San Diego Humane Society is one of seven animal welfare organizations that make up the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition. The Coalition was formed to provide a safety net for the county’s shelters; when one shelter does not feel they have the resources to care for a certain animal at that time, they can transfer the animal to another coalition shelter that may be better prepared to meet the animal’s needs.
Throughout the animal’s stay with us, we continue to monitor the animal medically and behaviorally. As needs arise, the animal may receive additional medical treatment or work with our training team through basic training or enrollment in our Behavior Center.
A “Humane Society” generally refers to an organization that engages in on-site sheltering of animals.
Because San Diego Humane Society’s mission, programs, and services include animal cruelty investigations, sheltering, adoptions, education, and more, both terms describe our organization.
A little-known fact: we often have several Hidden Gems, pets available for adoption but not in public view.
We also bring available animals to community events. To find out when we’ll be in a neighborhood near you, see our Mobile Adoptions Calendar.
For residents of other cities, dog licenses can be obtained by contacting the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services at 619.236.4250. The Department of Animal Services also sponsors a “One-Stop Licensing Program,” where vaccinations can be obtained on the spot. More information can be found at sddac.com.
Rabies and other vaccines can be obtained through our vaccine clinics or at your local veterinarian’s office. Click here for more information about our vaccine services.
San Diego Humane Society regularly visits shelters, both in and outside of San Diego County, to take in animals and help ease the overcrowded conditions that many shelters face. This helps ensure no healthy animal will have to be euthanized due to lack of space.
Our Animal Care and Behavior and Training staff have closely examined the personalities of every dog, and any age recommendations assigned are meant as a guideline to help adopters determine which pet will best match the needs of their household.
The link between people who harm animals and people who commit violent acts against other people is well documented, and history is full of high-profile examples. You don’t have to be an animal lover to be concerned about people’s treatment of animals.
San Diego Humane Society not only benefits animals but also our community by fostering stronger bonds between people and animals, providing educational opportunities, and promoting humane treatment of all animals.