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San Diego Humane Society

Relinquish Your Pet

Please first review Resources to Help Keep Your Pet

When you surrender your pet, you are giving up all legal ownership rights to the animal. Legal ownership and responsibility are transferred to San Diego Humane Society. We take your animal's well-being very seriously and have a team of compassionate and dedicated animal care professionals who will provide loving care.

Relinquish Your Pet to San Diego Humane Society

Please call with questions or to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet:

  • San Diego: 619-299-7012, ext. 2241
  • Escondido: 619-299-7012, ext. 2737
  • Oceanside: 619-299-7012, ext. 2858 (dogs) 
  • Oceanside: 619-299-7012, ext. 2000 (cats and small animals) 

Please allow at least 25 minutes to relinquishment your pet. There is a $25 relinquishment fee to help cover the cost of care ($40 if you live outside our jurisdictions).

Relinquishing a Litter

If your pet has had a litter of babies, you can bring the offspring to San Diego Humane Society. We will take in the litter ($25 relinquishment fee) and spay and neuter the parent animal(s) free of charge, to help curb pet overpopulation and ensure every adoptable animal finds a loving home.

To bring in your litter and schedule your spay and/or neuter surgery, please call 619-299-7012, ext. 2241.

More info on San Diego Humane Society's spay/neuter services can be found here.

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