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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Monterey County was established in 1905 to help and protect the stray animals of Monterey County while striving for a more humane community. From day one, their doors have been open with compassionate care to any and all animals in need, from dogs and cats to chickens and rats. 

Today, the SPCA of Monterey County offers a plethora of services and programs to enrich the lives of the community's pets and people. Homeless animals are accommodated with care and shelter, pet adoptions, lost and found animal reporting, and a foster program. Every dog in the care of the SPCA receives a health and behavior evaluation, vaccinations, a microchip, deworming, flea and tick prevention, and is spayed/neutered. 

Through such thorough care, the shelter strives to enhance the adoptability of each animal and give them the best possible chance at a happy, healthy life in a permanent home! The organization is also dedicated to strengthening the local community and ensuring that pets already in loving homes remain there. The services available to pet owners include animal licensing, a pet food bank, PetMeals program, humane euthanasia and cremation, the Guardian Angel Future Care program, and low-cost spay/neuter, microchipping, and vaccination services. Through their compassionate efforts and commitment to the community, the SPCA is the heart of animal rescue in Monterey County.

Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) is another incredible and compassionate organization serving the animals and people of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This nonprofit is located in the neighboring city of Pacific Grove and is dedicated to finding responsible forever homes for the area's stray, abandoned, and abused companion animals. Additionally, AFRP strives to end the pet overpopulation crisis using focused spay/neuter programs. Originally founded in 1998, the animal rescue organization helps more than 1,200 dogs and 1,000 cats each year. 

They have partnered with other local shelters to rescue animals that don't stand a chance in the shelter system and provide them with the specialized care they need for their eventual placement into loving homes. AFRP provides animal adoption services, shelter animal medical care, responsible pet ownership education, behavioral guidance/resources, a spay/neuter voucher program, and community outreach. It is with the help of approximately 400 active volunteers that they are able to continuously provide this compassionate care, sheltering and fostering animals in need until they are adopted into permanent, loving homes.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Admission $40.00
    Month October
    Duration 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

    #1 Poodle Day

    Every year, poodles, mixes, and the humans that love them gather in Carmel to celebrate the canine companions of this special breed! Poodle Day features a pawsome parade, poodle contests and prizes, off-leash beach play, evening cocktail parties, and lots of other dog-friendly activities! Poodles from far and wide gather with their humans in tow for an entire day packed full of festivities! The morning events take place at The Crossroads shopping village. Parade check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the Poodle Day Parade kicking off the day's festivities at 10 a.m.! The rest of the day includes playtime, hikes, wine tasting, and walking tours, all with your furry friend along for the fun! All proceeds benefit the NorCal Poodle Rescue, helping poodles and poodle mixes in need while enriching the lives of those who adopt them.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    #2 Wag n' Walk

    Join the SPCA of Monterey County for their annual fundraiser and dog-friendly celebration, Wag n' Walk! The event features a group dog-walk along Monterey Bay in the name of ending pet homelessness. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to collect pledges and donations to benefit the lifesaving efforts of the SPCA of Monterey County. Other Wag n' Walk festivities include animal-related booths, pet/owner contests, tail-waggin' good tunes, and lots of other fun activities for the whole family! Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. at the Custom House Plaza - Monterey State Historic Park and the wagging and walking commence soon after. Bring out your furry friends and move your paws for a cause!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    #3 Downtown Dog Days


    Take a short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Salinas to celebrate National Dog Day with your canine companion! This dog-centric gathering takes place to help establish a dog-friendly downtown district while benefitting the Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) and other local animal welfare organizations. The event features adoptable dogs, training demonstrations, pet food information, free samples, kid activities, free nail trims, pet experts, a "Travels with Charley" Look-Alike contest, and lots more dog-friendly fun! Bring along your leashed, well-behaved canines and the whole family for a day of fun where the streets go to the dogs! You don't want to miss it!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

    #4 Carmel Beach

    Locals and visitors agree that Carmel Beach is the best place around for some off-leash fun with your furry friends! The long, wide white sand beach is beautiful, well-maintained, and really hard to beat! Well-mannered dogs are welcome to run and play off-leash here, as long as they are under voice control. The beach provides free parking, restrooms, volleyball courts, and plenty of waste receptacles with biodegradable pet waste bags. This beach is well-known and loved by the area's canines. On any given day, you can expect to see dogs of all shapes, breeds, and sizes. With its sandy shores and surf perfect to splash, run, and play in, Carmel Beach is is a haven for happy dogs!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

    #5 Mission Trail Park

    Mission Trail Park is a beautiful place to sniff, roam, and get in that much-needed outdoor exploration with your furry friend! The scenic 35-acre nature preserve located in southeast Carmel offers 5 miles of trails through redwood and pine, benches for family picnics, and plenty of shade on a hot day! The park is a great place to hike with your canine companion. Well-behaved dogs under voice control can even frolic off-leash. There are waste bags and receptacles available throughout the park, but be sure to bring along some water for you and your pup. Come enjoy the relaxing peace and quiet with lots of sights and sniffs for your furry friend!
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