Pet of the Week



SHEP (A232867)

Shep’s story begins with one of our Animal Control Officers spotting a white Shepherd running with a mangled front leg. It took the Officer’s special skills, and plenty of patience, to capture the dog to bring him into the Shelter for care. Splinting and pain medication were used to stabilize Shep’s leg and keep him comfortable during his stray-hold time. Sadly, the leg was too badly damaged to save. After the amputation, Shep became depressed.

Since recovery seemed to remain an issue, Shep was sent to recuperate in foster care, to continue to adjust to being a three-legged dog. Shep got a second chance by being brought to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Fostering a Shelter pet is an amazing way to support that individual animal and the work that the Shelter does. Opening your heart and home to a pet in need for a while they wait for a family to adopt them, allows that pet time to relax, heal, or simply grow up, as well as making space at the Shelter for other pets in need. If you are interested in learning more about our foster program, please visit us online at:

Shep is two year-old, neutered/male, German Shepherd mix

To Adopt: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz


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