Animal Advocates

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for many age groups, encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  

In spring of 2017 single monthly sessions will be offered for both our younger set (Pet Start, 1st & 2nd graders) who will enjoy pet themed stories, art project, and visiting with Shelter pets, and our older more experienced youth volunteers (Teens at the Shelter, 9th - 12th graders) who will focus on gaining stronger animal and shelter skills.

Register for Pet Start online.

Older students (9th - 12th graders) have their own monthly session too!



Kids Animal Advocates (3rd - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets. We spend about half of our time together working hands on with the Shelter pets and the other half doing helpful Shelter tasks and educational programs.

When & Where: Mondays 4:00-6:00pm, at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter's Cottage Shop, back room education center: 2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month


May (3rd - 5th graders) 2017

Prefered contact method:
Student Name
Best Contact Number



Youth Animal Advocates (6th - 8th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours. We spend about half of our time together working hands on with the Shelter pets and the other half doing helpful Shelter tasks and educational programs.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm, at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter's Cottage Shop, back room education center: 2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month


May (6th - 8th graders) 2017 - session is FULL at this time 



Teens at the Shelter (8th  - 12thd graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours. We spend about half of our time together working hands on with the Shelter pets and the other half doing helpful Shelter tasks and educational programs.

When & Where: Sunday, 10:00 – 12:00 pm, at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter's Cottage Shop, back room education center: 2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

How Much: $20 a session


May 28, 10:00 - noon

Prefered contact method:

Student Name
Best Contact Number


If you have any questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us