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Monterey County Animal Services changes due to COVID-19

Post Date:03/17/2020

In alignment with the County of Monterey’s  and City of Salinas’ activation of emergency operations related to COVID-19, effective immediately, both Salinas Animal Services (SAS) and Monterey County Animal Services (MCAS) will be closed to the general public effective immediately  through March 31, 2020, unless rescinded earlier or extended further.  Appointments for adoptions of specific animals, stray or injured animal drop off and owner redemption can be made at this time by contacting either shelter in advance. Both shelters are also limiting this

 “The health and safety of our employees, shelter pets and our community is our top priority. According to the World Health Organization, there is ‘no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread coronavirus (COVID-19).’ Our fear at this time is that as an open-intake shelter if we did have to close our doors and were not allowed to adopt out animals, we would not be able to stop taking animals in, which would result in a bottleneck. We cannot keep from taking in all animals that need us.” Cindy Burnham, Animal Service Administrator.

Be assured that we will have staff available to feed, clean, and provide enrichment for the animals in our care. Our Animal Control Officers will respond to emergency calls such as dangerous dogs, animal cruelty, and animal bite investigations. We continue our commitment to saving animals' lives, reuniting lost pets with their families, and finding loving homes for abandoned animals.

What does this mean for our community at this time?

  • Pet Licensing  

    Salinas residents: You can renew or purchase a new license online
    ( or via mail.   

    Unincorporated Monterey County residents: You can renew your license via mail and new licenses can be done via phone at 831-769-8850.

  • Adoptions  

  • No appointment?

    For the safety of our employees and volunteers, those coming to Animal Services without a specific appointment may be asked to wait outside, along with social distancing guidelines until a staff member is available to assist or to call the front desk to schedule an appointment.

  • Events
  • Wishing to adopt? Please visit you find a specific animal that you are interested in, please call Salinas at 831-758-7285 or MCAS at 831-769-8850. We will give you all of the information that we have on that pet and talk to you about the adoption in general. If you want to adopt, we will work to schedule a time for you to come in and meet the pet as staff are available.  Stray Cats 

    We are unable to accept healthy community/feral/stray cats and kittens at this time and not providing any spay/neuter assistance for feral cats at this time. Please contact the shelters after March 31 for guidance on cats.

  • Owner Redemption of Cats, Dogs and Rabbits in shelter

    Animal Control Officers will return animals to their homes in the field when the animal is properly identified, and it is appropriate and safe.  If your animal becomes impounded, please call the appropriate shelter to make an appointment to retrieve your pet.  Be prepared with your identification, proof of ownership and vaccination and either a leash or a cat carrier to bring our pet home in.

  • Lost and Found Pets

    If you find a lost dog or cat that you can care for at your home or if you have lost a pet, please send us an email with pictures, description of the animal, where it was lost/found and your contact information to the following:

    • For animals lost/found in Salinas:

      • For animals lost/found in unincorporated MC areas:
      • Don’t forget!: We use facial recognition to help re-unite pets with their owners.  Register your lost/found animal at


    • Dangerous Dog 

      To get help or report a dangerous dog in city limits of Salinas, please call us at 831-758-7285.  To get help or report a dangerous dog in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County, please call us at 81-769-8856

At this time, all events and new volunteer orientations for both shelters will be postponed indefinitely.

As things can change quickly, please look for updates on our social media platforms, by following us on Facebook:  @SalinasAnimalServices and  @MontereyCountyAnimalServices.


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