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|Our Mission Statement
The mission of K-9 Placement and Assistance League, Inc. (K-9 PALS) is to provide veterinary care, adoption promotion, permanent homes through rescue and adoption, and advocacy for the homeless and abandoned dogs in County shelters, and other homeless dogs in need whenever possible, all in an effort to strive to eliminate euthanasia so that every adoptable dog will have a chance for a loving home.
History, Goals, and Accomplishments
K-9 PALS is the all-volunteer, non-profit organization that operates solely on donations to help achieve their mission. K-9 PALS receives no government subsidies or revenues from any business operations.
The organization began operations at the Santa Barbara County Shelter in March of 2000, was incorporated in December of 2001, and received tax exempt status in July 2002. Our volunteers provide nearly 14,000 hours of service annually, which is equivalent to almost 5 full time employees.
K-9 PALS provides veterinary care, support, dog behavior training for adopters and volunteers, adoption promotion, rescue, adoption, and advocacy for homeless and abandoned dogs of Shelters and rescue organizations in Santa Barbara County, and other areas of central and southern California.
With the help of K-9 PALS, for the first 12 years of the organization's existence the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter in Goleta was able to return more than 45% of the dogs to their owners and to maintain a 95% live release rate for Santa Barbara shelter dogs. Only with the assistance and resources of K-9 PALS could this success be achieved.
K-9 PALS current goal is to provide other shelters with our organization's resources in order to achieve higher live release rates for their shelter dogs, to increase live release rates and reduce unnecessary euthanasia of shelter dogs.
1. Promote placement of shelter dogs into homes through return to owner, adoption, and rescue.
2. Advocate for the welfare of homeless and abandoned dogs in shelters.
3. Provide resources for shelter dogs for their veterinary care, health, comfort, and behavior modification, adoption promotions, rescue and relocation to no kill shelters.
4. Promote responsible pet ownership, provide public education for responsible pet ownership, and provide dog behavior training for dog adopters, and shelter employees and volunteers.
5. Work with like minded shelters and rescue groups to accomplish no-kill communities.
K-9 PALS provides high quality veterinary care, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic treatments, and surgical care that would otherwise not be available for shelter dogs.
K-9 PALS volunteers organize and participate in fundraising events, adoption awareness events, and outreach events, provide adoption and rescue networking, and transport for shelter and rescue dogs.
K-9 PALS volunteers for the past several years have provided adoptable shelter dogs with high quality daily care that includes exercising, training, and socializing, bathing, counseling for prospective adopters, assessing dog behavior, and cleaning and maintaining exercise yards and work areas.
K-9 PALS constructed several areas at the Santa Barbara County Shelter: the Visitor's Garden where prospective adopters can meet dogs for adoption, a large fully fenced K-9 PALS Dog Training area, several exercise/play yards for the dogs, and a storage building for supplies.
K-9 PALS made a substantial donation of $146,500 for the renovation of the Santa Barbara Shelter's main kennel building in 2007. This donation was provided by funding from the estates of John J. Phelan and Susan M. Camusi.
K-9 PALS gratefully receives donations and funding from individuals, groups, organizations and local businesses, and grant awards from foundations and charitable trusts.
Board of Directors of K-9 PALS is comprised of a group of people who have great compassion, interest and experience in working for the welfare of abandoned dogs, and some have worked with Animal Shelters and rescue organizations for more than 38 years.
Current K-9 PALS Board of Directors:
Janelle Ward, President
Elizabeth Mazzetti, Secretary
David Caffo, Director Emeritus
Cheryl Sterling, Director Emeritus
Debbie Deem, Director Emeritus
K-9 PALS Board Advisory Associates:
Verona Douglas DVM, CVA
Jean Greek, DVM, DVACVD
Andrea Wells, DVM, DVACVIM
Ron Faoro, DVM
Nate Cultice, CFP, FSA
Andrea Bratt, CPDT
Dan Casaus, DVM,
Rodney Ayl, BSc, BVSC, MRCVS
Kathleen McFarlin, DVM
Robert Sikes, DVM, DAVCVS
Page Evans, DVM
Joseph Dalo, VMD