pet of the week
Red Hens in the Coop? Read more!

We offer a high quality, low-cost option for spaying and neutering your companion animals. We want to help you do the right thing!

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Ready to make the life saving decision to adopt a homeless animal? We've got special friends ready to meet you!

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lost pets

We're working every day across the county to rescue and care for lost pets and reunite them with their owners.

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Our dedicated volunteers make every day better for animals waiting for their "forever" homes. Join us!

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What's New at Our Open-Door Shelter!


Animal Film Festival
CAPE and SCCAS co-host; these films explore aspects of animal welfare, animal rights, the human/animal bond or programs demonstrating ways to improve the lives of animals.
Purchase tickets online in advance

Authorities Seek Information on
Illegal Animal Fighting

A reward for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those responsible is being offered.
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Meow Luau , 2017
June 10, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) will host its 7th Annual “Meow Luau” Kitten and Cat Adoption event!
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Summer Camp Registration is Open
Critter Camp 2017 is filling up fast!
There are weeks for 1st - 3rd graders, 4th - 6th graders,
and a special week for 6th - 9th graders too!
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Working Whiskers Program
This partnership with Heading Home Animal Rescue places under-socialized cats from the Shelter.
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One Stop Program
Save Time, Save Money Save Lives...
Low cost rabies vaccination and microchipping with dog licensing; Monday - Friday, 1 - 3 pm
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Did you take the Catio Tour?
Catios are a great way to keep cats and wildlife safe!
Nearly a dozen catios were featured. The 2017 tour will be the first weekend in October.
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