Half price dogs, cats and pets at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

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Max, a 3-year-old dog, is available for adoption. Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is cutting its adoption fees in half this holiday season, due to the continued increase in homeless pets following the COVID-19 pandemic.

From now until Jan. 3, puppies under 6 months old are $105, adult dogs are $75, kittens are $60, adult cats are $50, and rabbits are $35. Cost includes vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, and a microchip.

As of December 24, the shelter had 24 dogs, 56 cats and 14 rabbits, along with three roosters, a parrot and a turtle. It includes at most, A fluffy Great Pyrenees that loves to ride in the car and gets along well with other dogs. Jaspur, a gray and white cat that shelter staff say is not only brave but likes to “lead the parade.” And squirtA turtle that – although not native to the area – was found abandoned in a local pond.

“Our numbers have been high, and our staff is exhausted — and most importantly, we want our animals to find loving homes,” said shelter manager Amber Rowland. “We decided to do a half-price adoption because the shelter is fuller than ever this year.”

The shelter is located at 1001 Rodriguez Street and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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