SPCA for Monterey County

1002 Highway 68, Salinas (831) 373-2631, spcamc.org

1988 saw the first issue of this very paper, then dubbed Coast Weekly. An incredible 83 years before that, the SPCA launched in Pacific Grove to address the problems of “stray dogs and cats about town,” as well as to discuss the “different diseases prevalent among horses” and to “investigate the abuse and fast driving of donkeys and horses.” They still do all of that – well, maybe without the driving of donkeys part – as well as enforce animal cruelty rules, provide veterinary care for rescued animals, and offer low-cost spay and neuter services. At last count they proffer volunteer opportunities in 12 separate categories, and 70 regular staffers are supported by 300-plus volunteers. It’s no wonder that people (and pets) now use ’80s monikers like “outta sight” and “awesome” to describe this forward-looking institution that’s been at the forefront of animal care for decades, servicing not only dogs and cats, but also horses, birds and even wildlife, 365 days a year.