Looking to add to your family and give back to the world at the same time? Maybe it’s the right time to adopt a pet! Shelters in the Santa Cruz area have dogs, cats and other animals ready and waiting for someone to take them home.
Over 6 million pets and other companion animals are taken in each year by animal pounds nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Shelters often look after other animals in search of a permanent home as well, including pigs, birds and even horses.
However, only around half of all shelter animals are adopted each year, according to ASPCA data. This means millions of animals — some right here in the Santa Cruz area — are still waiting for their forever homes.
With help from our friends at Petfinder, Patch has compiled this week’s list of animals available for adoption near you. Whether you’re looking for cuddles or companionship, one of these animals could be the perfect fit for your family.
Click on any listing for more information or to start the adoption process.
Editor’s note: This list was automatically generated using data compiled by Petfinder. If you’re a local shelter looking to see your adoptable pets appear on Patch, you’ll need to list them through Petfinder. All readers are encouraged to report errors or other feedback to [email protected]