This is a supplemental service intended to help alleviate some of the cost associated with purchasing pet food for pet families in transition. Income-qualified clients (San Diego residents who are receiving government assistance such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Unemployment) may pick up dry dog or cat food once every 30 days at one of the distribution sites listed below.
San Diego Humane Society, Oceanside Campus
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
Daily | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
San Diego Humane Society, Escondido Campus
3450 E. Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
Daily | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
San Diego Humane Society, PAWS San Diego Office
5433 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Monday – Friday | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3909 Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
1st Tuesday of each month | 9 – 10 a.m.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
2728 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102
3rd Thursday of each month | 1 – 3 p.m.
This comprehensive, lifelong pet care service is offered for low, fixed-income senior, disabled and chronically ill individuals. Many of the pet owners enrolled in this service are homebound. Enrolled families receive in-home delivery of pet food, cat litter and supplies, as well as financial assistance for their pets’ veterinary care. Transportation to veterinary appointments and dog walking services are also provided as needed.
We recognize and appreciate the unique bond shared by pet families experiencing homelessness, and work in partnership with human service organizations to support these vulnerable members of our community. We offer pet care services and supplies at outreach events for the homeless to ensure that these pet owners can access services for themselves. Visit the Events calendar for information about upcoming event participation.
We also hold monthly pet food distribution events for homeless pet families. The current food distribution schedule is listed below.
Sacred Heart Church, Ocean Beach 4776 Saratoga Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107
Alternate Tuesdays | 6 – 8 p.m.
Neil Good Day Center, East Village 299 17th Street San Diego, CA 92110
2nd Friday of each month | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
We also regularly provide pet food for the following human service organizations:
We bring pet care services and resources directly into underserved communities in San Diego County. By hosting community events for pets and their families in targeted neighborhoods, we are reaching them where they live. At these events, we offer free or low-cost services including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, licensing, behavior and training tips and pet supplies.
Looking for financial assistance for veterinary care or other pet-related resources? PAWS San Diego maintains a list of referrals for clients and the general public below or at our main office on Gaines Street, hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Various dates and locations throughout San Diego County
The PAWS Pantry provides supplemental bags of dog and cat food for pick-up by income-qualified San Diego County residents.
community pet event: south bay
Saturday, September 30 | 12 to 3 pm Orange Park | 1475 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91911
San Diego Humane Society and Chula Vista Animal Care Facility will be offering the following services to pet owners in need: free pet supplies, *free and low cost spay/neuter appointments, discounted vaccines for dog and cats ($10 for rabies and $10 for distempter combo [DHPP for dogs and FVRCP for cats]}, discounted microchips ($15), free pet behavior and training tips and dog licensing (bring rabies certificate).
For more information, call 619-297-7297. This event is sponsored by EDCO.
*We will not be spaying/neutering at the event, just scheduling appointments for the surgery to be performed at a later date. Pets are not required to be present to schedule the appointment.
Volunteer with PAWS San Diego!
Help people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families.
Volunteer applications are accepted on an every-other-month basis and positions vary depending on our program needs at the time.
San Diego Humane Society is proud to have merged with PAWS San Diego in September 2014. PAWS San Diego provides essential pet services and support to low-income seniors, chronically ill, and disabled individuals. This vital community service is the official safety net program of San Diego Humane Society.
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