Happy Valentine’s Day! SPCA Adoption Event Today

Be my Valentine? These adorable puppies are hoping so!

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These cute little guys are at the SPCA of Monterey County, where adoptive pet parents can pick their price this Valentine’s Day.

Any dog, cat or bird four months or older is eligible for adoption. The animals have already been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and gone through a health screening. This process typically runs several hundred dollars and adoption fees are normally between $35 and $290, but you can name your price today only!

Keep in mind, the SPCA of Monterey County is a non-profit group and can rescue more animals in need based on the donations and adoption fees they take in.

Free Pet Adoption this Weekend During Maddie’s Days

If you’re thinking about adding a furry family member to your pack anytime soon, this weekend is the time to do it!

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Adoptable dogs pose for prospective parents at Maddie’s Days last year.

Adoption fees will be waived at participating rescue groups or shelters in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Santa Clara County for two days, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

This is all thanks to Maddie’s Fund, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals. They give a rescue or shelter from $500 to $2000 per dog or cat adopted during Maddie’s Days, the nation’s largest free adoption event. Those funds allow for the care and rehabilitation of pets who might otherwise be euthanized.

Maddie’s Fund has set a goal of 10,000 adoptions during this year’s Maddie’s Days.

PrintIf you are interested in adopting a pet for free this weekend, 90 shelters and rescues in four Bay Area counties are participating in the event.

maddie's fund picA special event called “Rescue Row” will be held in San Francisco on Alabama Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. The event will feature food trucks, a beer garden, music and of course, adoptions! The San Francisco SPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Northern California Family Dog Rescue and San Francisco Animal Care and Control, among others, will all be on hand with adoptable dogs and cats.

If you would like to learn more, visit the Maddie’s Days or Maddie’s Fund websites.

California Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

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This little pup was one of 14 dogs rescued by the Monterey County SPCA.

A woman accused of selling pets under the guise of a rescue organization pled no contest Friday to animal cruelty charges in Salinas. Crystal Kisicki was accused of trying to sell the 17 neglected animals in front of a PetSmart last June. She’ll now spend ten days in jail, three years on probation and pay restitution. She will also be required to follow strict guidelines to keep the three pets she personally owns. Her pets will be microchipped and will be checked by a vet every three months.

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SPCA Rescues 30 Dogs from Hoarder

The SPCA plans to press charges against a suspected hoarder in Monterey County after rescuing 30 dogs from what they call horrific conditions.

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The mix of Shih tzus, chihuahuas and rat terriers were found October 19 in a Soledad house officers said was covered in feces, urine, animal hair and spider webs. The dogs had matted fur and were also covered in feces and urine.

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An SPCA Humane Officer carries a dog out of a suspected hoarder’s house. Thirty dogs were rescued over two days.

Ten puppies and 20 dogs were pulled from the house over the span of two days. This is the fourth case of large-scale hoarding the SPCA of Monterey County has uncovered in the past year, and the fifth since July 2012. They have rescued a total of 190 animals in these cases.

The rescued dogs are receiving veterinary care and will be available for adoption in a few weeks or months.

The SPCA of Monterey County relies solely on public donations. If you would like to help or adopt an animal, visit their website.