San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

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Animal Rescue Reserve

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Animal Rescue Reserve (ARR)

Animal Emergency/
Natural Disaster:

San Diego Humane Society
Animal Rescue Reserve (619) 299-0871

Animal Cruelty:

San Diego Humane Society
Investigations Department
(619) 243-3466
or use our
online form

Lost Pets/

San Diego
Dept. Animal Services:
Central (619) 236-4250 South (619) 263-7741 North (760) 746-7307

Camp Pendleton
(760) 725-8120

(619) 522-7371

Chula Vista/Lemon Grove
(619) 476-2476

El Cajon
(619) 441-1580

La Mesa
(619) 667-1436

National City
(619) 336-4478

San Diego Humane
Society North Campus
(760) 757-4357

Escondido/San Marcos & Poway (760) 888-2275

All Wildlife:
(non-domestic animals)

Project Wildlife
(619) 225-9453

Fund for Animals
(760) 789-2324

The San Diego Humane Society's Animal Rescue Reserve (ARR) is a team of highly trained volunteers dedicated to assisting people during disasters, by safely evacuating horses, livestock and household pets. ARR is a program of the Investigations Department and also works throughout San Diego County to rescue domestic animals or livestock that are trapped and cannot free themselves. ARR provides these services free of charge.

ARR has been called on to assist animals in many different ways. Our rescues have included removing animals from fires or flooded areas, rescuing large animals that have fallen into wells, mud bogs, swimming pools, ravines, etc., rounding-up and caring for cattle involved in trailer transport accidents, and providing help for wildlife and small domestic animals. Reserves also assist our Humane Officers with criminal cases during impounds of large groups of abused or neglected animals.

Animal Rescue Reserve provides monthly training for all its members. This training is designed to create awareness of safety procedures and the proper use of equipment.


Some examples of training:

The California Department of Forestry and Fires teaches about the importance of safety practices and the nature of wild land fires.

Local veterinarians teach first aid for animals as well as the transportation techniques and handling of wild animals.

Other experts train about unusual animals that are raised in San Diego County (llamas, buffalo, ostrich, etc.).

Various law enforcement personnel discuss their roles in emergencies and how we work with their agencies.

Classes are provided on how to identify, handle, load, and unload horses from trailers and how to transport animals properly.


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Central Campus
Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

General business:
Mon - Fri 9am to 7pm
Sat & Sun 9am to 6pm

North Campus
Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

General business:
Mon - Fri 11am to 7pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 6pm


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