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 adoption partners, the fee is waived and includes the spay/neuter of the pet, microchip and vaccinations. If your rescue group is not an official Adoption Partner with San Diego Humane Society, please inquire here.


Arbor
Animal ID: 276823
Breed: Norfolk Terrier
Age: 10
Adoption Fee:Priceless*

Arbor was rescued by the Humane Law Enforcement Team on April 29, 2018. He is a cute little dog looking for a new home! SDHS staff are still learning about him, but so far they’re in love! Do you love hanging out on the couch watching TV? Arbor will make the perfect lounging companion, and promises to only talk during the commercials. He does have a heart murmur and would love to find a family that can continue to give me the care that he needs. Arbor says, “I’m going to make the perfect companion for you and your family. I can be a little shy at first but with enough time and treats, I’m sure we’ll be fast friends! I hope to find my new home soon!”

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


Bosco

Animal ID: 263279
Breed: Boxer/Mix
Age: 2 years 3 months
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Yes he is adorable! Bosco is a sweet and loving cutie pie but he has a suite of behavior issues that are challenging. So 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. Bosco needs 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 believe he is likely deaf and doesn’t demonstrate social behaviors (he’s boisterous, mouthy, and will do best with frequent exercise). 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
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!


BONDED PAIR

Firecracker
Animal ID: 271174
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Age: 10
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

 

Little Big Mouth
Animal ID: 271173
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 10
Adoption Fee: Priceless*

Firecracker and Little Big Mouth are bonded brothers, looking for a loving home together! They love to curl up together, lounge in cubbies, and relax in sunny spots. We are hopeful the right home or rescue group will give them a chance. They both have a history of Idiopathic Interstitial Cystitis (Flutd), so they need a home where they can feel safe and comfortable. With time and patience, the boys will show you how amazing they are! It takes them time to settle into new environments and form bonds with their people. They both lived with other respectful cats, as well as two respectful large dogs!

If you’re considering meeting them, 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 Firecracker and Little Big Mouth, come on by our San Diego Campus today!


Maggie
Animal ID: 275751
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 16
Adoption Fee:Priceless*

Maggie is a loving old lady with a sweet temperament. She can be a little shy when it comes to new experiences. So, it can take her some time to warm up to new situations, but she is super friendly once she has. Maggie does get along with other cats and dogs too (as long as she can be the center of attention). She is also use to being around older, respectful children, and she did well with them. Maggie’s hobbies include catching bugs and relaxing in a cat trees. She loves to be pet, especially around her face and cheeks! However, being in the air is scary for her, so she does not like to be picked up. She does have renal disease and a heart murmur, so this will need additional medical care and medication to treat. However, she will make up for it with her loving personality!

Maggie says, “I would love to go to a peaceful home where I can get a lot of care and attention. I can’t wait to lounge around and spend time with my new family! If you’re looking for a mellow cat like me, come and say hello!”

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 Maggie, come on by our Oceanside Campus today!


Mischa
Animal ID: 272716
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 3
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.

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


Natasha
Animal ID: 274719
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Age: 5
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.

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


Patches
Animal ID: 274924
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 13
Adoption Fee:Priceless*

Patches was brought in by her previous owner in April. We know she likes to take her time approaching new situations. While she is a bit shy with new faces and places, Patches warms up as she become more familiar with her environment.

She would do best in a home where she is the queen of house. Not to say she wont get along with a other cats, but staff has seen that she very much loves being on her own.

Patches does have hyperthyroidism, so she will need ongoing vet care and daily medication. She has a big heart and can’t wait to share all of her love with a special family of her own.

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 Patches, come on by our Oceanside Campus today!



Wendy
Animal ID: 257046
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 10
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!



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 Escondido, Imperial Beach, San Marcos, Poway, Oceanside, and Vista.