Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training




Harvest, Hops, and Hounds (hosted by C-DOG): October 1, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Living with Dogs Field, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz
Join us at our second annual farm-to-table, dog-friendly event! See pictures from last year's event. Space is limited, get your tickets today!

Dangers in Paradise (hosted by SC CERT): October 2, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Home Depot Parking Lot, 2600 41st Ave, Soquel
9th annual Disaster Preparedness Fair: Meet local Law Enforcement Personnel, Firefighters and more. Learn how to protect you and your family (two-footed and four-footed alike)!

Planning Ahead for Your Pets: October17, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
SCCAS 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz

When planning ahead, don’t forget someone very important; plan for pets too!

Every year millions of animals nationwide enter animal shelters because their owners become incapacitated or die. Or, these beloved pets can become an extra burden for friends and family who might not be able to handle the responsibility.

When creating your household disaster preparedness kit, please remember to cover your pet’s needs.

Consider helping other pets in need by leaving a legacy of love to support homeless animals in our community by donating to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Your gift will live on in the quality of their lives!

Space is limited: RSVP to jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us

Bark-toberfest at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales: October 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
103 Kennedy Drive, Capitola
Great beer, snacks, games...all with our dogs!With autumn just arrived, there is no better way to celebrate the season than Bark’tober Fest. Event co-hosted by Woofpack and Sante Adairius to benefit SCCAS. Get your tickets today!


Bow Wow Film Festival: November 3, 7:00 pm
Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
The Bow Wow Film Fest is a traveling, dog centric film festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie through the art of short film. This event co-hosted by Duo Duo Project. Tickets are limited, buy them online today!

Reiki for Pets, November 19, 3:00 pm
"Learn what Reiki is and how it can deepen the bond between you and your pets, and how it can assist you and your pets with healing any issues, be that mental, emotional, or physical. You'll come away with techniques and meditations to do at home for yourself and your animals. This workshop is for people only."
Taught by Joyce Leonard of Santa Cruz Reiki Works.
RSVP to jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Happy Holidays at Starbuck, Giving to Others in Need: December 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starbucks will host SCCAS Foster dogs and invite the public to learn about the Door to Door program which gives support to pet-owning families in financial need.

Scales to Tails, open house and holiday party at Santa Cruz Koi & Aquactic Vet Services: December 10, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4061 Soquel Ave., Soquel
Enjoy tours of our world famous fish hospital, grab some drinks to enjoy with the fish, visit with local artists, pick up some great holiday gifts and bid on items in our silent auction. All proceeds go to help the shelter animals have an amazing holiday!
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Watch this space for information on upcoming special training opportunities* for our regular volunteers.

Cat Show Training
Saturday, December 3, 12:00 - 2:00
With Lane Maloney. Experienced volunteers with over 20 hours of Cat TLC time, who would like to learn how to do cat shows, sign up for training with Lane.

Kennels - The Ins & Outs
Sunday, December 4, 12:00 - 1:00
With Carla Braden. Getting the dogs in and out of the kennels can be tricky business and one of the more challenging aspects of being a Dog TLC  volunteer. Carla will be demonstrating best practices for working with dogs to get them in and out of their kennels. Some of the end kennels can be especially tricky, or kennels with 2 dogs a little more challenging. Rambunctious dogs and shy dogs both present their own needs and methods of working with them. Learn some tips and tricks to decrease stress for you and the dogs and improve your handling skills.

Foster/SPOTT Training
Sunday, December 4, 1:30 - 2:30
With Carla Braden. For volunteers who want to start fostering or taking dogs out for SPOTT walks or overnights.

Cat Behavior in the Shelter Environment
Saturday, December 10, 1:00 - 3:00
With Robin Glascock. This class is highly recommended for all cat volunteers, especially those new to volunteering, and is open to any volunteer to attend. Description: Why do the cats here do such weird things? Sometimes they meow constantly, scratch at the kennel door, or hide in the back of a cubby and avoid people. How can we cope with this stuff? In this class, we'll address some of these questions. We'll talk about the basic psychology of domestic cats, and why they have a stressful time here at the shelter. We'll point out some of the signs you can look for to see if a cat is confident and happy, shy and fearful, or high-energy and playful. All volunteers are welcome to attend.

Low Stress Handling Techniques for Anxious and Fearful Dogs
Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 - 7:00
With Carla Braden. Learn handling techniques and behavior modification to help build trust and confidence in shy and fearful dogs, and avoid increasing their stress levels.  A useful class even for experienced volunteers and required for all Tier 2 volunteers before working with Blue Dot dogs.


*Sign up on the sheets by the volunteer monitor or email Erin Conway to add you to the list.

If you are interested in BEGINNING volunteer orientation, click here