Welcome to Four Paws to Love!


Four Paws to Love is an all-volunteer non-profit, 501(c)(3) animal rescue group. Our mission is to rescue homeless and at-risk pets from overcrowded shelters, thereby reducing euthanasia. We value the bond between humans and animals, and appreciate the important role that pets play in our everyday lives. Our goal is not only to help animals, but to help people whose lives are greatly enriched by adopting animals in need. Four Paws to Love is run by volunteers who generously give their time, homes and hearts in order to save lives. Through our Foster Care program, animals have a safe, healthy place to be until loving homes can be found for them. We ensure that all of our rescued animals are spayed or neutered, and we provide education to the community about the importance of spaying and neutering in order to reduce the homeless animal population. 

"Saving one animal will not change the world but surely for that one animal the world will change forever." 

- Unknown

We need your help!

While Four Paws to Love operates 365 days a year, we are NOT a shelter. We do not receive federal, state, or local funding. We rely strictly on donations to rescue animals and pay for their care, including food and medical expenses, such as spay/neuter and vaccines.  Every dollar helps us to save lives! Please consider making a tax deductable donation today.

Join us at PetSmart




Come to PetSmart every Saturday from 2pm to 5pm and see who is looking for their forever home. In partnership with PetSmart Charities, we hold adoption fairs in our local Petsmart in Santa Cruz at 490 River Street. Click below for more information read more

Aptos Farmers Market


On the lovely campus of Cabrillo Community College the Aptos Farmers Market offers not only beautiful produce but also the opportunity to find a wonderful companion animal.  We are there every Saturday in the Summer from 9am to noon.



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Visit some of our friends

Honorable Dalmation

The Honorable Dalmatian is a pet-themed retail store featuring art, jewelry, apparel, gifts, greeting cards, and gently-worn women's clothing and accessories. Every purchase made at The Honorable Dalmatian benefits local animal causes. Including us!  Shop now and they will divide all proceeds between 5 local animal organizations.  Visit their website for more info.

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Santa Cruz SPCA

The Santa Cruz SPCA is committed to ensuring the best possible quality of life for animals and to promote respect and reverence for all. We strive to prevent cruelty to animals, to stop pet overpopulation, to promote community responsibility and for the humane care, treatment and well-being of all animals through adoption, education, information, and action.

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Santa Cruz County Animal Services

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) provides animal rescue, regulation and humane care that protect the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Santa Cruz County. Please try here first for lost or found animals.  Low cost spay/neuter available through the "Dude, where's my cat" program.

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Project Purr

Project Purr is an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue organization for feral cats and kittens in Santa Cruz County. We fund a spay/neuter TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) program, and offer resources for feral cat colony caretakers and those who want to learn more about TNR. Check out their store in downtown Santa Cruz at 325 Front Street!

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Contact Us

Email: info@fourpawstolove.org

P.O. Box 7865

Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Fax: 831-515-3475

Phone: 831.216.8987