Santa Barbara Humane Society Launches “Shelter-at-Home” Program

Santa Barbara Humane Society Launches “Shelter-at-Home” Program

Santa Barbara, Calif., March 6, 2015 —The newest program from one of the community’s longest-running animal welfare organizations is set for success with a comprehensive “nose-to-tail” support system for participants. The Santa Barbara Humane Society is now seeking Foster Parents for its new “Shelter-at-Home” Program. Local individuals and families who are committed to helping adoption animals thrive, can become heroes by welcoming a dog or cat in need and offering them loving care, consistency and comfort in a home setting.

While finding the right ‘forever home’ for each animal, the Santa Barbara Humane Society brings all of the resources of its shelter, clinic, boarding and education center to support the success of individuals and families participating in the Shelter-at-Home Program. The program provides at no charge: food (or prescription diet food if required), veterinary services, one-to-one training sessions, and provisions such as collar, leash, ID tag, license, crate, blanket… and even a high visibility “Adopt Me” vest or apron for dogs, and much more.

The nonprofit also works closely with participants to match the right foster animal to their previous experience fostering or owning a pet.

“Fostering a shelter pet is truly an incredible experience,” said Peggy Langle, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Humane Society. “It is remarkable what we can all still learn about life, courage, trust and kindness when we open our home for even a short time to an animal that needs us.”

The new Shelter-at-Home Program was inspired by Langle’s own experience – and that of other staff members – fostering Humane Society animals in need of some extra loving care. The Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine encourages foster programs, as fostering reduces stress and provides needed special care and attention to shelter animals in transition and those with special needs. Any shelter animal can benefit from fostering, and the program increases the capacity of the Humane Society to care for local animals in need.

Several types of Shelter-at-Home Foster Parents are needed, including:

Decompression Foster Parents: to provide a calm, distraction-free environment for some of our adoption dogs.

· Evening or Weekend Foster Parents: when just a short break from the kennel setting is helpful.

Basic and Intermediate Training Foster Parents: to help a dog maintain basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “down,” plus crate and house-training.
Puppy and Kitten Foster Parents: to provide crucial socialization and training.

The benefits of fostering through the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s Shelter-at-Home Program include:

You will help build a community of warm-hearted, committed advocates and animal-lovers
Adding a dog or cat to your home without the financial or long-term commitment, and be able to provide loving, supportive care for adoption animals while they find their forever home
Free training for you and the dog you foster

More information on the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s Shelter-at-Home Program, please visit their website at or contact one of their Foster Coordinators at (805) 964-4777 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

About Santa Barbara Humane Society

Since 1887, the Santa Barbara Humane Society has provided service to the people and animal populations of Santa Barbara County, and is proud to be one of the three oldest agencies in California dedicated to animal welfare. The Santa Barbara Humane Society occupies a five-acre site on Overpass Road, serving the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay and neuter clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, large animal holding center and corral, and inspection and rescue services. For more information, visit or call (805) 964-4777. Find Santa Barbara Humane Society on Facebook and Instagram.



Amy Bernstein, Public Relations Associate (805) 687-3322

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