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Before visiting, please read our COVID-19 special message

Special Message

COVID-19 Special Message: Your SPCA is here for you and the animals who depend on us. With the recent news about sheltering in place in Monterey County, we wanted to share how we will continue to be here to help pets, wildlife, and you. As this situation is constantly changing, we ask that you continue to visit our special COVID-19 information page for the latest news. 


Urgent Needs

Pet Food Bank: Help stock our Pet Food Bank with pet food and supplies for people who cannot afford them due to job loss or other reasons. Donations can be shipped to 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas CA 93908 from our Amazon Wish ListPet Food ExpressPetSmart, Petco, Chewy, or any other pet food supplier. You can also bring donations to our Animal Shelter daily from 8-5 (please stay safe while out and about).

If you need help keeping your pet with you during this time, our free Pet Food Bank is here for you. You can also see this list of resources for the Tri-County area.

Adoptions: It is vital that we continue to find new homes for adoptable pets while animals in need arrive daily. Adoptions are currently available by appointment to ensure meeting social distancing guidelines. Appointments are not holds, and we are not able to accommodate walk-ins. Please note that our adoptable pets are all in foster right now, so when you make an appointment, the foster will bring the pet to us for you to meet. Due to this, you will be meeting one pet and not be able to meet multiple pets. During this urgent time, please consider opening your heart and home to a rescued pet who needs you. To make your appointment, please fill out this form. If you are 15 minutes late for an appointment, we will help other adopters first and you may need to wait or reschedule. Thank you for your understanding during this time. 

Fostering: We currently have 88 pets in foster! Thank you to our amazing, compassionate community for your incredible support. You can still sign up for our foster team as pets arrive in need to care. We also have horses, pigs, and roosters still looking for foster homes. To join our foster team, please email us at

Preparedness: This can be hard to think about, but if you haven't already, today is the day to create a plan for your pet in case you get sick. Please discuss this with your family to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency. 

  1. If you become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? The most important step you can take today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
  2. Prepare a pet supply kit. This is essential if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. If possible, your kit should include: 1. Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets, 2. name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help, 3. food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks (or similar essential needs for horses and large pets), 4. crate or carrier to transport your pet, 5. vaccination records, 5. collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip info is up to date), 6. medications and prescriptions, along with instructions, 7. daily care instructions, 8. your vet's contact information. You can also learn more about disaster preparedness for all types of animals.


Program and Service Changes

Due to the shelter in place orders and public safety, we are temporarily changing or suspending some of our programs and services:

Temporarily Suspended:

  1. Clinic Services: including public spay neuter and vaccinations
  2. Volunteers: we ask that our current volunteers stay home and stay safe during this time. 

Modified & Active Programs:

  1. Humane Investigations: officers will continue responding to urgent calls about animal cruelty and abuse
  2. Wildlife Rescue: we will continue to care for our injured wild patients and perform emergency rescues

  3. Stray Pets: At this time, during our state’s shelter-in-place order, the SPCA is following guidelines for all animal shelters and accepting animal emergencies only.  We are only accepting stray animals who are sick, injured, or aggressive and posing a safety risk.  While we would ordinarily accept orphaned kittens and litters of kittens with their mother, we are now asking residents and animal control officers to leave them where they are found and not bring them to a shelter; if the mother is not with her litter, she is likely close by. Learn how to tell how old a kitten is and why kittens are safer with their mothers. Please do all you can first to find the pet's owner before bringing him to us, if possible. Using social media is a great way to start! You can also contact neighbors, have the pet scanned for a microchip at your local veterinary office, and post flyers. 

  4. Lost Pets: Please visit us by appointment to search for a lost pet. Be sure to also check other local shelters
  5. Owner Surrenders:  While we are under orders to shelter in place, we ask that you please keep your pets with you. We have many free options available for you to help you keep your pet, including free pet food, pet supplies, and behavior advice. If you cannot keep your pet even with free help, we are currently making appointments to surrender. Due to the demand and the ever-changing nature of the current pandemic, appointments may not be available for quite some time. Fill out our surrender form to start the appointment process. We sincerely appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please know that we are doing everything possible to help pets and wildlife during this time. We know this is difficult but we need to make this change in order to stay open for the animals in our care. 
  6. Humane Euthanasia: We will continue to offer compassionate humane euthanasia services for owned pets by appointment. 
  7. Humane Education: We have suspended our in-person visits, but our team is offering lots of humane education videos to teachers and children. You can sign up to receive these videos! Animal camp is going virtual for the month of June! To find out more about Animal camp or to register your child, head over to our Animal Camp page.
  8. Behavior Training: In-person training and Sunday Socials are suspended, but we are now offering virtual training classes. In addition, our training team will make every effort to help dog owners over the phone, and we will continue our vital TLC Program with shelter pets thanks to your support. 
  9. Benefit Shop: The SPCA Benefit shop is now open for curbside service! See something you are interested in? Simply call us at 831-624-4211 with your Visa or Mastercard and we can arrange for payment and safe, touch-free curbside pickup. We can also arrange a Facetime view of our jewelry counter, furniture section, or other parts of our shop so you can shop safely from afar. Please understand that due to the nature of the pandemic, all sales are final and we cannot offer in-person sales. We will do our best to explain the condition of each item before each sale. Our Benefit Shop staff are safe and practicing social distancing, and our volunteers are currently at home staying safe. We ask that you please not drop off any donations at this time. If you can, please hold on to them until further notice so we can get back up and running quickly.

How You Can Help:

  1. Fostering: Stuck at home? You can make a huge difference for pets who need you by fostering! We are currently fast-tracking all foster volunteers. Pet snuggles are a wonderful stress-reducer, and you'll help us make room for animals who desperately need our care. To join our foster team, please call 831-278-5876 or email us:
  2. Pet Food Bank: Help stock our Pet Food Bank with pet food and supplies for people who cannot afford them due to job loss or other reasons. Donations can be shipped to 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas CA 93908 from PetSmart, Petco, our Amazon Wish List, or any other pet food supplier. You can also bring donations to our Animal Shelter daily from 8-5. 
  3. Donate: We know there is a lot of uncertainty right now but homeless pets and injured wildlife still need us. Donate to help us continue our lifesaving work and make them feel safe and loved. 


Pets & COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs can spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Recent news reported that some cats fell ill after their owners were diagnosed with Covid-19, however, there is no evidence the pets can transmit the virus back to humans.

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult and uncertain time.