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: 231016
Breed: Domestic Short Hair/Mix
Age:  12 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Chance may be a senior lady but don’t you worry – this friendly, affectionate gal still has some pep in her step! Chance was transferred from another shelter so little is known about her history with other animals, but she definitely enjoys the attention she receives from volunteers and staff.

What Chance will need from her pet parents: The medical team has determined that Chance should stay on a prescription diet to help her feel her best. An adoption counselor will need to speak to potential adopters about Chance’s requirements in her new home.

If you would like to meet Chance please visit our San Diego Campus or give us a call at 619.299.7012.



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.


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.