Ways to Donate

San Diego Humane Society is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) charity supported almost entirely by donations, and has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities. Your donation is tax-deductible as permissible by law.

Your contribution will benefit the animals entrusted in our care as well as important community programs.

To donate by mail, please make checks out to “San Diego Humane Society” and send to the following address:

San Diego Humane Society
Attn: Philanthropy
5500 Gaines St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Looking to get rid of some unwanted items? Want to help out by purchasing a special item for the animals? Check out our Wish List to see what we need.

Find out how you can have the satisfaction of knowing that your legacy will continue to help animals long into the future.

19486In celebration of the human-animal bond, two sculptures, one cat and one dog, were commissioned and placed prominently in front of the main entrance to the Humane Society. Each sculpture features 800 shining silver tags, allowing supporters to personalize messages to memorialize and pay tribute to individuals and pets who have made a difference in their lives.

With a donation of $100 or more, you can personalize a celebration tag to memorialize or honor a person or pet. Your message will be engraved on a tag, then proudly displayed on the sculpture of your choice.

Make a Donation
Give conveniently and automatically each month, and save lives all year long! When you sign up as a Constant Companion and make a recurring monthly gift, you truly are a lifesaver. You’ll ensure we have the resources to give every animal food, shelter, medical care, and the loving home they deserve.

San Diego Humane Society has a handful of major events throughout the year and lots of smaller events each month.
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Community Partner Fundraisers/Events
Plan your own event and donate proceeds to us (thank you!).


You or your company can help sponsor one of our special events and receive promotion and recognition in return.

Sponsor Event
Did you know that many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match employee charitable contributions? Your gift can go twice as far!

Each year, San Diego Humane Society proudly presents a colorful, full-sized 13-month wall calendar celebrating our beloved pets. All proceeds from the entry fees and sale of these beautiful calendars support the Humane Society’s vital programs and services.

Make a donation in honor or memory or a beloved person or pet and we’ll send a card to whomever you like, informing them of your thoughtful donation (we will not disclose donation amount).

A simple email or phone call can turn your car, motorcycle, boat or recreational vehicle into cash for San Diego Humane Society.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support San Diego Humane Society every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop via AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to San Diego Humane Society. Be sure to use our specific link so that we benefit from your purchase.

You can help shelter pets every time you shop for groceries! When you enroll in Ralphs rewards program and choose San Diego Humane Society as your community contribution beneficiary, Ralphs will donate a percentage of your total purchase to help our pets.

Please Note: due to changes in the program, even if you have already enrolled and selected us, it’s necessary to take a moment to sign on to your account to confirm that we are still your designated charity.

Designate us as your charity of choice – it’s an easy way to make a big difference!