Upcoming Events

SANTA CRUZ- On February 27th, in partnership with Animal Hospital of Soquel, the Santa Cruz SPCA (SCSPCA) will host a Blackie’s Fund Wellness Day, a day of free preventative veterinary care for cats and dogs owned by local seniors.

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on an appointment basis only, a licensed veterinarian will provide basic exams, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, de-worming, and microchipping. The event will take place at the Animal Hospital of Soquel at 2651 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz.

The Wellness Day is subsidized by the SCSPCA’s Blackie’s Fund program, which is designed to make funds for veterinary care available to senior citizens who would otherwise have to give up their companion animal or would be unable to provide medical care when it is needed. The expense of veterinary care can be a burden to elderly people who are living on restricted retirement incomes, and this event is just one way the SCSPCA can help lighten the financial load and help keep pets healthy!

Who Qualifies? Seniors, age 62 and over, who are on a fixed or low income and are located in Santa Cruz County.

Seniors who would like to take advantage of these free services are encouraged to call the Santa Cruz SPCA, 831-465-5000, to make an appointment for their pet. This is an appointment-only event, and unfortunately, cannot accommodate walk-ins.

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 of our new shelter building site! Tour will last approximately 30 minutes and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.

Tour Dates/Times: The second Wednesday (12:30 pm) and Saturday (10:30 am) of each month!

Please R.S.V.P. by noon the day before your preferred visit date, by phone – 831-465-5000 or email Lisa Krigsman.

On-Going Events

Ask The Dog Trainer

The Santa Cruz SPCA offers a FREE Training Discussion group once a month with a local reputable trainer to help dog owners with behavioral issues or training questions. This 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. Shelter animals can many times exhibit challenging behaviors and may be in need of a great deal of training. This hour long information session can prove to be invaluable in making sure your adoption is a success!

Bring all of your questions and receive educated advice, helpful hints and expert behavior evaluation.These sessions are for people only, so please leave your dog at home. Jumping up, barking, pulling on the leash, etc. comes naturally to dogs and we’re here to help you learn what to do! Reservations are Required.

 Make A Reservation


Trainer: Shawn Shellard, CDT

When: Dates and times TBD

Where: Santa Cruz SPCA Capitola Mall Adoption Center & Gift Shop, 1855 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010 (in the Target wing)
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