, flea control, and critical surgeries. In 2021, both Santa Barbara Humane clinics performed a total of 5,598 spay/neuters, 80% of which are for publicly owned animals. The two clinics performed a total of 35,433 medical procedures, all at a low cost to ensure care is accessible to all pet owners. Because prohibitive veterinary costs are a common reason why families relinquish their pets, this program ultimately keeps animals healthy and in their homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Low-income people
Families

As a Socially Conscious Shelter, Santa Barbara Humane addresses the unique needs of each animal that arrives at the shelter. Some need immediate medical attention to address pain and discomfort from prior trauma or neglect. Many have been deprived of love or socialization and require compassionate behavior support to address their fear or reactivity. Whether an animal is surrendered by an owner, brought in as a stray, or transferred in from a partner organization, they get the comprehensive care they need at Santa Barbara Humane before being made available for adoption. In 2021, more than 1,600 animals were placed into loving homes.

Population(s) Served
Families
Low-income people
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Best Place to Adopt a Pet 2022

The Santa Barbara Independent

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Families, Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These 2018-2020 metrics refer to Santa Barbara Humane Society, pre-merger with Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. The same metrics for SMVHS are: 2020: 160; 2019: 251; 2018: 253.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Shelter & rehoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These 2018-2020 metrics refer to Santa Barbara Humane Society, pre-merger with Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. The same metrics for SMVHS are: 2020: 647; 2019: 1212; 2018: 1215.

Number of animals who received veterinary care through the clinic

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Low-cost, high quality veterinary care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These 2018-2020 metrics refer to Santa Barbara Humane Society, pre-merger with Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. The same metrics for SMVHS are: 2020: 4,553; 2019: 15,340; 2018: 10,878.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To tackle the problem, Santa Barbara Humane must provide programming to fill the gap, create community awareness about available resources, and develop a sustainable funding model. Through an expansion of affordable and subsidized resources, including veterinary care, dog training, safety net programs, and socially conscious sheltering decisions, we will positively impact owned pets and reduce the number of animals entering our shelters.

1. Build a new facility at the Santa Barbara campus to modernize and ready the organization to meet current and future needs.
2. Expand access to affordable veterinary care.
3. Improve the quality of life for animals in our community.
4. Increase philanthropic contributions to invest in increasing programmatic impact.
5. Increase overall awareness and engagement in our mission.
6. Foster a healthy, galvanized team that furthers our mission.

Santa Barbara Humane's 135+ years of service to the community have created the foundation of resources, expertise, and commitment needed to continue to meet our evolving goals. With new leadership and new hiring priorities across all departments, the organization is a flexible and forward-thinking leader in an increasingly dynamic animal welfare industry.

Our veterinary team provides more than 35,000 medical procedures each year. On average, 1,600 animals are adopted into loving homes each year and more than 600 dogs receive humane training from certified professionals. Though we serve so many, the quality of care is still absolutely paramount. Each animal’s care – whether behavioral or medical or both – is comprehensive, compassionate, and thoughtful. Our team assesses each animal’s unique needs and works diligently to help them remain happy and healthy in a loving home.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Santa Barbara Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Corby

Susan Rodriguez

Nicole Wichowski

Chad Prentice

Crystal Knepler

Sofia Lariz

Steve Golis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes