Relinquishing a Pet
The San Diego Humane Society provides a relinquishment service to the public for pet owners who are unable to keep their pets.
The San Diego Humane Society, Central Campus and the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) are co-located on the San Diego Campus for Animal Care and work together to find the best home for animals through their Joint Intake Policy.
Stray animals: Animals found in San Diego are required by law to go to DAS, animals found in Oceanside & Vista should be taken to the San Diego Humane Society North Campus so that their owners may claim them.
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, Central Campus Intake
Intake Desk Hours:
Monday - Sunday 9:30am - 6pm
Appointments or more information:
619.299.7012, ext 2241 or 2242
Relinquishment Appointments are available:
Monday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, North Campus Intake
Information and Appointments: 760.757.4357.
Please allow at least 45 minutes for the relinquishment appointment. We ask that you complete the forms prior to arrival, OR allow an additional fifteen minutes before scheduled appointment to complete. You can download and fill out the forms necessary for relinquishment (below).
If you are late to your appointment, you will be accommodated as time allows, however it may be necessary to reschedule.
Pet History Questionnaires:
Please fill out all forms per animal as applicable.
Dog History Form (ages 6 months+)
Puppy History Form (ages 8 weeks - 5 months)
Dog/Puppy Veterinary History Form
Cat History Form (ages 6 months+)
Kitten History Form (ages 8 weeks - 5 months)
Cat/Kitten Veterinary History Form
Litter Box Checklist
Other Animals (Small animals, reptiles, birds, etc.)
Other Animal History Form
If you have additional animals in the home who interacted with the pet you are relinquishing, please fill out this form also:
Additional Animals in the Home Form