Upcoming SCCAS Events

Volunteer Training 2015   Special Events 2015

SHELTER CATS - BEHAVIOR, STRESS, AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
Friday, January 23, 5:00 - 7:00, Training Room. 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.

TRISH KING WORKSHOPS IN SANTA CRUZ!
Saturday, January 31, 9:00 - 1:00
Different Breeds, Different Needs
Breed differences exist, and if you own or are helping with a particular breed it is good to know what to expect and how to deal with it.  We will discuss how certain breeds will react to what they see as threats, to excess energy, and to the normal activities of humans and other circumstances.  Emphasis on bully breeds, herding dogs, and terriers.

Saturday, February 21, 9:00 - 1:00
Common Canine Behavior Problems
All dog problems have their roots in dogs’ natural behavior.  But just because they’re natural, doesn’t mean they’re desirable.  In this workshop, we will discuss what you can do about many of the common behavior problem we all have to deal with, including separation issues, leash aggression, biting in play, and possession problems.  

SCCAS volunteers and the public are welcome to sign up. Workshop location: 1080 Emeline Ave., Large Auditorium. To reserve your seat, payment must accompany your registration and be received by January 28, 2014. Drop off or mail to SCCAS, 2200 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

SCCAS, or county shelter rate, $35.00 per workshop or $60.00 for both.

Public rate is $50.00 per workshop or $90.00 for both.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Trish King, internationally renowned canine behaviorist, established the Canine Behavior Academy and leads seminars, webinars, and workshops on dog behavior, canine management, temperament assessment, and the handling of difficult dogs. She is the author of PARENTING YOUR DOG (TFH Publications) and writes articles on dog behavior for numerous publications. Her goal is always to enrich the lives of both animals and people through the humane and thoughtful use of relationship work, environmental management and training.

Email Erin Conway, Volunteer Program Coordinator for more information.

 

 

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

 

 

 

   
 

PUPPY HANDLING CLASSES
Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30 - 7:00 and Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:00 - 11:30, 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
Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:30 - 7:00 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.