Animal Shelter Services

  • Two full service, open-door shelters which accept all animals presented for care and disposition and provide regional locations for owners to find and recover their lost pets.
  • Animal adoptions, including on-line searches for adoptable animals and off-site adoption services in collaboration with area animal-related businesses.   
  • Animal transfers to over 50 approved animal placement partner groups (breed rescue and animal welfare organizations).
  • Basic veterinary care for all animals.  Animal emergency medical care provided by Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter through private animal emergency clinics.
  • On site spay and neuter for adoptable shelter animals and low-cost spay neuter for County resident dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Lost and found services, including a telephone hot line and on-line posting of all found animals that arrive at the shelters.
  • Dog licensing program for the County.
  • Microchip services for dogs, cats and rabbits for permanent identification.
  • Feral cat trap rentals, and assistance with feral cat colonies.
  • Humane education and community outreach.
  • Volunteer programs to assist shelter staff at both shelter locations with adoptions, animal care and socialization.
  • Foster care programs that place young, sick, injured or unsocialized animals in home care until the animals are ready for adoption.  
  • Humane euthanasia and disposal of animals when necessary.