Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training




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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Free Spay/Neuter Extravaganza
February 25, 10:00 - noon

Spay/Neuter Clinic, 150A Pennsylvania Dr., Watsonville
With thanks to the Alice and Emmy Fund from Chihuahua Pride day, and other supporting grants and donations, 50 appointments for FREE spay/neuters (for Chihuahuas, Pitbulls, or cats) will be scheduled in celebration National Spay Day and the work to overcome pet over-population in our County! 

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. Pitty's Day Celebration
Week of March 13 - 19

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz...and other locations!
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, Pitbull 101 presented by Our Pack, and more!

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.
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 erin.conway@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.  

Low Stress Handling for Anxious & Fearful Dogs
February 16, 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.

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