Q. How many animals do you provide services for each year?

A. Over 12,000 animals every year. The SPCA’s doors are open to all animals in need, including dogs, cats, small animals, barn animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. We never turn away any animal that needs our help.

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Q. What are the types of services provided by The SPCA for Monterey County?


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Q.How is The SPCA funded?

A.The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is a private, non-profit donor supported humane society that has been serving the community since 1905. We are not a chapter of any other agency, we do not have a parent organization, and we do not receive funding from any other animal welfare group. Our programs and services are funded through the generous support of our community.

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Q.How much does it cost to adopt a pet?

A.Learn more about our adoption fees here.

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Q.How much does it cost to have a pet spayed or neutered?

A.Dog Spay

  • $175.00. Additional charge for dogs larger than 100 lbs is $25.
  • Additional charge for in heat or pregnant dog starts at $25.
  • Additional charge for obesity starts at $50.

Dog Neuter

  • $150.00. Additional charge for dogs larger than 100 lbs is $25

Cat Spay

  • $100.00 plus additional $25 or more charge for pregnant, obese or in-heat will apply

Cat Neuter

Thank you to our donors for making these low-cost services possible.

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Q.Does The SPCA for Monterey County provide spay/neuter services for feral cats?

A.Yes. Please contact our spay/neuter clinic for more information

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Q.Is The SPCA for Monterey County a chapter of other SPCAs and Humane Societies?

A.The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your independent, local animal welfare agency. We are not a chapter of any other SPCA nor do we have a national parent organization. All donations stay right here to help animals in need in our community.

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Q.What are the SPCA for Monterey County’s goals?

A.The SPCA is a large organization with many goals. We are the heart of animal rescue in Monterey County since 1905, providing services to pets, wildlife, and people in need. Thanks to our progressive services to the community, the SPCA has not euthanized a healthy dog or cat since 2008. Now we are focused on ending the euthanasia of dogs and cats with treatable or manageable conditions. While we often provide lifesaving surgery for pets who come to us with serious injuries,, provide training to shelter pets through our TLC and Ruff Start programs, provide incredible enrichments to pets in our care, and never put time limits on adoptable pets doing well in the shelter environment, we continue to work to find a home for every pet that has a treatable or manageable illness or behavior issue.

With your help, we can make this happen. This is possible by increasing adoptions, offering professional low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, having a robust, caring, and dedicated volunteer program, providing community outreach, offering training classes and a free behavior helpline to keep pets in homes, providing free pet meals to housebound pet owners, and your compassionate support.

We continue to keep our doors open to all pets who need our help and will never turn an animal away. We rescue injured and orphaned wildlife 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We rescue hundreds of pets from cruelty and neglect every single year, prosecuting owners when necessary. We provide numerous low cost services to our community and work to make the SPCA the #1 destination in Monterey County to find a new, lifelong pet. This is all made possible by you. Thank you!

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Q.Is The SPCA for Monterey County a “No Kill” Shelter?

A.The SPCA for Monterey County’s doors are open to all animals in need. Our mission is to assure compassionate treatment of all animals in our community, so we never limit or control the number of incoming animals in need of our help. As the front line of animal rescue in Monterey County, we received more than 5,300 dogs, cats, barn animals, exotics, and other pet animals as well as thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife last year. We did not turn away a single animal regardless of breed, health, or temperament.

We do not euthanize based on how long an animal has been in our care and will often keep pets for months until their new families are found. But sometimes, the most humane service we can provide is a painless end to animals in need.

  • We will euthanize an animal that is suffering from an untreatable injury or illness that cannot be treated to assure the animal’s long-term health and comfort.
  • We will choose humane euthanasia when an animal exhibits aggression towards other dogs or towards people. While it is our mission to find loving homes for animals in need, it is also our responsibility not to adopt animals that pose a danger to other pets or people.
  • Although we currently have a 100% success rate with adopting out healthy cats and dogs, we sometimes need to euthanize pets with treatable conditions. While we often provide extensive medical and behavioral care to homeless pets in need through our TLC Program, this is simply not possible for every pet due to lack of adoptive homes.  Our goal is to find a home for every pet with a rehabilitatable or manageable condition, and we rely on your help to make this possible.

While “no kill” is a popular phrase in today’s animal welfare environment, its use is misleading. Shelters that call themselves “no kill” (currently defined as a up to a 10%  euthanasia rate) limit the quantity of animals entering their doors. Some of these limited admission shelters close their doors to admissions when their kennels are full, others charge high surrender fees to keep those who can’t afford the cost from surrendering their animals, and some only accept highly adoptable pets, leaving the hard to adopt animals behind. This method does not provide a community-wide solution to the pet overpopulation problem and simply pushes the difficult to adopt or unadoptable animals to other area shelters.

The SPCA for Monterey County strives to be very clear about what our alternatives are and how our decisions are made. We welcome your inquiries if you have any questions about this or any other issue.

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Q.What pets does The SPCA for Monterey County shelter?

We are an open admission shelter that accepts all owner-surrendered animals from our county and beyond. We also shelter stray pets from all areas not handled by Salinas Animal Services or Monterey County Animal Services (see the list here).

