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!



Angel
Animal ID: 448852
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 1 year
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Angel is a little love who is known for soliciting attention from her caregivers, rubbing and purring whenever they’re nearby. This young feline is also quite playful and has a zest for life that is contagious.

Unfortunately, Angel has a viral disease known as FeLV, or Feline Leukemia Virus. It is highly contagious to other cats, so she will need to be the only kitty in the home, or go to a home in which there are other FeLV cats. While this disease does suppress a cat’s immune system and can make them more susceptible to illness and to cancer, cats with FeLV can still live happy, full lives.

What Angel will need: Angel will need a special home where her health will be monitored and she can be given the supportive care she needs. This includes good nutrition, reduced stress, and management of secondary medical conditions.

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

If you’re considering meeting Angel, 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 Angel, come on by our Oceanside Campus today!



Yogi Bear
Animal ID: 198978
Breed: Domestic Longhair
Age: 4 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Staff has fallen head over heels in love with this handsome fella and his lovable personality. Yogi Bear is easy-going, mellow and affectionate. We just know that he will be an amazing new family member!

Yogi Bear 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 Yogi Bear, 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 Yogi Bear, 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.