Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training





Meow Luau
June10, 10 am - 4 pm

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter,1001 Rodriguez St.,
Celebrate our feline friends with: Heading Home Animal Rescue adoptions, the fabulous music and dance of The Ukulele Lady and her academy and their Hula friends, free classes on Feline Veterinary Care and Clicker Training for cats! 
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June10, 8 pm

Jury Room, 712 Ocean St.
Tartar Control, Anti-Social, The Quitters, and Enemy of my Enemy play this annual benefit for the Shelter hosted by our friends at the Jury Room! $5 donation gets you in the door for all four bands, a raffle, and a heck of a good time.
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Pawsitive Transformations: Using Positive Reinforcement Training to Unleash Your Ideal Dog with Janee Moore
June 25, 11:00 - 12:30

Janee Moore will be running the first of a series of three workshops for our SCCAS volunteers. Positive Reinforcement or "Force Free" training is taking the training world by storm! Trainers and dog owners are replacing training tools such as choke and prong collars with tools such as clickers and target sticks. But what exactly does it mean to be a "force free" dog trainer/owner, and how does it work?

In this workshop, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Janee Moore, will cover the basics of positive reinforcement training as well as the science behind it. You will learn how to turn your best friend into a canine good citizen using fun and reward based techniques! Watch for the July 16 and August 13 follow on trainings.

Janee Moore, B.A. CPDT-KA, Everyday Solutions for the Everyday Dog ‚Äčwww.jmoorek9.com

Love Monday
June 26, 11:30 am – 9 pm

Discretion Brewing, 2703 41st Ave., Soquel
Come out and lift a few of their delightful and delicious brews to support the Shelter. 20% of beer sales will be donated. “Choose Kindness”!
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Foster Volunteer Training for New SCCAS Volunteers
June 27, 5:30 - 7:00
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter,1001 Rodriguez St.,
Have you ever considered volunteering as a foster for a pet in need? This training is for people who are interested in fostering dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need of special care. Attend this orientation and training to learn more about the SCCAS and becoming a foster.

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Chevrolet of Watsonville's 9th Annual Custom Car Show
July, 7

490 Auto Center Dr, Watsonville, California 95076
This popular gathering includes over 120 beautifully-restored historic vehicles, hot rods and classics, with 21 different awards handed out, such as Best of Show and People’s Choice. The free event includes music and food, as well raffle prizes and a silent auction that offers an opportunity to win something special while making a donation that helps the neediest animals in the community.
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SCCAS Calendar Contest
July 25 - August 31

Did you take part in our last Calendar Contest? It was great fun, raised funds for the Shelter, and brought many fabulous furry faces into our community’s homes on the calendar pages. The top twelve pet winners will get a professional photo-shoot at the Shelter, their picture on a month of the calendar and on a day of their choice, and a free calendar too!
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Watch this space for information on upcoming special training opportunities* for our currenly active volunteers.

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



Puppy & Adolescent Handling with Carla Braden
July 9, 2:30 - 4:00

Puppies! - What’s the big deal? This class will cover – why it’s so important to handle puppies well; things NOT to do; things to focus on; holding and carrying puppies. An unintentional puppy bite can mean a 5 day quarantine for that puppy at a time when that puppy especially needs the socialization and opportunity for adoption. This is a fun and informative class for all volunteers who interact with our puppies.
Adolescent dogs (appx. 7 - 18 months) are often surrendered to shelters for behavior humans find unruly: jumping up, mouthing, and exhibiting poor impulse control and selective hearing. Kenneling these dogs can make them even harder to handle. Come learn techniques to handle and calm these dogs so the experience goes more smoothly for dog and handler! Class will include some background on canine adolescence and hands on practice.

Kennels - The Ins and Outs with Karen Phillippi
July 12, 5:30 - 7:00

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. Learn some tips and tricks.


Dog Show Training with Linda Puzziferro and Carla Braden
July 13, 5:30 - 7:00

Training for experienced volunteers interested in doing meet and greets with clients and shelter dogs.

Cat Behavior in the Shelter Environment with Robin Glascock
July 15, 1:00 - 3:00

This class is highly recommended for all cat volunteers. 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.

Decision Forum with Management and Volunteers
July 16, 4:00 - 5:30

This is an open discussion about our animals, how they come to us, their time with us, what is involved with evaluating them before making them available for adoption, and how those tough decisions about euthanasia are made. I encourage you to attend and get a feel for what our staff deals with on a daily basis.

Raising Purr-fect Kittens (formerly known as Socializing Kittens) with Amy Hyler-Essig
July 19, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Why does your friend’s cat run and hide under the bed when you visit? Why do we see so many “shy” and fearful cats at the shelter? Most of the time this happens because, as kittens, they led too sheltered of a life. Kittens are naturally curious! Foster parents have a unique opportunity to change a kitten’s life forever. Show formerly-feral kittens that living with people is fantastic. Learn how to set your foster kittens up for a confident, curious future, filled with exciting new adventures. All volunteers welcome, even “dog people”!

Kennel Cough and Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) with Andrea Jordan
July 23, 1:00 - 2:30

If you’ve been a volunteer for a while, you’ve seen how URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) can spread through our cat population and how difficult it was to eliminate a tough strain of kennel cough this past year. What is URI and kennel cough? How does it transmit? What can you do to help? Interested in learning more about upper respiratory infections in a shelter setting?  Sign up for the class with Animal Care Supervisor Andrea Jordan (a.k.a. AJ)  AJ will be doing a comprehensive presentation regarding URI/Kennel Cough and the challenges we as a shelter face controlling it. 

Low Stress Handling for Anxious/Fearful Dogs with Carla Braden
July 23, 2:30 - 4:00

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.



If you are interested in BEGINNING volunteer orientation, click here