Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training





Yogurtland's Be Kind to Animals Week Promotion
Three local Yogurtland locations
During  May, local Yogurtland employees will ask customers if they would like to donate $1 to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter!
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Human Race
May 13, 9:00 am start 

2300 Delaware Ave (West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park)
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the easiest one to take part in. Join our team; walk with us and/or donate in support of the work we do. Two-legged and four-legged team members welcome!
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Teacher Workshop, Humane Education (K - 6th grades)
May 20, 10 am - noon
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter 1001 Rodriguez St.
Teachers: Do you love pets? Do you want to teach your students about them? Come join us for a FREE teacher workshop.
Space is limited, rsvp required to juliehitchcock@comcast.net

Animal Film Festival
May 24, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Ave.
CAPE and SCCAS co-host; these films explore aspects of animal welfare, animal rights, the human/animal bond or programs demonstrating ways to improve the lives of animals.
Purchase tickets online in advance

Foster Training for new SCCAS Volunteers
May 30, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter 1001 Rodriguez St.
Are you considering volunteering as a foster for a pet in need?
Foster volunteers save lives and we need you! This training is for people who are interested in fostering dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need of special care - medical, behavioral, or just needing time to grow up. Attend this orientation and training to learn more about the SCCAS and becoming a foster. Join us to learn about our Foster Program! Please reserve a spot as space is limited.


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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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, 5:00 - 6:30
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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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.

Working Dogs with Carla Braden
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Dogs in the kennel are often in a highly aroused state.  Going out to run or play in the yard with people or other dogs is more high arousal activity.

Cat Show Training with Lane
May 27, 2:00 - 3:30

For experienced volunteers with over 20 hours of Cat TLC time, who would like to learn how to do cat shows.

Puppy & Adolescent Dog Handling with Carla Braden
May 21, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

This class will cover why it is so important to handle puppies well and how to do so. Adolescent Dog Handling is a hands on class.

Canine Massage with Carla Braden
May 21, 12:00 - 1:00

Above all, dogs in the shelter need help calming down. Whether it's that they're excited, generally stressed, or fearful, massage can help release tension and be a good handling experience with a person. Come and learn dog massage techniques in this hands on class.

Kennels - The Ins and Outs with Karen Phillippi
June 3, 11:00 - 12:30 TBC

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. 

SPOTT Training with Carla Braden
June 4, 12:30 - 1:30

For current Dog TLC volunteers who are interested in taking dogs out for extended walks or sleepovers. We are going to start separating the foster training from the SPOTT training, so this class will focus specifically on SPOTT

Dog Enrichment with Carla Braden
June 4, 2:00 - 3:00

With a focus on in-kennel enrichment, learn ways to mentally exercise dogs to help keep them mentally healthy during their stay at the shelter. Preparing enrichment is a great activity for those who want to help the dogs without handling them, but keeping the dogs flush in Stuff to Do requires the help of many volunteers. Come learn to prepare safe, fun, engaging enrichment for our shelter pups with hands-on practice! 

Low Stress Handling for Shy/Fearful Dogs
June 11, 2:00 - 3:30
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.

Foster Training for Current Volunteers with Andrea Jordan
June 13 , 5:30 - 6:30 pm

For current volunteers interested in learning more about the foster program.

Socializing Kittens with Amy Hyler-Essig
June 17, 3:00 - 4:30

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
June 20, 5:30 - 6;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. 

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



If you are interested in BEGINNING volunteer orientation, click here