SCSPCA celebrates groundbreaking of new shelter

An artist’s rendition of the what new SCSCPA office will look like when completed. — Contributed

SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz SPCA hosted more than 100 people on May 19 at The Inn at Pasatiempo to celebrate the groundbreaking of its future shelter on Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz.

Guests enjoyed appetizers and beverages while mingling with other animal lovers and the adoptable dogs in attendance. 

The Santa Cruz SPCA currently operates from a cramped, 1,200-square-foot rented bungalow. The future shelter, projected for completion in spring of 2020, will be a 7,092-square-foot facility. It will include 3,500 square feet of modern animal habitats, dedicated isolation and intake areas, custom “catios” and kennels, multiple yards and a large community room.

“One of the things about the new building that I’m most excited about is that in the coming years we’re going to be able to double the number of animal lives saved,” said Alison “Ali” Talley, executive director of the Santa Cruz SPCA.

The Santa Cruz SPCA hosted the event to urge the community to contribute to the new facility, which the organization says will allow it to do its lifesaving work for generations to come. Sixty-three percent of the $7 million price tag has already been raised through the generosity of early donors. 

Santa Cruz SPCA has been a part of the community for more than 80 years. Each year, it saves more than 500 animals through programs that rehabilitate and re-home homeless animals. For information on the center visit


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