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Employee and Volunteer Picks

Of the many wonderful available pets at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, these pets are extra special because one of the Humane Society's staff or volunteers has chosen to nominate them as his or her Employee or Volunteer Pick. Read below to find out why Humane Society staff and volunteers love these adoptable pets!

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each of these Employee and/or Volunteer Picks

We all adore-ah Lenora! 

Am Pit Bull Terrier, Female


Beautiful, Beloved Baby Kitty!

Baby Kitty
Domestic Short Hair, Female


Cleo is SUCH a LOVE!!

Domestic Short Hair, Female


Lovable Luda's loungin' on the bench!

Am Pit Bull Terrier, Female 


Pippin is Pawsitively Precious!!

Domestic Short Hair, Female

Our Cherie Amour - We LOVE this gal!

Am Pit Bull Terrier/Shar Pei,


Pet: Luda (132249)

Volunteer: Dana O.

Luda loves to smile!

A beloved Canine Companion who has been volunteering at our North Campus for quite some time, Dana O., simply loves Luda! And she has selected this adorable pooch as her volunteer pick:

What do you like best about your pick’s personality? "She is very laid back, smart and affectionate." 

What first drew you to your pick? "Her wiggly butt greeting!"

Lllllovable Luda!Is there something special about the way your pick looks? "She has a white hourglass-shaped pattern from her nose to the back of her head."

What is your pick’s coolest/silliest/most fun trait? "After a game of fetch she likes to come and sit on the bench with me (sometimes in my lap) and watch the world go by."

Anything else? "She is super smart and willing to learn anything you want to teach her.  She knows all the basic commands with shake and roll over thrown in for good measure."



Baby Kitty (141190)

Volunteer: Kathy L.

Baby Kitty is looking for a loving home!

Cat companion extraordinaire, Kathy L., loves Baby Kitty's sweet affectionate nature. She couldn't wait to share why this 10-year old Domestic Short Hair is her volunteer pick... 

What do you like best about your pick's personality? "She is very affectionate!"

What first drew you to your pick? "She looked like she wanted attention."

Is there something special about the way your pick looks?
"She is very pretty tabby."

She can't wait to meet you!What is her coolest/silliest/most fun trait? "She LOVES to be petted, and she purrs and rubs against my hand and arm the whole time I'm with her."  

Anything else you'd like to add? "Baby Kitty is very mellow and VERY LOVABLE."

What else is there to say, friends? Come meet this affectionate love at our San Diego Campus today! 


Volunteer: Dana O.

Lenora is LOVABLE!

It was 4-year old Lenora's cute pink nose that first drew Dana's gaze. Dana O. is one of the awesome Canine Companion volunteers at our Oceanside Campus for dogs who added, "I also love her big, brown patches!" 

What do you like best about your pick?
"She is so happy and affectionate!" 

What is your pick's coolest/silliest/most fun trait?
"She likes to sit in your lap and turn upside down for a belly rub. She also likes to give you a bath while you pet her. She will lick your face, your arms, your hands. She loves kisses!"

Lenora llloves bellyrubs & kisses!!Anything else you'd like to share?
"Lenora is a champion fetch player. She may be just a little on the chubby side, but that doesn't stop her. She will play forever if you let her!"

Be sure to drop by our Oceanside Campus on San Luis Rey Road to meet this lovable gal today!

Pet: Pippin (118490)

Employee: Nahja B.

Pippin's on the lookout for bed-time snuggles...

Here are Nahja's sweet sentiments toward Pippin. They truly need no intro...

Pippin was brought in by her previous owner in April of 2013. Pippin was described as an independent kitty, but we were also told that she can be extremely affectionate at bed time. My heart breaks a little bit when I think about how Pippin has been missing her bed-time snuggles for over a year now.

Pippin enjoys being brushed, and will even drop her fancy-lady facade to play with a feather toy from time to time. Check out the adorable video of Pippin to find out why she is described as a "self-assured," "wise," "beautiful," and "chillaxin'" cat!

Adopt sweet Pippin today!Pippin's previous owner shared with us that Pippin can be shy around strangers, and that it would take about an hour for her to warm up to visitors at the house. I think this is the main reason why Pippin is still here at the shelter. She's not the type of kitty who puts on a great show in front of potential adopters... but that doesn't mean she won't warm up to you! She just needs a little time to settle in, and maybe get a good night's sleep on a cozy bed.

It's true, we do our best to offer an abundance of love and care to animals during their stay with us. But, as Pippin knows, there's simply no place like (your) home."

Please come meet this special girl at our San Diego Campus on Gaines Street!

Pet: Cherie (117292)

Volunteer: Terry T.

Cherie - grinning as usual!

"Cherie is so very playful!" raves Terry T., beloved Canine Companion, when asked what she likes best about her pick's personality. "When I visit her, she immediately grabs her toy and wants to engage in play. She just loves to be visited by us volunteers and is very eager to please."

What first drew you to this doggie?  "Cherie is very social. She comes to her window whenever people walk by and "invites you" to come see her." Playful, lovable, eager to please - Cherie's got it all!

Is there something special about the way your pick looks?  "Yes! Cherie has a sleek, very short and smooth fur coat - easy to maintain and very neat looking. She is compact and muscular. And she seems to have a perpetual grin :-)."

What is your pick's coolest/silliest/most fun trait?  "Cherie will roll-over for treats! She will first lay sort of sideways if you hold the treat above her, and then you can signal her with the treat to roll over. She will do this trick over and over--never seems to tire of it!"

Anything else you'd like to share?  "Cherie has been at SDHS for such a long time, which can be difficult for an active breed like hers. But she has adapted well to the shelter environment. She is a trooper!"

Cherie is currently in a foster home! To meet this one-of-a-kind gal, please call us at (619) 229-7012!

Pet: Cleo (137356)

Volunteer: Monica R.

Cleo is a sweetheart, through and through!!

When Monica R., one of the fabulous Cat Companion volunteers at our Oceanside Campus for cats & small animals (on Airport Rd.), saw a cat named Cleo, it was love at first sight.

She explains what it was that first drew her in... "The way she threw herself at her condo's door to get my attention and how receptive she was to my touch! She loves to be held and watch the world pass by, but most of all enjoys being with a human and cuddling up to them. She is a little purr machine!"

What do you like best about your pick's personality?  "Cleo is a sweet and adorable cat; she's extremely affectionate, loves to rub on the side of your leg or head butt your hand for you to pet her. She's very loving." 

Is there something special about the way your pick looks?  "Well, she's your typical gorgeous black cat, but she has this tiny gray spot on her back that makes her stand out from the rest."

What is your pick's coolest/silliest/most fun trait?  "The coolest and silliest trait is watching her wrestle with a plastic bottle cap and then running off like crazy as if she were playing tag with it. Her fun trait is watching her begging for food as if she were starving all the time! That little girl can sure eat!" Cleo can't WAIT to meet you!!

Anything else you'd like to share?  "Cleo has a loving and gentle personality. She can be shy with strangers at first and skittish at times but she bonds quickly with her humans and loves to be touched and to cuddle up and give you kisses. She would bring joy and love to her forever home and be very loyal to her humans."

Be sure to drop by our Oceanside Campus on Airport Rd to meet this affectionate sweetie today!

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