Santa Barbara welcomes adoptable dogs from Texas

Source: Santa Barbara County Animal Services

After winter storm Uri wreaked havoc across the state of Texas, Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) answered the call for help from animal shelters directly impacted by freezing temperatures, the ice and snow. With their owners stranded without power or water, thousands of Texas pets entered shelters in the aftermath of the storm. Due to this rapid influx of animals into shelters, dogs and cats that were already there before the storm are now at risk of being euthanized due to lack of space and depleted resources. Through a major collaboration of animal organizations, a goal has been set to find safe transportation for 1,000 or more animals across state lines to free up critical space in depleted Texas shelters. .

Making the long trip from El Paso, 22 of these lucky dogs will arrive in Santa Barbara on the evening of Saturday, March 6, 2021. The dogs selected for the trip range from 4 to 70 pounds and are healthy and social. More importantly, the priority was to transfer dogs that really have no homes or are at risk of being euthanized. According to SBCAS Director Angela Yates, “As a municipal shelter, it is unusual for us to transfer animals from other jurisdictions, but in times of disaster and crisis, our network of animal shelters works together to save as many animals as possible. We are so grateful to be able to give these 22 dogs a loving new life in Santa Barbara!

This transportation is made possible through SBCAS’ partnership with CARE4Paws, Shadow’s Fund and the Santa Barbara Animal Care Foundation who have rallied their support and resources to help. El Paso Animal Services will transport the dogs to the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson which has graciously offered to act as a transportation hub to give these canine winter refugees a day off. SBCAS volunteers will make the grueling 18-hour round trip to the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona, where all 22 dogs will be loaded and on their way to a new life in our Santa Barbara community.

Ramon Herrera, Acting Director of El Paso Animal Services, said, “Through this collaboration, we are able to offer these pets a greater chance in a loving home and we cannot thank SBCAS enough for their support. to be a partner that saves lives.”

A team of staff and volunteers will greet the transportation team upon their arrival at the Santa Barbara Shelter, 5473 Overpass Road at approximately 7:00 p.m. their legs and acclimate to their new environment. All dogs will undergo a veterinary examination before being put up for adoption. Many Texas dogs will be immediately available and a special adoption event is scheduled for March 9, 2021: Texas Tuesday!

Anyone interested in giving one of these Texas dogs a home in California, please visit and complete an application designed specifically for these Texas dogs. Adoption appointments will be scheduled on Texas Tuesday and throughout the week until all dogs find loving homes.

Bette C. Alvarado