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History was made in our community on August 15-16, 2015 when in a single weekend, 101 cats and kittens found homes!!  This represents the highest number of cats and kittens ever adopted in Santa Barbara County in a single weekend, and was the result of a first time county-wide collaboration between ASAP, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and the county’s three private humane societies.

ASAP pioneered the free adoption weekend for cats five years ago, and we were thrilled this year to have the two north county shelters in Lompoc and Santa Maria, as well as the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Ynez Valley Humane Societies, join the adoption promotion this year.  On August 15-16, the six primary shelters and adoption centers in Santa Barbara County offered qualified adopters the opportunity to take home an adult cat for FREE—and indeed they did—to the tune of 101 cats and kittens finding homes!!

Of the 101 total cats and kittens adopted over the special promotion, 55 of them were adopted from the Santa Barbara and 46 from shelters in the north county.



Breaking News: Basil's BIG Bash was a smashing success!!


Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers who supported Basil's BIG Bash on May 16, 2015!! Over 400 guests dined, danced and donated--raising over $100K to support our work saving the lives of cats and kittens in Santa Barbara! It was a fantastic party--and we are incredibly grateful to over 100 individual and corporate sponsors, over 75 local businesses, and 120 volunteers who supported the event! A special thank you goes to QAD once again allowing us the use of their gorgeous facility!


ASAP’s 2015 Video Premiere at Basil’s BIG Bash


After 26 years, the heart and soul of ASAP remains the same, but the role we play in each and every cat’s life that arrives at our shelter has changed. Their lives will be saved—there is no question about that as long as ASAP exists—but we now have the ability to focus on the quality of these cats’ lives. More and more research is available that provides insight into the mystery of feline behavior. And over the past three years, ASAP has become the leader in our community for understanding feline behavior, especially within shelters. Applying this knowledge not only enriches the lives of the cats under our care, but also the humans they choose as companions. ASAP’s newest video, which premiered at Basil’s BIG Bash on May 16, 2015, focuses on the first and most critical ingredient to building a bond with cats—and opening a door to understanding their behavior—trust. Filmed over five months and countless hours, this 4 minute video is just a tiny glimpse into what’s going on behind the scenes at ASAP.


Thank you to Erin Feinblatt Photography for the above video!


About ASAP

Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that takes care of the cats and kittens at the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter. ASAP provides humane care for these animals and works to eliminate the practice of euthanizing them for reasons other than serious health or behavior problems.