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|Frequently Asked Questions About K-9 PALS
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How is K-9 PALS funded?
K-9 PALS gratefully receives donations from individuals, groups, foundations, charitable trusts, organizations, and businesses. Funding for K-9 PALS provides support for adoption efforts and provides much needed care and services for homeless and abandoned dogs in Santa Barbara County and from high kill sheLters in other areas. There are nearly 1200 dogs taken into just the Santa Barbara County Shelter alone every year. K-9 PALS' current expenses for the needs of the dogs we provides servcies for exceeds the donations received this year. K-9 PALS expenses for the care of the Shelter dogs in Santa Barbara exceeded $182,000 in 2011.
K-9 PALS desperately needs monetary donations to take care of the dogs abandoned at Santa Barbara County shelter and other dogs from kill shelters in need of rescue, veterinary care and support.
How can I make a donation to K-9 PALS?
There are a number of ways to donate to K-9 PALS. Please go to our donate page.
How are K-9 PALS, ASAP, and BUNS related?
K-9 PALS, ASAP, and BUNS are all non-profit organizations that provide resources for the animals of the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter in Goleta. ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance Program) provides daily care, adoption promotion, and funding for lost and abandoned cats at the Shelter. BUNS (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter) provides daily care, adoptions, and funding for lost and abandoned bunnies at the Shelter. K-9 PALS provides veterinary care, medications, supplies, food, dog behavior training for volunteers and adopters, adoption promotions, off site events for dogs, and advocacy for lost and abandoned dogs of the Shelter.
Although most of the shelter volunteers providing daily care of shelter dogs are K-9 PALS volunteers, K-9 PALS is not the supervising entity of any on site operations the Goleta shelter. All on site management at the County Shelter in Goleta is under the management of County Animal Services.
Does K-9 PALS support euthansia of dogs for shelter population control?
No. K-9 PALS believes that no dog should be euthanized for shelter population control, and advocates for shelters to elminate euthanasia except for reasons of untreatable health or serious behavior problems.
K-9 PALS believes every adoptable dog be given a chance for medical care and training in order to made placable into a life long home. No dog was euthanized for population control at the Santa Barbara Animal Shelter during the time of K-9 PALS' involvement in the policy and procedural decisions at the Santa Barbara Shelter from March 2000 to July 2011.
The current criteria for adoptability and for euthansia at the Santa Barbara Shelter are according to the policies set by Santa Barbara County Animal Services, not by criteria for adoptability according to K-9 PALS.
What will I be able to do as a volunteer for K-9 PALS?
K-9 PALS volunteers can help homeless dogs in many ways. Volunteers are needed to help raise money for care of the dogs, to organize and particpate in fundraising events, adoption events, community outreach events, to help with writing and publishing newsletters, advertising, marketing, photography, dog training, dog transport, foster care of special needs dogs, and much more. Please go to our volunteer page for more details about volunteering with K-9 PALS.
What is the difference between K-9 PALS and Santa Barbara County Animal Services?
K-9 PALS is an independent all volunteer, non-profit organization. The organization provides veterinary care, support, and advocacy for the homeless and abandoned dogs of the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelters and other shelters and rescue groups in the County. K-9 PALS encourages its volunteers to become involved with volunteer programs at Animal Shelters and animal rescue groups that K-9 PALS raise money to provide services for.
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is the government entity that provides oversight and management for the three County Animal Shelters. Volunteers at the County Shelters may choose to volunteer with the supporting partnering non-profit groups of K-9 PALS, BUNS, ASAP, CAPA, as well as be a volunteer for County Animal Services, or they may choose to volunteer only for County Animal Services.
What is the cost of the adoption fee for a dog if I adopt a dog featured on the K-9 PALS website?
The adoption fee for a dog that is promoted for adoption by K-9 PALS will depend on the fee set by the agency that owns the individual dog, plus the cost of the license if you live in the City or County of Santa Barbara. The adoption fees includes spay or neuter, age-appropriate vaccines, rabies, dewormer, and also may include microchipping, depending on the individual agency.
K-9 PALS provides 4 FREE dog behavior training sessions for dogs adopted from local shelters and rescues, as well as behavior training sessions for dogs for adoption from local shelters and rescue groups.
What is the difference between K-9 PALS and the Humane Society?
K-9 PALS is an all volunteer non profit organization that provides veterinary care, support and promotions for the homeless and abandoned dogs of the Santa Barbara County Stray Animal Shelters, privately run shelters and privately run dog rescue organizations.
The Santa Barbara Humane Society is a private organization with full paid staff and volunteers that takes in animals that are turned in by their owners in Santa Barbara County, at no cost to the owner. The Humane Society does not take in stray animals.
What is the difference between K-9 PALS and DAWG, and what is the relationship?
DAWG is an organization with employees and volunteers, that has dogs for adoption. DAWG manages a private shelter in Goleta.
K-9 PALS is an all volunteer non profit organization which is soley dependent on donations in order to provide medical care, food, medications, training, foster, transport, and many other services for homeless and abandoned dogs in shelters in Santa Barbara County.