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  • Pet Tidbits: Summer Safety

    Warm weather is here —it is time for fun, sun, and spending time outdoors with pets. But dangers lurk outside as well. Whether taking a walk, a drive or just hanging out in the backyard, there are extra precautions that people can take to keep their four-legged family members happy and safe.


  • Monterey County Health Officer Rescinds Short-Term Lodging Order

    In light of release of new State guidance for Hotels, Lodging & Short-Term Rentals for tourism % individual travel & approval by the County Health Officer for short-term rentals to reopen following the new State guidance, the County Health Officer Short-Term Lodging Order is no longer necessary

    6/11/2020 4:30:00 PM


Local Rescue Groups Listing

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Published on February 21, 2017. Last modified on June 02, 2020

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local Shelters

Monterey County Animal Shelter
Monterey County Animal Services Website
Address: 160 Hitchcock Rd, (831) 769-8850
Hours: Closed to the public due to COVID-19 but available by phone or email: animalservices@co.monterey.ca.us
Receives animals found within the unincorporated areas of Monterey County, Greenfield, Carmel , CSUMB and currently City of Salinas and Marina during COVID-19 crisis.

Salinas Animal services
Salinas Website
Address: 144 Hitchcock Rd, (831) 758-7285
Hours: Currently closed during COVID-19 crisis. 
Receives animals found within Salinas and Marina city limits.  Animals are currently housed at MCAS.
  SPCA for Monterey County
SPCA Website
Address:1002 Highway 68, Monterey
(831) 373-2631, (831) 373-2631
Receives animals from the city of Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Gonzales, Soledad, King City and Presidio of Monterey (Fort Ord) and also accepts owner-surrendered animals.
    Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Website
Address: Has shelters in Scotts Valley and Watsonville. Receives animals found within Santa Cruz County and some contracting cities. (831) 454-730


Local rescue partners

Below are some of our approved rescue partners in Monterey County that help us save lives.  We're fortunate to have additional rescue resources that extend outside of Monterey County as well. If you are animal rescue organization and would like to become an approved rescue partner with us, please email animalservices@co.monterey.ca.us for further information and to receive a rescue partner application.

Group Description

Animal Friends Rescue Project

Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Pacific Grove, California. We are dedicated to finding good permanent homes for abandoned, stray, and abused companion animals and ending the pet overpopulation crisis through focused spay/neuter programs

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

POMDR's mission is to be a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast.

Rescue Rabbits Rock

Rescue Rabbits Rock is based in Monterey County, California and was founded in 2008 and are part of Animal Friends Rescue Project.  They focus on spay/neuter and rescue of rabbits and some pocket pets that come in to local shelters.

South County Animal Rescue (SCAR)

South County Animal Rescue was established to provide a no-kill, safe-house facility for domestic animals. Their goal is to significantly reduce the homeless population of domestic animals in South Monterey County through safe rescue and adoption services, awareness, and education, in hopes of promoting responsible animal ownership and husbandry. They strive to provide access to low-cost spay and neuter programs for domestic animals and establish a trap-neuter-release program for feral cats. 

Heading Home Animal Rescue

Heading Home Animal Rescue is a 501(C)(3) non-profit dedicated to finding good homes for local shelter animals in need.

Golden Oldies Cat Rescue

Golden Oldies Cat Rescue is a 501 (c)(3) non profit dedicated to finding good homes for cats 6 years and older in Monterey County.