Ruff Start, Smooth Finish

I’d make a lousy prison guard. I spent a few hours with the SPCA’s Ruff Start program which pairs shelter dogs with level-four inmates inside the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.  These are tatted, hard-looking men; central casting material for any movie with a prison yard scene. Upon meeting each one and seeing them interact with “their” dogs, I thought to myself, “He’s a really nice guy!”  

Fortunately, I run the SPCA, not a prison.

The dogs our Animal Behavior Department selects for the Ruff Start program need intensive, focused work before they can transition into

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Speed, Safety, and Art Merge to Benefit the SPCA for Monterey County

When the SPCA For Monterey County teamed up with Mazda Motorsports in 2007, it led to many things. Donations large and small. Adoptions by racers and race fans. And many new friends in the extended motorsports family. Now, several of our new motorsports friends have teamed up to create unique works of art that will be auctioned off to benefit the SPCA for Monterey County.

When is a helmet not a helmet? When it is a work of art.

Sparco USA generously donated four brand new helmets to be used as blank canvases. The results are four unique works of art that will appeal to a wide variety of race fans, art lovers, and animal advocates.

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Is your pet a supermodel? Enter them in our 2018 Calendar of Superstar Pets!

Calling all pet supermodels!  All submissions for our 2018 Calendar of Superstar pets must be in by midnight on Monday, August 31. The deadline will be here before you know it!  It’s time to plan that photo shoot featuring your furry, feathered, or scaled family members.  Remember, we love getting photos of all pets – dogs, cats, horses, iguanas, birds – all of them. The more the merrier!

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There is No Vacation for Animals in Need

From Scott Delucchi, Executive Director

For many, summer is time for relaxation, fun, and vacation. Sadly, abuse, neglect, and homelessness do not take a vacation for the pets in our community. During the summer we have some our busiest months. Just this past weekend alone, 73 pets arrived at The SPCA for Monterey County. All of these pets need food, water, vaccinations, safe shelter, and medical care. One of the most vulnerable of these is a young pup who has been receiving

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Lost Horse and Pig Safe at SPCA for Monterey County

Are you missing a horse? Or a pig? They might be safe and sound at your SPCA for Monterey County.

The horse, a pinto stallion, was found on Salinas Road near Ohlone Elementary School in

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