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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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.

Programs: The spca operates an open admission animal shelter providing rescue, sheltering, and adoption of all pets, including dogs, cats, horses, barn animals, small pets, and exotic pets. The spca is the heart of animal rescue in monterey county and our doors are open to all animals in need.

the spca operates a low-cost veterinary clinic providing high-quality spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations to keep pets healthy and prevent the birth of thousands of homeless cats and dogs.

the spca operates the only wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in monterey county, rescuing thousands of injured and orphaned wild animals every year.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Take a look at the executive director, Gary Tiscornia's, previous work with the Michigan Humane Society before his "resignation." Make sure you are comfortable with how your donation dollars are being spent.
I believe the shelter has went from a "no kill" shelter to a "kill" shelter under his direction as well.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Deirdre D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Morgan Hill H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Jessica H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering a few months ago. It feels so good to meet all the dogs and come back the next time and see that they have been adopted! Seeing smiles on those kids faces is priceless!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have worked as volunteers for the Monterey County SPCA for 8 years. We work on a one day a week basis (see below). This SPCA is extraordinarily good in its outreach to all animals (dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, deer, wildlife, and all birds). It takes special care to work for the adoption of the animals, looking after the older dogs for sometimes over six months until they are finally adopted or their behavioral patterns change from a lengthy stay. The County rescues animals damaged by drivers, night and day, and it works extensively with the local Humane Society in pursuing cases of cruelty or animal hoarding. The reception services for owners turning in animals are particularly sensitive and efficient. The Monterey SPCA is presently in a $15,000,000 restoration and updating of its facilities to continue staying ahead of demands, especially with the increase of horses abandoned by owners in these economic troubles.

Review from Guidestar

NMLAW

Donor

Rating: 5

SPCA of Monterey Co., is a wonderful organization! They are very prompt in acknowledging your gift - and you know where your donation is going. I also volunteer as well - and this is a great place to volunteer your time. They are very appreciative of the volunteers and know how important they are to the organization. The work they do here is wonderful, and helps animals in our community. I don't want to think what we would do without them - they take in stray and sick animals, rehabiliate them, and either put them up for adoption, or release them back to the wild. They are very respective of animals' comfort and you know that the animals come first. Please consider giving your time - or donating to the SPCA of Monterey Co. They are not part of a larger organization, so they rely on our community for support.

Review from Guidestar

Pamela V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been the most rewarding experience these past 3 months volunteering at Monterey SPCA in the barn. The goal is to bring the horse(s) back to health from neglected/traumatic sitautions. The joy and blessing is witnessing "miracles" each week-- watching a starved horse gradually putting weight back on, having more energy and eyes a little brighter; or the frightened horse realizing its safe and trying to open up to trust humans again. The other ladies I volunteer with are great people. I enjoy being with them as we work toward common goal of caring for these horses whether its cleaning a stall, sweeping the barn aisle, or brushing down a horse and giving it a kind word.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me this place has turned out to be amazing! I first heard about some of the services they provide after I received two rabbits in my home and started searching for alternative places to help lower the cost of vet bills. Some services I found to be great are that they place chips in all the animals in the shelter and they offer a cheaper cost to spay and nuture your animals. I became very interested in the organization and soon began volunteering there. Now that i'm there weekly and see how they treat each individual animal with the care and affection they need I can tell the spca of monterey has reached my original expectations. I also love their policy of not turning away any animal no matter how agressive. Rather they choose to work with the animal in order to try to help it succeed to get it to it's greatest potential for adoption.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for over 5 years at the Wildlife center at mont. county SPCA. I rescue wildlife in need in the field and assist staff in caring for them at the center. I also do maintenance work such as laundry, cleaning, preparing food for the wildlife, cleaning out cages
. We also take care of exotics such as snakes and birds that have been surrendered and work to get them ready for adoption.
The staff works closely with the volunteers, which is why this is such a rewarding place to work. Volunteers feel like they are an important part of the process and are taught various skills as they want. There are also classes, time permitting, given by staff on various procedures and natural history of animals we care for.We are here to support the staff.
The volunteers form a cohesive group, bonded by our desire to help care for and rehab wildlife. A dedicated and welcoming group of people.
We also have a mentor program for new volunteers where a mentor is assigned to a specific volunteer, and we work with and train them individually for several days, longer if needed.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are incredibly fortunate to have an SPCA that is supported so well by our community. It alllows them to do so many things to aid the animals in need both locally and from other regions when necessary. I've volunteered for about a year now and could not be more impressed with the dedication, commitment and compassion of this SPCA's staff. Every effort is made to find homes for adoptable pets and livestock and to rehabilitate injured wildlife.
My focus as a volunteer has been both as a dog handler, helping with exercising dogs with short walks and long hikes on the SPCA's extensive property. A volunteer group meets weekly for a 2 hour hike with the dogs who need more extensive exercise. Volunteers also meet for dog behavioral, socialization and training classes. I also help with a volunteer photo crew to take studio quality pictures of adoptable animals for the website and other promotional venues and assist when needed for major SPCA fundraisers such as their yearly TV telethon and Wag-n-Walk.
More volunteers are always needed and welcome for these and many other areas within the shelter. This SPCA takes in cattle, horses, fowl, reptiles, wild animals, rodents, as well as dogs and cats. Any animal in need is welcomed and the volunteers are invaluable resources to assist the staff.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People who work and volunteer at SPCA Monterey County deeply care about all animals brought into the facility. The animals receive health care, training, attention, and love by staff and volunteers. SPCAmc is a dynamic organization, filling needs of the community as needed, and they go above and beyond to educate the public and provide welfare for animals. A great place to volunteer!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The services they provide for the communities they serve are irreplaceable. They are dedicated to saving, sheltering, and helping to provide homes for hundreds of domestic animals. They also provide outstanding wildlife services, and I can personally attest to the dedication of their wildlife staff who are available to assist the public at any hour of the day or night with wildlife emergencies and concerns.

Review from Guidestar