Upcoming SCCAS Events

Volunteer Training 2015   Special Events 2015

FOSTER/SPOTT TRAINING
March 12, 5:30 - 7:00, with Ben. For current active volunteers interested in fostering or taking dogs out of the shelter for offsite events and activities.

CAT BEHAVIOR AND HANDLING IN THE SHELTER ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
March 14, 10:00 - 12:00 with Robin Glascock. 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 show 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. Then we'll discuss how to interact with each type of cat in a way that is safe for you, and will help the cats relax and be more comfortable. Finally, we'll watch the award-winning short film from the British Columbia SPCA, "The Emotional Life of Cats," about the effects of stress on shelter cats' mental and physical health, and some things we can do about it.

Note: This is not the Cat TLC class for new volunteers. Some of this information will be useful for your own cats, but we won't cover the most common in-home behavior problems such as litterbox issues and cat-on-cat aggression, or how to train your cat to jump through hoops.

Please email me to sign up. Erin.conway@santacruzcounty.us

PUPPY HANDLING CLASSES
Thursday, March 19, 5:30 - 7:00, Shelter
Training Room. Mardi Richmond, CPDT-KA, owner of Good Dogs Santa Cruz dog training, and Joanie Deneffe, Freshstart Dog Training, will present two training sessions in February for current SCCAS volunteers on puppy handling. This class will cover - Why it is so important to handle puppies well; Thing NOT to do; Things to focus on; Holding and carrying puppies. This should be a fun, informative, and important class for all volunteers who interact with puppies. Let's all work together to give our puppies a good head start into their forever homes.

Email Erin Conway, Volunteer Program Coordinator for more information.
 

DOG SHOW AND DOG TO DOG TRAINING
TBD with Tricia Breen. Volunteers with at least 20 hours of dog TLC time logged are welcome to attend. This is a training to learn how to show dogs to potential adopters and do dog to dog introductions.

Email Erin Conway, Volunteer Program Coordinator for more information and to sign up.
 

FIND IT! STARTING IN APRIL
Dog volunteers - Karen Phillippi will be running a weekly 'Find It!' class for all volunteers and shelters dogs. Come join the fun and learn how to teach a dog to use its nose and brain. Stay tuned for dates and times.

 

THE COTTAGE SHOP - OPEN FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 12 - 4!
"The Cottage Shop at The Animal Shelter" our upcycled resale boutique, located at 2260 Seventh Ave. in Santa Cruz, will sell up-cycled furniture, vintage linens, pet accessories, kitchenware, garden art and customized dog tags. Proceeds benefit the shelter. 

Visit us at on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ShelterCottageShop

5TH ANNUAL WINE & WET NOSES!
APRIL 25, 2015, 2:00 - 5:00, MacDorsa Park in Scotts Valley. A benefit for the SCC Animal Shelter and Unconditional Love Animal Rescue. Come out and bring your 2 and 4 footed friends and family for wine, beer, food, and music, with the award winning Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings.

HUMAN RACE - MAY 9TH!
Join the SCCAS team and help us be the number 1 team this year. Watch for upcoming details in March.