It’s official! On July 1 San Diego Humane Society will begin providing animal services to six more cities: Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach. This is one of the biggest milestones for animal welfare in San Diego. We’re now able to offer expanded service hours, advanced veterinary care, behavior modification and intake diversion programs to keep our entire community’s pets with their families and out of the shelters.
What does this mean for pet owners?
Most San Diegans will now have a single animal service provider. This will decrease confusion about where to turn for animal-related inquiries and also shorten the length of time it takes to search multiple shelters when your pet becomes lost. It also means that the entire county will have access to our specialized lifesaving programs.
These programs include:
- Expanded adoption services, humane law enforcement and specialty programs like the Kitten Nursery, Behavior Center, PAWS San Diego and community outreach
- Double the number of employees serving these six communities – now nearly 500 staff
- Additional support of 5,400 volunteers
- Expanded service hours and coverage seven days a week.
I can’t express enough gratitude for your effort, involvement and support throughout this journey. It’s been more than a year in the making – a year of negotiations and preparation to ensure all animals have the safety and protection they need. Through it all, we’ve truly been united in our goal to take care of animals and people in San Diego County.
Now most of the 45,000 animals entering San Diego shelters each year, as well as the wildlife in our region, will be in our care. We couldn’t do it without you – our dedicated donors, staff and volunteers. Together we took a stand for animals and our community will forever be changed – and better – as a result. We can’t wait for July!