Adopt a Special Needs Pet

At San Diego Humane Society, we rescue and rehabilitate all healthy and treatable animals and have since 2002; however, from time to time, an animal enters our care suffering from a chronic illness, challenging behavior or a terminal disease that deems them unhealthy. Although we know there isn’t much we can do to improve their prognosis, we won’t give up on finding them love. We believe there is a family or person out there who will open their heart and home to these extra special pets. Every animal available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society is special and deserves love, but these pets need special people and we hope it’s you!

*We recognize that the animals on this page will need special care and possibly expenses beyond a healthy pet so we are waiving their adoption fees to help lessen the financial expectation for their adopter.


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Pip

Animal ID: 223876
Breed:
American Pit Bull Terrier
Age: 7 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Pip is a sweet and happy older lady with a big smile and a bubbly personality that has been melting hearts at SDHS. Pip loves cuddles and snoozing on the sofa and would be the perfect companion for a family looking for a couch-potato-pup! She would also do best as the only dog in the house; if there is another dog it would be best for them to meet prior to adoption.

What Pip will need from her pet parents: Pip came to SDHS with a mass on her vulva which was removed with narrow margins and was found to be a low grade, grade II mast cell tumor. She is doing well since surgery, however, it is possible that the mass could recur. Future medical care will be her new families’ responsibility but an adoption counselor will meet with potential adopters about Pip’s possible future requirements.

To meet this lovable lady, come on by our Oceanside Campus today! 


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Boots

Animal ID: 208840
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair
Age: 3 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Boots is a super cute boy who loves attention! Although he may be slow to show his true colors, when he does you are in for a LOT of cuddling! You may as well nickname him “Boots McSnuggleton” because he loves to cozy up to his humans! Boots also has a best friend who needs to go home with. They love each other so much, they’re a packaged deal and are super inseparable. His best friend’s name is Rosie (AID 222222) and she’s equally as amazing.

What Boots will need from his pet parents: Boots has tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV causes cats to be less able to fight off infection, but with good care, many FIV+ cats can live their normal lifespans. Preventive care is especially important: regular veterinary visits, good dental care, and a non-raw food diet. FIV can only be transmitted to other cats and therefore they should only live indoors and with other cat social cats. We sincerely appreciate adopters that are willing to provide special homes for FIV cats and we gladly waive the adoption fee. Boots best friend, Rosie, does not have FIV.

To meet this perfect pair, swing by our Oceanside Campus today! 


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Strom

Animal ID: 257302
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair
Age: 1 year
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Strom is a scrappy little cat with a heart of gold! He was found living outdoors in a trailer park for several months, so he knows a thing or two about roughing-it. Now that he’s spent so long on his own, he’s ready to live the good life as a pampered member of your family. He’s playful, dapper and loves to be scratched all over any chance he gets!

What Strom will need from his pet parents: Strom has tested positive for FeLV, or Feline leukemia virus. FeLV is a contagious, viral disease of cats and is most commonly spread via the saliva of infected cats, either directly or by contaminated items such as food and water dishes or toys. Treatment consists of good nourishment, protection from stress, and management of secondary conditions. There is no treatment that has been shown to be effective in curing FeLV infection. To reduce spread to other cats and kittens, this animal needs to be housed indoors only. Any medical care related to this condition will be the express responsibility of the adopter. We sincerely appreciate adopters who are willing to provide special homes for FeLV cats and we gladly waive the adoption fee.

To meet this dapper dude, visit him at our Oceanside Campus today! 


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Tiger

Animal ID: 262891
Breed:
Red Tabby
Age: 5 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Tiger’s previous owner says,  “Tiger prefers to be the center of attention in his new home.  However,  he was around a dog and cuddled with him.” Tiger is super friendly and very curious. He has tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which causes cats to be less able to fight off infection. With good care many FIV+ cats can live their normal lifespans.

Preventive care is especially important: regular veterinary visits, good dental care, and a non-raw food diet. FIV can only be transmitted to other cats and therefore they should only live indoors and with other FIV+ cats or be a single cat. We sincerely appreciate adopters that are willing to provide special homes for FIV cats and we gladly waive the adoption fee.

To meet this Tiger, visit him at our Escondido Campus today! 


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What’s Included with the Adoption?

Each Adoption Includes:

  • Spay/neuter.
  • Current vaccinations.
  • Permanent microchip identification.
  • A certificate for a free veterinary exam.
  • Waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from TruPanion.
  • A license if residing in Escondido, San Marcos, Poway, Oceanside, and Vista.