Category Archives: Pet Training

A Prince Among Men (and Women)

We half joke that Mamma, a non-releasable adult Great-Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate mother to orphaned baby owls at the SPCA’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, is our hardest working volunteer. After all, she mothers babies ‘round the clock and has raised more than 50 owl chicks since arriving years ago with a significant, untreatable wing injury preventing her release.

SPCA Volunteer Jeff Weill may have knocked Mamma off her perch. Figuratively-speaking, of course.

Jeff joined the SPCA as a volunteer in June 2016, when he was looking to enrich his lighter schedule after wrapping-up a career as a Department of Defense project manager. He was familiar with the SPCA, having adopted a Shepherd/Lab mix (a “Schlab,” one of our specialities!) from us when he was 19 years old, and that sweet companion was with him the next 14 years.

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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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Your SPCA – providing “TLC” for all animals in need

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

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SPCA Training Classes in May

It’s that time!  SPCA for Monterey County training classes start up again this week.  Our fun, affordable, and informative classes include:

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Location, Location, Location! SPCA Training Classes in Carmel!

The SPCA for Monterey County is now offering behavior training classes at Pet Food Express in Carmel! Family Dog and Puppy classes at

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Pet Alert Program

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Our Mission

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