San Diego Humane Society Celebrates 25,000th Spay/Neuter with Free Public Spay and Neuter Services

Families with pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats eligible for giveaway

In celebration of San Diego Humane Society performing its 25,000th spay/neuter surgery in its community spay/neuter clinic, a total of 75 free spay and neuter appointments will be given away to qualifying pet owners starting July 27 at 11 a.m.

The first 25 income-qualifying individuals with pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats who arrive at San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego, Escondido or Oceanside campuses at 11 a.m. on July 27 can sign up their pets for a free spay or neuter appointment. The appointments will be scheduled for future dates and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Below are the appointment allocations for each campus:

Escondido Campus
3450 E. Valley Parkway
25 free appointments

Oceanside Campus
572 Airport Road
25 free appointments

San Diego Campus
5500 Gaines Street
25 free appointments

This promotion encourages the community to play an active part in preventing unplanned litters from entering local shelters by targeting the animal groups that account for the largest portion of San Diego County’s stray population.

“Targeted spay and neuter efforts are the best way to proactively address the challenge of animal homelessness in San Diego County,” said Dr. Cynthia Mitchell, medical director at San Diego Humane Society. “We want to empower pet owners to make the responsible care choices that will benefit the health of their pets and the community. While we are proud to celebrate this milestone, our needs-based services are available to the public all year long.”

In addition to reducing animal homelessness, there are also health and behavior benefits to altering pets:


  • Roaming: The reproductive drive of unaltered animals may cause them to leave home in search of a mate. This puts them at high risk of getting lost, injured or killed on streets and roadways.
  • Hormone-driven behavior: Hormonal changes associated with reproductive drive can affect an animal’s temperament. For example, there are noted behavioral changes in female dogs when they look after their pups and male dogs may act more aggressively when unaltered.


  • Pyometra: Pyometra is a common, potentially fatal bacterial infection of the uterus. Approximately 25 percent of all unaltered females will suffer from pyometra before the age of 10.
  • Cancer and complications in reproductive organs: Spaying or neutering your pet involves the removal of key reproductive organs. In doing so, you can help protect your pet against illnesses like testicular cancer, mammary cancer, enlarged prostate gland and uterine cancer.

About San Diego Humane Society
Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organization, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside select Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, municipal contracts and small fees for services. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption; please visit