The Santa Cruz Couny Animal Shelter now provides after-school clubs, Animal Advocates, for two age groups (1st - 5th grade & 6th - 12th grade), 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 you are 18 years of age or older, you may volunteer to work hands on with the animals at the shelter. If you are 13 –17 years old, you may work with the animals as long as you partner with a parent or legal guardian at all times. Both members of the team (youth and adult) should follow the steps to becoming a volunteer. Young people under the age of 13 may not work hands on with the animals, but we may have other volunteer opportunities for students needing to fulfill community service requirements. Fostering animals in your home is a great opportunity for people of all ages (resident adults’ consent and participation required, of course).

If you do not have a parent or guardian who is willing and able to volunteer with you at the Shelter, and you are seeking to be involved with the Shelter long-term, please consider contacting our partner agency YouthSERVE. YouthSERVE trains Leaders who work with youth volunteers in our community.