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Santa Barbara County animal services changing operations during coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 6:44 PM, Mar 16, 2020

Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) is modifying their operations in an effort to keep shelter animals, staff, and the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Shelter officials say starting Monday, operations will temporarily be limiting their in-person services. All shelter locations will remain open by appointment or via phone. In person services include: adoptions, shelter intakes, and return to owner of animals already in the care of the shelter. All measures will be taken to return animals to their owners in the field instead of impounding them; owner surrender intakes will be on an emergency basis only.

If community members are interested in adoption, visit this website to view adoptable animals. If you would like to schedule an interaction with one of our dogs, cats or rabbits, call one of the shelter locations, Santa Barbara at (805) 681-5285, Lompoc at (805) 737-7755, or Santa Maria at (805) 934-6119.

Animal Control Field Operations will respond to priority calls only per the recommendations of National Animal Care and Control Association. Priority calls include law enforcement assistance, injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, dangerous and aggressive dog complaints.

Staff will be on site during normal operating hours to answer questions by phone only and address any concerns.