Free Professional Dog Training for adopted dogs!
If you adopt a dog from a shelter, humane society, or rescue group, and live in Santa Barbara County, you are eligible for this great offer!

Can’t adopt a dog right now, but want to help dogs needing homes?...TRY VOLUNTEERING !

K-9 PALS most primary needs for volunteers is for fundraising, dog foster care, adoption and community outreach events. We need volunteers with interest, skills, and willingness to commmit for the following activities:

• Fundraising events
• Foster care for dogs
• Humane Education
• Marketing and advertising
• Newsletters
• Graphic design
• Photography
• Grant writing and research
• Website programming
• Computer skills
• Dog behavior training
• Dog Socialization
• Therapy dog experience

Special Note: To meet our mission statement, K-9 PALS needs volunteers for so many purposes, but fundraising and foster homes are critical to meeting our goals.

Foster Care. K-9 PALS Volunteers are desperately needed to for providing foster homes for our dogs. You will need to complete the foster requirements and be approved to help care for puppies, sick dogs, or dogs that would benefit from behavior training and socialization in a home environment. Foster dogs are property of K-9 PALS and they must be in foster homes until permanent homes can be found for them. It is a very rewarding experience to provide a safe and loving home until an adoptive home is found for each dog. Please consider being part of our foster team!


K-9 PALS Volunteers who want to additionally volunteer in a local shelter to work hands-on with the shelter dogs will need to complete requirements specifically for the shelter of their choice. K-9 PALS provides services for dogs in county shelters in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Having our volunteers volunteer in those shelters is a tremendous advantage to K-9 PALS so our volunteers have opportunity for first hand experience with the dogs we fundraise for, provide veterinary care, promotions, and events for, and also provide rescue and foster for.

Commmunity events for Shelter and rescue group dogs. K-9 PALS Volunteers who are trained to work with the dogs from the shelter or rescue group of their choice will be able to take adoptable dogs from those shelters to community events such as K-9 PALS fundraisers, adoption events, outreach events, responsible pet education events, and off site day trips around the community. K-9 PALS provides additional opportunities for our volunteers to learn from dog behavior trainers in the commmunity.

Open Paw Training Program
K-9 PALS volunteers and volunteers of the County Shelter have an opportunity to be trained by our K-9 PALS dog behavior trainer, Andrea Bratt Frick, so that they can practice the Open Paw Four-level training that teaches dogs to feel comfortable in the shelter environment and to enjoy the company of people.

Volunteers learn to teach dogs basic manners, such as COME, SIT, DOWN and LEAVE IT. Volunteers also are shown how to teach dogs to present themselves in the most impressive way to potential adopters so that they can find happy new homes-and stay in those happy homes!

If your questions about volunteering with K-9 PALS are not answered here, email us at or call 805-570-0415.

If you would also like to make a donation, please visit our Donate Page.

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November is National Adopt-A-Senior Month! Senior dogs make great pets. Check out this list of reasons why!

K-9 PALS is extremely saddened with the passing of Jack Collins, long time K-9 PALS volunteer. K-9 PALS has created the Jack Collins Memorial Fund for those who would like to donate in honor and memory of Jack.

Your donations will go towards helping K-9 PALS with veterinary care, food, medications and behavior training for K-9 PALS' dogs and shelter dogs in underfunded county stray shelters. DONATE online using PayPal, or send donations to K-9 PALS, P.O. Box 60755, Santa Barbara, CA 93160-0755.

K-9 PALS has a Facebook page with the latest information about the dogs, adoptions, and dog events. Please "like" our group page to find out more!

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A California non-profit tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS
P.O. Box 60755  ·  Santa Barbara, CA 93160