History of DAWG
2011 marks DAWG’s 20th year of service to the dogs and families of Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas. Through the hard work, dedication, and generosity of wonderful volunteers and community members we have grown from literally nothing, to an amazing facility that has placed over 2000 dogs into forever homes over the past ten years and placed 350 dogs in 2010 alone. We save lives every day. Without DAWG, hundreds, even thousands, of adoptable dogs would have died unnecessarily.
Over the last 20 years we have built kennels, an office, bathing station, isolation and quarantine areas, Little Dog Land, Happy Sutherlin’s Meet & Greet Garden, exercise yards, surgical rooms and a state of the art veterinary facility to help us care for our dogs and give them love and shelter while we find them their forever homes. All of these were built from the ground up thanks to our founders and many supporters.
We are very grateful to everyone who has made DAWG possible, and to those who continue to help us in our life-saving work. We cannot forget to mention our very large volunteer community and dedicated staff that enables us to continue to realize our success. That said, there is still much we could do. We’d like to use our remaining land for an agility area and mini dog park for our DAWG dogs. We need more recovery kennels to assist dogs from other rescue organizations who are without veterinary services. In addition to some specific needs, we always welcome funds for our day-to-day operations (please see our donation page for areas where you can help).
DAWG is always looking for volunteers to help both monetarily and with their time. With your continued support we will be able to realize some, if not all, of the much needed improvements mentioned above.
And as you know, there are still many tails that need to wag, treats to be eaten, toys to be fetched, walks to be taken and lives that need to be saved.
From all of us at DAWG, we thank you for your support and dedication to our amazing cause.