The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society has partnered up with the Milt Guggia Family of Restaurants to celebrate American Humane Association’s national Adopt-A-Dog month. For every dog adopted during the month of October, the Guggia Family is donating a $20 gift card good at any of the 10 restaurant locations of AJ Spurs, Anderson’s Pea Soup, The Jetty, Pepper Garcia’s, and Shaw’s Famous Steakhouse. “We are so grateful to the Guggias for giving our adopters an extra special way to celebrate Adopt-A-Dog month,” explains Jill Tucker, Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. “Adopting a shelter dog is so rewarding. Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child, a partner in agility competitions, a constant companion for an aging parent, or simply a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work, an adopted dog can be all of these and more.”

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society has a wide variety of beautiful, healthy animals waiting for loving homes.  All adopted animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and equipped with a certificate for a free health exam by a local veterinarian. Dog licenses are available to Santa Barbara County residents at the time of adoption.  The adoption facility located at 751 Black Road in Santa Maria is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm with extended hours on Thursday until 6pm. Adoptable animals can be viewed in person or online at For more information, please call (805) 349-3435.


The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society was founded in 1981 as a privately funded 501 c3 entity.  It has been in operation at its current location on Black Road in Santa Maria since 1990 and in that time it has served the community by accepting and adopting out thousands of dogs and cats.  In 1998, the Society built and opened a clinic facility in order to offer low cost spay and neutering performed by local veterinarians.  The Humane Society is a “no kill” adoption facility and is committed to helping the community find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets and to reducing the population of unwanted animals through its spay and neuter education program.  A large volunteer team works in conjunction with paid staff to care for the animals, educate the community, and raise funding and awareness for this important community service.