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
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
On Friday, April 28, the SPCA for Monterey County rescued multiple rabbits from a house on Augusta Drive in Salinas.
After receiving a call concerning the possible neglect and abandonment of several rabbits, SPCA officers located 41 live rabbits living in deplorable and inhumane conditions. The carcasses of 16 dead rabbits were also located on the premises. The live rabbits were seized and brought back to the SPCA facility for medical treatment and evaluation. The investigation is continuing and Humane Officers estimate that a criminal complaint will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s soon.
Written by Beth Brookhouser, Director of Community Outreach
Last week, The SPCA for Monterey County received a call about puppies trapped under a portable classroom at Gavilan View Middle School in Salinas. Teachers and students at the school heard crying under the classroom for at least two days, starting when the students returned on Tuesday from a school vacation. A custodian and a teacher managed to dig and reach under the building and pull the puppies to safety while the school secretary kept the rescued puppies warm. SPCA humane officers rushed the tiny puppies back to the shelter for immediate veterinary care.
The SPCA for Monterey County’s mission: to assure compassionate treatment of all animals in our community. Your SPCA’s TLC Program is at the very heart of this mission and the engine that drives our life-saving work. It’s the veterinary care or one-on-one behavioral