Because there are three main shelters in our community, it can often be confusing to understand which pets must be sheltered at which facility.  Both the Salinas city animal shelter and the Monterey County animal shelter are taxpayer supported facilities providing legally mandated animal control and sheltering services for both of these jurisdictions. Therefore, stray pets found within their jurisdictions must be sheltered with them in order to provide their owner (if any) the opportunity to find them.

We also perform services not provided by any other agency in Monterey County such as humane investigations services to prosecute animal abusers, provide wildlife rescue services, low-cost spay neuters, provide behavior training services to help keep animals in homes and out of shelters and take in all animals in need that the municipal shelters cannot, such as exotic pets, horses, other barn animals, and many more.

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Q.How does The SPCA for Monterey County reduce the euthanasia of dogs and cats in the community?

A.The SPCA for Monterey County works together with our animal welfare partners to end the pet overpopulation problem. Sadly, there are too many unwanted pets and not enough homes.

The SPCA provides many vital services to prevent unwanted births, maximize adoptions, and reduce the number of animals being surrendered, abandoned, or abused. We offer low-cost, donor-subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for over 3,000 pets and feral cats every year. We accept vouchers for these services from other agencies who do not have veterinary services. Our adoption center is open seven days a week and we conduct regular adoption events at community centers and showcase adoptable pets on our website and in the local media.

We provide dog and puppy training classes, consultations, handouts, and our free Behavior Helpline. Our outreach programs educate children and adults and our Humane Officers rescue animals, counsel offenders in the field, and bring them to prosecution when necessary. Many homebound seniors and people in need are able to keep their pets thanks to our PetMeals program. Our Whiskers and Wisdom low-cost adoption program matches pets with seniors in our community. Our TLC Program provides emergency medical care or specialized training for injured stray or owner surrendered pets and for shelter pets with behavior concerns. The SPCA is the place to call when you are searching for a new pet or when you need help or advice on anything related to animals. We are here for you.

We can only reach our goals through our lifesaving programs and by working with cooperating area agencies and the good people in our community. Together we can save lives, reduce suffering, strengthen the human-animal bond, and enhance the quality of life for pets and people in Monterey County.

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Q.Does The SPCA for Monterey County try to rehabilitate animals?

A.The SPCA has been the heart of animal care and rescue since 1905. Through our Paws to Recycle fund and our TLC Program, we provide surgery and emergency medical treatment to adoptable animals that arrive at our shelter suffering from illness or injury. All of these pets are now in loving new homes.

We also provide training and behavior modification to dogs. This can range from teaching a rambunctious young dog how to sit and walk politely on a leash to working closely with a dog who shows manageable or treatable behavior issues. Our behavior programs with at-risk and incarcerated youth and with inmates at the Salinas Valley State Prison help dogs who need long term training and intervention. We also provide a Foster Friend program to prepare underage, orphaned, or injured cats and dogs for their new, permanent homes.

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Q.I don’t support euthanasia, so how can I support you?

A.Until we achieve a balance by having a home for every dog and cat, humane euthanasia will inevitably occur-somewhere. Euthanasia is not the fault of shelters. The fault lies with people who do not support spay and neuter or practice responsible pet ownership. As long as there are owners who abuse or neglect animals, who casually discard animals, or who allow unaltered pets to run free, there will be dedicated, compassionate shelter workers performing humane euthanasia.

By supporting The SPCA for Monterey County, you become our partner in the quest to end the euthanasia of all healthy cats and dogs as well as pets with treatable and manageable health or behavior conditions. The SPCA for Monterey County is your independent, local animal welfare agency. We are not a chapter of any other SPCA nor do we have a national parent organization. All donations stay right here to help animals in need in our community.

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Q.How can I learn more about supporting The SPCA?

A.The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is the heart of animal rescue since 1905. We rely entirely on donations to support our vital services and programs. We receive no tax dollars and we are not affiliated with any other SPCA or humane society. Your donation stays right here in Monterey County to help people and animals in need.

View our most recent 2017-2018 Audited Financials or see our 2017-2018 IRS Form 990. You can also view our 2017-2018 Annual Report to learn more about the positive impact our programs have on local pets, people, and wildlife, all thanks to your compassionate donations!

Privacy policy: The SPCA for Monterey County respects the privacy of our donors. We do not sell or share any personal information about our donors with any organization.

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Q.Who is on the Board of Directors for The SPCA?

A.The members of the SPCA Board of Directors are:

  • Konny Murray, President
  • Wayne Moon, Vice President
  • Susan Creveling, Secretary
  • C. Lee Cox, Treasurer
  • Debra Couch
  • G. Robert Evans
  • Anne Fitzpatrick, Ed.D
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Carol Kimbrough, MA, MFT, RVT
  • Laurel Lembo
  • Diane Mall
  • Joan McKee
  • Laraine Sanford
  • Bob Schaefer
  • Brenda Sullivan

Q. How can I contact the SPCA?

A. You can find all our contact information, including direct numbers and emails for staff, by visiting our Contact Us page. You can also send an email to the SPCA which will usually be answered within 24 hours.

Q.How can I find the SPCA on Social Media?

A.You can learn all about the SPCA and helps animals on our social media pages. Here is a list of all our social media efforts. We hope you can join us!


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Incoming Animals
     Daily, 8:00 – 5:00 including holidays

 Adoption Center Hours
     Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 5:00
     Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00

     Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00
     Closed on Holidays