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  • In response to The Humane Farming Association’s press release dated December 4, 2018, where it is alleged that Monterey County Animal Services had “full knowledge of animal dumping on the Salinas River.”

    Monterey County Animal Services acknowledges that in November of 2016, a call was received regarding “multiple bodies dumped” in the riverbed near the Elm Street bridge in Greenfield. An officer was dispatched to discuss the situation with the reporting party. The next day, a body was delivered to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center for a necropsy. The necropsy, while suspicious, did not provide any definitive information to conclude it represented an animal cruelty case, or to lead to any suspects. Since that time, there have been zero reports or tips provided to this agency in regards to deceased animals, of any kind, being found at this location – or with regard to suspected animal cruelty at this location.

    12/4/2018 5:13:00 PM

  • Keep the holidays happy and safe for your pets

    The holidays are in full swing. Holidays bring special cards, gifts decorated with ribbons, tinsel or yarn, and special decorations like Christmas trees. Unfortunately, animals appreciate these items, as well -- and many of them can cause serious damage.


  • Las Palmas area bat tests positive for rabies virus

    On October 15th, 2018, a bat found in the Las Palmas area of unincorporated Monterey County tested positive for the rabies virus. While there was exposure to an owned pet, Monterey County Animal Services investigated and determined that there was no human exposure in this case and is issuing this positive test information as a reminder to pet and livestock owners.

    10/18/2018 1:30:00 PM





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Donation Wish list

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Thank you for considering donating to the Monterey County Animal Shelter. Your generosity will help make our animals more comfortable, healthy and happy during their stay with us.

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter during normal business hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Need Directions? Click here!

dog_toysNeeded Items:


  • Food
    • Canned Cat Food **
    • Canned Dog Food **
    • Kitten Dry Food
  • Treat & Toys
    • Medium & large Kong Toys for dogs
    • Tasty and soft training treats, Dingo Training Treats and Primal Treats
    • Chuckit Fetch Ball or tennis balls for dogs to fetch
  • Necessities
    • Cardboard Cat Carriers
    • Johnny Cat, Cat Litter (Please no clumping litter)**
    • Advantage 2 flea and tick treatment for cats
    • Small, medium and large dog and cat beds

**These are our most needed items.

Other ways to help

a couple walking a puppyCan't donate money or food, then how about donating your time?

The shelter is always in need of volunteers to help out, clean kennels, feed the cats & dogs, take photos, pet a cat, or walk a dog.

For more information, please see our volunteer page.

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