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.


Bosco
Animal ID: 263279
Breed: Boxer/Mix
Age: 2 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Yes, he is adorable! Bosco is a sweet and loving cutie pie who has stolen all of our hearts, but he does have some behavioral needs that will require patience and understanding from his new family. Bosco will require a home where he can feel safe and reassured. When he becomes stressed or anxious, especially when left alone, he begins pacing, whining, and other concerning behaviors. We have determined that Bosco is likely deaf, and he can also struggle with over-excitement (e.g. be boisterous, mouthy, play rough) and would do best with frequent exercise.

This special boy has made a ton of progress in our care and we are hopeful that the right home or rescue will give him a chance! With continued training, patience, and a lot of love, we just know Bosco will truly shine!

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 Bosco, come on by our San Diego 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!


Renee
Animal ID: 277369
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Age: 10 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Renee is a beautiful Siamese who came to us in poor shape, dehydrated and covered in fleas. Thankfully, we were able to nurse her back to health and she is doing wonderfully in our care. We’ve discovered that Renee has hyperthyroidism, which is now well-controlled on medication.

This pretty kitty is very friendly and has been extremely easy to handle and examine in our care. We would love to see her go to a loving home where she can continue to receive the TLC and abundance of cuddles she so deserves.

If you’re interested in meeting this sweet senior, 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 Renee, come on by our Oceanside Campus today!


Mischa
Animal ID: 272716
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 3 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Mischa is a sleek man! He is a sweet boy with an instant purr, but he has a history of 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. He needs a home where he can feel safe and comfortable.

Mischa has a history of seizures, but we have not observed seizures in our care. Mischa has lived with other respectful cats!

If you’re considering meeting her, 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.

Mischa is currently living in a foster home, to learn more about her or to arrange an intro please call us at (619) 299-7012 or come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Natasha
Animal ID: 274719
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Age: 5 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Natasha is so sweet! She always leans into petting, able to pick up without any issue and she has been very sweet with all guests she has been introduced to at the shelter.

Natasha suffers from a chronic allergic dermatitis that will need continual care. Treatment of allergies involves two general approaches. The first approach is to try to identify the specific material(s) that the animal is allergic to and then either eliminate it from the environment or desensitize the animal with allergy shots. In theory this sounds like the best approach, but in practice can be quite involved and possibly difficult to achieve. Elimination diets, or skin and blood testing are methods that are used to identify the allergens. The second approach is to use medications that block the allergic reaction (primarily the itching). There are a variety of these medications like antihistamines, cortisones, food supplements, or other more potent immune suppressants. This allergy blocking approach is the most common one used.

If you’re considering meeting her, 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.

Natasha is currently residing in a foster home, to learn more about her or to arrange an intro please call us at (619) 299-7012 or come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Wendy
Animal ID: 257046
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 10 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Wendy is a true darling! She is a sweet lady with an adorable face, but she has a medical condition that requires a special home. She needs a patient and understanding home that can provide her with the comfort she needs.  We are hopeful the right home or rescue group will give her a chance.  She needs a home where she 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.

Wendy has lived with respectful child, as well as a respectful dog! If you’re considering meeting her, 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 Wendy, come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Squeaky
Animal ID: 279849
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 11 years
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Squeaky has been sweet and affectionate from day one in our care, despite being covered in scabs and a rash all over her body. She was brought in by her former owner who could no longer care for her due to life circumstances. We were told that her skin problems returned last year after they had diminished for a long time while on a raw food diet.

We have done a number of skin tests on Squeaky to try to determine the source of her severe allergies and after coming back negative, our medical team strongly suspects that food allergies are indeed the likely culprit. We are continuing treatment and hope to see progress to confirm this suspicion, but regardless, her new adopter will need to be committed to providing ongoing treatment for her chronic allergies.

We have fallen in love with Squeaky’s gentle, loving spirit and believe that there is a special home out their for her. If you’re considering meeting her, 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 Squeaky, call us at (619) 299-7012 or 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.