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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). 

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 112 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. 
  3. Humane Education: including spring camps, classroom visits, library programs, and tours. 
  4. Behavior Training: all group classes, Sunday Socials, and private training. 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. 

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: We will continue to accept stray pets from our sheltering area. 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
  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. 

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. 

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 be infected or spread the virus that causes COVID-19. 

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