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.

Pip currently lives in a foster home so if you would like to meet her please call our Oceanside Campus at 760.757.4357 extension 2856 to set up an appointment.



Animal ID: 243609
 Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher Mix
Age: 14 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

We are looking for someone special with a very big heart to adopt this sweet senior…

Poor Lilac was found deserted in a parking lot, blind and afraid. Thankfully, she was brought to us where she could receive immediate care. We know that is is asking a lot to look beyond her list of needs, but we believe there’s someone out there who would be willing to open their heart and home to this special girl so that she can spend the rest of her life feeling safe and loved.

What Lilac will need from her pet parents: Lilac has sensory deficits (both hearing and vision) as well as some dental issues, although she has undergone cleaning and dental extractions while in our care. Lilac has a small skin mass on her hip, which does not appear to be bothering her and will just need to be monitored. She also has “dry eye” which may require daily eye drops, as well as chronic ear infections.

Can you provide a loving home for little Lilac?  Come to our Oceanside Campus to meet Lilac 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.