Throughout the animal’s stay with us, we continue to monitor the animal medically and behaviorally. As needs arise, the animal may receive additional medical treatment or work with our training team through basic or more advanced training needs.
A “Humane Society” generally refers to an organization that engages in on-site sheltering of animals.
Because San Diego Humane Society’s mission, programs and services include animal cruelty investigations, sheltering, adoptions, education and more, both terms describe our organization.
San Diego Humane Society provides animal services for the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services provides animal services to the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.
A little-known fact: we often have several Hidden Gems, pets available for adoption but not in public view.
We also bring available animals to community events. To find out when we’ll be in a neighborhood near you, see our Mobile Adoptions Calendar.
For residents of other cities and some unincorporated areas of San Diego County, dog licenses can be obtained by contacting the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services at 619-236-4250. The Department of Animal Services also sponsors a “One-Stop Licensing Program,” where vaccinations can be obtained on the spot. More information can be found at sddac.com.
Rabies and other vaccines can be obtained through our vaccine clinics or at your local veterinarian’s office. Click here for more information about our vaccine services.
San Diego Humane Society regularly visits shelters, both in and outside of San Diego County, to take in animals and help ease the overcrowded conditions that many shelters face. This helps ensure no healthy animal will have to be euthanized due to lack of space.
Our Animal Care and Behavior and Training staff have closely examined the personalities of every dog, and any age recommendations assigned are meant as a guideline to help adopters determine which pet will best match the needs of their household.
- Residents are allowed up to adult three dogs or cats combined.
- Residents are allowed up to six dogs.
- In all residential zones up to four dogs are allowed. In rural residential zones up to six dogs are allowed with a minor conditional use permit.
- Having more than six dogs at a residence is considered a kennel, and is not permitted in residential zones.
- Please direct these callers to San Diego Code Compliance: 619-236-5500.
- Residents are allowed up to four adult dogs or cats combined.
- For further questions on keeping of animals in residential areas or information on kennels, contact the Santee Planning Dept. at (619) 258-4100.
- Residents are allowed up to four dogs or cats combined.
Deceased animal pick-up on city property, not on private property:
M-F 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. is City Transportation Dept., 760-434-2980.
After hours and weekend/holidays D & D Disposal 858-279-8242 is the private contractor for the city.
Within City Limits/City ROW: When City Public Works is advised of a dead animal (wild or domestic), the information is logged by Public Works and Public Work contacts Sandra Ramsay with Dead Animal Removal at 619-390-8204.
On the NCTD Railroad: The http://www.gonctd.com/contact-complaints/ website is the best place to report activities or complaints. This is tracked and disseminated accordingly to proper staff for remediation.
D&D Disposal 888-299-9905
Non-traffic calls requesting animal pick-up of deceased animals from streets and public property may call Dead Animal Removal at 858-694-7000. This is the same number for after hours and emergencies.
Posing a traffic hazard, please refer guests to call 911.
Highway removal, please refer guests to call Cal Trans 619-688-6670.
For removal of a dead animal along a road or other public space, we direct residents to call this Public Services hotline at 619-258-4100, ext. 304. City staff then coordinate the removal.
D&D Disposal 888-299-9905
Proof of ownership may include: vet paperwork, microchip paperwork, license history, adoption paperwork, detailed sales receipt, or photos (last resort).
The link between people who harm animals and people who commit violent acts against other people is well documented, and history is full of high-profile examples. You don’t have to be an animal lover to be concerned about people’s treatment of animals.
San Diego Humane Society not only benefits animals but also our community by fostering stronger bonds between people and animals, providing educational opportunities, and promoting humane treatment of all animals.