The SPCA for Monterey County’s free Pet Alert Program is designed to help you find your new best friend by automatically emailing you when a pet matching your desired criteria is available.

  1. Fill out the form below with your contact information to sign up. Be sure to choose an email address you check regularly. You can also enter a cell phone to receive text messages.
  2. Select the type of dog, cat or other pet you’re looking for. You can also specify breed, sex, size or age. To search for more than one breed you will need to submit multiple pet alerts.
  3. Click “Submit.”
  4. We’ll send you a confirmation email with an activation link. You must click the link to activate your account.
  5. After activation, you’ll automatically receive emailsor texts when a pet matching your search is available. It’s that easy! You can sign up for as many searches as you’d like and cancel at any time.

Please note: our pets are available for adoption on a first come, first served basis. The Pet Alert System automatically emails or texts you when a matched pet is available but does not reserve that pet for you. An email or text does not guarantee an adoption. If you have any questions please call us at 831-373-2631 or email us.


Why do you charge different adoption fees for animals?

A few years ago, The SPCA for Monterey County began charging differential adoption fees for animals in our care. While we don’t see any animal as “worth” more than another (they are all equally wonderful in our eyes), we understand that our community sees certain breeds, sizes, and ages as more desirable than others. As much as we love the ten year old lab mix with arthritis, we know that more people will be interested in the litter of tiny adorable terrier puppies.

By charging a reduced adoption fee for the older dog with special needs, we help ensure that he will get a great home when an adopter comes through the door and makes a connection with a pet that most people overlook.

How do differential adoption fees save lives?

Did you know that The SPCA doesn’t put time limits on animals in our care? They can stay with us as long as they are happy and doing well in a kennel environment. The $290 adoption for a dog that we know will be adopted within days of entering our shelter subsidizes the care involved in keeping another pet for weeks or months until he finds his special home. And it helps our adopters, too. The guilt sometimes felt when adopting a new kitten and walking past an adult cat can be put to ease by knowing your adoption (and hopefully donation!) helps care for animals still waiting for their forever homes.

The Great Value of Adopting from Your SPCA for Monterey County

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Dogs and Puppies:

From $65.00 to $290.00. Includes; spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, rabies vaccination, Canine Influenza (H3N8) vaccination, and other vaccinations appropriate to age, SPCA identification, health evaluation, and more. When you visit the SPCA to meet your potential new dog or puppy, please bring all family members and current dogs with you to make sure the whole family agrees on your new adoptee.

Cats and Kittens:

From $20.00 to $125.00. Includes; spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, rabies vaccination and other vaccinations appropriate to age, SPCA identification tag, pet carrier, health evaluation, and more. When you visit the SPCA to meet your potential new cat or kitten, please bring all family members with you to make sure the whole family agrees on your new adoptee.

SPCA Whiskers & Wisdom:

Adults ages 60 years and over can adopt wonderful pets over the age of three for $50 off the adoption fee. Includes spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, rabies vaccinations and others as appropriate to age and species, SPCA identification and health evaluation. Click here to learn more!

Rabbits:

$20.00 includes; spay/neuter surgery and microchip identification.

Guinea Pigs:

$20.00.

Rats, Mice, and Hamsters:

$15.00.

Other Adoptable Animals:

Horses, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, sheep, donkeys, exotic birds, reptiles, and other species are often available for adoption. Call or visit for more information. Click here to fill out our online Exotic Animal adoption form or click here to fill out our online Horse adoption form.

How to Select the Right Pet?

Click here for helpful tips from our SPCA Customer Service Staff to help you pick the best pet for your lifestyle.

Media Featured Adoptable Pets:

The following media outlets generously provide print space and air time for many of our adoptable pets. We thank them and our business sponsors for their kindness and assistance in helping to place homeless animals in our community.

KION-TV 46

“Pet of the Week”

Friday evening 5:30 news

Wednesday morning news at 6:15 am

KSBW-TV 8

“Pet of the Week”

Saturday morning news at 7:40 am

Sunday morning news at 7:40 am

First, Fourth, and Fifth Fridays news at noon

First, Third and Fourth Friday news at 5:50 am

Telemundo

“Pet of the Week”

Fridays during the 6:00 news

The Monterey County Herald

Every Monday in the “Life and Times” section

The Salinas Californian

Regular listing in the “Love-a-Pet” section

KWAV-97 FM

“Pet Place”

Wednesday mornings at 8:35 am

The Hippo 104.3 FM

“Pet of the Week”

Thursday afternoons at 3:30 pm

KTOM 92.7

“Pet of the Week”

Friday mornings at 9:15 am

Offsite Adoption Events Schedule:

The SPCA provides many opportunities to view adoptable pets for those who cannot visit our shelter. The following is a current list of our community adoptions and locations. Dates and times are subject to weather conditions. Please call (831) 264-5469 for more information.

4/2/13 Alvarado Farmers Market, Monterey 3:30pm to 5:30pm
4/6/13
L.A. Hearne, King City
11am to 2pm
4/9/13 Alvarado Farmers Market, Monterey 3:30pm to 5:30pm
4/13/13 Marketplace, Moss Landing 12pm to 3pm
4/16/13 Alvarado Farmers Market, Monterey 3:30pm to 5:30pm
4/17/13 MPC Earth Day, MPC, Monterey 10am to 2pm
4/19/13 MPC Farmers Market, Monterey 10am to 1pm
4/20/13 REI, Marina 12pm to 3pm
4/21/13 Highland- Otis Park, Seaside 1pm to 3pm
4/23/13 Alvarado Farmers Market, Monterey CANCELED
4/26/13 Petco, Monterey 12pm to 3pm
4/27/13 Petco, Monterey 12pm to 3pm
4/30/13 Alvarado Farmers Market, Monterey 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Did you Know that SPCA Adoptions are a Great Value?

Did you know that when you adopt a pet from your SPCA for Monterey County, you are getting an amazing value plus a lifetime of unconditional love. Learn more now.

Employee and Volunteer Picks

We have lots of adorable adoptables waiting for new homes at the SPCA. Check out these pets chosen by SPCA employees and volunteers and find out why we think they’re special.

How to Select the Right Pet?

Click here for helpful tips from our SPCA Customer Service Staff to help you pick the best pet for your lifestyle.