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  • Skunk in Corral de Tierra area tests positive for rabies

    A skunk found on June 29th in the Corral de Tierra area of the County, off San Benancio, has tested positive for the rabies virus. Animal Services has investigated the incident and determined that while there was exposure to owned pets, there was no human exposure.


  • 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


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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.

Our Services

Animal Services provides the following core services to the unincorporated areas of the County of Monterey.  Contracting cities of Greenfield, Carmel, CSUMB have their own field services but bring animals that need sheltering to the shelter on Hitchcock Road in Salinas.

Field Services
Animal Control Officers (ACOs) provide field services that include: animal bite investigation/quarantine, animal related nuisance complaints, injured/aggressive animal pick up, stray/loose dog pick up and other related state and local animal law enforcement.
 Animal Sheltering
Animals that need sheltering are brought to Animal Services at 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas.  They are scanned for a microchip, vaccinated, photographed and held for a minimum of 3 business days in hopes their owner comes for them
Mandatory for dogs and voluntary for cats over 4 months of age. For more information on Licensing costs & requirements, visit this page.


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