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Found a Pet

Thank you for helping a stray pet who needs you! The SPCA shelters stray pets from all areas not handled by Salinas Animal Services or Monterey County Animal Services (see the list here).

Because there are three main shelters in our community, it can often be confusing to understand which pets must be sheltered at which facility.  Both the Salinas city animal shelter and the Monterey County animal shelter are taxpayer supported facilities providing legally mandated animal control and sheltering services for both of these jurisdictions. Therefore, stray pets found within their jurisdictions must be sheltered with them in order to provide their owner (if any) the opportunity to find them.

If you would prefer to shelter the pet in your home rather than bring him or her to a shelter, we ask that you take the following steps:

  1. Report the pet as found to the SPCA, Monterey County Animal Services, and Salinas Animal Services. Since lost pets can often travel a long distance, we recommend reporting the pet to all three shelters.
  2. Have the pet scanned for a microchip. This can be done at any shelter or veterinary clinic.
  3. Post Found Pet posters in the area where you found the pet.
  4. Be safe. The pet you rescued may not be vaccinated and you don’t know his or her history or behavior. Be cautious with your pets and family.

At times, people find strays when our area’s municipal shelters are closed, or beyond the SPCA’s hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. We greatly appreciate that some people are willing and able to safely confine a stray in their home, garage or yard until they can visit the appropriate shelter the following day. You can offer food and water, but limit what you offer. And, naturally, be extra careful especially if you have children. A stray animal can be stressed, frightened and highly unpredictable.