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.
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.
I love the SPCA ♡ Being there just makes me so happy
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.
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
I love the Santa Cruz SPCA! I have adopted 3 dogs and 2 cats and it has been a wonderful experience.
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!
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
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.
Dedicated animal lovers making perfect matches! Here's my SPCA boy Frankie!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I have had the privilege of being on both sides of the SPCA: as a foster family volunteer and as an adoptive family of a 5 year old dog. I know that the staff of the Santa Cruz SPCA (both paid and volunteer) are truly the voices of the animals there. Placing animal companions in loving, safe homes is always the first priority of this agency. They also host a summer camp for kids that is educational and fun; my daughter has participated 2 years in a row, and she wouldn't consider summer complete without it!
I have been fortunate to both foster and adopt dogs from this wonderful organization. With a small staff and small building, the SPCA has made a huge difference in our community. The animals are treated with love and respect until they find their forever home. Director Lisa Carter works tirelessly to help the SPCA grow so it can better address the overwhelming population of homeless pets.
I often frequent the Santa Cruz SPCA to check out their adoptable dogs and puppies. The staff is amazing and take great care of the animals in need. Thank you to the SPCA for helping these animals find their forever homes.
I was an adult volunteer at the SPCA summer camp for kids. What a fantastic experience! The children learned so much about animals, their needs, their care,but most importantly they learned how to be responsible pet owners. The Santa Cruz SPCA Humane Education Program is another facet of a dedicated community organization that makes a HUGE impact on people and animals alike.
Thanks for taking such great care in getting these great animals up for adoption. Thanks for accepting donations of old blankets and food. You have many great volunteers!!
The Santa Cruz SPCA does a great job of finding homes for animals in need. Despite the small size of their current location, they manage to help numerous animals on a daily basis. Their commitment and passion makes it a wonderful place to volunteer and/or adopt a pet.
The Santa Cruz SPCA is an amazing organization. Although they are small, they are absolutely a huge asset to the community. They provide valuable services to all pet owners and pet lovers in the community. I am glad to see they have been getting more notice lately!
They were very helpful when we were looking to adopt a new member of our family a few years back, and were so patient and helpful with all of our questions. We were able to foster a dog for the night to see if it was a good match, which was a GREAT help for our family in the decision making process.
They have also always gone above and beyond in helping with stray cats we have found- on a few occasions we have found a stray cat and they are able to scan for a microchip, and provide us with resources as to what to do to best help the cat.
I cannot say enough good things about the SPCA- Santa Cruz is lucky to have them!
The Santa Cruz SPCA has always been great.
A few years back, when my wife and I were catching feral kittens and taming them, the SPCA gladly took them in and adopted them out.
More recently however, my wife and I adopted our dog through the shelter. The staff throughout the process were great and even accommodated an early pickup due to an even they had planned later that day.
When I was looking to adopt a cat I wanted to really be able to spend time with them and get to know who would be the best fit for my home. The Santa Cruz SPCA allowed that with such ease. They let me come in four days in one week, spend time with each cat, talked to me about which cats would be the best fit for my home and really helped me feel supported in the process. They do such amazing work with such a small place. I was so impressed with them.
The Santa Cruz SPCA may be a small facility, but it's big in heart. This organization matches animals with their forever homes by the hundreds per year, maintains a vibrant online community and social media presence, and constantly attends community events and fundraisers. The photography is enchanting and makes it easy to show off the current shelter residents to interested parties. I have spoken with foster and adopting parents who couldn't be more pleased by their experience. Volunteering has been an absolute treat and I am constantly singing the shelter's praises.
The Santa Cruz SPCA is a small shelter that goes above and beyond for both their customers and their animals. Volunteering for them has been an amazing experience. The staff is so passionate about what they do, and that really makes them stand out amongst the other shelters.