Youth Volunteers

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If you would like more information about Youth Volunteers, go to our Frequently Asked Questions page and look under Community Programs.

P.A.W.S. Program

(Promoting Animal Welfare with Students)

The Santa Cruz SPCA is happy to announce that we now offer P.A.W.S., a youth volunteer program for students age 7 through 15. (Students over the age of 16 can sign up for our regular volunteer program.) Program participants may help with the care, socializing and training of the shelter animals.

Students interested in P.A.W.S. must first fill out an on-line application and sign up, via to attend a general volunteer orientation with a parent or guardian.  We have an orientation on the first Monday of each month at 4pm at our shelter location, 2685 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz. P.A.W.S. groups will meet for three week sessions each month, September through May.  The cost for one three week session is $45.

There will be P.A.W.S. groups offered for the following age groups:

  • Junior Volunteers-Age 7-8, Mondays from 3:30-5:30
  • Pre-Teen volunteers-Age 9-11, Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30
  • Teen volunteers-Age 12-15, Thursdays from 3:30-5:30

We take applicants on a first come first serve basis.  Once a section fills up, you can choose another section, contact us by phone at 566-3753 or e-mail for more information.

Register for PAWS 2017


Community Service Saturdays

Often times we have middle and high school students who approach us about volunteering simply because they need to meet a certain number of community service hours in order to graduate or meet their program goals.  We realize that these students may not have the desire nor the ability to commit to volunteering with us for the long term like so many of our other volunteers.  These Saturday volunteer opportunities were developed in an effort both to better serve our community’s youth and to allow us to benefit from those CS volunteers who can meet our requirements.

CS Saturdays happen on the last Saturday of each month from 11am to 3pm.  We can accommodate a group of up to 10 High School or Middle School students in need of fulfilling a requirement for community service hours.  The cost for registration is $10/student.  They will be supervised by the Humane Educator or their designee.  All potential CS volunteers must fill out an on-line application and attend an orientation with a parent before participating in CS Saturdays.  We will accept sign ups for any upcoming dates up to one week before the last Saturday of the month.

Shelter staff will make a list of projects throughout the month that can be completed  by this group of students.  This can include but may not be limited to shelter site maintenance, office filing and sorting, data entry, cleaning of the shelter site and animal enclosures, dog walking and cat TLC.

Register for Community Service Saturday 2017

Download the Santa Cruz County Community Service Action Guide

 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