Whether it’s one of our ongoing “train-the-human” canine behavior classes, a satellite adopt-a-thon, or a race to raise funds for animal rescue, every Santa Cruz SPCA event brings our community together to celebrate the human-animal bond. Join us, join the fun, and show your support for the animals that make our lives better! 

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Paint Your Pet Night

Thursday, September 27th  — 6 pm – 8:30 pm — East Cliff Brewing

Paint, sip beer, and listen to great music with friends while creating your personalized pet portrait — all while giving back to the SCSPCA!  Art & Soul Events will pre-sketch your pet from a photograph you send in, so you will be ready to paint a forever portrait to proudly hang in your home or give as a gift. No Experience necessary! Ages 11and up

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Where: East Cliff Brewing 21517 E Cliff Dr in Santa Cruz

Cost: $43 

Is registration required? Tickets are required. Get your tickets here!

Are animals invited? The public’s animals are not allowed.

Who will enjoy this event? Any animal loving artistic soul 11yrs and up!

Santa Cruz Derby Girl Bout

Saturday, October 27th — Doors open at 4:00 pm  

The Santa Cruz SPCA staff/volunteers/adoptable dogs will be hanging out at the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ home bout cheering them on! Watch our local skater girls do their thang! Get your tickets — and don’t forget to stop by our table and say hi!

Read more about the Santa Cruz Derby Girl Bout!

Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Cost: $11 – $33 more info on ticket pricing here.

Is registration required? Tickets are required. Get your tickets here!

Are animals invited? The public’s animals are not allowed.

Who will enjoy this event? Anyone who is ready for some heart-pumpin’ action and watching gals kick butt on skates!


Shelter Tours

Upon Request

Interested in learning about the Santa Cruz SPCA’s life-saving programs? Come out and join fellow animal lovers for a behind-the-scenes tour of our current facility and take a sneak peek at our new shelter building site! Tours will last approximately 30 minutes and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.

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When: Upon Request

Where: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz

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Cost: Free

Is registration required? We encourage interested parties to R.S.V.P. by noon the day before your preferred visit date. Please do so by calling 831-465-5000 ext. 16 or emailing us!

Are animals invited? We ask that only human guests attend.

Who will enjoy this event? Anyone who is interested in learning more about our organization, the work we do, the facility we do it in, and our plans for the future!

Ask the Dog Trainer Discussion Group

First Monday of every month

Whether or not they come to us from a shelter, our four-legged friends can sometimes exhibit challenging behaviors that require proper training in order to be understood and successfully resolved. Dealing with these behaviors doesn’t necessarily come naturally to humans. We invite you to bring your questions and receive educated advice and helpful tips on dog behavior!

Read more about Ask the Dog Trainer!

When: First Monday of every month

Where: Santa Cruz SPCA Capitola Mall Adoption Center & Gift Shop

1855 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010 (in the Target wing)

Cost: Free

Is registration required? We’d love to know you are coming, so reservations are required. Click here to reserve a spot!

Are animals invited? Please leave your pup at home. These sessions are for two-legged learners only.

Who will enjoy this event? This hour-long, small-group setting is perfect for people who have newly adopted their first animal or people who have adopted and are experiencing problems they’ve never dealt with before.

 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