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Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority

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General Agency Information
Name:Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority
Address:2200 7th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-454-7200
Secondary Phone:831-454-7227
Fax Number:831-454-7210
Description:After-Hours Emergency: 831-471-1182

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00am-7:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 10:00am-5:00 pm

Watsonville location:
580 Airport Blvd. Watsonville
Open Monday-Saturday
Note: This location is closed on Sunday

Members of the public that are interested in adopting an animal or are looking for their lost animal can come to the animal shelter or can view animals at our website:

Surrendering an Animal
Lost Pet Recovery
Spay & Neuter
Animal Rescue & Control
Dog Licensing
Humane Education

ELIGIBILITY: Adopters must be 18 years or older with landlord permission to adopt if a renter.

FEES: Adoption fees vary depending on the age of the animal and whether adopting a cat, dog or other animal. Fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, collar, id tag and license, dog leash, testing for heartworm in dogs and feline leukemia/AIDS in adult cats, first vaccinations, disposable carrier for cats and adoption literature with behavior information.
Mission:Through community involvement, education, adoption, and humane law enforcement, we work to preserve the well being of all animals and bring an end to the homeless animal crisis.

Programs:Growing Kinder is a non-profit organization (501(3)(c) approval pending) dedicated to providing humane education throughout our community. It offers a variety of programs, beginning with pre-school, through high school (service learning, and Boy Scout merit badge counseling) to adult education (including pet first aid and disaster preparedness).

Pet Start
Pet Start serves the youngest students in our community, pre-kindergarten through First Grade. It is an introduction to responsible behavior and safety around pets, involving three sessions: Case of Care, Tail Talk, and Meeting a Dog. The latter two include a feline and a canine animal ambassador, respectively.

Kids Speak for Pets
Kids Speak for Pets teaches basic reporting skills, empathy for others, and the importance of community involvement. Middle School students take part in this program. Participants are introduced to an ambassador animal and learn their story, learn about other shelter pets, then the students write mini-biographies of individual pets for publication to assist in pet adoptions.

Boy Scouts merit badge counseling
Boy Scouts of America offers merit badges in dozens of subjects, and scouts must earn badges to advance in scouting. Growing Kinder is capable of providing counseling regarding the following badges: Pet Care, Dogs, and Veterinary Medicine.

Service Learning Together
Multi-session program educating participants in what animal shelters do, including both classroom and hands-on components, often (in SL) with a presentation by the student at the conclusion. Students are generally aged 13 to 18

Safe & Sound
A single-session workshop derived largely from materials created by the Humane Society of the United States and American Red Cross and aimed at training pet owners in disaster preparedness and basic pet first aid.

Dogs & Storks™
Education for expectant families that own dogs, on how to prepare their household for the arrival of an infant. Program focuses on safety techniques, dispelling myths, and evaluating individual situations.

Delta Society training and evaluation
The Pet Partners program trains volunteers and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other facilities. Evaluation involves a written test and a half-hour hands-on assessment.
Volunteer Info:Minimum Age: 16. Volunteer to help assist staff in caring for animals and cleaning kennels or assist staff with varied office projects. Great way to get experience in the field of animal care.

Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:City Government
County Government

Melanie  Sobel
General Manager

Subject Headings
 Animal Adoption
Animal Control
Animal Euthanasia Services
Animal Foster Care/Rescue Volunteer Opportunities
Animal Licenses
Animal Lost and Found
Animal Rescue
Animal Services Volunteer Opportunities
Animal Shelters
Barking Dogs Control
Cruelty to Animals Investigation
Government Agencies
Information and Referral
Public Awareness/Education
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified January 11, 2015

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