The Santa Cruz SPCA is a unique-to-Santa-Cruz animal shelter, saving and protecting dogs and cats out of love and respect for the great gifts these animals freely give our human community. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we receive no funds from city, county, state, or federal government. Only the generosity of Santa Cruz keeps our shelter open.

There are many ways to support our vital mission. When you choose to give, you become a partner in our efforts to enrich the lives of our human community by respecting and protecting the lives of animals. Read about giving opportunities below.

Have a question about donating? Send us an email!

Your gift helps us provide everything necessary to keep the dogs and cats in our care happy, healthy, and adoptable. You also sustain essential programs and enable us to launch new efforts that contribute to the quality of life for people and animals in our community.

 Looking for just the right way to honor a beloved animal lover or celebrate a special day? With a tribute donation, you can acknowledge a friend or family member, remember a special pet, or mark a birthday, marriage, anniversary, holiday, or other special occasion. 

Become one of our Constant Companions with an automatic recurring donation that helps animals in our community all year long. Register your recurring gifts and provide a steady stream of funding for dogs and cats who need your help.

The Santa Cruz SPCA is grateful and proud to receive special grants in support of our animal rescue mission from these organizations.


Petfinder Foundation:

Youth Humane Education Grant

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County:

Social Media Rock Star for Humane Race 2017

Newman’s Own Foundation:

Spay/Neuter Grant



The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County:

Bright Horizon Fund Grant

Holiday Season Service Grant

I want to make a donation but I don’t want my name or information to be bought or sold in any way. How can I make sure that does not happen?

The Santa Cruz SPCA will never sell, share, or trade donor lists containing personal information, including names, email addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers, with any non-affiliated organization for their own purposes, unless donors have given us specific permission to do so. Review our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for more information.

How do I donate to a specific fund or purpose?

If you are making a donation online, there will be a field within the form where you can select from some of our most popular funds. If you do not see the fund or purpose for which you would like to donate, simply add a note in the message field letting us know the specific purpose of your donation. If you are making your donation by phone, be sure to let the SCSPCA representative know to which fund your donation should be designated. If you are making your donation by check, simply add the fund or purpose to the memo section.

I signed up as a Constant Companion, providing automatic monthly contributions, but I need to make changes to my account. How can I do that?

Any changes to your monthly account — for example, your personal information, credit card information, or donation amount — should be made in-person or over the phone with one of our representatives. We are located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz and can be reached at 831-465-5000.

I don’t like making donations online. Are there other ways I can make a monetary donation?

Although our online donation portal is highly protected, we understand your reservations. That’s why we gladly accept donations by phone, in person, or by mail. We are located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz and can be reached at 831-465-5000. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 3800, Santa Cruz, CA 95065.

I donate to the ASPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA gets some of that support, right?

No! The ASPCA is an independent national organization. Neither the Santa Cruz SPCA, nor any other SPCA is affiliated with or funded by the ASPCA. The only way that we benefit from your generosity is if you donate directly to us — the Santa Cruz SPCA.

 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 soley 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