SPCA for Monterey County

Rating: 4.95 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 3058 Monterey CA 93942 USA

Mission: The SPCA for Monterey County is a nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. 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, and aid domestic animals in distress.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Two weeks ago, on Sunday January 8, 2012, I was staying at the Best Western Plus Beach Resort hotel at 2600 Sand Dunes Drive in Monterey. Shortly after sunset ~ with darkness setting in, and the temperature dropping fast ~ my boyfriend pointed me in the direction of a sea bird (I later learned it was a cormorant) that was strangely ‘parked’ in the gradually incoming tide at the base of the sandy part of the beach. The bird, struggling and failing to move from its spot, appeared to be injured.
I desperately wanted to help the bird and hoped I could find a way. A quick Internet search on my cell phone pulled up the SPCA Monterey County's Emergency After Hours Wildlife Rescue phone number. The hotel front desk confirmed that this was the correct number for me to call. I was able to swiftly connect with a friendly SPCA ‘dispatcher’ who put me in touch with a woman named Jamie. With Jamie on her way to the Best Western, I decided to station myself on the beach near the bird to monitor its condition and to help Jamie find the bird in the dark. I was able to fend off a large, unleashed dog who came running.
In less than half an hour, Jamie arrived beachside with a male volunteer, a box, a flashlight and a blanket. “Awww, it’s a cormorant…” she said lovingly, as she used the blanket to gently lift the bird into the box… Jamie was warm and professional in all of her interactions with me, and, most importantly, in her treatment of the ailing bird. I was so relieved that the bird would now receive good care!
My boyfriend, who was visiting me from Argentina at the time, and who witnessed the cormorant rescue on the beach, marveled “We don’t have organizations like that where I’m from… You can’t call an emergency after hours phone number and in 20 minutes someone shows up with a box ready to rescue an animal!!!” Hearing his words, I felt doubly grateful for the existence of the SPCA Monterey County -Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center!
As a lifelong animal lover and advocate, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to the Wildlife Rescue team for their wonderful work! I will spread the word about the SPCA Monterey County-Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in my classes at City College of San Francisco, where I serve on the faculty of the Dance Department (I teach Argentine tango). I so appreciate the excellent work the Wildlife Rescue team is doing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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These guys really care about the animals, take great pictures to help them get adopted, take the time to make fun films and great personalized descriptions of every single animal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I watch what they do daily on Facebook and how many animals get adopted and rescued.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let people from other states also adopt these pets!

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I started volunteering at the SPCA of Monterey County last December with the horses. I honestly can't say enough about the excellent care given to all of the animals there. My personal experience was helping care for the horses, I believe there were 33+ at the time in various stages of starvation and abuse.

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be able to ahre in the care of these magnificent animals, I'm pleased to say, since December, at least a dozen have been adopted and the rest are all in beautiful condition, and cared for as if they were in the finest show stable.

Kudos to SPCA of Monterey County, Ca. You guys rock!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing so many happy endings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

donate more time.

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I have adopted two animals for the SPCA for Monterey County. Each time they were very helpful and nice when I was making my selections. I wasn't rushed into taking a pet home, and when I asked about the animals, the staff knew them by name! Not only that, they knew the personality traits of the animals that were in their care. This was a very different experience for me, since in the past I have been rushed at shelters, and didn't feel very confident in my adoptions. I say that this SPCA has an amazing and caring staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...in the way they helped me when I picked out my pets. They made sure that my cat and dog could get along, and that I was even capable of handling both.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...say that they could give the dogs who play well together an open area to run around in.

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They really do care for all animals and have great adoption drives to get them homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have adopted from them and I purchase my fireworks from their wildlife booth in Hollister

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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I am very grateful for your help with animals.
I'm sure the animals are too. I am a volunteer at the moment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Monterey SPCA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change anything it's perfect as it is.

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I have had the pleasure of volunteering at SPCA for Monterey County for over 3 years. Staff and volunteers are committed in their
goal to provide outstanding care for all animals and wildlife that
come through their facility.
This is truly a top notch organization that I am proud to be associated with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nothing is more rewarding that seeing a shelter dog find a forever home....all because of the work the SPCA does.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, but I would encourage people in our community to volunteer and provide monetary support to our SPCA.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I became a volunteer 2 months ago and enjoy helping with the animals. For the last month I have been going on the hikes every Tuesday to join several volunteers in walking the dogs in the local hills of SPCA. I really enjoy it and the dog as well as I get a great workout. I like how the SPCA is organized and really is determined to help the dogs and cats find homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great to be able to see the dogs and cats for adoption on the SPCA website. Also they have telethons every year and I am very impressed by this.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More adoptions thru-out the communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering in November. I was impressed with the level of training for dog handling. There was a 2 hour training session and one hour on the job training with an experienced volunteer dog handler. I chose to volunteer because I believe in their no expiration date policy. No animal is too old to be a good companion! The staff are compassionate and truly love all of the creatures small and large. I look forward to the completion of the new facility.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Interaction with animals is very rewarding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide grief counseling or referrals to those who lose their animals due to death, illness, divorce or foreclosure.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted two cats, and the SPCA nuetered my animals. They took excellent care of my animals and were extremely gentle with them. They took the appropriate time to make sure each individual animals needs were met, which was greatly appreciated. The organization, from my experience has always been a safe environment for needy animals, and is always clean, organized and the staff/volunteers are professional and helpful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

benefical ways

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give the organization the ability to pick up stray animals who are in need of help

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