SPCA urges caution about door-to-door solicitation

The SPCA for Monterey County has received multiple reports of people soliciting door to door asking for donations to “the humane society”. The solicitors lead residents to believe they are fundraising for the local SPCA. These fundraisers are not being performed on behalf of the SPCA, and it appears they are fraudulent.

The two most recent reports received by the SPCA occurred this Monday and Tuesday and were from La Salle Avenue as well as Waring Street between Ord Grove and Military Avenue in Seaside. This same issue with a similar description of the solicitors took place in September on Prescott Avenue in Monterey and Surf Avenue in Pacific Grove, and in South Salinas in November. Residents reported the solicitors as demanding and aggressive, most recently knocking on doors at 8:00 and 9:00 in the evening.

The SPCA urges residents to be cautious when answering door to door solicitations. Please contact your local police department if this happens or has happened to you.

While the SPCA relies on local donations to make all our programs and services possible, this is not how we ask for gifts. Your compassionate donor dollars make all the difference, allowing us to help pets, people, and wildlife in need in Monterey County. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency, we don’t have a parent organization, and we don’t receive tax dollars. We do not solicit door to door.

You can safely give this holiday season to help local pets in need by calling 831-373-2631 or online at www.SPCAmc.org/donate.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization.  They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.


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