At the Santa Cruz SPCA, homeless animals are given safe harbor until the day they meet their adoptive match. In most cases, this takes just days or weeks, but in others, it can take months and even years. Because of the home-like shelter environment and many dedicated volunteers at the SCSPCA, the longer term shelter animals are nurtured, enriched, and socialized during their extended stay with no pressure of a time limit. However, nothing beats a real home, especially in time for the holidays!

That is why the Santa Cruz SPCA is launching the Home for the Holidays Challenge, beginning October 30st and ending on December 31st. During this nine-week period, nine of the longest-term shelter pets will be introduced to the public through the SCSPCA’s Facebook and Instagram accounts on a weekly basis through bios, photos, and videos. The public is challenged to share these social media posts and spread the word far and wide. Their story only has to reach one special set of eyes!

Adoption fees will be waived for each of the selected animals, and the adoption will include spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and registration, and a certificate for a free veterinary visit. We will also be including a training package (specific to the animal’s needs with a local trainer), as well as a gift basket from Bed & Biscuits/Groomingdales,

Each of these animals has so much companionship and love to give — someone is really missing out! If you’d like to take part in the Home for the Holidays Challenge, make sure to follow us on Facebook ( and Instagram (@SantaCruzSPCA), watch for the weekly posts, and please share and re-gram away!

Week 1: Celine

Celine will go ahead and kick this thang off like the diva that she is! She’s really not that much of a diva, she’s just reached the age (8yrs +) where she knows who she is and what she wants. To her, the idea of making any major change is rather unnecessary. After EIGHT MONTHS with us, she’s in need of a home ready to accept her for the little Miss that she is.

Good thing her little Miss-ness is pretty darn easy to have around! Celine is quiet, house-trained, great with cats, great with other dogs, and only requires a few short potty expeditions a day. She prefers to lounge around the house in the comfiest spot she can find or post up outside in the sun for a thorough solar charge. She’s an independent spirit who enjoys peace and quiet — so an adult-only home would be preferred. She truly enjoys people as well as a nice cuddle session. However, don’t get too handsy until she’s ready. Also, follow the old saying of “let sleeping dogs lie.”

Other than a little arthritis in her elbow, Celine is a healthy girl with freshly cleaned teeth. Her adoption fee is on us — eight months in the shelter is too long. It’s time for Celine to find a friendly face to call her own. Let’s get this post in front of the right one!

Watch her VIDEO!



Week 2: Nacho

Eight-months ago we met a dog with only a number for a name and a smile like a Colgate model. Now his name is Nacho and he’s STILL got that award winning doggy grin. But he’s also still here. This handsome 6 1/2 year-old Corgi/Cattle Dog mix should be in a home by now! A home where he can chase tennis balls all day and hang with people who will open their laps to his 30 pound body and pretend it fits. He’s looking for adventurous days and cuddle filled nights. Let’s see if we can’t find just that!

Nacho is shaped like a muscular burrito with lamb-chops for legs. He’s a great small/medium size with the stamina of a much larger dog — but you can pick him up! He’s also a pretty strong guy, both physically and mentally, and will need an equally strong person willing to take the lead.

In classic Cattle Dog fashion, Nacho has a bit of a prey drive and would not do well with cats. He’s also very selective about his dog buddies and may need to be the only dog — however, he has peacefully coexisted with larger female dogs so the right doggy mate is key. Nacho would prefer an adult-only home. He’s just not a fan of the kid thing.

He may have a few stipulations, we know. Those stipulations make it a little harder to find the right home, we know. But, this week we are going to do our best to show you how amazing our little hunk of Nacho goodness really is!

Watch his VIDEO!