About Our Open-Door Shelter

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) provides animal rescue, regulation and humane care that protect the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Santa Cruz County. We currently rescue and assure safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for approximately 5,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, neglected and injured animals each year.

Our shelter also provides 24-hour animal rescue service and is Santa Cruz County’s only full service, open-admission animal shelter. SCCAS provides two locations for owners to find and recover their lost pets and adopt new animal companions.

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is a Joint Powers Authority serving the County of Santa Cruz, City of Santa Cruz, City of Scotts Valley, the City of Watsonville, and City of Capitola. SCCAS is governed by a Board of Directors that has representatives from each of the participating jurisdictions.

Our shelters are tangible evidence of Santa Cruz County’s commitment to animal welfare. They are supported by numerous volunteers and foster care families who provide thousands of hours of assistance to shelter staff at both shelter locations. We’re YOUR community shelter. We’d love to have you visit us or join us as a volunteer!