Animal Shelter Services
Animal Services houses about 4,500 animals annually. These animals, mostly dogs and cats, have been brought in from the unincorporated areas of Monterey County or the cities of Carmel, Greenfield, and Sand City.
Imagine living far from friends or family, being less mobile, or being independent but finding you have many lonely hours. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a loving companion who would be there for you?
Pets can bring companionship and a sense of well being to anyone, but they may play an important role in improving the lives of senior citizens.
FoCAS (Friends of Animal County Services) a non-profit organization that supports Monterey County Animal Services offers a program for seniors called P.A.W.S (Placing Animals with Seniors). This program matches pets from the shelter with seniors ages 60 and older, who currently do not own a pet. Under this program, there is no cost for the adoption and FoCAS provides a sizeable yearly reimbursement for veterinary and grooming costs.
Monterey County Animal Services currently has several wonderful animals age 5 or over which would qualify for this program. If you or someone you know can benefit from this program, please contact 831-769-8858 for program information and criteria.
Be a Responsible Pet Owner!
Don't waste time if your pet is lost; you need to visit your local shelters immediately as they can wander far. Animals picked up as strays (running loose with no identification and no known owner information) are held only for a certain number of days depending on shelter. After that holding period, animals may be set up for adoption, transferred to a rescue group, or euthanized. Do not assume that because your dog or cat is sweet and lovable and has a collar on that it will find a new home or you will be called! Collars fall off and there aren't enough homes for them all!
Below is a list of local area shelters that house stray animals:
160 Hitchcock Road, Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 769-8850 (831) 769-8850
City of Salinas Animal Shelter - http://www.ci.salinas.ca.us/services/animalservices/animalservices.cfm
144 Hitchcock Road, Salinas
(831) 758-7285 (831) 758-7285
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Receives animals found within Salinas city areas of limits.
SPCA of Monterey County - www.spcamc.org
1002 Highway 68, Monterey
(831) 373-2631 (831) 373-2631
- Incoming Animals - Daily, including Holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Adoptions - Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat-Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Administration - Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Receives animals from the city of Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Gonzales, and Presidio of Monterey (Fort Ord) and also accepts owner-surrendered animals.
City of Marina Animal Services - www.ci.marina.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=249
3040 Lake Drive, Marina
(831) 384-2528 (831) 384-2528
Call for Hours
Receives animals found within Marina city limits.
890 South 1st Street, King City
(King City Veterinarian)
(831) 385-4878 (831) 385-4878
Receives animals found within King City limits.
Santa Cruz Animal Services Authority - www.scanimalshelter.org
(831) 454-7303 (831) 454-7303
Has shelters in Scotts Valley and Watsonville. Receives animals found within Santa Cruz County.
311 Nestles Road, Soledad
(Los Coches Veterinarian)
(831) 678-2658 (831) 678-2658
Receives animals found within Soledad city limits.
Main Phone: (831) 769-8850 (831) 769-8850 Regular service provided Monday - Saturday 8:30 - 5:30
- Owner Redemption's - return of owned animals that have been impounded.
- Adoptions - adoption services for animals that have been held for the prescribed number of days.
- Quarantines--strict quarantine of animals that have bitten humans.
- Licensing - mandatory for dogs and voluntary for cats.
- Lost & Found Pets - maintenance of list of lost and found animals.
- Donations - items that are needed for the comfort and well-being of the animals, i.e.; blankets, food and toys.
Monterey County Animal Services offers many of the wonderful animals it receives up for adoption. An animal can be available for adoption once it has gone through the stray period unclaimed and appears to be in sound medical health and good temperament.
We have many outstanding animals available for adoption. If you are looking for a new friend, please come visit us!
If you are still deciding if adopting a pet is for you, visit our Thinking of Adopting a Pet section, before you adopt.
Total Adoption Prices:
Admin. Adoption Fee Admin. Adoption Fee
Spay/Neuter Surgery Spay/Neuter Surgery
1st Vaccine Series 1st Vaccine Series
Free Microchip now included Free Microchip now included
It is Monterey County Code (8.12.010) that all kennels and pet shops must have a permit from Animal Services in order to operate.
“KENNEL” is defined as “any lot, building, structure, enclosure, or premises in which dogs and cats are kept for the purpose of boarding, sale, letting for hire, training for a fee, breeding, or maintaining more than two (2) or more litters of such animals per calendar year. (MCC 8.04.010)
“PET SHOP” is any facility whereon or wherein the business of buying and selling or bartering live household pets is carried on. (MCC 8.04.010)
A permit application is available from this website. Please print it out, complete it, and mail to:
Monterey County Animal Services
Attn: Officer Lujan
160 Hitchcock Road
Salinas, Ca 93908
Upon receipt of an application, you will be contacted by an Officer to conduct a site and records inspection, and collection of fees, if approved.
For more information on Kennel/Pet Shop Permits, please contact Officer Lujan at (831) 769-8851 .