Upcoming SCCAS Events & Volunteer Training




Kittens in a Basket

There are so many cats at the Shelter now, just waiting for their turn to be adopted. We are in the middle of kitten season and also have dozens of adult cats too.

  • All Kittens are Two-for-One (two kittens are more than twice the fun)
  • Adults can be adopted for just $35
  • Senior cats (with so much love yet to give in their Golden Years) are only $25

Those adoption fees include: feline friend, spay/neuter surgery, core vaccines, microchip ID, carrier, and free vet exam.


Love Monday at Discretion Brewing: August 22, 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
2703 41st Ave., Soquel
20% of all beer sales will be donated to the Shelter! Celebrate with us at Discretion Brewing

New Adopters Workshops: August 27
Canine* 10:00 - 11:00 am, Feline* 1:00 - 2:30 pm
(*people only, no pets please)

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz
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

Parks & Rex II at the Simpkins Family Swim Center: August 28, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
w/ SC Parks at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz
The best pool party in Santa Cruz just got better as the Splash Down Pool goes to the dogs! Music, grilled pizzas, local brews, music and more! Tickets and more information here.


Night Out with the Shelter: September 1, 5 - 9 pm, Woodstock's Pizza
710 Front St., Santa Cruz
Fundraiser where up to 25% will be donated to the Shelter, take-out or eat-in! Download your coupon here!

Open House at the Scotts Valley Veterinary Clinic: September 24, 3 - 6 pm
4257 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley
Meet doctors and staff, enjoy good and games, cold laser demonstration, raffle and prizes! All raffle proceeds will be donated to SCCAS! More info


Harvest, Hops, and Hounds (hosted by C-DOG): October 1, time TBA
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, registration will open soon

Bark-toberfest at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales: October 22, time TBA
103 Kennedy Drive, Capitola
Great beer, snacks, games...all with our dogs! Event co-hosted by Woofpack and Sante Adairius. Registration opens soon.



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

Clicker Training Shelter Dogs: Sit, Down, Toy Trade, Find It
Saturday, August 6, 10 -11 am

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 Cats:
Saturday, August 13, 1 - 3 pm

Why use a clicker and how do they work? How can clicker training benefit our shelter cats? Get an introduction to clicker training and learn and practice tips to increase adoptions.

Movie Night:
Dog as a Second Language

Thursday, August 18, 5:30 - 7:00

Movie night is an ongoing training all about dog and human interaction and learning how to better understand what our dogs are telling us.

Foster Training
Saturday, August 20, 1:00 - 2:00

This is foster season and we are actively looking for new foster homes. This training is for current volunteers interesed in fostering dogs, cats, puppies or kittens.

Low Stress Handling Techniques and Behavior Modification for Anxious and Scared Dogs
Thursday, August 25, 5:00 -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.

*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