PAWS San Diego, a program of San Diego Humane Society, helps people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County.

We support our local rescue partners by hosting regular distribution events, sharing pet food and supplies, enabling them to focus on other needs of the pets in their care. 

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PANTRY service


This is a supplemental service intended to help alleviate some of the cost associated with purchasing pet food for pet families in transition. Income-qualified clients (San Diego residents who are receiving government assistance such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Unemployment) may pick up dry dog or cat food once every 30 days at one of the distribution sites listed below.

San Diego Humane Society, Oceanside Campus
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
Daily | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

San Diego Humane Society, Escondido Campus
3450 E. Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
Daily | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

San Diego Humane Society, PAWS San Diego Office
5480 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Monday – Friday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

LGBT Center
3909 Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
1st Tuesday of each month | 9 – 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
2728 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102
3rd Thursday of each month | 1 – 3 p.m.

Pantry Brochure





This comprehensive, lifelong pet care service is offered for low, fixed-income senior, disabled and chronically ill individuals. Many of the pet owners enrolled in this service are homebound. Enrolled families receive in-home delivery of pet food, cat litter and supplies, as well as financial assistance for their pets’ veterinary care. Transportation to veterinary appointments and dog walking services are also provided as needed.

PAWS is not currently enrolling new clients on the In-Home service. Please check back in January 2019. 




We recognize and appreciate the unique bond shared by pet families experiencing homelessness, and work in partnership with human service organizations to support these vulnerable members of our community. We offer pet care services and supplies at outreach events for the homeless to ensure that these pet owners can access services for themselves. Visit the Events calendar for information about upcoming event participation.

We hold monthly pet food distribution events for homeless pet families. The current food distribution schedule is listed below.

Sacred Heart Church, Ocean Beach
4776 Saratoga Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107
Alternate Tuesdays | 6 – 8 p.m.

Neil Good Day Center, East Village
299 17th Street
San Diego, CA 92110
2nd Friday of each month | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We also regularly provide pet food and supplies for the following human service organizations that work directly with the homeless:

Resource Guide for Pet Families Experiencing Homelessness in San Diego

Resource Guide for Pet Families Experiencing Homelessness in North County San Diego

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We bring pet care services and resources directly into underserved communities in San Diego County. By hosting community events for pets and their families in targeted neighborhoods, we are reaching them where they live. At these events, we offer free or low-cost services including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, licensing, behavior and training tips and pet supplies. Check out photos from our most recent Community Pet Event in City Heights here.

Visit the Events calendar for information about upcoming Community Pet Events. 





Looking for financial assistance for veterinary care or other pet-related resources? PAWS San Diego maintains a list of referrals for clients and the general public below or at our main office on Gaines Street, hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone: 619-297-PAWS (7297)




PAWS Food Distribution Events

paws_pantryThe PAWS Food Distribution events are held on various dates and locations throughout San Diego County. 

The PAWS Pantry provides supplemental bags of dog and cat food for pick-up by income-qualified San Diego County residents.



Volunteer with PAWS San Diego!

Help people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families.

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Volunteer applications are accepted on an every-other-month basis and positions vary depending on our program needs at the time.


San Diego Humane Society is proud to have merged with PAWS San Diego in September 2014. PAWS San Diego provides essential pet services and support to low-income seniors, chronically ill, and disabled individuals. This vital community service is the official safety net program of San Diego Humane Society.