Pet Food Pantry

The Santa Cruz SPCA wants to make sure that companion animals in our community never go hungry — and that no family need surrender a pet because they can’t afford to feed it. So when hard times hit dog and cat owners in our community, we are there to offer support.

Each year, Heather’s Pet Food Pantry distributes more than 60,000 pounds of dog and cat food to senior citizens and other Santa Cruz pet owners for whom pet food isn’t affordable. This vital program, founded in memory of Santa Cruz resident and lifelong animal lover Heather Zir, helps to keep hundreds of animals with the families who love them.

Members of our community who need help feeding a beloved dog or cat are welcome to visit Heather’s Pet Food Pantry! We distribute one week’s worth of free pet food every Sunday, at the time shown below. Along with dog and cat food (both dry and wet) we also offer a selection of free used pet supplies.  


Location: 2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
Time: Every Sunday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

Our Pet Food Pantry was founded in memory of Santa Cruz animal lover Heather Zir.

On top of our own Pet Food Pantry, the Santa Cruz SPCA has recently partnered with other organizations to reach even more pet owners in need. We are beyond grateful to both of these organizations for helping to broaden our impact on the Santa Cruz and Watsonville communities!




Santa Cruz Salvation Army – 721 Laurel St. in Santa Cruz
Monday – Thursday (9am – 11:30am)

Twin Lakes People’s Pantry – 2701 Cabrillo College Drive
Wednesdays (4pm – 5:15pm) in parking lot near the modulars and Monschke Hall

Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

(P) 831-465-5000 (F) 831-479-8530


Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED

Animal Browsing Wed to Sun 11am - 5pm

*PET FOOD PANTRY - Sundays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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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