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Santa Cruz SPCA and Humane Society

Organization Mission

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

The Big Idea 2022:
A Building for a Better Future

The Santa Cruz SPCA’s new animal shelter opened December 2020, is six times larger than our previous location, and was designed to fulfill a variety of animal welfare needs. Current social and economic challenges have increased the demand for services, and fortunately the new building allows for diverse programs to grow along with the needs of our community.

Our facility now allows programs that are able to impact more lives positively. For example, many homeless pets might have been put down at other shelters, but we are able to behaviorally or medically rehabilitate them. Also, we’re able to provide more resources to keep people and their pets together.

Through the support of you, our community, our shelter can help:

• over 450 homeless animals to be adopted.
• more than 2,300 low-income families or individuals receive nearly 25,000 pounds of dog and cat food.
• teach over 4,000 local school children (elementary to high school) age-safe and humane animal care practices.
• host almost 10,000 hours of soul-nourishing, animal-care volunteer hours, and engage more than 4,500 members of our community.

I love animals so much, which is why my family and I have been supporting and adopting animals from the Santa Cruz SPCA for over 20 years. The work that the Santa Cruz SPCA does — taking in animals, bringing them to good health and finding them loving homes — improves the lives of so many animals and humans in our community. A home without a pet is just a house, and Santa Cruz SPCA helps share that love with so many deserving lives.

Lenore Hindin, Capitola

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.