Adopt/Rescue 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/untreatable.

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 also welcome rescue groups to transfer these special needs pets. Please contact Sarah Thompson, our Director of Rescue and Recovery, at [email protected] to adopt or transfer.

For Individual Adopters: 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 the adopter.

For Rescue Groups:  As with all our transfers to adoption partners, the fee is waived and includes the spay/neuter of the pet, microchip and vaccinations. If your rescue group is not an official Adoption Partner with San Diego Humane Society, please inquire here.


 

Archie

Animal ID: 208065
Breed: Siberian Husky
Age: 3 years 10 Months
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Archie is a special guy who needs a special home.  He came to us almost two years ago from a Korean dog meat farm and is adjusting slowly but surely to life as a normal dog.  He’s still waiting for one missing piece to life as a normal dog – a family to love him!  He’s a sweetheart that may take some time to warm up to new people.  Because he is very shy, he will need to go to a home with a social dog and a securely fenced yard.  He will also need ongoing training and a patient home to help him with house-training, socialization and leash walking.  If you’re considering meeting Archie, please visit with one of our adoption counselors at our San Diego Campus or contact our director for rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Archie, come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Bosco

Animal ID: 263279
Breed: Boxer/Mix
Age: 2 years 3 months
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Yes he is adorable! Bosco is a sweet and loving cutie pie but he has a suite of behavior issues that are challenging. So he needs a patient and understanding home that can provide him with the comfort he needs.  We are hopeful the right home or rescue group will give him a chance. Bosco needs a home where he can feel safe and reassured. When he becomes stressed or anxious, especially when left alone, he begins pacing, whining, and other concerning behaviors. We believe he is likely deaf and doesn’t demonstrate social behaviors (he’s boisterous, mouthy, and will do best with frequent exercise). If you’re considering meeting him, you can visit with one of our counselors or contact our director of rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Bosco, come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Gumby

Animal ID: 234246
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Age: 13 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Look at those whiskers!! Gumby is a super senior with special medical needs.  He has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and needs a home that can provide him with the medical care and comfort he needs.  When he came to us as a stray, he was emaciated with a voracious appetite.  He is currently under treatment for his condition and will likely need lifelong medications as well as regular checkups with a veterinarian. We are hopeful the right home or rescue group will give him a chance.  If you’re considering meeting him, please visit with one of our adoption counselors at our Oceanside Campus or contact our director for rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Gumby, come on by our Oceanside 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, Imperial Beach, San Marcos, Poway, Oceanside, and Vista.