PLANNED PetHood: Our Spay & Neuter Program


This clinic at 150A Pennsylvania Drive, Watsonville, CA. expands services for our current high quality, low-cost spay/neuter, rabies vaccination and microchip program, Planned Pethood. The clinic is a collaborative effort between SCCAS and Friends of Watsonville Animal Shelter (FOWAS).
The goals of the new clinic are to help provide affordable spay/neuter veterinary services to the residents of South County to help reduce the County’s homeless animal population (SCCAS takes in nearly 6,000 animals per year) and to help residents comply with current animal ownership laws.


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s PLANNED PetHood Spay and Neuter Program provides access to high quality, low-cost spay/neuter services for ALL resident dogs, cats and rabbits of Santa Cruz County. The goals of this program are to help reduce our homeless animal population and also help residents comply with current animal ownership laws. By assisting county residents with population control costs, we hope to dramatically reduce the number of animals in need.

We welcome your help in improving the lives of the animals in our county! Surgeries are performed by a veterinarian with a professional focus on spay and neuter surgeries. We use the highest standards to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while at the clinic.

Along with our spay/neuter services, we provide AND REQUIRE a rabies vaccination (if not current and is 4 months of age or older), a dog license (if not current), and a microchip. When any or all of these required services are needed, their fees are added to the base price for spaying and neutering.

Animals participating in the program must be 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds. Dogs over the age of 7 years and cat over the age of 10 years are required to receive a blood panel for an additional cost of $55.

The shelter's PLANNED PetHood program described above is accessible to all Santa Cruz County resident pets, regardless of household income.