Foster Express Challenge Through Holiday Season

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Foster Express Challenge Through Holiday Season
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Santa Barbara City Mayor Cathy Murillo with adoptable dog, Shadow.

Source: Santa Barbara County Animal Services

Looking for an opportunity to help a shelter dog or cat? Interested in getting to know an animal you are thinking of adopting? Join us for The Foster Express Challenge! From now until January 10, 2020, Santa Barbara County Animal Services is helping shelter dogs and cats (puppies and kittens too!) get out of the shelter for as little as two hours to as long as two weeks. Santa Barbara County Animal Services takes in just over 6,200 animals per year at their three shelters countywide in Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara. This challenge is designed to help shelters get more dogs and cats out of the shelter during the hectic holiday season, get them more exposure, as well as attract new foster caregivers.

Recently, Santa Barbara City Mayor Cathy Murillo and Councilwoman Meagan Harmon visited with the Santa Barbara County Animal Services Volunteer Foster Coordinator to promote the shelter's Foster Express Challenge. This holiday season the shelter is encouraging community members to come take a dog out to coffee, on a hike, or home to relax during what is otherwise a slow time for the shelter.

Santa Barbara City Councilwoman Meagan Harmon and her daughter visiting with Shadow.

"19 out of 21 of our adoptions last month were a result of this program and we currently have about 15 more dogs lucky enough to be sleeping in cozy foster homes tonight. We're so happy with its success and the benefit for the animals", shared Santa Barbara County Animal Services Director Tara Diller. "We are committed to ensuring that we are keeping in line with best practices and fostering is the future of animal sheltering. We hope to only
expand this program in the future to help keep shelter pets emotionally sound while they wait for their new homes."

Give back this holiday season and participate in the Foster Express Challenge by emailing or visiting any of our shelters located in Santa Barbara (5473 Overpass Road), Lompoc (1501 West Central Avenue), and Santa Maria (548 W. Foster Road).

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a-1576993866 Dec 21, 2019 09:51 PM
Foster Express Challenge Through Holiday Season

Thank you to all admin & front-line shelter workers, over many years, for ALL your WORK EVERYDAY!
I don't think I can foster in a week because my indoor single cat is under-vaccinated. She's from ASAP, of course, as all my cats have been. My dog was a hospice from Goleta shelter; she was a happy pup for 2 years. =================================================================It was a blast (NOT) for employees to toe the fine line between compassion and not always stringently following of the rules versus hard-line following of rules and censure if such was not done during the last animal shelter administration. SB shelter had approximately 6 supervisors in 5 years, which made good, fine-tuned business difficult.
Many of us burned out and quit after several years. I hope things have improved. ================================================================However, there was so much joy in giving a homeless man back his dog after he spent a night in jail for punching the man who kicked his dog, and giving him dog food and other gifts. And joy in reuniting pet owners with their pets. And providing low-cost spay & neuter and vaccinations; making sure pets left the shelter healthy. And saving animals who had survived car collisions -- mostly thanks to K-9 Pals!
================================================================= I have NO qualms about how the shelter animals were cared for, between dedicated, caring staff and volunteers!

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