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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Santa Cruz SPCA provides safe harbor for animals in need and promotes an active humane community through adoption, advocacy, and education.

Target demographics: animals

Geographic areas served: Santa Cruz, CA

Programs: Adoption and Rescue, Free Pet Food Bank, Blackie's Senior Friends, Humane Education, Foster Care, Free Training Classes

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first met Winston, I couldn't believe anyone had mistreated this wonderful dog. He is so sweet, mellow, and gentle. He gets along with everyone. His favorite things are belly rubs and taking his meds with cheese. Thank you SC SPCA for taking him in and providing him with a wonderful place to stay until I could bring him home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for scspca for several years. Truly a joy to spend time at the shelter and Capitola mall store just loving up sweet dogs. Great job done by all that work and volunteer there.

1 Tricia Eliott M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the SPCA ♡ Being there just makes me so happy

1 Jacqueline34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because the dogs are not confined to cages all day they are much better adjusted than dogs in some other shelters and more ready for adoption. The outings and sleepovers are a great help. I especially appreciate the fact that there are no time limits on how long a dog can stay at the SPCA and eventually virtually all of them find homes.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The things that this organization does are nothing short of miricles. That people can be this selfless and loving is like a light in a dark room. God bless them for what they do to help those who cannot help themselves. - The Tellez Family

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Santa Cruz SPCA! I have adopted 3 dogs and 2 cats and it has been a wonderful experience.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at the Santa Cruz SPCA is knowledgeable about animals and devoted to the dogs in their care. They know each dog personally and individually so are able to match the little orphans with their perfect forever family. Volunteers take dogs to a park once a week so the pups can learn to intermingle with the public; another day every week they take some to the beach to play and enjoy the sunshine. Sometimes staff and volunteers will take an orphan to their own home for a few nights where it can enjoy living in a home situation and bask in being spoiled. These experiences help the dogs become more socialized and learn to trust humans. A dog that finds its way to the Santa Cruz SPCA is a lucky dog indeed, sure to be loved and adored!

1 David360

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Rescue does a fantastic job of re-homing dogs that are at risk in high kill dhekters. The have a dedicated staff and s large set of committed volunteers who do a great job of socializing the animals and preparing them to be even more adoptable. The other gigantic plus is that the dogs get to mix in a group and re-learn their manners if need be in getting along. This makes for a more noisy environment at times but is so much better than individual housing a social, pack animal. This place is the best

1 Petra W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer. You meet dogs with all different kinds of personalities and learn how to help each one of them individually. The staff and volunteers work together to make dogs more adoptable and ease the transition from shelter to forever home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dedicated animal lovers making perfect matches! Here's my SPCA boy Frankie!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The former ED was on $120K/yr working 3 hours a day with a $700,000 budget. Filthy kennels in former crack house, disease everywhere, strained and overloaded staff. Cherry picking most desirable/purebred/saddest story animals from other shelters. Shut this place down.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

They seem to do a good job of placing animals, but I would really like to know where all the money from donations they collected years ago to build the new shelter has gone? I heard they collected millions of dollars, yet there is still no new shelter. Maybe it is related that they seem very disorganized.

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Santa Cruz SPCA 11/20/2013

We WISH that we had received millions of dollars. In reality, while we have been dreaming of a new shelter for years, the active phase of our campaign has only recently begun. Our architectural plans have been going through the planning and permitting process, which takes time. We are also currently in the silent phase of a capital campaign as we work to secure significant gifts so that we can break ground and take our campaign to the public. All donations which have been received so far have been allocated to the new shelter. Our books are open for all to see on Guidestar, where due to our financial transparency, we have been awarded Guidestar Gold status. You can view our 990 forms, financial data and IRS information by following this link: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/94-6171565/santa-cruz-society-prevention-cruelty-animals.aspx

2 Ron_26

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks for all your hard work. We just adopted a beautiful standard poodle from you and the process was simple. Everyone on the staff knew what they were doing and knew the animals well. We'll always be grateful for the work you've done.

