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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Foundation

Organization Mission

Our Foundation supports the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS), the primary organization safeguarding the lives of domestic animals. With an intake exceeding 5,000 animals a year, SCCAS has municipal funding for core services but the key preventive initiatives require independent funding: spay/neuter clinics, training classes, humane education, and community outreach.

The goal of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Foundation is to help SCCAS fund special projects, and to ensure program stability and expansion of proven preventive outreach.

The Big Idea:
“Animobile” — Community Outreach Vehicle

The solution to animal neglect, abandonment and overpopulation lies in education and prevention. The Foundation has strengthened its programs that help animals and their guardians beyond the Shelter’s doors by funding a large multi-purpose van.

The Animobile allows Shelter staff to reach pets where they live. Our “Big Idea” involves raising funds to support ancillary programs, and maximize their impact, now that we have the means to deliver services countywide.

We are reaching out to Santa Cruz Gives to fund important special projects, including our “Animobile.” Programs the Animobile can support include:

• Planned Pethood: A sliding-scale-to-free spay/neuter and microchip service for low income residents. The Animobile enables Shelter staff to transport pets to and from appointments.

• Door-to-Door: Bilingual Shelter staff provide dog vaccinations, dog houses, trolley systems, collars, leashes, dog and cat flea medication, and spay/neuter vouchers (concentrating in Watsonville).

• Healthy Pets for All: A cooperative effort with volunteer veterinarians and vet techs providing pop-up clinics for low-income populations. The Animobile will bring free pet food, flea medication, food bowls, ID tags, leashes, collars and support staff.

Santa Cruz County has nearly 300,000 humans and the 2017-18 National Pet Owners Survey found that 68% have at least one pet: more than 200,000 companion animals! We are committed to every pet, and every human.

I don't know what I would do without these services provided by the County Shelter, this means so much to me. This would cost me hundreds of dollars to provide this care for my dog, Daisy. These programs allow me to still take care of her, even while I am struggling.


Susan, Watsonville