Welcome to the FOWAS Site

Santa Cruz County Animal Services (including the Santa Cruz and Watsonville shelters) spends much of their revenue on staff salaries and building and vehicle maintenance. They cannot afford many supplies that benefit the adoptable animals, or programs that aid the adoption process. FOWAS (Friends Of Watsonville Animal Shelter) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the animals at the Watsonville Animal Shelter with special projects and donations. More about FOWAS.


A Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic in Watsonville

Now making appointments at the Watsonville Animal Shelter.

Thank you for helping make FOWAS a success!

Find out more about our clinic and programs here.

SAVE THE DATE: This Year's Healthy Dogs Shots Fair

Saturday, June 21, 2014  | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This year's Fair will be at our cinic at 150A Pennsylvania Drive, Watsonville.

SCCAS secured a grant from PetSmart Charities for $86,000 to go towards

FREE spay/neuter for cats that reside in zip code 95076.

To receive the FREE spay/neuter surgery, cat owners are required to purchase:
  • a microchip (includes registration),
  • rabies and FVRCP vaccinations,

all for a total of $5!

Registration and scheduling can be completed at both SCCAS shelter locations:
  • 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz (map)
  • 580 Airport Blvd. in Watsonville. (map)
Cat owners should not bring their animals to register and must bring proof of residence in zip code 95076.
Find out more:    at SCCAS    |   see press release on the FOWAS site.

Posted: 05/10/2013

FOWAS rescues 2 dogs in need

Find out about Andy (left) and Sophie.

See the stories - click here.
rescued dog

Posted: 02/11/2013

FOWAS assists with Spay Day 2013

The Santa Cruz County Animay Shelter is offering FREE spay or neuter services for dogs, cats and rabbits in honor of World Spay Day.

Registration and scheduling are on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 from 10am to 3pm.

Find out more. Go to SCCAS page - click here or click on image at right.
Spay Day

Posted: 09/24/2012

FOWAS assists Rabbit Haven with rescue

After 27 rabbits were confiscated by Santa Cruz County Animal Control, FOWAS helped Rabbit Haven provide supplies, care and the spaying/neutering.

See the story - click here.      [Photos below: The Rabbit Haven]
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Posted: 09/23/2012

FOWAS rescues a dog in need

This dog was found in Watsonville by a humane officer. He was bleeding and we think think he had gotten into Rat Poison (Decon).

See the story - click here.
rescued dog

Posted: 08/06/2012

FOWAS rescue of feral moms and kittens

See the story - click here.
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