Santa Cruz is a good-sized town in California, but unfortunately, the city faces a lot of the same problems that larger cities face when it comes to homeless animals in the area. Addressing the needs of these stray animals, there are multiple animal shelters in the area that take in these pets until they can find new homes. Two of these shelters are The Santa Cruz Animal Shelter and the Santa Cruz SPCA.
The Santa Cruz Animal Shelter is an open-door animal shelter that accepts animals regardless of their age, pre-existing medical conditions, or breed. The shelter is known in Santa Cruz for promoting responsible pet ownership, helping pet owners prepare for emergencies, providing low-cost vaccines and microchipping, and helping hundreds of pets find new homes each year. The shelter not only cares for cats and dogs, but also birds, rodents, and some farm animals.
The Santa Cruz SPCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring and finding homes for homeless pets in the Santa Cruz area. The organization both rescues and rehabilitates animals to find them new homes. With donations from the public, fundraising, and adoption fees, the shelter cares for hundreds of animals each year in a humane, responsible way. The organization also works with the public to educate people on responsible pet ownership.
If you live near Santa Cruz and are looking for a new furry friend, consider stopping by one of these shelters to meet your potential new family member. Both shelters have dozens of animals ready for a new home today!
At the end of each summer, join the Santa Cruz County Parks and the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter for a pool party that helps raise money for the shelter. From noon to 4 p.m., bring your dog to a fun pool party where they can swim with you! There will be local craft beers, Soquel Vineyards wine, Marianne’s Ice Cream, and much more. Don’t forget to participate in some of the great games that will be available!
Tickets are available at the door. Adults cost $17 and anyone under 21 is $7. Kids three and under and dogs are admitted for free!
Each year, Sunshine Villa, a Santa Cruz assisted living residence, hosts a dog show that draws in dog owners from all over the area. Starting at 2 p.m. on a Sunday in October every year, the event boasts a meet-and-greet with the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club, an obedience demonstration, and an agility demonstration! In addition, there will also be a Halloween costume parade! Your dog could win the best costume of the day, so be sure to bring a costume. There will also be awards for best of show and cutest dog, all of which are judged by residents of the facility.
Every year WoofPack hosts the Barktober Fest to benefit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. This event allows beer drinkers to celebrate at Sante Adairius with their canine companions. Admission grants each human four beverages and light snacks for both humans and dogs. There is also a costume contest, so be sure to dress up your pup for a chance to win!
Tickets are limited, and the prices are determined closer to the date of the event.
For dogless beer lovers, a brewery dog can help keep you company!
The event funs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on a Sunday in October.
Seabright Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Santa Cruz, California. Bring your pupper to the beach for a day of swimming and fun! As long as your dog is leashed and you clean up after them, you both are welcome to enjoy the sand and surf.
Seabright Beach is enjoyed by both tourists and locals, and the beach is often full of families and their dogs, all who are out to enjoy the great weather the area boasts!
Remember that disruptive dogs may be asked to leave, so only bring well-behaved, leashed pooches to Seabright Beach.
As one of the few dog-friendly vineyards in California, the Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery is a local favorite. Bring your dog with you for a wine tasting or tour of the vineyards. Enjoy a picnic lunch out overlooking the grounds with your mutt by your side.
The Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery are both child- and dog-friendly, which makes this a great stop for the whole family! The vineyard is also the host of many different events throughout the year, a number of which are also pup-friendly.
The tasting fee is only $12.