SPCA During COVID-19: Information & How You Can Help

Your SPCA Monterey County is open and here for you and the animals who depend on us. And we want to stay open, so we need your help.

We ask that you please only visit us to adopt or use one of our vital services. Starting today, March 16, we will begin offering adoptions by appointment to serious adopters only. We will also let drop-in adopters in on a limited basis when they arrive if they are interested in adopting a specific pet. While we usually love visitors playing with our pets, we need to limit the number of people in our shelter during this time so that we can continue to help pets in need.

To help find all our pets loving homes, we will also let adopters pick the adoption fee they would like to pay. To make your appointment, please call 831-373-2631 x246 or email us: info@spcamc.org. You can see all our doptable pets at www.SPCAmc.org/adopt.

While we are not aware of any volunteer, staff member, or visitor who has been exposed to COVID-19, in an abundance of caution we are temporarily suspending our new volunteer orientations as well as our programs for children until April 1, including Spring camps, classroom visits, library programs, and SPCA tours. We will also temporarily stop all our behavior training group and individual classes for owned dogs, as well as our Sunday Socials. Our training team will make every effort to help dog owners over the phone, and we will continue our vital TLC program with shelter pets.  The SPCA Benefit Shop is also closing during this time. Learn more at www.SPCAmc.org/covid-19.html

How You Can Help:

  • Fostering: Stuck at home? You can make a huge difference for pets who need you by fostering! We are currently fast-tracking all foster volunteers. Pet snuggles are a wonderful stress-reducer, and you’ll help us make room for animals who desperately need our care. To join our foster team, please call 831-278-5876 or email us: info@spcamc.org

  • Pet Food Bank: Help stock our Pet Food Bank with pet food and supplies for people who cannot afford them due to job loss or other reasons. Our Pet Food Bank shelves are currently bare. Donations can be shipped to 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas CA 93908 or brought to our shelter daily from 8-5.

  • Donate: We know there is a lot of uncertainty right now but homeless pets and injured wildlife still need us. Donate to help us continue our lifesaving work and make them feel safe and loved. www.SPCAmc.org/donate.

Pets & COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs can be infected with or spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

While you are preparing to stay home, keep your pets in mind and ensure you have enough pet food and medications for an extended time. For the latest information, please visit our COVID-19 information page: www.SPCAmc.org/covid-19.html

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) 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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