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San Diego Humane Society is the Animal Services Provider for 14 Cities in San Diego County

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You find a stray animal. You’re concerned about your neighbor’s barking dog. You need to report a case of suspected cruelty or neglect. Or perhaps you find an injured wild animal on your property. Who do you turn to?

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For most of San Diego County, the answer is, San Diego Humane Society (SDHS). The organization is the full animal services 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 those cities, this means SDHS is their go-to resource for animal-related needs, questions and concerns—lost and found animals, adoptions, dog licenses, assistance from Humane Law Enforcement, resources like free pet food and access to veterinary care, and more. They’re also the region’s primary resource for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation—and even serve as your point of contact when you find a rattlesnake in your yard.

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With campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona, and San Diego, SDHS cares for more than 40,000 companion and wild animals each year and provides humane law enforcement and officer dispatch around-the-clock. SDHS is so much more than a traditional animal shelter—the organization is committed to partnering with residents of San Diego County to help keep their animals safe.

Through its Community Support Services, SDHS offers resources to support pet families in need, including low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccination and microchip clinics, a Community Pet Pantry where pet owners can pick up free food for their animals, financial assistance for veterinary care, and even eviction and housing support. It also provides emergency boarding services for the pets of community members experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, medical emergencies, or other crises.

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Additionally, the organization offers a wide range of resources to help pet owners address behavioral challenges, which is one of the most common reasons that pets enter shelters. Through an online resource library, affordable and free training classes, and a Behavior Helpline, SDHS is committed to helping families keep the pets they love.

SDHS offers resources to support pet families in need, including low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccination and microchip clinics, a Community Pet Pantry where pet owners can pick up free food for their animals, financial assistance for veterinary care, and even eviction and housing support.

As a national leader in the field of animal welfare, SDHS has developed signature programs designed to save more lives in our region and advance the field of animal welfare nationally, including its Veterinary Medicine, Behavior & Training, Kitten, and Foster programs. These programs are essential to San Diego County’s ability to keep its euthanasia rate for healthy and treatable shelter animals at zero, and they include state-of-the-art facilities like the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine, the nation’s first 24-hour Kitten Nursery (now a program transitioning to more foster home care, thanks to volunteer families in our community) and a one-of-a-kind Behavior Center.

To learn more about SDHS or to make a donation to support their work, visit sdhumane.org. SDHS operates five locations in San Diego, Oceanside (two locations), Escondido, and El Cajon. All are open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Nina Thompson
Nina Thompson is the media contact for the San Diego Humane Society. sdhumane.org

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