Santa Barbara Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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

Mission

Santa Barbara Humane Society operates two campuses located in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria providing care for community-owned and homeless animals. Both campuses offer affordable high quality veterinary care, compassionate behavior training programs, and a relinquishment program for owners who can no longer care for their pets. Homeless 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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a lack of affordable veterinary care, animal behavior support, and other resources to help pets and community cats in need.

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

Behavior challenges can frustrate and distress families. Owners may feel embarrassed by their dogs’ behavior. They may be afraid of their dogs’ reactions to new circumstances. Many give up and relinquish their pet. Through our Confident Canine School of Behavior, Santa Barbara Humane offers affordable training classes for dogs from puppy to adult and also for those who just need a refresher. By improving communication between humans and dogs, this training program can help create a healthy, happy, lifelong partnership. Behavior Team members are highly trained and experienced in the modern, humane, and effective use of force-free, reward-based training techniques.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Low-income people

The pandemic caused a major shift in community need for affordable, high quality veterinary care. Families who have never utilized shelter clinic services were reaching out for care for their animals from basic services like vaccines, to more intense needs like enucleations and amputations. Of the more than 25,000 services performed at affordable costs in 2020, more than 1,000 families utilized a new donor-funded medical assistance program called the TLC Fund. 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

Despite an initial closure of services due to the global pandemic, a robust transfer program supporting regional overcrowded shelters sourced 824 animals for the adoption program in 2020 and provided temporary shelter for more than 100 stray animals locally. A shift in operations to an open admission policy provides a chance for publicly surrendered animals to receive care and an opportunity for a new home without being pre-screened for age, health, or other concerns. A large portion of the program expenses ensures homeless animals are ready for adoption, including an initial medical exam, a behavior assessment, and basic obedience training along with shelter, food, and care. Adoptions are so swift that the length of stay for animals rarely extends past three days. In total, 1,433 animals were placed in loving homes in 2020.

Population(s) Served
Families
Low-income people
Adults

Where we work

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
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These metrics refer to Santa Barbara Humane Society. The same metrics for Santa Maria Valley Humane Society are 2020: 160; 2019: 251; 2018: 253.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Shelter & Rehoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These metrics refer to Santa Barbara Humane Society. The same metrics for Santa Maria Valley Humane Society 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
Related Program

Affordable Veterinary Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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, animal behavior support, and safety net programs such as a pet food pantry, foster homes, community cat care, 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.

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 6/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Rodriguez

Janet Ames

Mitch Telson

John Corby

Claire Sheehy

Crystal Knepler

Organizational demographics

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