Our Most Urgent Needs

During this crisis, we want you to know that the Santa Cruz SPCA continues to be a Safe Harbor for animals in need.  The animals are at the heart of everything we do and every decision that we make.  Although we’ve made modifications to our normal operations, our commitment to the animals remains unchanged.  

The animals are counting on us, and we won’t let them down.

With the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation, and the state-wide shelter in place order, the Santa Cruz SPCA is temporarily closed to the public. Some of our programs remain open but may have been modified. Please see more information below and check back frequently for the latest updates.  

This page last updated on 04/02/2020


People have asked how best to support our work during this crisis. A monetary donation is the best and most efficient way to help the Santa Cruz SPCA continue to provide essential services during this time.

We are expecting to see many more animals in need during this crisis, as their caregivers struggle with illness or economic challenges. This is an unprecedented situation, and the coming animal welfare needs could be extraordinary.

As we pledge to continue being a safe harbor for animals, we need to ensure that we have the additional financial resources to accommodate their physical, medical, and emotional needs.

What About Donating Supplies and Other Items

To protect the health and well-being of our staff, at this time we are not accepting hand-delivered items. If you would like to donate supplies to help us care for animals in need, please items online from our Amazon Wishlist. The items we need most during this time are at the top of the list!


We are excited to announce that virtually all of our cats and dogs are now in loving temporary foster homes. Thanks to the wonderfully big-hearted people of our community, we were able to find a huge number of fosters and nearly emptied our entire shelter in just three short days!

We took this extraordinary step of clearing the shelter to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers who must work in very close quarters, where safe social distancing cannot be maintained. The good news is that we are already being flooded with exuberant reports from our foster parents that their temporary guests are bringing great joy during their forced confinement. All our animals seem quite happy with these decisions as well.

We know we WILL need more fosters, and possibly soon! To start the process of becoming a foster, please complete a foster home application here.


Adoptions are temporarily suspended at both our main shelter location on Chanticleer Avenue as well as at our Mall Adoption Center and Retail Store. As soon as is reasonable for, we plan to begin Adoptions-By-Appointment so we may continue to place our homeless animals into adoptive homes.  

If you are interested in adopting one of our animals, please begin the process by completing our brand-new online adoption application — complete with new and improved matchmaking questions!  You can still view all our adoptable cats and dogs on our website.  

Please submit your adoption profile to let us know of your interest in one of our animals — we will be in touch as soon as possible!


Is currently closed for adoptions and sales.


We have suspended our humane education programs (PAWS and Community Service Saturdays). If you have questions or concerns, please contact our humane education team.


Because our animal population is in foster, we ask that volunteers stay home and adhere to the shelter in place order. We are sending special update communications straight to your e-mail. If you have additional questions or need to talk with someone, please call our main phone number 831-465-5000 or contact our volunteer coordinator.


We plan to continue providing pet food through our regularly scheduled pantry hours: every Friday between 3:30-5:30 pm. We feel it is very important to be a resource for community members in need of this important service; to ensure our staff remain safe and healthy, we have implemented new social distancing protocols for our Pet Food Pantry.

Understanding the current situation continues to change, please do check this website page or call our main phone number before coming to the Food Bank. To reduce the number of visits, we will be providing our patrons with two weeks of pet food rather than the typical oneweek supply.


The in-person sessions will be temporarily canceled, however, we will still be able to accommodate consults by-phone. If you need the services of our free Ask The Dog Trainer, please sign up for a consult and you will receive a phone call to discuss the training issues you and your pet are currently facing.


If you still have questions, please contact us by phone (831) 465-5000 or by e-mail.  With many of our team members working remotely, please forgive our slightly delayed response time.  

For the quickest information and responses, please submit a contact form and we’ll be in touch just as soon as possible.  

 Main Shelter Location

2685 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(P) 831-465-5000
(F) 831-479-8530

Hours of Operation

Tues - Sun: 11am to 6pm

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no government funding, and depend solely on financial support from our friends. Our organization is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society.

Tax ID: 94-6171565

© 2017 Santa Cruz SPCA

Mall Adoption Center & Gift Shop

1855 41st Ave. (Near Target Wing)
Capitola, CA 95010
(P) 831-477-7886

Hours of Operation

Wed - Sun: 11am - 5:30pm