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Published on February 15, 2017. Last modified on March 20, 2020

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Micro chipping your pet

Vet holding micro chip scanner over a grey catFor extra insurance in the event your pet does get lost, consider micro-chipping. It’s the latest in animal identification. It’s a chip smaller than a grain of rice that is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of the animal. When scanned, it will have a number that can be linked back to the animal’s owner, as long as the information is current. Most animal control officers and shelters scan animals for microchips these days. It can literally be a lifesaver, should your pet lose its collar and tags. You’d be surprised how many times our shelter has heard from people searching for a lost pet, “I just gave him a bath and forgot to put his collar back on. He never leaves the yard.”

Contact your local veterinarian for more information or contact Animal services to make an appointment. Current fee for a microchip implant and registration is $26.00.

For a list of all costs and services offered by Monterey County Animal Services, please Click Here

Spay and neuter information

Mother cat and her kittenWhy it is important to spay and neuter your pet

Having your pet spayed or neutered is an important decision for pet owners. But it is a decision that can offer life long beneficial effects for your pet!

Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:

  • Reduce the number of shelter animals killed
  • Improve your pet's health, reduce chances of certain cancers
  • Reduce unruly behavior, fighting with others, and the urge to wander
  • Save on the cost of pet care, prevent unwanted pregnancy

Currently, the following costs apply for spaying or neutering :

  • Dog - spay or neuter: $75.00
  • Cat - spay: 75.00
  • Cat - neuter: 45.00

For a list of all costs and services offered by Monterey County Animal Services, please Click Here

Did you know? Monterey County Animal Services offers discounted spays & neuters from time to time at special purple pawevents. Check back often to see updates on these events or call us directly.

About Field Services

Officers1Animal Services provides field services to the unincorporated area of the County of Monterey.

Phone Number:  831-769-8856

Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Field Services — Pick up of stray cats & dogs that are sick or injured, patrol for problem areas, rabies investigation, citizen complaints

Emergency Services: 831-758-7696.  After business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30 pm - 8:30 am and major Holidays) response to potentially rabid or dangerous/aggressive cats & dogs when no owner is present, to stray sick or injured cats & dogs, and to animal bites.


Our Services

Animal Services provides the following field services to the unincorporated areas of the County of Monterey.

To contact Field services, you may call the dispatch line at (831) 769-8856. Field Services are available Monday- Saturday between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Rabies Control
Quarantine investigations for biting animals,overseeing home quarantined dogs, testing of potentially rabid animals, reporting to appropriate agencies, and low cost rabies vaccination clinics.
Citizen complaints
Investigating and mediating nuisance complaints from citizens including excessive noise, running at large, etc.

Report a complaint here!
Mandatory for dogs and voluntary for cats over 4 months of age. For more information on Licensing costs & requirements, visit this page.

Issuance and inspection of citizens requesting Boarding,Breeders and Rooster Keeping Permits, which are all required by law. For more info, see these pages: Boarding/breeder or Roosters.
Emergency Services (For Cats & Dogs only)
After business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30 pm – 8:30 am and major Holidays) response to potentially rabid animals, to dangerous/aggressive domestic animals when no owner is present, to injured domestic animals, and to animal bites.
Dangerous/vicious dog declarations
Investigation and processing for hearings when designation of dangerous dogs and destruction of vicious dogs is needed. To submit a complaint online, click here.

Stray Animal Pick-up
Contact Animal Services to pick-up stray or abandoned animals.
Trap Rentals
Animal Services has no humane animal traps available at this time. Please contact your local feed store or hardware store about renting or purchasing humane dog/cat traps.

Links to other Animal rescue groups & services

Group Description

City of Salinas Animal Shelter

Salinas Animal Services (SAS) is a division of the City of Salinas' Police Department (link is external). We provide animal control, animal sheltering, and licensing services for the City of Salinas.

SPCA of Monterey County

The SPCA’s doors are open to all animals in need from dogs and cats to horses, wildlife, exotics, and more. They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, aid domestic animals in distress, and so much more.

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

Their 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. They are volunteers for the AFRP Rabbit Rescue (a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization), The Salinas City Shelter, The Monterey County Shelter and the local SPCA. They are here to assist you in adopting, fostering, surrendering, bonding, and housing of House Rabbits.

Friendly Farms

They are a foster home and sanctuary dedicated to assisting in the placement and protection of rabbits and guinea pigs at risk in our local animal shelters. Friendly Farms works with area shelters to promote adoptions spay and neuter programs and proper care for happy, healthy, life-long relationships with our animal companions.

AWAG (Animal Welfare Assistance Group)

A local non-profit dedicated to finding good homes for local shelter animals in need.

FoCAS(Friends of Community Animal Services)

Friends of Community Animal Service, formerly Friends of County Animal Services, has expanded its mission! FoCAS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose sole mission is to raise funds to adequately support the protection, shelter, and care of lost and abandoned animals throughout Monterey County.

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.

** This list for informationtional purposes only.The County does not endorse nor support any of the listed groups. To have your animal rescue group added to this list, please contact us.**

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