Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training




Harvest, Hops, and Hounds (hosted by C-DOG): October 1, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Living with Dogs Field, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz
Join us at our second annual farm-to-table, dog-friendly event! See pictures from last year's event. Space is limited, get your tickets today!

Dangers in Paradise (hosted by SC CERT): October 2, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Home Depot Parking Lot, 2600 41st Ave, Soquel
9th annual Disaster Preparedness Fair: Meet local Law Enforcement Personnel, Firefighters and more. Learn how to protect you and your family (two-footed and four-footed alike)!

Planning Ahead for Your Pets: October17, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
SCCAS 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz

When Planning ahead, don’t forget someone very important; plan for pets too!

Every year millions of animals nationwide enter animal shelters because their owners become incapacitated or die. Or, these beloved pets can become an extra burden for friends and family who might not be able to handle the responsibility.

When creating your household disaster preparedness kit, please remember to cover your pet’s needs.

Consider helping other pets in need by leaving a legacy of love to support homeless animals in our community by donating to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Your gift will live on in the quality of their lives!

Space is limited: RSVP to jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us

Bark-toberfest at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales: October 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
103 Kennedy Drive, Capitola
Great beer, snacks, games...all with our dogs! Event co-hosted by Woofpack and Sante Adairius. Get your tickets today!


Bow Wow Film Festival: November 3, 7:00 pm showing
Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
The Bow Wow Film Fest is a traveling, dog centric film festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie through the art of short film. This event co-hosted by Dou Dou Project.

Reiki for Pets, November 19, 3:00 pm
RSVP to jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us




Watch this space for information on upcoming special training opportunities* for our regular volunteers.

Clicker Training Shelter Dogs: Sit, Down, Toy Trade, Find It
Thursday, September 29, 5:30 - 7 pm 

Why use a clicker and how do they work? How can clicker training benefit our shelter dogs? Get an introduction to clicker training and train shelter dogs to sit and lie down on cue. Learn and practice tips to increase adoptions.

Clicker Training Shelter Dogs Advanced
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

For those with clicker training experience, teach shelter dogs tricks to awe potential adopters! Get your dog star ready for his close up!

Special Topic for DOG TLC Volunteers - Kennels - The Ins & Outs with Carla Braden
Sunday, October 2, 1:00 - 3:00

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. Carla will be demonstrating best practices for working with dogs to get them in and out of their kennels. Some of the end kennels can be especially tricky, or kennels with 2 dogs a little more challenging. Rambunctious dogs and shy dogs both present their own needs and methods of working with them. Learn some tips and tricks from a certified trainer and improve your skills.

Movie Night - Puppies! #1
Thursday, October 20, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Learn about puppy development and socialization up to 8 weeks of age. Many of us have experience with older puppies and adult dogs, but let's look at the early stages of development we don't get to see so often. GREAT class for anyone who wants to foster puppies before they're old enough for adoption.

Dog Volunteers Special Topic - Puppies! #2
Thursday, October 27, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

For puppies older than 8 weeks who are ready to go home with their new family. We'll cover this crucial part of dog development that can significantly affect a dog for life. The do's, the don'ts, health concerns, and common questions that come with this exciting transition. 


*Sign up on the sheets by the volunteer monitor or email Erin Conway to add you to the list.

If you are interested in BEGINNING volunteer orientation, click here