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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:
Keeping Pets and People Together

What if we could keep pets with loving guardians and prevent the trauma of expensive shelter stays, even during tumultuous times? The Santa Cruz SPCA helps animals whose households are in distress or affected by the disasters of 2020 with new and expanded programs, including:

• Weekly Pet Food Pantries that gave out 11,000 pounds of food and pet supplies in 2019. After the 2020 fires, they were open daily to meet increased demand;

• “Ask the Dog Trainer” sessions help dozens of guardians solve behavior issues to prevent pet surrender;

• A new “Emergency Housing Toolkit,” at our Pet Food Pantries will show how to find pet-friendly rental housing; list local apartment complexes that accept pets; and offer applications for one-time grants of up to $500 for pet deposit and rental fees.

We need our pets as much as they need us. Studies show they help improve our health and well-being in ways only they can, especially in times of crisis. We hope you will join us to help protect them and their guardians.

As a single person, my animals are my life and I can't think of anyone who would be willing to go above and beyond in caring for them like the Santa Cruz SPCA did when I was evacuated from my home. I just can't say how grateful I am for the attention and care for my cats Purrcy and Annie.

Darilyn Druhe, Scotts Valley