Submit a Courtesy Listing

If you are looking to rehome your animal without surrendering them to a shelter, we would be happy to help that process by posting your pet on our Courtesy Listings Section. You still maintain 100% ownership of your animal, however their photo and bio will be listed in an area where people interested in adoption will look. Your posting will be live on our site for up to 30 days. If you should find a home for your pet, please let us know so that we can keep our listings current. Your contact information will never be given away or sold. We can accept courtesy listings for most any species of animal. Dogs and cats MUST be spayed or neutered in order to be listed. Courtesy Listings may be submitted via email, please follow directions below:

Please use the subject line: “Help placing an animal”

Address the email to

In the email include:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • The contact information you wish to be published on the website
  • The animal’s name
  • Sex
  • Is the animal spayed/neutered?
  • Breed/Mix
  • Age
  • Give a description of the animal, the animal’s personality, needs & any issues he/she has. The more detailed the better, short descriptions get fewer responses.
  • A high quality photo of the animal. We will not post an animal for adoption without a photograph – adoption postings without photos do not get responses. The better the photo, the more likely you will get responses to your ad.


Click here for tips on rehoming your pet responsibly

Other sites that can help to rehome your pet through a listing:

Wagaroo (dogs only)


Animal Friends Rescue Project  – Stay At Home Rescue Project

Paws Like Me – $75 fee

Surrendering Your Animal

We understand that sometimes keeping your pet is just not feasible.  But before making the decision to give them up we strongly encourage you to exhaust all other options before deciding on surrender. We do our best to provide a comfortable, safe, and loving environment for all of the animals that come to us but when you surrender a pet to any shelter, the transition can be difficult.

Before making this permanent decision, evaluate the following options:

  • Seek the advice and assistance of a trainer or behaviorist if the pet’s behavior is the problem. You may also take advantage of our free “Ask the Dog Trainer” monthly meeting or read through our Pet Behavior resources.
  • Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing that can lend to an animal behaving a certain way.
  • Seek out alternative housing that allows pets. Check out our Pet-Friendly Housing section.
  • Check in with friends or family to determine if they might be able to take over the ownership of your animal.
  • Re-home your pet yourself. List your pets on as many animal rescue sites as possible and utilize social media to get the word out that your pet is looking for a new home (avoid posting your animal on sites like Craigslist). Research and utilize a good screening and interview process to make sure your pet is going into a safe and loving home.


To inquire about surrender:

If you’ve done all of the above and still need a place for your dog or cat, the Santa Cruz SPCA can accept owner surrenders on a case-by-case basis. Because our facility is limited in size and operates using a “free-play” housing system during the day, we must make sure the animals that come into our facility will do well in the environment we offer. Surrenders are taken on an appointment-only basis.

To speak to a staff member about the possibility of surrendering your animal, please call (831) 465-5000