Placement Partner Organizations

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s placement partner organizations help find alternative placement options for some of the animals at the shelter. There are animals that may have special needs such as an identified medical condition or behavior issue that would be better addressed by a partner agency. Or there are purebred animals that are transferred to purebred rescue groups who usually have waiting lists of qualified potential adopters. Or there are simply too many animals at the shelter at a given time. Transferring out animals helps open up space in the shelter for other animals that need Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s help.

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter also takes in animals during emergencies, natural disasters or cruelty/neglect situations, when a large number of animals need care. Transferring animals to other organizations helps free up precious space at the shelter.

The following is a list of some of our placement partners.

Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP)

Animal Place (Farmed Animal Sanctuary)

Animal Shelter Relief (ASR)

Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue

Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE)

Creepy Critters

El Dorado Animal Services

Four Paws to Love

German Shepherd Rescue of
Northern California

Heading Home Animal Rescue

Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue




North Star Rescue

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

Rabbit Haven

Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild

Santa Cruz SPCA
2685 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Silicon Valley Humane Society

Wags and Whiskers