Our mission is to assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in our community.
Formed in 1905 to address the problems of stray “dogs and cats about town” as well as to discuss the “different diseases prevalent among horses” and to “investigate the abuse and fast driving of donkeys and horses,” The SPCA has had a long and rich history of helping people and animals in Monterey County.
The Methodist-Episcopal Church on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove was the location of the first meeting to establish The SPCA on February 18, 1905. The old church was torn down in 1963, but the legacy of that first meeting has lived on. These SPCA founders’ core philosophies, their vision to protect animals in Monterey County, and their emphasis on education to bring about a more humane community have endured intact for over 100 years.
In looking at The SPCA’s History it’s important to note that the goals of the organization have remained on course for more than 100 years. And even though the number of animals and complexities of managing a shelter have grown exponentially, the goals and the spirit of our shelter is much the same as it was all those years ago.
This is how the David Avenue Shelter was described in a Monterey County Herald article dated January 15, 1945: “The list of animals handled at the shelter reads like Noah’s check list for sailing day on the Ark.
“Only ‘stead of two of each there were odd numbers, including bachelors, old maids, and a few harems. There were 833 dogs, 1050 cats, a horse, 5 cows, a bull, 4 goats, 13 rabbits, 23 chickens, 3 ducks, 5 deer, a pigeon, a coyote, 2 raccoons, an opossum, 3 white rats, a pheasant, a pelican, 2 seagulls, a parrot, a canary, a squirrel and a snake.”
Today, the SPCA for Monterey County is the heart of animal rescue in our community. Our doors are always open to any animal that needs our help. From dogs and cats to horses, wildlife, exotic pets, and more the SPCA rescues thousands of animals in need every single year. Learn more about our wide variety of services now.
The SPCA for Monterey County’s Federal Tax ID # is 94-1167409