Keeping Animals Out of Harm’s Way

Just a few weeks ago, our Humane Officers responded to a call in the early hours of the morning; a horse was loose in Escondido. Around 4 a.m., Sergeant Monreal drove out to El Norte Parkway in Escondido and located the horse. As we learned later, 4-year-old Luna had jumped the fence of her boarding stable. Luckily, she was safely returned home thanks to the quick action and responsiveness of our officers. They work around-the-clock to ensure the animals and people across our county stay out of harm’s way.

Keeping animals safe is no easy task. It’s one that requires extensive training, expertise and knowledge. Whether our Humane Officers are responding to a hoarding situation, educating a pet owner on proper pet care, investigating a case of animal cruelty or getting a loose horse home safely, they have to be trained and ready to respond in a moment’s notice to act in the best interest of animals. That’s why our Humane Academy is so important.

Every fall we host the Basic and Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academies, which entail 15 days of intensive training for current and future animal welfare investigators. Law enforcement professionals from all across California attend to become more proficient in abuse and neglect laws, crime investigation procedures, search and seizure laws, laws of arrest, the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence and much more.

We’re proud to offer one of only two Humane Academy sites in the state, because they’re so critical to keeping animals, and people, safe. Our goal at San Diego Humane Society is to inspire compassion by protecting animals and ensuring their welfare. Our Humane Officers are sworn in under oath in California to protect animals from cruelty and neglect and we never hesitate to do this. Training is essential in order to do this safely and in the best interest of the animals we all care so deeply about.
It’s thanks to loyal supporters like you that we’re able to be the lifeline that animals need. We’re grateful for our dedicated Humane Officers who are always on call to rescue animals. They’re amazing heroes whom I admire every single day. Most of all, we’re grateful for a community of people who value animals as much as we do. Together, we can keep them all safe, sound and out of harm’s way.

Dr. Gary Weitzman's Signiture
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
San Diego Humane Society