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San Diego Humane Society

Reclaiming Your Pet


How to Reclaim Your Pet

If you see your missing pet on our Lost and Found page, please visit our shelter as soon as possible to reclaim your pet.

Bring your government issued photo ID and paperwork identifying the animal as yours. All dogs are required to leave the shelter with a valid rabies vaccine and license. Please bring any records with you when you come in. It’s best if you come in person to identify your pet. We recommend arriving by 5 p.m. to allow plenty of time for processing. If you do not have the below documentation, still visit the shelter so that our staff can assist you. Proof of ownership may include: veterinarian or adoption paperwork, microchip paperwork, license history, detailed sales receipt or photos as a last resort.

The reclaim fees are as follows:

  • Impound Fee for Altered Domestic Dogs and Cats: 
    1. 1st Offense = $40.
    2. 2nd Offense = $50.
    3. 3rd (and subsequent) Offense = $75.
  • Impound Fee for Unaltered Domestic Dogs and Cats: $150.
  • Impound Fee for Small Animals: $40.
  • Impound Fee for Equines and Large Animals: $60.
  • Daily Boarding: $20 per day for domestic pets; $25 per day for livestock; $60 per day for equine and large animals. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: $12 (only if unable to provide proof and we administer the vaccine).
  • Microchip: $25 (optional, but highly encouraged).

License Fees (dogs only):

Oceanside

  • 1 year / 3 year  License Term
  • $50 / $150  Unaltered
  • $15 / $40  Altered
  • $20  Late Fee
  • $5  Transfer/Replacement

Vista

  • 1 year / 3 year  License Term
  • $50 / $100  Unaltered
  • $15 / $40  Altered
  • $20  Late Fee
  • $5  Transfer/Replacement

Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach

  • 1 year / 2 year / 3 year  License Term
  • $36 / $66 / $90  Unaltered
  • $18 / $33 / $45  Altered
  • $20  Late Fee
  • $10  Transfer/Replacement
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