Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter History

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter began serving the community in July of 2002 when the Santa Cruz SPCA stopped providing animal care and control service to local governments. (The Santa Cruz SPCA continues to serve the community but they no longer provide animal control services. They are run entirely on donations, and they focus on placing unwanted animals into new homes and humane education. You can contact the SPCA at 465-5000). In November of 2004 the Watsonville Animal Services joined Santa Cruz County Animal Services. As of July 1, 2007, the City of Capitola provides both animal control and shelter services to their residents through their Police Department.