To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment between humans and animals in Santa Barbara County.
- To protect the human and domestic animal population from rabies.
- To protect the animal population from the dangers of the streets and the wild, and from other potential harm.
- To assure that a minimum of 90% of Santa Barbara County's dog population has been vaccinated against rabies.
- To protect the public's safety by enforcing animal codes and ordinances and animal quarantines.
- To prevent and investigate the inhumane treatment of animals.
- To educate and inform the public in the areas of animal codes, animal ordinances, and responsible pet ownership.
- To implement and maintain an automated licensing program for dogs, and animal related businesses.
- To respond to emergency service requests from the public or law enforcement as quickly as possible and no later than one hour after receiving the call.
- To respond to routine service requests from the public within forty-eight hours.
- To impound (domestic and wild) stray animals.
- To provide services to the public to aid them in locating their lost animals.
- To implement, maintain, and encourage an adoption program for impounded animals.
- To provide, with veterinary supervision and/or assistance, medical attention for all impounded animals.
- To manage unclaimed and homeless animals through medical and behavioral rehabilitation; foster care; adoption; transfer to approved adoption partners; or when necessary to alleviate suffering or protect the community, humane euthanasia.