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  • 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.


  • Find love on Hitchcock Road for only $25

    Monterey County Animal Services and the City of Salinas Animal Services have reduced adoption fees to only $25 for cats and dogs! This reduction is due to the support of Friends of Community Animal Services (FoCAS) and is to help get shelter pets into homes this holiday season.




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Published on February 21, 2017. Last modified on June 01, 2018

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Work For Us

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About Us

The Animal Services Division protects, promotes and enhances the health, safety and quality of life for companion animals and other abandoned animals, as well as for the people of Monterey County.

Programs and Services

Animal Services is a division of the Monterey Environmental Health Bureau. We serve the unincorporated areas of Monterey County and contracting cities. Our division consists of 3 program areas: Licensing, Field Services, & Shelter Services.

Our Shelter

Animal Services houses about 4,500 animals annually. These animals, mostly dogs and cats, have been brought in from the unincorporated areas of Monterey County, Carmel, Greenfield, Del Rey Oaks, CSUMB, Camp Roberts, Ft. Hunter Liggett, or from the state parks.

Our Services


Licensing & Renewals

Shelter Services:

Animals Sheltering, Rabies Quarantine,  Scan for Microchip, Public Education, Adoptions/Adoption Counseling, Animal Redemption by Owner.

Field services:

Enforcement of Animal Regulations, Rabies Control, Animal Complaint Investigation, Mediation & Resolution, Licensing and, Public Education.


Responsible Pet Ownership Training, Animal Behavior Training, Volunteer Program, and Presentations to schools, service organizations, etc.

Contact Us

160 Hitchcock Road
Salinas, CA 93908
Phone Number: (831) 769-8850

Animal Viewing/Adoptions
Phone Number: (831) 769-8850
Hours: Tue – Sat 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Intake/Incoming Animals:
Phone Number:(831) 769-8850
Hours: Tues – Sat 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone Number:(831) 769-8845
Hours: Tue – Sat 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Field Services/Dispatch:
Phone Number: (831) 769-8856
Hours: Mon – Sat 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Shelter is closed to the public on Sunday & Monday

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