Published on . Last modified on March 7, 2017
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  • Dog and cat relaxing outdoors

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Micro chipping your pet

For 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

Why it is important to spay and neuter your pet

Mom cat with little kitten on the grassHaving 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

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

Field Services

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

Rabies Control
Quarantine investigations for biting animals, 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 barking, 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 facilities requesting Commercial Kennel and Breeder permits, or Rooster Ordinance Permits, which are required by law. For more info, see these pages: Kennel/breeder or Roosters.
Emergency Services
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 to the courts for designation of dangerous dogs and destruction of vicious dogs. To submit a complaint online, click here.

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


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