• Fireworks Safety

    The July 4th holiday, celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, often includes fireworks.

    With fireworks comes dangers.  The Health Department and the Consumer Product Safety Commission offer ten tips to help your family have a safe and happy holiday.

    Get the tips here

  • rooster in correctly constructed shelterHarooster shelter 2ve Questions about the Rooster Ordinance? 

    Effective July 14, 2015, Monterey County Code Ordinance 5249 requires permitting for  Rooster Keeping Operations where 5 or more roosters are kept on any single property within the unincorporated areas of Monterey County.  Learn more

  • Mosquito CDCticks w rulerBugs of Summer

    Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, oh my!  During the summer it seems like there are all kinds of bugs that we must cope with. Protecting ourselves and loved ones from bug-bites is important because we know that the bugs can carry disease and of course the bites are aggravating.   

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  • Life a little empty?

    Monterey County Animal Shelter may have just the thing you have been looking for, a furry friend.

    Rex and  Vivian invite you to come down to the Monterey County Animal Shelter at 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas to meet them and the other animals.  Shelter hours Noon to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

    See the animals available for adoption now   

  • BYOB* is here!

    *Bring your own bag

    Single use plastic bags are no longer available at the places you shop in unincorporated Monterey County. 


    Learn More

Recent Articles


Holiday Closures

All Health Department Offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of the Independence Day.   The Monterey County Animal Services Shelter will be closed to the public on Friday, July 3rd through Monday, July 6th. The shelter will be open to the public on Tuesday, July 7th for normal... Read more →

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The Wall that Heals – July 3-5 in Hollister

THE MOVING WALL  Vietnam Veterans Memorial  Honoring the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, the memorial chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country.July 3-5, 2015Dunne Memorial Park600 West St. Hollister, CA 95023(831) 637-7011Open 24 hours a... Read more →

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Keep pets safe during the July 4th holiday

Monterey County Animal Services wants to remind residents to think about their pet’s safety as they make plans for the July 4th holiday. Each year, the shelter fills up with lost and scared pets, sometime weeks before and after the noisy holiday. Sadly, many go unclaimed by their owners.Many pets... Read more →

Recycling event


Saturday, July 11th from 10 am to noon at Bradley Road in Bradley  (at the transfer point).    Capacity is limited – First Come, First Served     Materials accepted:MattressesAppliances- no FreonYard WasteElectronic WasteMetalsFurnitureTires – Limit 2 per personHouse Hold Hazardous Waste – Limited CapacityAnti-freezeBatteries ( Household and Automobile)Motor oil and... Read more →

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10 Fireworks Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

July 4 celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence—and for many people, the celebration includes fireworks. Americans have been setting off fireworks to celebrate their independence since as early as 1777.Yet, the thrill of colors exploding in the sky comes with dangers as well. On average, 240 people go... Read more →