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Animal Shelter Assistance Program

Saving and serving the cats of Santa Barbara County since 1989. Our mission at ASAP Cats is to provide shelter, veterinary care, behavioral support, adopter and foster services, feline education, and community outreach. We’re here to support cats and cat families, as well as to reduce the overpopulation of stray, unsocial, and unhoused cats. Through various feline-centric programs and monthly adoption events and yard sales, it is our goal to help every local cat we meet.

Our shelter is currently open MondayFriday from 14pm, as well as Saturdays from 11am3pm.

We also accept appointments, just give us a call at (805) 683-3368 to schedule one.

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Before Rehoming Your Cat

Before Rehoming Your Cat Try... Local: Pet Resource Centers, County of Santa Barbara Find-a-Veterinarian, County of Santa Barbara C.A.R.E.4Paws C.A.R.E.4Paws (Community Awareness, Resources & Education) works to reduce pet overpopulation, keep animals out of...

Rehoming Your Cat

Re-Homing Your Cat If you’ve arrived at the difficult decision to rehoming your cat, you can increase your success in finding just the right home, without surrendering your pet to an animal shelter. It’s in their best interest for you to find their new home without...

Rehoming A Cat: Matchmaking

Be a Confident Matchmaker A Potential Adopter: Great! You’ve found an interested party. When someone responds to your flyer, you  have an opportunity to interview him or her. Do an initial interview over the phone before meeting in  person. By doing so, you can...

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): What You Need to Know Before Adopting Feline leukemia virus, also known as “FeLV,” is the cause of a variety of diseases. As a retrovirus, it replicates itself inside living cells, making it impossible to cure. Specifically, FeLV invades...

You’ve just found a litter of kittens, NOW WHAT?

You’ve just found a litter of kittens, NOW WHAT? You're likely to hear them before you see them. The sound of tiny kittens mewing. They appear alone, defenseless and in danger. The mama cat is nowhere in sight. Each Spring as the weather warms up, unspayed female cats...

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) What is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus? Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a virus that affects the immune system of cats over time. FIV typically has a long “asymptomatic” phase” in which infected cats may remain symptom free...

What Color is My Cat

What Color Is My Cat? Black Black/White Blue Point (Himalayan) Blue Point (Siamese) Brown Tabby Brown Tabby/White Calico Calico (Dilute) Calico Tabby Chocolate Point (Siamese) Cream Tabby Flame Point (Siamese) Gray Gray/White Gray Tabby Gray Tabby/White Lilac Point...


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Why Spay & Neuter

Why Spay or Neuter Your Cat Unwanted animals have become a very real concern in Santa Barbara.  As pet lovers, it is our responsibility to understand the impact of the decisions we make for our pets. Cats are 45 times more prolific than humans.  If we were to spay 44...

New Kittens

Bringing Home a New Kitten The first few days of your new kitten's life with you should be quiet days. Most likely it has just had surgery and now needs to familiarize itself with a totally new environment, complete with new sounds, smells, perhaps children and a...