Animal Advocates

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for many age groups, encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  

Due to staffing issues, only one session weekly will be offered during fall of 2017. Single sessions for our younger set (1 - 3 grades) will be offered some weekend days during the school year. Please send an email to to be notified of these dates.

Youth Animal Advocates (4th - 6th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours. We spend about half of our time together working hands on with the Shelter pets and the other half doing helpful Shelter tasks and educational programs.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm, at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter's Cottage Shop, back room education center: 2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month.

November Club: is full

If you have any questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email