Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

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Source: Santa Barbara Humane Society

Foster Smith, a local teenager, celebrated his fourteenth birthday by making a generous donation to the Santa Barbara Humane Society. Foster asked that instead of bringing gifts for himself, guests to his birthday party bring donations of toys, food, and other necessities for the cats and dogs waiting to be adopted at the Santa Barbara Humane Society. On Saturday, September 29 Foster brought the donations to the Humane Society’s campus.

Shelter employees and volunteers were impressed with Foster’s generosity and selflessness. “What a wonderful way for this young man to show his love and compassion for animals and our community,” said Santa Barbara Humane Society Executive Director Kerri Burns. “We are so thankful to him for such a selfless act and so proud of the shining example of generosity and kindness he sets.”

While Foster’s party was off site, the Santa Barbara Humane Society is available as avenue for birthday parties and other events.


About Santa Barbara Humane Society
The Santa Barbara Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals and strives to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats while we actively seek forever homes for them. The Society serves the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, and emergency response services. Visit sbhumanesociety.org, see Facebook and Instagram, or call (805) 964-4777, or visit us at 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara

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SoapBox Oct 06, 2018 12:05 PM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Great work Foster Smith. Sad though that a sweet story about a local teen's birthday party benefitting a local charity becomes fake news and conspiracy theories. Anyway, I did learn that the independent HS of SB County only has an operating budget of just over $2 million and spends every penny on a great number of important services throughout the county. I also learned that there are hundreds of people named Foster Smith on Facebook and none of them seem to be related to the eponymous Wisconsin retailer founded in 1983.

a-1538806670 Oct 05, 2018 11:17 PM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Kudos to the kid indeed!! But since we're on the subject... Humane Society takes in OWNED pets. The County animal shelter takes any and all pets; that's their mission, by law. Yes, they do need more help than local Humane Soc. You can best help by donating to https://sbcanimalcare.org/
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But I'm donating to IRAP, International Refugee Assistance Project, who support, among other projects, those started by the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.

biguglystick Oct 05, 2018 09:51 AM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

This is AWESOME! Thank you, Foster. You totally ROCK! Humane Society is a great organization, doing wonderful things for all animals, including wildlife. They fight in court to help animals. This is an amazing birthday wish for a kid. Thank you. I hope you continue to grow into compassion, awareness and kindness, you're on your way!

Flicka Oct 05, 2018 09:06 AM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Congratulations, Foster, for your act of kindness. So the H.S. has 30 mil, that sounds like the national organization, not just our local one. I saw a video of a dog rescue organization where people donated big comfy chairs for the dogs to have in their pen. Lovely to see dogs curled up in a chair.

PitMix Oct 05, 2018 11:20 AM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Flicka, the local HS is not related to the National Org except for having a similar name. Their 990 filing shows the annual and total revenues for their local nonprofit.

a-1538707661 Oct 04, 2018 07:47 PM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Good job Foster Smith and parents and birthday-gift-giving friends of Foster. I see my Amazonsmile "Gift Impact" of donating to a deserving group , after 21 orders so far, is now up to the grand total of $3.84. C.A.R.E.4Paws is my animal group of choice. Spay and neuter your pets, folks; spay and neuter. I hope the Humane Society shelter animals can use all those gifts. Sometimes it doesn't work out giving certain stuffed toys or stuffed beds to dogs-----many dogs rip stuffed toys/beds to shreds in nothing flat.

a-1538705190 Oct 04, 2018 07:06 PM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Wow! Some of you are just down right idiots!
Who would research that crap to discredit an Awesome Selfless Act of a 14 year old young gentlemen. The story reads...instead of gifts for him, he asked his family and friends to bring gifts for the animals in shelters. So not related to any Supply Store! Apologize and give the Dude a "Thata Boy!" he earned it. He could have sat around typing crappy mean things on the internet instead.

PitMix Oct 04, 2018 10:40 AM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

2nd that awesomeness! So great that he wants to help homeless animals. There are also many other rescue organizations out there to help, most of who do not have $30,000,000 in the bank like the Humane Society. It's pretty easy to check out who has the most resources available through the Guidestar website and looking at the latest filed 990 form from 2016.

PitMix Oct 05, 2018 08:20 AM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Tried to give him credit and support his idea, while also giving some info about the HS. It was not criticism of him at all. I knew the HS had a big bank account but I didn't know it was that big.

BullseyeB Oct 04, 2018 01:05 PM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Pitmix, while I find your comment interesting, I have to say that this kid is a kid. He wanted to do something worthwhile and he did. Let him have his moment please.

uponthehill Oct 05, 2018 08:43 AM
Local Teen Donates Birthday Money to Animal Shelter

Foster Smith,
Thank you!
There is kindness and compassion in this world and you have just demonstrated that fact in a lovely way.
Some kitties and puppies will be thrilled to receive their new gifts.
You are a thoughtful soul. You have made my day.

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