Adopt/Rescue A Special Needs Pet

At San Diego Humane Society, we rescue and rehabilitate all healthy and treatable animals and have since 2002; however, from time to time, an animal enters our care suffering from a chronic illness, challenging behavior or a terminal disease that deems them unhealthy/untreatable.

Although we know there isn’t much we can do to improve their prognosis, we won’t give up on finding them love. We believe there is a family or person out there who will open their heart and home to these extra special pets. Every animal available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society is special and deserves love, but these pets need special people and we hope it’s you! We also welcome rescue groups to transfer these special needs pets. Please contact Sarah Thompson, our Director of Rescue and Recovery, at [email protected] to adopt or transfer.

For Individual Adopters: We recognize that the animals on this page will need special care and possibly expenses beyond a healthy pet, so we are waiving their adoption fees to help lessen the financial expectation for the adopter.

For Rescue Groups:  As with all our transfers to Rescue Partners, the fee is waived and includes the spay/neuter of the pet, microchip and vaccinations. If your rescue group is not an official Rescue Partner with San Diego Humane Society, please inquire here.


Bubba
Animal ID: 281405
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 5 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Bubba is a huge love bug! He just loves giving everyone he meets headbutts and accepting all the pets he can get.

Bubba has tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV causes cats to be less able to fight off infection, but with good care many FIV+ cats can live their normal lifespans.

Preventive care is especially important: regular veterinary visits, good dental care, and a non raw food diet. FIV can only be transmitted to other cats and therefore they should only live indoors and with other FIV+ cats or be a single cat.

We sincerely appreciate adopters that are willing to provide special homes for FIV cats and we gladly waive the adoption fee.

If you’re considering meeting Bubba, you can visit with one of our counselors or contact our director of rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Bubba, come on by our Oceanside Campus today!


Buddy Love
Animal ID: 270059
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 12 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Buddy Love is a true lover! He is a sweet boy with an instant purr, but he has a medical condition that requires a special home. He needs a patient and understanding home that can provide him with the comfort he needs. We are hopeful the right home or rescue group will give him a chance. Buddy Love needs a home where he can feel safe and comfortable. This cat will need daily insulin, likely for the rest of his life. Diabetic cats should have testing run every 3 to 6 months, even if everything appears to be going fine.

Buddy Love has lived with respectful children, as well as another respectful cat! If you’re considering meeting him, you can visit with one of our counselors or contact our director of rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Buddy Love, come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Ricardo
Animal ID: 445537
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 4 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Ricardo is very social and has been easily handled for all of his treatments while in care.  He enjoys pets and just laying around.

He has shown himself to be a very social boy who would love to join your family!

Ricardo has tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).  FIV causes cats to be less able to fight off infection, but with good care many FIV+ cats can live their normal lifespans.  Preventive care is especially important: regular veterinary visits, good dental care, and a non raw food diet. FIV can only be transmitted to other cats and therefore they should only live indoors and with other FIV+ cats or be a single cat.

We sincerely appreciate adopters that are willing to provide special homes for FIV cats and we gladly waive the adoption fee.

If you’re considering meeting him, you can visit with one of our counselors or contact our director of rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Ricardo, call us at (619) 299-7012 or come on by our Escondido Campus today!


Tiger
Animal ID: 238668
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Age: 10 years, 5 months
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Tiger was brought in by his previous owner. He has been vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered and “I’m now ready for my new home!” he says, “I am a friendly fellow, but I do require a very cat savvy home that understands when I have had enough and need some time to do my own thing!”

His personality color code is Orange; meaning he is Vivacious… enthusiastic… bubbly… vibrant…and cheerful!!

He was in San Diego Humane Society’s care on a previous occasion and had a mass removed from his nose as well as some dental work. The mass came back as possible low grade soft tissue . That mass has not grown back. He did have a mild boney swelling present last year that was thought to be either a tooth root abscess or mild osteomyelitis that was treated with antibiotics and he was adopted.

Upon recent examination, unfortunately, there is further bone destruction and the fleshy mass has increased in size which is consistent with signs of cancer, or less likely an advanced bone infection that did not respond to the previous treatment.

Tiger’s mass is painful, but he has been eating well enough to maintain his weight.

If you’re considering meeting him, you can visit with one of our counselors or contact our director of rescue and recovery, Sarah Thompson at [email protected] for transfer to a rescue group.

To learn more about Tiger, call us at (619) 299-7012 or come on by our Escondido Campus today!



What’s Included with the Adoption?

Each Adoption Includes:

  • Spay/neuter.
  • Current vaccinations.
  • Permanent microchip identification.
  • A certificate for a free veterinary exam.
  • Waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from TruPanion.
  • A license if residing in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista.