Category Archives: Rescue

Turtle Heaven

Eric Clower, the SPCA’s super-talented Maintenance Manager, oversees all aspects of our 200+ acre campus. Our resident MacGyver tackles complicated HVAC systems, maintains a small fleet of vehicles, and chases down water intrusions from rooftops in a single bound. He didn’t wake up last Wednesday morning thinking he’d be building a turtle platform. But, it’s what he did and it’s among the many reasons I love this organization.

The backstory: our equally talented Humane Investigations Supervisor, Marty Opseth, was out playing a round of golf. Knowing he was with the SPCA, the golf course staff brought him their animal-related dilemma: turtles in their man-made pond were having trouble sunning themselves, clinging to the pond’s steep edge. Aquatic turtles, as some of you know, need sunlight. They spend the good part of their day basking in it. Basically, they live the lives of Kardashians.

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To the rescue…

According to Wikipedia, an “animal rescue group or animal rescue organization is dedicated to pet adoption. These groups take unwanted, abandoned, abused or stray pets and attempt to find suitable homes for them….rescue groups exist for most pet types (reptile rescue, rabbit rescue, bird rescue), but most are common for dogs and cats…rescue groups often find volunteers with space in their homes for temporary placement.”

Can an animal shelter also be an animal rescue group?  What is the SPCA?

Like a rescue group, the SPCA is funded by donations and is dedicated to finding new loving homes for animals. We do this for between eight and nine of every 10 animals we receive which is especially meaningful given we never turn away animals. We accept unwanted, abandoned, abused, neglected and stray animals daily! This includes physically and behaviorally broken animals and animals that no amount of resources could possibly make well.

Here’s how we’re different from typical animal rescue groups:

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Picture Perfect

As they say, a photo’s worth a thousand words. To me, this photo is worth much more, but I’ve kept it to a tidy 567. Hey, we’re all busy this time of year. Busy decorating homes, addressing holiday cards, and shopping.

Our neighborhood is holding a holiday lights decorating contest; $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.  My 8-year-old pleaded “Go big, Dad!” He doesn’t have a great sense of money yet and I don’t have the heart to tell him I already spent the equivalent of the first-place dough on extension cords. My wife asked if I knew what I was doing with all the cords and multi-pronged outlets snaked around the garage and front yard. I said yes with Clark W. Griswold confidence, but I’m also holding my breath when anyone plugs-in a hair dryer.

Two custom, almost life-sized gingerbread men (people?) we made for our front yard could push us into contention. Why buy inflatables, when you can spend far more time jigsawing, sanding, painting and sealing plywood? One of the cookie cutter figures needed minor surgery after a button eyeball I attached with glue slid halfway down his face, making him look more like a deformed Halloween decoration. The eye is screwed back where it belongs. We’re looking good now, ready to be judged.

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The SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward in Abandoned Dog Case

The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned a dog in Monterey today.

The terrier mix was found by a local resident inside a taped-up diaper box at 900 Cass Street. He is approximately one or two years old and matted, dirty, and dehydrated.

The dog, named Linus by the SPCA, was immediately examined by a veterinarian and is now resting comfortably with clean water, fresh food, and cozy bedding.

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Camp Fire Response & Rescue

When the horrific Camp Fire broke out in Butte County, your SPCA immediately responded with an offer to help. After rescuing and sheltering thousands of animals during multiple fires, floods, and other disasters in our own community, we knew the needs would be great and the magnitude of the disaster would be unfathomable.

In early November, a team from the SPCA traveled to Butte County to take in cats and dogs who were in shelters before the fire began in order to give their local shelters room for more fire evacuees.

The SPCA took in 21 cats and kittens (including eight feral cats), five dogs, and one puppy.  Twenty five of the pets were in the shelter before the fires began, and two were surrendered by their owners who could no longer keep them. Pets who were lost during the fire are still in Butte County to give their owners the chance to be reunited.

These 27 pets will be placed up for adoption after we provide veterinary treatment, vaccinations, and spay or neuter surgeries. You can help by adopting one of the many wonderful animals currently in our shelter looking for homes to help make room for more animals in need. 

We also sent a skilled team the week after Thanksgiving to assist with animal rescues and sheltering. The team of five worked from dawn until late into the night, managing one of the multiple animal evacuation shelters, caring for lost and stray pets, providing food and water to pets safe in evacuated areas, taking in animals badly burned by the fire, and more. We remain on call to return, as we know this disaster and the help needed are far from over.

Out of respect and privacy for those who have lost so much, we are limiting the photos we share, but please know that your SPCA team was hard at work at the heart of this disaster.

We can’t thank you enough for making all of this possible.

How You Can Help:

Prepare for a Disaster. Please take a moment to create a disaster plan and kits for your family, including your pets. A fire or other disaster could happen here at any time.

Adopt. Help us make room for more animals in need by adopting today.

Donate to help. We depend on you to make all of this possible!

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Our Mission

Our mission is to assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in our community.