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Updated service reductions and program changes due to COVID-19 from Monterey County Animal Services and Salinas Animal Services.
Effective April 1st and until further notice, all animals found within the City limits of Salinas and Marina will be temporarily housed at Monterey County Animal Services located at 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas, which is next door to the current Salinas Animal Shelter.
Actualización de reducción de servicios y cambios al programa de Animales del Condado de Monterey Servicios de Animales de Salinas debido a COVID-19.
A partir del 1 de abril y hasta nuevo aviso, todos los animales que se encuentren dentro de los límites de la cuidad de Salinas y Marina se mantendrán temporalmente en el lugar de Servicios de Animales del Condado de Monterey ubicado en 160 Hitchcock Road en Salinas, está al lado del Refugio de Anim
Published on May 13, 2020. Last modified on May 13, 2020
Animal Services understands the impact that cats have in our communities. We are committed to humane and proven programs, such as Shelter-Neuter_Return (SNR) to reduce the number of cats within those communities. There are simply not enough homes for them. SNR programs have been proven as humane as effective ways to reduce the community cat population by spaying/neutering, vaccinating and ear tipping healthy feral cats that come in to the shelter and then releasing them back to their community. There, they continue to utilize resources while not contributing to the cat overpopulation. It is much more effective than simply removing cats and euthanizing them.
What is a community cat?
Any free-roaming, unowned cat is considered a community cat. They may be friendly or unsocialized, truly feral or anywhere in between. Some live in managed colonies but others thrive by finding alternative sources of food from neighbors, trash or hunting.
What do I do if there is a community cat in my neighborhood that is not spayed/neutered?
We recommend that, if the cat is healthy, it be humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian or low cost spay/neuter clinic where it can be altered, vaccinated and ear tipped. It can then be released back to it it's community. If it is unhealthy or sick, you can bring it to Animal Services depending on it's location.
Can I bring a feral cat to you?
At this time, Animal Services is only accepting sick, injured and orphaned under-age cats (under 8 weeks, less than 2 pounds). Healthy, obviously thriving cats should be left in their community so that they can return to their home. Feral cats with an ear tip that are healthy should be released back to their community to continue to do their part to keep the population low.
What if I find a healthy, friendly cat?
What about your S-N-R program?
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A BABY KITTEN
If you find stray kittens and wish to surrender them to the shelter, we would greatly appreciate it if they are brought to the shelter BEFORE 4:00 pm. Please call us at 831-769-8850 to set up a time for drop off. Bringing the kittens to the shelter earlier in the day helps to ensure that the shelter’s staff has enough time to process the stray kittens AND to contact appropriate foster care providers or rescue who can provide short-term support for the kittens in their homes. We do not have staff 24/7 and underage kittens cannot be left alone in the shelter overnight.
SPAYING OR NEUTERING A FERAL CAT
Big Fix: www.bigfixmc.org
SPCA for Monterey County: www.spcamc.org
SNIP Bus: www.snipbus.org
Community Cat Allies: www.communitycatallies.org
SURRENDERING YOUR CAT
If you own a cat that you wish to surrender, please contact the SPCA for Monterey County at (831) 373-2631 or (831) 422-4721. An appointment is required, and there may be a fee for surrendering your cat. For more info, go to www.spcamc.org.
Alley Cat Allies – www.alleycat.org
Kitten care resources: www.kittenlady.org/kitten-care
Kitten Coalition: www.kittencoalition.org/resouces