Animal Services reduced services due to COVID-19

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News Date: 
March 30, 2020

Status Update as of 3/28/2020:
In an ongoing effort to further protect the safety of employees and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, City of Salinas Animal Services is reducing services to an emergency response level only. As of Monday, March 23rd, one Animal Control Officer will be on duty Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm to respond to emergency calls within City limits only. Minimal staffing will be at the shelter in order to provide care to the animals that come in. Every effort will be made to continue to get animals that are not reclaimed into foster homes. There will be no clerical support or related services this time.

During this time of minimal resources, Salinas Animal Services is asking the following:
1. Please be a responsible pet owner and make sure your pet stays at home so that our very limited resources are there for those that truly need it.
2. If you find a stray animal and can safely house it for the next several weeks, please do so. You can email us at [email protected] so that it’s documented but do not expect a response. We also recommend posting on social media outlets like Facebook and Nextdoor to help locate the pet's owner. The more people that know a pet has been found, the better chance to locate the owner!
3. Lost reports can still be made online at Please do not expect a response.
4. For emergency situations like an injured or sick an animal, stray animals that pose a safety risk, please contact the non-emergency dispatch office at 831-758-7321 Monday-Friday 8-4pm.  We are not taking in healthy stray or feral cats at this time without extenuating circumstances and our SNR program is on hold. 
5. Understand that most bite investigations will be conducted via phone and email until further notice.
6. If you find an unweaned dog or cat, please reach out to Animal Friends Rescue Project at [email protected].
6. Please stay at home with your pet. The sooner we can all do our part, the sooner we can get back to helping the animals in our community.