Established in 1992 in Santa Cruz California, the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization. CAPE provides sanctuary for injured, disabled and special needs animals, foster care and adoption for homeless dogs, humane education programs for children and adults, advocacy campaigns addressing current animal issues, and information for people who have questions or problems concerning animals.

CAPE’s animal sanctuary situated in the Sierra Foothills in Grass Valley, California, is a haven for animals with no other options for a safe place to go. Specializing in animals with disabilities, injuries or treatable medical conditions, the sanctuary can provide safety, comfort and rehabilitation to a variety of species.

CAPE's aim is to bring people and animals together in peaceful co-existence.

CAPE's Animal Film Festival

The first annual Animal Film Festival presented by CAPE was held this past Saturday, March 1 at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA. Hundreds of people came to see 22 films that were screened throughout the day. Several filmmakers were on stage after their films were screened to answer audience questions. Local animal groups were tabling in the lobby which provided them a great opportunity to meet many new potential supporters of their work. Thank you to everyone who made the Animal Film Festival a wonderful success. In the near future, a Call for Entries will be announced for the 2nd annual Animal Film Festival (2015). Hope to see you there!

Enjoy the "CAPE Welcome Video" that was shown at the opening of the Animal Film Festival.

Happy Endings Slideshow

Please enjoy viewing a collection of some of the animals rescued, fostered and adopted through the years.

CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley

Rootie and friends. Read more...Rootie and friends

More about CAPE's Hospice Program


More about CAPE's ELEPHANT CAMPAIGN Shelter dogs available

More dogs looking for homes are at the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter.

Shelter dog

New Children's Books Feature CAPE Animals


Bling for the Burros

Donate $25 towards the care of CAPE's rescued burros and receive a pair of hand-crafted, cruelty-free earrings made by artist Tracy Ely.



GazpachoSpikey is a character. more...


GazpachoPaco loves to sit on a lap or snuggle up. He is TDC (Too Darn Cute), and will be a (Terrific Dog Companion). more...


BettyThere is nothing like watching a dog that has had the deck stacked against her blossom once in a stable, secure, loving environment. more...


CarterCarter is healthy, friendly, very loveable and blind. more...


Walter & Peter

Sweet Walter is a 1 1/2 year old Terrier/ Shih Tzu mix. more...


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