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 12/08/2020


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

We are now accepting in-kind donations of pet care and shelter supplies! Please click here for a list of items we routinely take along with a list of items that we aren’t able to use. Please also view high priority items on our Amazon Wishlist. The items we need most during this time are at the top of the list!


We are currently housing all of our animals in foster care! As you can imagine, the animals are loving it — and so are we. During this shelter-in-place, our amazing fosters are helping the SCSPCA in an incredibly meaningful way by committing to temporarily care for an animal (or a few!) in their homes, as well as do what they can to help us find adoptive homes! This has helped us to continue our mission, even during these challenging times.

In fact, we are looking to continue keeping many animals in foster care beyond shelter-in-place, and in order to do that, we need to continue growing our foster force! To start the process of becoming a foster, please complete a foster application here.


New COVID-19 Adoption Procedures: Thank you for your interest in adopting an animal from the Santa Cruz SPCA! In response to COVID-19, and the current social distancing rules, our adoption procedures have changed. We are now conducting Adoptions by Appointment to ensure our staff’s safety, as well as your own. View our updated adoption procedures here. 


June, 2020 – We have made the difficult decision to permanently close our Capitola Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop. Although the mall store has played a critical role in our adoption program and community outreach for many years, we have concluded that restarting the core function of the store — adopting animals into new homes — is simply not viable at this time or for many months to come. We also don’t expect shopping patterns to return to normal in the near-term. And with the imminent opening of our new shelter, we will have a single welcoming facility that our community members will be eager to visit for adoption and other services.

We will be having a Moving Sale to sell our surplus stock and shop fixtures as we prepare to move to our new facility.  There will be greatly reduced prices on all our merchandise!  Stay tuned for our moving sale dates and times!


Animal Advocates Camp at Home is open for registration! 

We are welcoming students going into 1st grade through 6th grade to spend the week with us learning online about how animals are cared for in our shelter, what happens behind the scenes at the Santa Cruz SPCA, and about the different animal jobs that are available for young animal advocates.  To learn more about our virtual kids camp, click here!

Our in person humane education programs — PAWS and Community Service Saturdays — continue to be on hold. However, we’ve created some interactive and fun ways to keep your kids connected and learning about animals!

This is a difficult time for all of us as we juggle work and distance learning — at the same time in the same place! We know that your children might have fears or concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak and what it means for them and their pets.

Click the link below to provide them with some important info as well as quite a few hands on projects to work on during this quarantine period — while helping the SCSPCA at the same time!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our humane education team.


Because our animal population is primarily in foster, we ask that volunteers stay home and adhere to the shelter in place order through the end of the year. We are sending special update communications straight to your e-mail. For new volunteers we are accepting new applications, Volunteer – Santa Cruz SPCA: Changing Lives, One Paw at a Time ( , and will notify when on-site orientations can begin again after the first of the year.  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.  

Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(P) 831-465-5000
(F) 831-479-8530

Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED 

Dog Browsing
Wed to Fri 2pm - 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm

Cat Browsing
Wed to Sun 11am - 6pm




*PET FOOD PANTRY - Fridays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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

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