Animal associations

The San Diego Humane Society is an animal service provider for 14 cities in the county

You find a stray animal. You’re worried about your neighbor’s dog barking. You must report an alleged case of cruelty or neglect. Or maybe you find an injured wild animal on your property. where do you turn to?

For most of San Diego County, the answer is: San Diego Humane Society (SDHS).

The organization is the complete animal service provider for 14 local municipalities spanning from Imperial Beach to Oceanside, including Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee , Solana Beach and Vista. For pet owners living in these cities, this means SDHS is their go-to resource for pet-related needs, questions and concerns – including lost and found pets, adoptions, dog licensing, assistance from Humane Law Enforcement; and even resources like free pet food and access to veterinary care.

They are also the area’s main resource for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation – and even serve as a point of contact when you find a rattlesnake in your yard.

With campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona, and San Diego, SDHS cares for more than 40,000 pets and wildlife each year, and provides 24-hour humane law enforcement and officer dispatch. .

SDHS is much more than a traditional animal shelter, and the organization is committed to partnering with San Diego County residents to help protect their pets.

Through its Community Support Services, SDHS also offers resources to support pet families in need, including low-cost neutering surgeries, vaccination and microchipping clinics, food pantry community where pet owners can grab free food for their pets, financial assistance for veterinary care, and even eviction and housing assistance.

It also provides emergency boarding services to community members in times of crisis, such as those experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, or medical emergencies.

Additionally, the organization offers a wide range of resources to help pet owners deal with behavioral challenges, which are among the most common reasons pets enter shelters. Through an online resource library, affordable and free training courses and a behavioral helpline, SDHS is committed to helping families keep the pets they love.

As a national leader in animal welfare, the San Diego Humane Society has developed signature programs designed to save more lives, including their Veterinary Medicine, Behavior and Training, Kitten and Pet Training programs. ‘homepage.

These programs are critical to San Diego County’s ability to stay zero euthanasia of healthy, treatable shelter animals and include state-of-the-art facilities like the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine, the nation’s first kitten nursery and a one-of-a-kind behavior center.

To learn more about SDHS or to donate to support their work, visit

SDHS operates five locations open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, in San Diego, Oceanside (two locations), Escondido and El Cajon.