- Surrendering an Animal
- Lost Pet Recovery
- Found a Lost Pet?
- Spay & Neuter
- Animal Rescue & Control
- Dog Licensing
- Humane Education
- Behavior and Training
- Door to Door
How You Can Help!
Found a Lost Pet?
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is Santa Cruz County’s resource for lost and found pets. Each year, we reunite hundreds of worried pet owners with their stray companions.
A few options if you find a stray or lost pet:
1. Bring the animal to either of the Santa Cruz County shelter locations during the following hours:
• Santa Cruz Shelter, 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz
Monday – Sunday : 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
• Watsonville Shelter, 580 Airport Blvd. In Watsonville
Monday – Saturday*: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch from Noon -1:00 pm)
*Note: This location is closed on Sunday.
2. Request Animal Control assistance for stray animal pick-up.
Please use this option if you are unable to transport a stray animal or if you feel the animal you have found may be a threat to people or other animals. Please confine the animal and call (831) 454-7200 during business hours.
3. Bring the animal to Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital for AFTER-HOURS DROP OFF.
Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital is located at 2585 Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz, (831) 475-5400 for AFTER-HOURS DROP OFF.
Leaving a Found Animal at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
When you arrive with the animal at our shelter locations, one of our staff members will assist you. They’ll ask you some questions about where and when the animal was found. If the animal appears sick, injured, or aggressive please call ahead, or come into the facility without the animal first so the staff can assist your individual situation in the best possible way. Also, if you do not have a leash or carrier, the Shelter can provide one to you to help ensure the animal stays safe and does not get away.