The primary organization safeguarding and improving the lives of domestic animals is the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. With an intake exceeding 5,000 animals a year, SCCAS has a bedrock of municipal funding for core services such as animal control, licensing, rabies vaccinations, housing for strays and surrenders, and intervention in animal abuse cases.
Independent funding is required for SCCAS’s key preventive initiatives: spay/neuter clinics, training classes, humane education, community outreach, and ability to respond to emergency circumstances. Our goal is to help fund special projects, and to ensure program stability, creativity, and flexibility.
The impact of the virus and fire has underscored the importance of developing a Recovery and Preparedness Plan to cope with a double or even triple disaster.
In response to this year’s economic hardship, Shelter staff and volunteers joined with other agencies to provide disaster service workers, and deliver needed pet food and basic veterinary services countywide. During the fire, SCCAS staff cared for nearly 4,500 pets, including animals left at home who were fed, watered and looked after by the Shelter’s Animal Control officers with permission from the Sheriff’s office.
We benefited from a Herculean staff effort, extraordinary volunteers, and an exceptionally generous community.
The SCCAS Foundation supports the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter whose staff and volunteers provide a safe haven for pets in need 365 days a year. Since the pandemic, many organizations shut down, but SCCAS has remained open, providing essential core services, taking in surrenders, receiving strays, retrieving lost pets, providing adoption services and making pet food available to owners struggling financially.
The SC Animal Shelter was incredibly supportive when we had to evacuate from the fires. Their on-site vet gave extra care to our dog Marley who has Addison's Disease and requires medicine and shots. After being housed at their facility for a week, a volunteer connected us to a foster care home where Marley and our cat Andy could be even more comfortable! I could even take my twins to visit them until we could return home. It was a huge stress-reliever for our family to be able to have this during such a traumatic time.
Jennifer King, Felton