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SPCA Monterey County


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OUR MISSION:
Assuring compassionate treatment of all animals through rescue, rehabilitation, protection and education.

VISION STATEMENT:
All animals in our community are safe, healthy, respected and valued.

CORE VALUES:
* We accept all animals regardless of species, age, health, and condition.
* We protect animals from abuse, neglect, and suffering.
* We show compassion, kindness, and respect for animals and people.
* We communicate honestly and consider every interaction an opportunity to educate.
* We maintain best practices while pursuing new ideas and inspiring others.
* We value all types and levels of support.


WHO WE ARE

We are here for all animals.

We are the only open-admission shelter in Monterey County, taking in all the areas unwanted pets and all stray pets from areas not covered by the two local tax-funded shelters. We help cats and dogs as well as horses, barn animals, small pets, exotics, and wildlife.

We are a leading adoption organization.

While we dont put time limits on the pets in our care, most dogs and cats are in new loving homes within just days of becoming available for adoption. We place thousands of cats, dogs, horses, barn pets, exotic pets, and more into new homes every single year. And our shelter is a comfortable, happy, loving place for both animals and adopters.

We are compassionate.

We provide quality veterinary services, behavior training, foster program, our TLC program, barn cat adoptions, and more to help homeless pets find new, loving homes. On average, we spend over $1,200 on each pet in our care to make them ready to find their new forever homes.

We are a no-suffering organization.

Our team treats each pet as a unique individual and creates a specialized plan to treat each pets behavioral and physical needs. In most cases, we are able to lovingly rehabilitate pets and prepare them for new, loving homes. In some cases, we need to relieve a pets suffering with humane euthanasia. We never euthanize behaviorally or physically healthy animals and we do not euthanize as a means of population control or for time or space. As long as a pet is not suffering or a danger to the community, we will work with him or her for weeks or months with love and compassion.

We are preventative.

We focus on keeping pets in their loving homes where they belong. Our low-cost Veterinary Clinic has provided over 150,000 spay and neuter surgeries, preventing the birth of millions of unwanted pets. Our compassionate behavior training team offer specialized classes and private training for all breeds, ages, and abilities. We microchip and vaccinate thousands of pets every year. Our humane educators teach children and adults about humane treatment of animals. And our humane officers stop cruelty and neglect through prosecution, education, and rescue.

We are here because of you.

Every single rescue and every single adoption is only made possible because of you. We arent funded by tax dollars and we arent a chapter. HSUS and the ASPCA are not our parent organizations and we receive no funding from them. Everything we do for pets, people, and wildlife in our community is all thanks to your compassionate support.


Address:
1002 Monterey Salinas Hwy
Salinas, CA 93908

Call Us: 831-373-2631

Email Us: [email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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