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San Diego Humane Society

Adoption Fees

Adoption Fees

All adoption fees collected assist in the daily care and ongoing needs of each animal admitted to San Diego Humane Society.

Depending on the type of animal, fees may include spay/neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from PetFirst, and a dog license if residing in Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach or Vista. SDHS campuses that offer adoptions are located in El Cajon***, Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego.

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Adoptions Cat* $65.00
Adoptions Kitten $130.00
Adoptions Dog $100.00
Adoptions Puppy $200.00
Adoptions Dog/Cat* > 7 yr  $30.00
Adoptions Rabbits, Guineas’ chins, large birds, reptiles**   $30.00
Adoptions Small birds, mice, rats, hamsters $10.00
Adoptions Sheep / Horse / Livestock $250.00

*Cat/kitten adoptions require use of a carrier. Cardboard carriers are available for purchase.
** Red Eared Slider Turtles $5.00. 
***El Cajon has a "Facility Maintenance Fee" that will apply to all impounds, relinquishments and adoptions at the El Cajon Campus. 

Adoption Discount Programs

Fee Waived Senior adopters program
(free adoptions for any person 60+)*
2nd adult dog: $5
2nd puppy: $100
Dog buddy adoption
(adoption of another dog/puppy at the same time or within one year of the first adoption)

2nd adult cat: $5
2nd kitten: $65

Cat buddy adoption
(adoption of another cat/kitten at the same time or within one year of the first adoption)*

More Info Military and veteran support
Fee Waived Animal welfare and rescue partner fees
$50 Independent 501C3 request fees
*Cat/kitten adoptions require use of a carrier. Cardboard carriers are available for purchase.

We reserve the right to hold special animal adoption promotions wherein prices may be reduced or waived altogether. These promotional campaigns will be advertised to the general public and honored during the promotional dates only. Following special adoption campaigns, adoption pricing will revert to original pricing until further notice.


Your Adoption Fees Include These Additional Benefits

  • We proudly feed all of our animals a Purina diet, and we recommend you do the same as you start your journey to happily ever after. You will receive a complimentary starter bag of Purina Pro Plan® upon adoption.
  • We have an ADOPTION GUARANTEE!
    If you need to return your adopted animal for whatever reason, you can do so. You must call our Admissions department to schedule a return at 619-299-7012.
  • 10% off any purchase you make in Muttique on your adoption day (Oceanside location only).
  • Petco “Welcome to the Family” benefits.

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