1 Moira G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer and adopter I can't say enough about the compassion and caring shown to the animals in the care of the santa Cruz SPCA. My much loved dog and cats were once residents...now they're happily at home with me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to say that I owe a good deal of the happiness in my daily life to the wonderful Santa Cruz SPCA, for I got my beloved Marley and my beloved Ami from them. First of all, the fact that they dedicate themselves to finding homes for the animals and do not kill them makes me totally love this branch. This is hard work, and the result is that any pets you adopt from the Santa Cruz SPCA has been given so much love and interaction that he or she will be highly socialized, well behaved and loving. The staff makes sure to learn the individual personalities and needs of the animals, so as to match them well with their human families. For example,Ami was in a cage that said that she would best be with a family that is home and can spend time with her, because she wants to be close to her person. This is so true. It became very obvious early on, that she loves to be near; she follows me when I go into a different room; she loves to sit near me and likes to have at least some part of her body making contact with me. When I first met her as a kitten, what stood out is while all the other kittens I may have picked up squirmed to get back down to the floor to play with other kittens, Ami just settled herself on my shoulder, so I sat down and she curled up on me contentedly and didn't want to go down to play. We just bonded and I loved her too much to leave her! My other cat, Marley, is much more independent and loves to go outside in the daytime. However, he loves to greet me and any visitors who come to the house, giving each person love by rubbing up against their legs and then assuming the "Pet me!" position. So each animal has his or her own personality and habits, and when you come to choose a pet at the SPCA you will know so much about each animal because THEY do! You'll never find that at a pet shop and you won't at most shelters, either. The people who work here deeply love animals and put so much love into what they do. Because they are animal advocates, they are our advocates, too, for the pet you bring home will be the perfect one, just for you and your family. I am eternally grateful for the deeply loving pets I adoped here. I love love love the Santa Cruz SPCA!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I work near the Santa Cruz SPCA and see the wonderful volunteers walking the dogs past our business. The animals look happy and healthy, and the volunteers appear to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. It makes me feel good to see the pets so well cared for until the find their forever homes.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Santa Cruz SPCA goes the extra mile to rescue dogs from high kill shelters. By doing this they help us to be able to share our home with Buster (previously known as Snookie).

They have come up with great ideas to deal with there limited space

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The SC SPCA helped my husband and I find our beloved dog Hurley. He has brought so much joy to both our lives. We are so grateful that they take such wonderful care of all the animals.

2 Nick31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A year and a half ago we adopted a two year old dog named Hoagie (now Augie). We saw his picture on the web site and I contacted a friend who volunteered there to see if he was still available. He was still there so we jumped into our truck and beat a path for the SPCA. When we got there, the staff had us take him out for a walk to see how we liked each other. It was a perfect match and we couldn't wait to get him loaded up and back to his new forever home. We had per-filled out the forms, so the paperwork was quick and painless. Ten minutes after getting to his new home, he had found a place outside to lie in the shade on the lawn and just soak things. He's been a wonderful addition to the family and we never fail to get comments when we're out walking about was a gorgeous dog he is (he's a Golden Retriever and something else mix and a lovely red/gold color).
A+++ to the folks at the SCSPCA for their dedication, love for their temporary charges, and for making a difference in so many animals lives that are fortunate enough to pass through their doors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend & I adopted our now 4 year old dog, Diego (known as Spike back when he was 9 weeks old) at the SPCA. We are so thankful that the SPCA had rescued him from Madera and brought him to Santa Cruz. The moment we saw Diego (a.k.a Spike) we knew our family was finally going to be complete (we had spent a year and a half morning the loss of our dear boxer beagle mix Sandy.) The employees were extremely helpful & they even offered a new pet parent training seminar at there facility one night. We are so blessed to have an organization like the SPCA all around the country. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love & hard work the SPCA put into finding forever homes for such precious beings.