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.

Animal ID: 247130
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 1 year
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Just look at that face! But Sassafras isn’t just another pretty kitty, this girl is super sweet, too. Just be sure to give her plenty of time to get to know you as she can be a bit shy at first. Once she’s had a chance to adjust to her new environment (a quiet home would be best for her) – you’ll see! Sassafras absolutely loves affection and will even roll over to help you make sure to pet every inch of her. This little snuggler can also be quite playful, too, and we were told by her former family that she loved wand toys and also has done well with other cats!

What Sassafras will need from her new family: ongoing monitoring of her mouth and teeth, as well as any future dental care needed. We performed an anesthetized evaluation of her teeth with full oral X-rays and determined that many of her adult teeth were present in her jaw but had not developed normally (either never erupted from beneath the gums or were growing next to the baby teeth). We removed several deciduous teeth that were affecting the adjacent adult teeth but ultimately decided not to remove any additional teeth as she is not showing signs of issues with her teeth at this time. It is unknown if this cat will have additional issues with her teeth in the future and any further financial responsibility will be that of the adopter.

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

If you’re considering meeting Sassafras and would like more information, 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 meet Sassafras, come on by our Oceanside 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.