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FOWAS (Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter)


Organization Mission

Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter works to reduce pet overpopulation and improve the treatment of pets in Santa Cruz County. In 2013 the organization opened a low cost spay-neuter clinic in Watsonville, where the county sees the most of its stray and abandoned pets, significantly reducing the number of stray and abandoned pets.

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, the FOWAS clinic performed 769 cat spay/neuter surgeries and 473 dog spay/neuter surgeries in 2015, in addition to developing free humane education programs in local schools and monthly outreach in which free pet supplies are provided at the Watsonville Farmers Market.

The Big Idea:
Help Needy Pets Through Education Outreach

Last year, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter took in 5,000 stray and abandoned pets, but there is still more work to be done to curb pet overpopulation, animal mistreatment, and neglect.

In partnership with the County Shelter, FOWAS’ 2017 project includes a comprehensive plan to educate the community about pet care, while also providing free pet supplies and free spay/neuter services for cats and dogs. FOWAS seeks support to help continue its free humane education programs in local schools, which build empathy for animals and pet safety. Last year, the organization presented 139 lessons to local school children, as well as scholarship money for students to attend after-school programs and summer camp at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The organization will focus on outreach to low-income residents and to the southern part of the county, which sees the most stray and abandoned pets.

I want to help the animals when I grow up.

— Angel S., 7, Freedom