Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training

SPECIAL EVENTS     VOLUNTEER TRAINING

MARCH| APRIL|MAY 


MARCH

Pancake Breakfast in support of the Shelter
March 5, 10:00 - noon

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.
One of our local community UCSC groups, who has a strong focus on community support and engagement, will be serving up pancakes (hot off the grill) and welcoming visitors to our Shelter.

St. Pittie's Day Celebration
Week of March 13 - 19

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz...and other locations around town!
The purpose of this celebration is to help everyone see what loving companions Pit Bulls can make when given the right training, care and environment. We hope to spread awareness about the breed, while also finding homes for these dogs. Adoption specials, photography sessions, a Pit Pub Crawl, Pitbull 101 presented by Our Pack, and more!
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Planning Ahead for Your Pet, Exploring End of Life Decisions March 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.
Veterinarian Dr. Gabby Ravina leads a discussion about pet 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 erin.conway@santacruzcounty.us as space is limited. A donation for the Shelter is requested.
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Foster Orientation and Training
March 29, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.
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. Sign up:

Foster Orientation & Training Registration


APRIL

Days of Wine and Wet Noses
April 22, TBA

MacDorsa Park, Scotts Valley (off Civic Center Dr.)
Live music, great local wines and beers, food, and family friendly fun for everyone (two-footed and four-footed alike).
More info soon!

Foster Orientation and Training
April 26, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.
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. Sign up:

Foster Orientation & Training Registration

Celebration for Sage (Boulder Creek’s miracle dog)
April 29, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Odd Fellows Hall, 152 Forest St., Boulder Creek
Come celebrate Sage’s rescue with live music and silent auction, with our own Laurie Roberts of KPig mc’ing!
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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
March 7,14,21,28, 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. This workshop with Carla Braden is instructive for how you can help reduce shelter stress and arousal while exercising the brain and body.


Kennels - The Ins and Outs
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 - 11:30 am with Karen Phillippi

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. 

Low Stress Handling for Anxious & Fearful Dogs with Carla Braden
March 15, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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.

Puppy Handling with Mardi Richmond
March 23, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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. A 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. Let’s all work together to give our pups a good head start into their forever homes.

Now required for all new Dog TLC volunteers and highly recommended for all volunteers who have not taken it.

Cat Behavior in the Shelter Environment with Robin Glascock
March 25, 1:00 - 3:00

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.

This class is now required for all new Cat TLC volunteers starting in January 2017 and highly recommended for all CAT TLC volunteers who have not taken it.

Adolescent Dog Handling with Carla Braden
March 26, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

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.

Adolescent Dog Handling class will meet at the volunteer station and will be a hands on class. Volunteers should come prepared with their aprons, leashes, and treats. Class limit: 8. Now required for all new Dog TLC volunteers and highly recommended for all volunteers who have not taken it.

Foster Training with Andrea Jordan
March 29, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

For volunteers who want to start fostering shelter animals in need.


If you are interested in BEGINNING volunteer orientation, click here