DAWG and Santa Ynez Humane Society Merge

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DAWG and Santa Ynez Humane Society Merge
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The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society (SYVHS) and Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG) have announced that the two organizations will merge in early 2020 to better serve companion animals in Santa Barbara County. The organizations have been in discussions for several months and have determined that by combining their unique strengths, assets and experience, they will have a greater reach and more resources to help even more animals throughout Santa Barbara County.

The two organizations are similar in size, animal welfare philosophy, adoptions, vet care and programs. By merging, the two organizations will be more efficient, allowing them to save more animals and continue to provide valued community support to both companion animals and their owners. The merger is consistent with a nationwide trend of mergers among small and mid-sized non-profit organizations to share resources, expand services and reduce administrative costs.

DAWG, since its inception, has been located on leased Santa Barbara County property. DAWG’S lease agreement terminates in March of 2020. Earlier this year, Santa Barbara County opted to not enter discussions in negotiating a new lease.  Anticipating this upcoming change, DAWG has been exploring their options and evaluating their long-term mission. “DAWG’S Board of Directors feels the time is right to make this positive step forward,” says DAWG Board President Onalisa Hoodes. DAWG’S current location in Goleta will remain open until March of 2020, when it will move to the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society campus at 111 Commerce Drive in Buellton.  SYVHS President Bob Jennings stated, “We’re very excited about the possibilities and new opportunities for the merged organization. Together, we have the ability to expand our mission in ways that wouldn’t have been possible separately.”

The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society was founded in 1979 and is the oldest animal welfare organization in northern Santa Barbara County. The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society and DAWG as a merged organization look forward to remaining a rescue partner with Santa Barbara County Animal Services and other local animal welfare organizations.  The new organization, with its central location in Buellton will serve all of Santa Barbara County and will continue to remain active in southern Santa Barbara County.

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rwelsh Sep 20, 2019 02:44 PM
DAWG and Santa Ynez Humane Society Merge

DAWG is an amazing service to our community and I will be sad that they will be so far away, but happy they will continue to exist. I often would go there and check out their dogs for friends that were thinking of getting a dog. I fell in love once with a hound dog at DAWG and walked him frequently. I was thinking of adopting him, but it didn't work out with my cats. However, I experienced how the people at DAWG put so much love and concern into each dog.

a-1571477411 Sep 20, 2019 11:31 AM
DAWG and Santa Ynez Humane Society Merge

Well. I, for one, will miss having DAWG in Goleta. Two of my Best Furball Friends came to me via DAWG. Shirley Jansen worked hard and made a real impact here with her efforts. I know she’s no longer at DAWG, but my respect for her and all she accomplished remains boundless. I hope this new merger is strong and effective on behalf of canines in need.

PitMix Sep 20, 2019 11:05 AM
DAWG and Santa Ynez Humane Society Merge

End of an era. DAWG saved the lives of many dogs by transferring them from the County shelter back when the County was inundated with strays and owner turn-ins. They didn't stint in giving them expensive medical care and even provided chemotherapy to their DAWGs with cancer. Hopefully they have the resources to continue doing this at the new facility.

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