Frequently Asked Questions
What is the adoption procedure?
How much is the adoption fee?
The fee to adopt a cat from ASAP is currently $75.00. This fee is paid to Santa Barbara County and is subject to change. Please note that if you wish to make a donation to ASAP, it will need to be done separately. Please see below for more information on donations.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, the County Office accepts major credit cards, checks and cash.
What is included in the adoption fee?
Is microchipping included in the adoption fee?
Yes. Each cat and kitten adopted from ASAP is microchipped free of charge, ASAP will forward your information to the microchip company and your cat will be registered for the rest of its life.
How long does it take to complete an adoption?
Please allow a minimum of 1/2 hour to complete the adoption process. The County Animal Control office requests that adopters arrive at their counter no later than 4:30 Monday-Friday and 3:45 on Saturday.
Can I put a "hold" on a cat?
No, ASAP does not hold cats.
Does ASAP verify that I can have a cat at my residence?
Yes. Verification of home ownership of adopter and/or landlord is obtained through Santa Barbara County Assessor's records and landlord approval is mandatory.
Why do some cats have to be kept "indoor only?"
There are several reasons. Cats with white or pink noses or ears are very susceptible to skin cancer and sun damage. Declawed cats must be kept inside because they have no way of defending themselves if confronted by another animal. FIV+ cats must be kept indoors so they can't infect other cats. Some cats simply have always been indoor cats, and we feel they should remain so. Click here for more on "What the Indoor Cat Misses."
Can I adopt a cat as a gift?
No. Cats must be adopted by their new owners. If you wish to pay for an adoption as a gift, please invite your friend or relative to the shelter so that they can pick out their cat and complete the forms. Then, you can pay for the adoption.
When is "kitten season?"
Since all kittens must be altered before they can be adopted, ASAP rarely has adoptable kittens available before the end of May or the beginning of June. The season generally lasts through October, with July through September being the best months to find a kitten of your choice. It is unusual for ASAP to have kittens during the winter months.
How old does a kitten have to be before it can be adopted?
Kittens must be 2 lbs. before they can be spayed/neutered. Generally, they are 10-11 weeks old.
Does ASAP euthanize cats for population control?
No. ASAP works to eliminate the practice of euthanizing cats for reasons other than terminal health and/or serious behavior problems. Any animal that can be adopted or made adoptable through socializing or medical intervention is cared for until it is adopted. No cat has been euthanized for population control since 1990.
What is the difference between ASAP and the Humane Society?
ASAP's mission is to care for and place in new homes tame-but-stray or abandoned cats that are accepted by Santa Barbara County Animal Services. ASAP does not directly accept cats. In special circumstances, owned cats may be accepted by Animal Services for a fee. The Santa Barbara Humane Society is a private organization, which takes only animals turned in by their owners, at no cost to the owner. The Humane Society is located at 5399 Overpass Road and their phone number is (805) 964-4777.
Does ASAP care for feral cats?
No. Catalyst for Cats, (805) 685-1563, is a feral cat organization with the primary purpose of trapping, neutering and returning (TNR) feral and abandoned cats to a managed colony, thus preventing the birth of unwanted and uncared for cats and kittens. Catalyst operates County-wide. While the County does not release to ASAP cats that are obviously feral, ASAP does, at times, encounter a cat that would best be placed on a protected ranch or similar setting.Back To Top
Can I bring my cat to ASAP for spaying/neutering or vaccinations?
No. ASAP provides these services only for cats under the care of the County Animal Shelter. Please check the listings for Veterinarians in the Yellow Pages.
Can I board my cat at ASAP?
No. Please check the "Pets and Animals-Kennels and Boarding Services" section of the Yellow Pages for boarding options.
Can I bring my cat to ASAP to be microchipped?
SB County Animal Services offers this service for all cats and dogs. The regular charge to microchip an owned animal is $40 however Animal Services periodically offers promotional discounts so we recommend you call them at (805) 681-5285 to verify the price.
How do I make a donation to ASAP?
There are a number of ways to donate to ASAP. Please take a look at our Donations page.
How do I become a volunteer at ASAP?
Volunteers attend a 2-hour training session. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.
Are there other ways I can help ASAP?
Please see our Donations page for other ways to help ASAP.