2018 Year in Pictures

As we close out another momentous year, we’re grateful for all you’ve made possible. Looking ahead to 2019, we are here to be the safety net for 50,000 animals in need and the people who love them, all thanks to your support. Here are a few inspiring highlights of the past year:


Animal Service Contracts

The biggest milestone of 2018 – and in our 138 year history – came on July 1 when we officially began serving six additional cities: Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach.

See the excitement from July 1 here.



Archie traveled 6,000 miles from South Korea after he and 29 other dogs were rescued from a meat farm. Once in our care, the Korean dogs received plenty of help, from veterinary care to behavioral rehabilitation. After 713 days of unwavering care and love, Archie finally found the home he always deserved.

Read more about Archie’s journey here.


Misty and Coconut

When our Humane Officers responded to a call about a “thin horse,” they were alarmed to find two animals in urgent need of care. Misty and Coconut weren’t just thin – they were victims of extreme neglect and needed emergency care. At first, we weren’t sure they could recover.

See their incredible transformation here.


Hay Bale Squirrels

A San Diego Humane Society employee found a group of baby ground squirrels buried deep in a hay bale at our Escondido Campus! After monitoring the squirrels to make sure their mother wasn’t returning to care for them, the babies were transported to Project Wildlife for specialized attention where they grew bigger and stronger each day until they were ready to be released back into the wild, where they belong.

For cuteness overload, click here.


Opossum Acupuncture

A small opossum at Project Wildlife received a unique and lifesaving treatment. Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jon Enyart gave a female Virginia opossum acupuncture twice a week, along with physical therapy. Dr. Enyart believes the opossum’s spine was injured after another animal attacked her.

Check out the video.


PAWS San Diego Community Outreach Events 

PAWS San Diego made an incredible impact this year in several communities by holding a Community Pet Events throughout our region in the areas that are in critical need of pet services.  We were able to provide more than 1,500 pet families with 1,231 vaccinations, 479 spay/neuter appointments, 532 licenses and 497 microchips. We also provided free pet behavior and training tips from our trainers and distributed thousands of pet supplies including leashes, collars, harnesses, treats, toys and shampoo.

See the action here.


Hurricane Florence

Our Emergency Response Team deployed to Horry County, SC during Hurricane Florence and helped more than 100 animals, including dogs, cats, a goat, a 150-pound pig and cattle.

See the rescue efforts here.


San Marcos Hoarding

Seventeen animals rescued from a hoarding situation in San Marcos found safety at San Diego Humane Society. Our Humane Officers removed 14 dogs, two birds and a cat from an apartment in San Marcos when they were found to be living in unsanitary conditions and lacking crucial veterinary care. Our special response team acted quickly to get the animals to safety.


Hurricane Michael

Ninety three dogs were flown in to San Diego Humane Society from the Florida panhandle to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Concurrently, we sent our Emergency Response Team to Panama City, FL where they helped animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. The team assisted with animal rescue efforts and daily animal care at temporary shelters.

Check out the video here.


Center for Shelter Medicine

This year we opened the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine at our San Diego Campus. Of the 45,000 companion animals entering shelters in San Diego County, nearly 90 percent are now cared for by San Diego Humane Society. Not only is this hospital vital to treat these animals, it also represents the future of shelter medicine. This beautiful new facility will serve as a teaching hospital to care for the tens of thousands of homeless, injured or neglected animals entering San Diego shelters while advancing the field of shelter medicine nationally.

See the grand opening event here.