Keep Wildlife Wild

Feeding wild animals causes them to lose their fear of humans and become nuisances to your neighbors. Keep pet food in at night and don’t try to feed deer. Screen off crawl spaces to prevent animals from nesting in your home. Wild animals do not make good pets. Click here to learn more reasons why you shouldn’t feed wild animals! 

Prune Trees and Shrubs Between October and December

The safest time for pruning – for animals and trees alike – is during the months when animals are not nesting. Federal law requires that bird nests not be disturbed until eggs hatch and the babies leave the nest. If you absolutely need to prune a tree for safety reasons, carefully check the area for squirrel and bird nests first. If you find a nest with eggs or babies, moving or destroying the nest will severely hurt the babies’ chance of survival. Please contact us if you have any questions about trimming.

Recycle Fishing Line and Hooks

Birds and sea mammals can be seriously injured by getting tangled in fishing line or swallowing fish hooks. If you see fishing line on shores or in the water, please pick it up and discard it in the trash. The SPCA partnered with other agencies to provide fishing line recycling canisters in area wharfs and piers.

Call Us if You See Wildlife In Need

The SPCA for Monterey County is here to help all injured and orphaned wild animals. If you see an animal in distress call us. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Click here to learn more about how to tell if an animal needs rescue.

Keep Bird Feeders Clean

Feeders are great for bird watching but can easily transmit disease if not properly cleaned. Be sure to clean your bird feeders and baths weekly or between fillings. Contact us for more information.

Keep Cats Indoors

Click here to learn more about our pets and wildlife.


Wildlife Center volunteers help staff rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. Click here to learn how you can volunteer!


Help Wildlife


Wildlife Questions during Regular Hours

Wildlife Emergencies during Regular Hours

Wildlife Emergencies After Hours (SPCA Wildlife Staff on-call 24 hours a day)

Mountain Lions: (California Department of Fish & Wildlife)

Injured or Orphaned Marine Mammals (Marine Mammal Center)

Live or Deceased Sea Otters (Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Deceased Animals on Side of Road (Monterey County Public Works)