San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

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The Adoption Process

  1. View available pets
    Browse our website, in person at our Central Campus, North Campus, Adoption Center inside of the El Cajon Petco, or at one of our Mobile Adoptions events!  For locations & hours see this page»

  2. Adoption questionnaire
    Fill out the adoption questionnaire online or in person.

  3. Meet with an Adoption Counselor
    We will set you up with one of our amazing Adoption Counselors who are trained to make the best match for you and for the pet. Each pet has received a medical examination and/or a behavioral assessment to help determine the best home for that pet.  Your counselor will help you decide if the pet you are interested in is a good match for your lifestyle and will suggest others that might fit as well.  (If you do not find a new companion, your application is kept on file for three months).

  4. Complete the adoption
    Once you and your adoption counselor agree that you've found a great match, it's time to complete the adoption process!

    We prefer that all members of the household are present during the adoption process to ensure that the chosen pet is compatible with everyone. We also recommend that you bring in your dog for an intro if you are planning to adopt a dog. If the other members of the household are unavailable, a "hold" may be placed on the pet for a short period until they can come in. 

    If the pet has any medical conditions or behavioral issues we will arrange a pre-adoption consultation with one of our veterinarians or behavior trainers. Some pets may also require a post-adoption consultation to ensure the pet is adjusting well to his new home. 

    Please note:   In order keep the stress levels in our animals as low as possible, dogs are not allowed in the adoptable animal viewing areas. Please bring a family member or friend to "dog sit" in the lobby while you stroll the adoption gallery and meet prospective pets.

Adoption Fees:

All adoption fees collected assist in the daily care and on-going needs of each animal admitted to the San Diego Humane Society.  Adoption gift certificates are also available for purchase.

  • Adoption Superstars - $25 regardless age for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens
  • Senior Dogs and Cats (7 years old and up) - $25
  • Dogs (7 months to under 7 years old) – $95
  • Cats (7 months to under 7 years old) – $65
  • Puppies (6 months and younger) - $195
  • Kittens (6 months and younger) - $125
  • Small Pets: Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Large birds, & Reptiles - $25
  • Small birds & Rodents: Canaries, Parakeets, Finches, Mice, Rats, Hamsters - $5
  • Livestock – fees vary based on species
  • Senior Adoption Program (Adopter 55+) – $0 (Fee is waived) Read more about the program»
  • Buddy Adoption (Adoption of a buddy at the same time or within one year of the first adoption): 
    • 2nd adult pet - $5
    • 2nd kitten or puppy - 50% discount
  • Military Pricing:  25% discount (with proof of active duty)
  • Animal Welfare Partner fees – $0 (Adoption fee is waived)
  • Independent 501c3 request fees:  $50.00

The SDHS reserves the right to hold special animal adoption promotions wherein prices may be reduced or waived altogether.  These promotional campaigns will be advertised to the general public and honored during the promotional dates only.  Following special adoption campaigns, adoption pricing will revert to original pricing until further notice.

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