The Santa Cruz SPCA provides safe harbor for animals in need and promotes an active humane community through adoption, advocacy, and education.
Many Santa Cruz County seniors struggle to keep their pets healthy while making ends meet. We provide financial support for seniors’ dogs or cats of any age that need care their owners cannot afford.
We are asking Santa Cruz Gives donors to support a two-part program where recipients can benefit from one part or both!
Part one provides veterinary care to low-income seniors through two annual preventative care Wellness Days (vaccinations, parasite management, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and yearly exams) or through private diagnostic and treatment appointments available all year.
Part two connects senior pets with senior people and waives the adoption fee when a great match is found. It includes the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, a vet exam, and educational literature. Bringing home a senior cat or dog often means saving a life, since they are often the last to be adopted. This program was established with a generous gift from Dr. Jean Langenheim and named for her cherished cat, “Blackie.”
Animals keep us active with walking, grooming, and even petting. Their companionship can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce social isolation, ease grieving, promote healing, and increase happiness.
I can’t thank you enough for providing a service like Blackie’s Fund. My cat had not seen a vet in years because I couldn’t afford it. I just want to do what is right for her because she’s everything I have. I’m happy to say that she finally got the care she needed thanks to the Santa Cruz SPCA. There is no other fund out there like this and I’m so incredibly grateful!