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News

  • Las Palmas area bat tests positive for rabies virus

    On October 15th, 2018, a bat found in the Las Palmas area of unincorporated Monterey County tested positive for the rabies virus. While there was exposure to an owned pet, Monterey County Animal Services investigated and determined that there was no human exposure in this case and is issuing this positive test information as a reminder to pet and livestock owners.

    10/18/2018 1:30:00 PM

  • Kitten Season Special

    Monterey County Animal Services is bursting at the seams with kittens and cats. To help find them forever homes adoption fees have been reduced to $50 which includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip) If you want two the deal is even better! Two cats for $80.

    9/28/2018

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Community Cats

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Transport Community CatCats' lives are saved by implementing the philosophy of "Community Cats."

Did you know? 

  • Monterey County Animal Services only has the ability to provide a live outcome for cats that come into our facility of 15-20%, comparable to most animal shelters - there just aren't enough adoptable cats, and people willing to adopt them, to decrease this dismal 80-85% euthanasia rate.
  • Less than 2% of cats and owners will be reunited through our facility - this is true for other animal shelters as well.  However, left in place, almost 66% of cats lost from home are found by waiting for the cat to return on their own.
  • Feral or un-socialized outdoor cats cannot be safely adopted, but will endure increased stress and suffering while held at an animal shelter, in unfamiliar surroundings that they find frightening, with no hope of adoption.
  • Removing feral or free-roaming un-owned cats does not get rid of the cats, because removing one animal increases the resources available and actually encourages new cats to move into the area or allows them to be more successful at reproducing.

What does this mean?

cats-on-samos_GJG_2Q5d  GSBringing cats to the shelter IS NOT the best option for either the cat or members of the community.

  1. Leave the cat where it was found, 
  2. Put up fliers in the area, and report the animal to the local shelter.
  3. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) feral or un-owned cats in your neighborhood
  4. If cats are a nuisance, use recommended cat deterrents

What to expect from Monterey County Animal Services… 

  • Pickup, impoundment, and treatment of STRAY cats in need of emergency treatment.
  • Information on clinics and organizations for spay/neuter and trap-neuter-release information
  • Information on cat deterrents and how to deal with nuisance cats
  • Over the counter intake with completion of proper paperwork - fees may apply.

Resources

Community Cat in trapTrap Neuter Return General Information

Animal Friends Rescue Project - Feral Cats
www.animalfriendsrescue.org/feralcats.html
(831)333-0722
info@animalfriendsrescue.org

Alley Cat Allies (Information Only)
www.alleycat.org

The Cat Resource Center (Information Only)
www.CatCenter.org

Low Cost Feral Cat Spay/Neuter ProgramsEar tipped cat

Animal Friends Rescue Project-Feral Cats
http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/feralcats.html
(831)333-0722
info@animalfriendsrescue.org

SPCA of Monterey County
http://www.spcamc.org/spay-neuter.html
(831)264-5400 

Cat Deterrents 

Natural Deterrents

  • Sprinkle fresh citrus peels
  • Plant or spread rue

Install Outdoor Cat Repellants

  • CatStop Outdoor Cat Repellent
  • Contech CatStop Ultrasonic Outdoor Cat Repellent