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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 2023:
A Safe Harbor for Animals in Need

The Santa Cruz SPCA doesn’t back away from challenges and we are proud to provide safe harbor to animals that others are unable to care for. Our state-of-the-art facility, on Chanticleer Avenue, is an ideal environment to provide specialized care for animals with many kinds of special needs.

Animals that might otherwise be overlooked find love at the SPCA, where they become members of our family for as long as it takes to find their forever homes. Community support allows us to save hundreds of animals each year, including those with special needs and those that might be a bit rough around the edges. On behalf of local homeless cats and dogs, thank you for your support.

With your support, this year we aim to:
• see over 450 homeless animals adopted;
• give away over 25,000 pounds of dog and cat food to help keep pets with the families that love them;
• teach 4,000 local school children (elementary to high school) humane animal care practices; and
• host 20,000 hours of soul-nourishing, animal-care volunteer hours.

It's always inspiring to me to visit the SCSPCA and see the amount of love and care given to each and every animal. Every cat and dog that comes into the shelter is seen as an individual with unique needs, and the fabulous staff and volunteers always work to meet each where they are at. I find that being part of this special organization is food for the soul, and I feel immensely proud to be a volunteer for this place that is working so hard to make things better for homeless animals in Santa Cruz.


Hedy Nochimson, Board Vice President and long-term volunteer