Director of Shelter Programming
Tucker Eurman was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. His career in animal welfare began with his childhood German shepherd, Cody. One summer, Cody caught a foxtail in his paw while tromping through brush. Over the course of a few months, and after many surgeries, the last trace of the foxtail, which had traveled midway up his arm, was finally removed. Tucker spent many evenings watching the veterinarian with wide eyes and intrigue. She recognized his interest, and at 15 years old, he was offered a job cleaning and prepping the hospital after school. After five years there, Tucker had grown from the kennel attendant to one of the head vet techs, assisting with surgery, taking Xrays and monitoring anesthesia, with his passion lying in the emergency cases that came in. He decided that even with his love of animals, law enforcement was his true calling. He went to college to study criminal justice, and worked toward joining the local police force, but always felt connected to the animal world. While applying to police agencies, Tucker spent a year apprenticing with a busy farrier in the Santa Ynez Valley. He traveled ranch to ranch shoeing show horses and racehorses, taking the skills he had learned from the vet hospital and applying them with large, testy stallions and thoroughbreds. Tucker began volunteering at his local humane society, and was quickly scooped up by their Large Animal Technical Rescue Team in 2012. He assisted with multiple rescues, including pulling horses from an overturned trailer and rappelling down a cliff face to rescue a horse that had slipped off a trail. Tucker was then offered a fulltime position at the Santa Barbara Humane Society to help coordinate rescue trainings and work with the shelter animals. Though he felt deeply connected to rescue, Tucker decided he could make more of a direct impact by dedicating all of his time to shelter dogs. In 2015, Dogs Playing for Life DPFL visited the Santa Barbara shelter and its 80 dogs. He instantly became hooked on play groups. He began leading play groups five days per week, and enjoyed the positive impact they brought not only to the dogs but also to the organization as a whole. With the blessing of the executive director, Tucker spent the summer of 2016 assisting a local county shelter with building their play group program while also continuing to improve his own. He attended a DPFL mentorship in Austin, Texas, and came back inspired to do more.