Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Who We Are
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is a full service, progressive animal shelter and animal control facility. We are an Open Door shelter, which means we accept any domestic/exotic/farm animal, whether stray or owner surrender.
Adopting a friend
Thank you for considering Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter in your search for a new companion animal! We regularly adopt out dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, and from time to time we have birds, exotics, and farm animals.
Adoption fees for Dogs:
- $195 for puppies under 7 months old
- $130 for dogs aged 7 months to 6 years
- $60 for animals 6 years and older
Adoption Fees for Cats:
- $120 for kittens 2-12 months old
- $100 for cats 1 year to 6 years old
- $55 for cats 6 years and older.
The fee to adopt a rabbit is $50 regardless of age.
The adoption fee includes:
- The Spay or Neuter of the animal
- First set of vaccinations
- Microchipping and chip registration
- FREE Wellness Exam at a participating veterinarian
- Collar (dogs and cats), a leash (dogs)
- License (dogs)
Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Please contact a Client Services Representative with any further questions at (831) 454-7200. Thank you again for including our shelter in your search for a new companion animal!
Spay and Neuter those Pets! Low cost!
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Planned PetHood Spay and Neuter Program provides access to high quality, low-cost spay/neuter services for ALL resident dogs, cats and rabbits of Santa Cruz County. The goals of this program are to help reduce our homeless animal population and also help residents comply with current animal ownership laws. By assisting county residents with population control costs, we hope to dramatically reduce the number of animals in need.
Give your companion animal all the health benefits of being altered County of Santa Cruz has a MANDATORY Spay/Neuter ordinance in effect that requires that all dogs and cats over the age of 6 months must be Spayed or Neutered. Spay or Neuter today!
A microchip is your pet's ticket home.
A microchip is a small chip the size of a grain of rice which is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Time and again, we see animals that have lost their collars and/or tags, animals that could have been safely and quickly reunited with their owners if they'd had a microchip. A microchip is not GPS but a permanent form of ID, a dog or cat's personal bar code that can be scanned by a shelter or vet clinic and then linked to the chip manufacturer's national database that will have your contact information on file.
The Shelter will microchip your dog or cat AND register the microchip for $15! This is a steal, folks! Monday through Friday from 1 – 3 at the Live Oak Shelter (1001 Rodriguez st.). No appointment necessary for dogs. Please call in advance for cats.
Did you know that your dog must be licensed with us if you reside within Santa Cruz County? Many people get the licensing requirement mixed up with Micro-chipping, rabies vaccinations, or one of the other procedures that comes with yet another collar tag.
You can license online or download an application and apply for a dog license by mail through our Website.
You can also purchase a license in person at either branch of the shelter. Please be prepared to furnish proof of Spay/Neuter and a current rabies vaccine.
- $29 for 1 year (Rabies Vacc must be valid for license term)
Unaltered Dogs (One year License Only):
- $29 one time fee (one senior license per household for an altered animal only; 65 years of age or older, no fee to renew for the lifetime of the dog
- Regular License: $100 for one year
- Senior License: $100 for first year then $71 annual renewal fee
- *Unaltered Animal Certificates (UAC) are required in addition to the license for any unaltered dog 6 months or older. To obtain a UAC, the dog must have a current license and a letter from a licensed vet on his or her letterhead stating that the vet has examined the dog within the past year and the owner is following the preventive health care program outlined for the animal. The cost of this REQUIRED certificate is $250. All new certificates require a facility check by a Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter animal control officer. An annual health care statement is required to keep the certificate current.
Come Visit Us!
For a complete list of the stray and adoptable animals in our shelter please visit our online shelter.
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
2200 7th Avenue/1001 Rodriquez Street (public)
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 454-7303
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter
Map to our shelter
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