Thank you for supporting your local, independent SPCA for Monterey County! Everything we do to help pets, people, and wildlife is only made possible by you. Here are just a few examples of how you made a difference for the animals in our community from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017:
- July 2016 to June 2017 dog and cat sheltering statistics 2,713 pets adopted into loving homes. Adopted pets include cats, dogs, horses, parrots, chickens, goats, rabbits, and more. Your SPCA is here for all animals in need, including barn animals and exotic pets, all thanks to you.
- Over 800 of the cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens adopted last year arrived with moderate to major medical or behavioral issues and were made whole by our compassionate TLC Program. Hundreds of rabbits, horses, parrots, and other animals were also helped through our TLC program. We commit hundreds of thousands of dollars from our wonderful donors each year to making pets healthy and seeing them adopted into new homes. The average cost of care for a dog or cat before it is adopted is $1,200.
- Created a positive outcome (by adoption, return-to-owner, or transfer to adoption partner) for 72% of our dogs and cats, far exceeding our percentage in recent years.
Rescued lab mix Dude benefitted from the SPCA’s lifesaving TLC and Ruff Start programs.
- Your SPCA’s doors are open to all animals in need. We do not turn away pets that owners can no longer care for regardless of breed, physical health, or temperament and we are the shelter for all strays from jurisdictions that contract with us for state-mandated animal sheltering services in our community. We took in 4,095 cats and dogs last year, and only 40% were healthy, well-socialized pets. We accept every animal, regardless of that animal’s health, age, behavior, breed, or species and our doors are always open our doors to pets other rescues and shelters do not take. We are truly an open admission shelter. See our adoptable pets or sign up for our Pet Alert Program.
- Established a new Kitten Nursery in June 2017, where volunteers and staff lovingly care for 15-25 kittens every day. Last year, your SPCA rescued 1,082 underage or orphaned kittens.
- 3,477 spay and neuter surgeries performed, saving lives and preventing the birth of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens. While all of our surgeries are low cost, thanks to your support we provided 912 surgeries at just $10-20 for cats and kittens and 124 extremely low cost targeted surgeries for Salinas-based owners (27% of the pets who arrive at our shelter are from Salinas, despite the city operating their own shelter which accepts strays but not owner-surrendered animals. As the program continues, we may expand or shift to other areas). An additional 23 surgeries were provided for free.
- 1,253 animals rescued from lives of cruelty and neglect. 933 new cases of neglect and abuse were investigated and 1,470 follow-up investigations were handled, just here in Monterey County.
- 13 animal cruelty and neglect cases successfully investigated and submitted by SPCA Humane Officers and prosecuted at the Monterey County Superior Court. The District Attorney’s office had a 100% conviction rate with cases submitted by our staff, which demonstrates our responsiveness, investigative skills, persistence and professionalism.
Thanks to your support, your SPCA Wildlife Center rescued this 2 1/2 week old Great Horned Owl.
17,972 contacts with children and adults through our humane education programs, 1,041 more than last year. Thanks to you, SPCA humane education promotes compassion and confidence in thousands of children last year through school visits, SPCA tours, Animal Camp, Animal Club, and Paws to Read.
- 2,404 injured and orphaned wild animals rescued. Your SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is here to rescue wildlife in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We remain among just a handful of SPCAs and humane societies in the entire US that rescue and rehabilitate wildlife.
- Kept 62 people and 115 pets together during their time of need with our Pet Meals collaboration with Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley and Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula and our free Pet Food Bank.
- Significantly expanded the Ruff Start program with Salinas Valley State Prison, providing a second chance for shelter dogs that may need extra training, socialization or care before being placed for adoption.
- Over 400 volunteers donated 60,041 hours to help animals, working side-by-side with SPCA staff. Join our volunteer team!