Introducing the SPCA’s Next Development Director…

I’ve found The SPCA’s future Development Director. She checks all the boxes for this vital role.  Passion for our mission. Check. Warm and personable. Check. Not afraid to ask others to open up their checkbooks and piggy banks to support our cause. Check.  Results-driven. Check. Poised, polished, delightful. Check, check, check. She also draws really well, so that’s a bonus. She does not drive, but we can work around that.

The way I see it, my new friend Dahlia will join our staff around 2038, after she’s graduated from college and has had a few years of professional seasoning under her belt. She turns seven in three weeks!

We first met Dahlia, a local resident, during our Telethon in March. She brought in $200 in pennies. She found a penny one day and that sparked an idea: pennies for puppies. With the help of her parents who hand-rolled 20,000 pennies (add “delegates well” to Dahlia’s list of attributes), Dahlia made the largest gift we can recall for someone her age.

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Guest Blog – Pet Specialists of Monterey (Wag n’ Walk ‘Top Dog’ Sponsors!)

by Sara Davi

Day in and day out, the veterinarians and technical staff at Pet Specialists of Monterey (PSM) do everything in their power to provide your pet with the best possible care available. At Pet Specialists of Monterey, the doors are always open. The lights are always on. The hospital is never empty. They are the shoulder to lean on; for family veterinarians, for pet owners, for active and retired k9 police officers, as well as our local non-profits and animal rescues.  

As an extension of the veterinary clinic and services provided by the SPCA of Monterey County, the board-certified specialists and 24-hour emergency services at Pet Specialists of Monterey are able to offer top-notch, innovative care to relinquished animals in our community.

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Walk Your Own Dog to Raise Funds for SPCA Animals

I sent this email message to the entire SPCA staff two weeks ago:

Next year’s SPCA Wag n’ Walk fundraiser will take place on 4/20.  We will invite local marijuana dispensaries to have booths at our event and this will increase the revenue stream from vendors.  Once the pot heads are on-board, that will open-up countless opportunities and this is where I need your help to give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on ideas. For example, a marijuana vendor might charge $5 per hit for our participants (Puffs for Pups!). Easy money for shelter animals, right?  As another idea, we’re looking at having a special Zig Zag agility course just for humans who have taken the most hits. That could be more fun than watching the dogs in their agility area! In fact, we could go all out and rebrand this event as the Wag n’ Weed which would enable us to reach an entirely new audience. Our highly popular event T-shirt could say this on the back: “I inhaled (but my dog did not!) at the SPCA’s Wag n’ Weed.”

Before you report me to the local authorities, please know I sent this April 1.  We have to have fun where we can!  And, yes, I did fool a few people for at least a few sentences!

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We Rescued Him Just in Time!

We rescued her minutes before she was going to be euthanized.

I’ve heard countless variations of that statement and people I know who work at other shelters will tell you they’ve heard the same from adopters in their communities.  

I heard it again today.  A friend bumped into another person walking a dog, then struck up a conversation. One dog walker told my friend how she had “rescued her dog from the clutches of death just in time” at our SPCA. She claimed the SPCA adoption counselor told her we give the dogs about a month.  She said she was given the dog’s intake date, noted that it was close to 30 days, so felt she just had to adopt to “get her out of there.”

This drives me nuts!  My only theory is that some adopters, like some people in general, like being dramatic. Why let the truth get in the way of a good story.

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Dog Stolen and Severely Burned: SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward

Update: A suspect is now in custody. Our investigation identified a suspect who was arrested early this morning in Salinas and booked into Monterey County Jail for animal theft, animal cruelty, arson, and possession of controlled substances. Thank you all for your outpouring of support. We will keep you updated as more information is available. Your donations make all of this possible – we simply can’t do it without you. Thank you!

How you can help:
Report Cruelty and Neglect:
Donate to Help Pets in Need: 

The SPCA for Monterey County is local and independent. We aren’t a chapter of any other agency and we don’t have a parent organization. Everything we do to help animals and investigate over 800 reports of animal neglect and cruelty every year is only made possible by our donors. Thank you!

Original Story: On Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 am, a Soledad Police Officer found a severely burned black and white American Pit Bull dog on Metz Road just outside the city limits of Soledad. The dog was immediately transported to a nearby veterinary hospital and humanely euthanized due to the severity of his horrific injuries.

It was later learned that the dog was stolen from a home in Soledad.

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