DAWG Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Tonight

Proof that Collaboration is the Key to Success

Leadership Santa Barbara County and DAWG (Dog Adoption and Welfare Group) are inviting the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of completing a 6-month collaborative revitalization project at the DAWG Shelter, 5480 Overpass Road in Santa Barbara.

Tonight, from 4-5 p.m., Leadership Santa Barbara County students, DAWG supporters, and the community are welcome to enjoy appetizers, socialize, and view the newly completed murals, dog pens, training tools, and overall beautification of the shelter.Through collaboration, these organizations have achieved their goal of supporting dog adoptability by improving the living and recreational areas for dogs sheltered at DAWG.

The murals depict how DAWG contributes to our local community, and honors some of dogs that have deeply touched the shelter’s staff and volunteers.”The entire project is an important memory of 21 years of passion driven work that has resulted in the rescue of thousands of dogs who have changed thousands of families for the better. We are so thrilled to have collaborated with Leadership Santa Barbara in this creative effort, and together we’ve demonstrated the power of joining together toward a common goal,” says Emily Grossheider, Shelter Director at DAWG.

Leadership Santa Barbara County is an issue-oriented leadership development program limited each year to 30 diverse individuals who are committed to civic leadership. The program is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Barbara County. Visit to learn more about Leadership Santa Barbara County. Connect with Leadership Santa Barbara County on Facebook.

DAWG Santa Barbara provides a safe and loving environment for dogs awaiting permanent adoption, and promotes their adoption through outreach programs in the Santa Barbara community.Most of the dogs in the nonprofit organization’s care come from Santa Barbara County shelters.DAWG’s primary goal is to reduce the rate of euthanasia in county shelters by providing the medical care and training many dogs need for a second chance at life. Visit to learn more about DAWG and offer support. Connect with DAWG on Facebook. Follow DAWG on Twitter: @sb_DAWG.

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