The Hug-A-Pet program strives to bring companionship, activity, stimulation and cheer to those in our community residing in convalescent or hospice facilities. The psychological, physiological and social benefits of the bonds between humans and companion animals are well documented. Hug-A-Pet extends many of these benefits to those who may now be in a situation where they are experiencing isolation from family, friends, or even their own companion animal.

Trained volunteers and their certified companion dogs regularly visit area care facilities to provide conversation, companionship, affection and fun.

Our Hug-A-Pet program is made possible through the generosity of our members and donors.

To Schedule a Visit at Your Care Facility:

Simply call us at (831) 264-5423 or email us. All Hug-A-Pet companions are volunteers with The SPCA for Monterey County and this community service is provided at no charge to either you or your facility.

To Volunteer:

If your canine companion is an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen or Certified Therapy Dog and you would like to be a volunteer, please call us at (831) 264-5423 or email us. If your canine companion is not certified, call us! We’ll give you the latest information on Canine Good Citizen testing!

Just for Kids

Learn more about SPCA’s programs for kids like the Junior Volunteer Programs, Animal Camp, Birthday Parties, School Presentations, School and Club Tours, Education, and Dog Bite Prevention.

SPCA Pet Meals Program

A beloved pet is often the primary source of comfort for people with medical or age-related challenges. Yet for those who are physically impaired or on fixed incomes, it can be a constant struggle to obtain proper nutrition for themselves and their pets. Click here to learn more about the PetMeals Program.