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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Animal ID: 223876
American Pit Bull Terrier
Age: 6 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! 



Animal ID: 255450
Domestic Short Hair
Age: 4 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Monticello is a super sweet boy. He is extremely outgoing and loves to be pet and cuddled. He absolutely adores the staff and volunteers and we think his favorite thing to do is to rub on everyone and everything!

What Monticello will need from his pet parents: Monticello 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 FIV+ cats or be a single cat.

To meet this handsome kitty, come on by our Escondido Campus today! 


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.