Dog Adoption &
Welfare Group

Keeping our promise to give each dog the loving care he needs
until he finds the home he deserves.

Find a new best friend, foster, volunteer, or donate today!



DAWG provides a safe and loving environment for dogs awaiting permanent adoption, and promotes their adoption through outreach programs in the Santa Barbara community.

Since DAWG’s inception in 1991, we have worked hard to bring out the best in our dogs, improving their quality of life during their stay at the shelter, and placing healthy, well-behaved dogs back into the community.



Our primary goal is to reduce the rate of euthanasia in Santa Barbara County shelters by providing the medical care and training many dogs need for a second chance at life. DAWG strives to represent the population of all homeless dogs regardless of breed, age, gender, or disability.



Find a new best friend!


Volunteer for the hardest job you'll ever love.


Help DAWG pay for vet care that makes them well while they wait for their forever home.


Spend a few hours
at the end of a leash
linked to love.

Open your home and heart to a foster dog.


To date, DAWG has rescued 8K+ dogs.


Ready to help?