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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Foundation

Organization Mission

The purpose of the all-volunteer Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Foundation is to raise charitable dollars in support of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and its mission. The Shelter is the county’s sole open-admission facility, offering protective custody, handling abuse cases, housing strays and surrenders, and even assuming guardianship of abandoned and maltreated farm animals.

Thanks to fundraising support from the foundation, the shelter workers are focused on providing care and crisis intervention to the county’s neediest animals. The shelter is open 365 days a year with spay/neuter clinics, training classes, humane education, community outreach, and an ability to respond to emergency circumstances.

The Big Idea 2023:

Your support will increase the number of animals and animal owners we can serve; with the goal of keeping pets in their homes and out of the Shelter. We are accustomed to shattering and exceeding people’s expectations of what it means to be a public animal-welfare organization. Yes, in many regions across our country public shelters struggle to meet basic needs, and to fund and accelerate progressive programs — but the desire is pervasive and organizations like ours are privileged to lead by example!

We have long-embraced the principle that our work doesn’t start or end at the shelter’s doors: It is community-based, carried out by field officers, shelter staff, volunteers, business partners, and the grateful communities we serve. SCCASF goes the EXTRA MILE and provides life-saving services for the neediest animals in our community through progressive programs.

The safe-keep program and the staff here mean so much to me. Without this program, I wouldn't have been able to give Molly the care she deserved and I wouldn't have been able to find safe housing for both of us. I couldn't have done this without you.


The Dad of Molly (a dog)