General Resources

Animal Welfare Assistance Group only assists residence of Monterey County, California. Here are some other organizations that may be able to assist you and our pet. If you have any changes or corrections to this list, please let us know:

Help with Specific Illnesses

Dogs or Cats with Heart Disease
Diabetic Cats
Cats with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

Breed Specific


Doberman 911

Golden Retrievers

Gold Stock Fund

West Highland Terriers
Great Pyrenees
Pit Bulls

Other Assistance

Veterinary Bills for Working (Assistance) Dogs

Working Dog Cancer Treatment Grants

The Gift of Sunshine

*Note to those with Assistance Dogs

The State of California will provide a $50 a month Assistance Dogs Special Allowance for those who qualify. Click here for more information.

Help in Other Geographical Areas

Actors and Others for Animals
Southern California (Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange or Ventura counties)

Chester Foundation
Sacramento California

Shakespear Animal Fund
Northen Nevada/Lake Tahoe Area

Frankie’s Friends
Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York and Washington.

Animal Training

When pets are relinquished to animal shelters, the majority of owners site a behavioral issue as the reason for giving up their pets. The issues can range from lack of housebreaking to barking to nipping and biting. All of these can be addressed with positive training (not hitting the animal, “putting their nose in it” or yelling at your pet).

Here are a few resources for training in Monterey County. Check to see if one of them is right for you!

Animal Friends Rescue Project

“Good Dog” Manners for any dog, Puppy through Adult, needing a good start in their new home or continuing their learning in their existing home.

From The Heart Dog Training

Offers several levels of group training, as well as private consultation and individual training. All group classes are held at 561-I Brunken Ave., Salinas, California, in a 10,000 square foot, fully matted indoor, facility designed for the comfort and safety of your pet.

Discounts offered to pets adopted from local shelters. Bring in proof of adoption from the SPCA, Monterey County Animal Shelter, City of Salinas Animal Shelter or AFRP within 60 days of adoption.

SPCA Monterey County

The SPCA offers a variety of classes from puppy classes to adult to specialty classes for blind, deaf or shy dogs. They also offer classes in agility, teaching your dog tricks, and one day classes.

They also offer private classes. Check out their web site for complete information.

The Animal Care Clinic/ Joanne Donahoe, DVM

P.O. Box 95
Pebble Beach CA 93953

Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm.

For telephonic consultations for behavioral problems, both for prevention and resolution, the number to call from anywhere in the world is: (831)624-4972, or email me at to arrange an appointment.

Pet Behavior Hotline

The Monterey County SPCA offers a free behavior telephone hotline at 831-264-5422. You can also “Ask the Experts” online from their web page.

Adopt a Dog or Cat

Please consider adopting a dog or cat from a responsible shelter or rescue group rather than buying from an individual. Adult dogs and cats make great pets and seniors and special needs animals are even more special. Please note that when an individual calls the price they are asking for a pet an “adoption fee”, it does not make it an “adoption” or “rescue”, it is still a purchase.

And those “Designer Dog” breeds everyone is talking about? Shelters are a virtual “Designer Dog Outlet” with all sorts of interesting mixes at about 1/10th of the price you would pay from a breeder.

By adopting from reputable organizations you will have a much better idea of the temperament and health of the dog or cat and you will also have the assistance and experience of the organization standing behind the animal.

If you are looking to add a specific breed of dog or cat to your household, check with the local shelters to see if they have any in need of homes. Or search the Internet for a breed specific rescue near you. For Monterey County you can do a Google Search for “Northern California” or “Central California” along with the breed.

Here is a list of local organizations with many wonderful animals looking for forever homes.

Animal Friends Rescue Project

Animal Friends Rescue Project’s Main Adoption Center is located at 560 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove between Grand Ave. and Forest Ave.

The Adoption Center is open daily from 12 – 5 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays, 12 – 7 p.m. Adoptable cats are on site at all times. Five to ten adoptable dogs are on site from 12 – 3:30 p.m. on a daily basis. Not all dogs on our web site are at the Adoption Center on any given day. Many are in foster care or at a boarding facility and can be met by appointment.

City of Salinas Animal Services

Visit our shelter Tuesday through Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 144 Hitchcock Road, Salinas (the second shelter on Hitchcock Road).

Adoption Fees
Dog/Puppy  $171-$181
Cat/Kitten $99-$104
Rabbit $60

* Other medical fees may apply, such as those related to spay/neuter surgery and FELV/FIV testing.
* Please ask for special adoption fees which may be available througout the year.

Fees Include:

  • Rabies Vaccine (if applicable)
  • DHLPP/FVRCP vaccines
  • Spay/Neuter
  • License (if applicable)
  • Microchip
Monterey County Animal Services

160 Hitchcock Rd, Salinas CA 93908

The Monterey County Animal Services and Shelter buildings and the Salinas Animal Shelter share a narrow driveway off of Hitchcock Road.  MCAS is about 400 feet down the driveway on the right-hand side.

  • Adoptions, Reclamation & Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Appointments can be made for Monday reclamations.)
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

All of our dogs are altered, microchipped, and vaccinated unless our veterinarian advises against sterilization surgery or vaccines due to age or other health concerns. Adoption fees range from $100-$300 depending upon the age and health of the dog and expected future medical expenses that will be taken on by the adopter.

Often senior dogs make the most grateful companions. They are typically already house broken, know basic commands, need only minimal to moderate exercise, and are content to be safe in a loving home taking a much deserved nap in a peaceful environment. Whether you adopt a senior dog or a younger dog we thank you for helping to save a life!

Call (831) 718-9122 or fill out our online adoption application for the dog you are interested in.

SPCA of Monterey County

Six simple steps to adopt a pet

  1. Visit the SPCA at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
  2. Visit with the pet you are interested in adopting to see if his personality fits your lifestyle. If you are adopting a dog, you can meet him in one of our new dog condo rooms or play in one of our play yards.
  3. Complete family introductions (every member of the family living in the house with the animal must meet and visit with the animal prior to adoption to ensure a happy fit for everyone).
  4. If you are adopting a new dog and already have one at home, our animal care staff will assist you with introducing your current dog to the dog you are hoping to adopt to ensure a good match.
  5. The SPCA adoption process takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. All paperwork, vaccination records, and microchip information will be provided at this time.
  6. Take your new lifelong family member home!

Raising Money for Your Pet’s Veterinary Expenses

There are several ways to go about asking friends and family to help you raise money for your pets veterinary bills. Many people will work with their veterinarian to have funds donated directly to an account set up for their pet. This will often help people feel comfortable with knowing where their donations are going.

Campaign Sites

Go Fund Me


Pet Chance

Give Forward