DAWG Staff

Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG) is a no-kill shelter in Santa Barbara, CA that has been saving lives since 1991. As Santa Barbara's only no-kill dog shelter, we work tirelessly to rescue as many lives as we can. We have dogs of all breeds, ages, and medical/behavioral needs. When DAWG is looking to add new members to our staff, we’re looking for people who can provide the utmost care for our dogs while they await their forever homes. We take pride in the level of love and care we give to our dogs, and the standards for our employees.  If you’re interested in joining our team of exceptional dog professionals, check out our available positions, here!

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Brenda Lang

Shelter Manager
It is a great honor to be part of the Dog Adoption & Welfare Group team. Everyone at DAWG is very grateful for the support we receive from this community. We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers to get involved with the work we do to help animals in need.

I have been an animal advocate since 2000, which is when I began volunteering at Chicago Animal Care & Control. I assisted with adoptions at the shelter and community outreach including low-cost vaccination clinics. I served as a board member for Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control from 2002 to 2014 and helped develop their foster program. Through helping dogs at the largest open-intake shelter in Chicago, I realized I wanted to make animal care and welfare a career. My deep love of animals and desire to provide a healthy place to care for them led me to leave the private equity and financial services industry to open Green Dog Inc.; a dog daycare, boarding and dog walking facility in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago in 2006. I sold the business in 2016 and moved to Santa Barbara, CA.

I am a graduate of the University of Iowa, the proud owner of two rescue dogs and have fostered many dogs and cats over the years (I have a soft spot for the seniors!). My passion for helping animals extends to supporting local rescues, national and international animal welfare movements. I am always looking for other ways to help animals, recently through the Rescue and Freedom Project which is dedicated to rescuing all animals from cruelty, whether from laboratory experiment, a pen at a racing track, factory farm, or the Chinese dog meat market.


Dr. Carl Zaboly

Chief Veterinarian
Dr. Z has been a veterinarian for over 30 years and has worked for DAWG since 2010. When not passionately working on DAWG's variety of internal medicine and surgical rescues, you can usually find him with his Belgian Malinois DAWG rescue "NIkita", hiking the trails near Santa Ynez or traveling to various mountainous areas in pursuit of the next adventure. His previous sidekick "Sasha" was a CNCA trained narcotics detection Labrador Retriever. He enjoys skiing, hiking and volunteering towards various dog causes. His favorite phrase is "The worst failure is never as bad as never trying and not knowing".


Ben Tychsen

Veterinary Technician
My name is Ben and I’ve been a part of dawg since 2012 starting in the vet clinic as an intern, and moving into a job as the Vet Tech. I have a chihuahua mix back home in Long Beach named Derwin. My favorite dogs are cocker spaniels. A Non-dog fact is I’m a fan of the Houston Rockets!


Isabelle Sinibaldi

Shelter Liaison (Office, Adoption, and Volunteer Coordinator)
It is such a pleasure to work at DAWG! I have been an animal lover my whole life and getting to work with animals is a dream come true. I’ve worked at DAWG since January 2018! Before DAWG, I worked as a dog handler for 3 years at Dioji K9 Resort & Athletic Club, a local cage-free dog boarding facility. In addition to working at DAWG, I am a pet sitter and freelance photographer. I am also a student at Santa Barbara City College studying photojournalism. I’m so passionate about the work we do here and helping every one of our dogs find their loving forever homes! Come by the shelter to say hi! I’m looking forward to helping you find your new best friend!


Kylie Giacolone-Colvin

Kennel Manager
Hi! my name is Kylie, and I am currently the Kennel Manager here at DAWG. I have been with DAWG for about a year and a half and I absolutely love it! Before DAWG, I worked at Dioji K9 Resort & Athletic Club for 2 years. Working with dogs is a passion of mine and I want every dog to feel loved and cared for. After starting work at DAWG, I realized rescue is where my heart is really at and I am so excited to help out as many dogs as I can!


Jonah Fisher

Kennel Attendant
Hi, my name is Jonah, i’m a kennel attendant here at DAWG. I have only been here for a few months, but have loved every minute of working with our dogs. I have fostered one of our own dogs, a german shepherd named Scooter (Pictured) that has been a great addition to my family and a friend to my Doberman Pinscher, Bella at home. Working at DAWG has definately been a life changer, and has increased my passion for dogs exponetially.


DeAnn Turner

Kennel Attendant
My name is DeAnn. I am passionate about helping dogs and grateful to be associated with DAWG for 13 years. DAWG is an amazing organization and the shelter dogs are very well taken care of.
When I first joined DAWG, I was part of the Adoption Committee as well as the Foster Coordinator. The last several years, I have been involved with enriching the resident dogs’ lives by providing structured walks. Recently, my role includes leading the Beginning and Intermediate Pack Walks for new volunteers.
Over the years, I have fostered many dogs. However, 12 years ago, there were 2 very scared, under-socialized chihuahuas at the shelter. To give them a little break from the shelter, I brought them home for the weekend, they never left. Fauna & Henry were my first “foster failures.”


Monica Negrete

Kennel Attendant
My name is Monica and I have been working with dogs going on about 7 years. I have recently joined the DAWG team as of February 2019 and I am very excited for what the future holds here for me. I have a dog, 2 cats, and a bird at home; I love all animals and will be volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Network in my freetime this spring, as well as graduating college!