Relinquish or Rehome a Pet

Often a pet is surrendered because an owner feels they have no other choice or is unaware of resources that can keep their pet in their home. We may be able to help you find alternatives to surrendering your beloved pet.

Alternatives & Resources

Many pet-related problems are solvable! Talk to our staff about your situation. Whether it’s a behavior problem, a housing issue, or another kind of crisis, we’re here to help and advise you. Call 619.299.7012 to discuss your situation.

  • Behavior Issues
  • Cost of Medical Care
  • Cost of Supplies
  • Housing Options
  • Military Issues
  • Too Many Pets / Spay and Neuter Needs

Re-Home Your Pet Without Taking Them to a Shelter

  • Download the re-homing tool kit, full of resources to help you find a new home for your pet.
  • Don’t rush! Take time to find your furry friend the best new home.
  • Increase your pet’s adoptability by having them spayed/neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Tell your friends, family, and coworkers. The more people that know you need help, the better the chance you’ll have.
  • Advertise in the local newspaper or online, but use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Share your expectations for your pet’s new home and be sure to ask questions to identify a home that will be a good fit for your pet. No one knows your pet better than you do!
  • Never abandon your pet! The San Diego Humane Society will work with you to find options.


Surrender Your Pet

The San Diego Humane Society and the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) are both located on the San Diego Campus for Animal Care and work together to find the best home for animals through their Joint Intake Policy.

If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet, call:

  • San Diego: 619.299.7012 x 2241
  • Escondido: 760.888.2275 x 2239
  • Oceanside: 760.757.4357 x 2858 (dogs) or x 2000 (cats, small animals)

Please allow at least 45 minutes for the relinquishment appointment.

When you surrender your pet, you are giving up all legal ownership rights to the animal. Legal ownership and responsibility are transferred to the San Diego Humane Society. We take your animal’s well-being very seriously and have a team of compassionate and dedicated animal care professionals who will provide loving care.

Relinquishing a Litter

If your pet has had a litter of babies, you can bring the offspring to the Humane Society. We will take in the litter ($40 relinquishment fee) and spay and neuter the parent animal(s) free of charge, to help curb pet overpopulation and ensure every adoptable animal finds a loving home.

To bring in your litter and schedule your spay and/or neuter surgery, please call 619.299.7012 x 2241.

More info on San Diego Humane Society’s spay/neuter services

Additional Spay / Neuter Resources

The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) offers free spay or neuter rebate coupons, valued at up to $50, to pet owners who reside in Department service areas. The spay-neuter rebate coupon can be applied toward the cost of surgery or redeemed after the surgery.

The Spay / Neuter Action Project (SNAP) of San Diego and its Neuter Scooter are dedicated to providing responsible pet owner education and accessible spay and neuter procedures to low-income pet owners and caretakers of strays.

Pet-Friendly Housing in San Diego County

If you plan appropriately and begin your search early, you will have a better chance of finding the right place for you and your companion animal.

Full list of Pet-Friendly Housing in San Diego County