Staff and volunteers with SPCA for Monterey County load pet food and supplies into vehicles on Jan. 23 during the animal shelter’s first drive-thru Pet Food Bank in Soledad. (Sean Roney/Staff)

SOLEDAD — Hundreds of area pets will have food after last Saturday’s Pet Food Bank, hosted by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County. 

Cars lined up beyond the Soledad High School parking lot and down Gabilan Drive for the Jan. 23 contactless drive-thru food bank aimed at helping owners keep their pets fed. 

The event was the first for Soledad, as SPCA has operated such food banks in Greenfield.

The animal shelter plans on hosting future monthly events, alternating between Greenfield and Soledad, in an effort to maintain a centralized South Monterey County distribution point. 

A total of 158 families received food at the Soledad distribution to help the following pets: 321 dogs, 10 puppies, 227 cats, two kittens, 101 chickens, 23 rabbits, 13 hamsters, 61 birds, two horses, two guinea pigs, two turtles, 15 fish and 10 sheep.

SPCA also hosts weekly pet food banks at its shelter located on Highway 68 outside Salinas.

The next monthly food bank event hosted by SPCA will take place Feb. 6 in Castroville, with the next South Monterey County food bank scheduled for Feb. 13 at Soledad High School. 

Anyone can show up to the pet food banks to get free pet food, without having to be a resident of the city the event is taking place.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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