Santa Barbara County waiving pet adoption fees to clear space in county shelters during construction project
Goal is to reduce the number of pets in shelters by 50% to allow for temporary reduction in housing capacity during work.
Santa Barbara County is always working to find homes for homeless cats and dogs.
But, now there's an extra sense of urgency, because the county needs to reduce the number of animals in its shelters by 50% to accommodate a shelter repair project.
For the rest of the month, Santa Barbara County Animal Services is waiving its pet adoption fees. It's also temporarily suspending its fees for reclaiming lost pets which are in the county's shelters. And, Animal Services officials are hoping to find some pet lovers who can provide foster care during the construction project.
The work is already underway at the Santa Maria shelter, with construction expected to last through mid-November.
The work will make the shelter more comfortable for pets. The problem is the noise, and other activity related to construction can be stressful for the animals.