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Santa Cruz SPCA and Humane Society

aka Santa Cruz SPCA   |   Santa Cruz, CA   |  www.spcasc.org

Mission

The Santa Cruz SPCA provides safe harbor for animals in need and promotes an active humane community through adoption, advocacy, and education.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Alison Talley

Main address

PO Box 3800

Santa Cruz, CA 95063 USA

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Formerly known as

Santa Cruz Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

EIN

94-6171565

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our impact is deeply rooted in the Santa Cruz community, where we extend a vital lifeline to homeless animals, providing them a second chance at life. Our commitment to these animals goes beyond the ordinary. We open our doors to dogs and cats who are often deemed less adoptable due to their unique medical or behavioral needs. These are the animals that might be overlooked or even euthanized in other shelters. Each of the special individuals in our care receives personalized attention, which includes specialized medical treatments and behavior training. Whether it's a dog recovering from a challenging surgery, a cat with behavioral issues, or a senior pet in need of extra care, we provide the resources and expertise to give them a happy, healthy future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe harbor and adoptions

Across the US animal shelters are full and struggling to provide for homeless animals, especially those that need a bit of above-and-beyond care.

At the Santa Cruz SPCA, above-and-beyond is what we do best! We welcome all kinds of needy dogs and cats, including those that might be at risk in other sheltersthe Santa Cruz SPCA will never euthanize an animal due to long stays or crowding.

From specialized medical treatments to behavioral training, our modern, purpose-built shelter allows us to prioritize comfort, love, and individualized attention for each animal in our care while we search for their new, loving families.

Population(s) Served

Issues such as our current cost of living crisis, and the housing shortage facing Santa Cruz, we are seeing more owners facing the heartbreaking decision of needing to rehome their pet due to restrictive living arrangements. Our pet food pantry aims to keep as many animals as possible with families and out of the shelter system by providing free pet food and supplies to anyone in need.

The Pet Food Pantry has experienced dramatic growth in demand, linked to economic pressures. In 2020 we gave away 20,000 lbs. of food; by 2023 this figure had grown to over 65,000lbs., with hundreds of local families receiving our help. Pet food is distributed both directly from the shelter (where we hold our pantry on a weekly basis), and through our program partners.

Population(s) Served

The Santa Cruz SPCA recognizes that a community without pet over-population, abuse, neglect, homelessness, and other animal welfare issues begins with the education of youth and adults alike. Our Humane Education program aims to cultivate and build a compassionate society for all animals by promoting proper care and responsible action.

We offer:
After-school PAWS programs for elementary age kids,
Community Service Volunteer program for Jr High & High School aged kids,
Summer, Winter, and Spring Camps, and
Our Rescue Readers program gives young readers a chance to enhance their literacy by reading to our animals.

Each year our Humane Education program reaches over 2,500 local children.

Population(s) Served

Recognizing the special companionship between seniors and their pets, our Dr. Jeans Senior Friends programs aims to support this important relationship by helping to reduce barriers to pet guardianship. As such, the program provides different kinds of support, including:
waiving adoption fees when a senior person to senior animal match is made. Adoption includes the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, a free vet exam.
two annual Wellness Days, preventative care clinics to help keep seniors pets happy and healthy.
veterinary care assistance grant of up to $1,000 to help with diagnostics and treatment.

Understanding the cost of care continues to increase, we also seek to keep pets with the seniors who love them by providing free pet food and supplies.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of pet food and litter distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pet Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our focus is increasing the impact of our lifesaving initiatives, both by providing safe harbor to homeless animals and by preventing entries into the shelter system.

We will increase adoption numbers by 10 percent this year, emphasizing animals most at risk of euthanasia in other shelters - large breed dogs, adult cats, and animals with complex medical needs. Our Second Chance Fund provides essential resources to treat injuries and illnesses, address behavioral conditions, and deliver the lifesaving treatments needed to heal our shelter animals, giving them a renewed chance at life.

Economic challenges have led to a large increase in the number of animals surrendered. Our Pet Food Pantry key in addressing this, delivering free pet food to hundreds of local families in need, and has experienced rapid growth in demand. In 2020 we distributed 15,000 lbs. of food, by 2023 this had grown to 65,000 lbs., both through our inhouse program and an extensive partner network.

The Santa Cruz SPCA provides multiple programs and resources to help prevent animals from entering shelters in the first place. In addition, they rescue hundreds of animals per year from overcrowded public shelters and place over 99% of them into permanent loving homes, including senior animals and animals with treatable health needs.

Financials

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Santa Cruz SPCA and Humane Society

Board of directors
as of 03/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hedy Nochimson

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2024

Deborah Walt

Moira Gagen

Hedy Nochimson

Malcolm Bramwell

Linda Powers

Andrea Moore