Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training




New Adopters Workshops*
January 28, 10:00 - 11:30

2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz (back rooms)
(*people only, no pets please)
The first few months with a new pet companion is a lot of fun but can be challenging as well. Come let our skilled staff help you through! RSVP to jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Free Chihuahua Spay/Neuter Extravaganza: locations TBA
With thanks to the Alice and Emmy Fund from Chihuahua Pride day, and other supporting grants and donations, coupons for FREE Chihuahua spay/neuters will be handed out to celebrate National Spay Day and work to overcome pet over-population in our County! 

Evening with author/illustrator team Erin & Phil Stead: February 7, 6:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Book event for a beautifully illustrated children's volume, “Tony”. The story centers around a milk horse of the same name, featuring text from the late poet Ed Galing, and gorgeous art by Erin and Phil Stead. Kirkus Review writes of the books, “extraordinary empathy”.
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Planning Ahead for Your Pet, Exploring End of Life Decisions: TBA
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.
Dr. Gabby Ravina leads a discussion about end of life care, hospice, and euthanasia decisions. This meaningful but often very difficult stage of pet ownership is the focus of her practice Peaceful Paws. RSVP required as to jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us as space is limited. A donation for the Shelter is requested.
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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
January 24 and 31, 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.

February 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

For volunteers who want to start fostering or taking dogs out for SPOTT walks or overnights. 

Kennels - The Ins and Outs
February 11, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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. 

Shelter Dog Enrichment
February 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

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.  

Movie Night
February 16, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Topic to TBA

Canine Massage
February 25, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Above all, dogs in the shelter need help calming down.  Come learn massage techniques in this hands on class!

If you are interested in BEGINNING volunteer orientation, click here