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San Diego Humane Society

Adoption Process

Due to COVID-19, consultations will be conducted over the phone. Our adoption counselors are trained to help make the best match for you and can answer and questions you may have. View this tutorial for more detailed information about the adoption process. 

San Diego Humane Society Adoption Process Steps

Get Started

Visit, we have a lot of great community resources in addition to listing all our available animals. So, take some time to explore.

Available Pets

View available pets at Scroll down and you will see pictures of our available for adoption animals. Please allow some time for all the photos to load. If you have specific criteria in mind, you may use the filters to adjust to results. For example, you may search for pets a a specific campus, choose a type of animal and/or view animals based on age or size. Click load more pets to continue your search. Please check back often as our site is updated throughout the day. 

You may also search by Animal Name or Animal ID (the number included on the thumbnail photo) if you have a specific animal in mind. 

To learn more about a particular pet, simply click on their photo to arrive at the Pet Profile Page. This page shares more detailed information about the pet including their breed their adoption fee and a little bit about their time with us at San Diego Humane Society. 

More information about animals available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society found here

Click Adopt Me

If a pet looks like the one for you, click on the "Adopt Me" button found on the right hand side of the animal's Pet Profile Page.

Please Note: This button only expresses your interest in adopting and this step does not guarantee the adoption.  

Adopets Account

Next, you will be prompted to create an account with Adopets. Adopets is our partner who helps us process adoption applications virtually, which allows us to reduce wait time, maintain social distancing and go paperless. 

Email Verification

You will need to access your email account to verify your Adopets account. 

Pre-Adoption Phone Call

Once you have verified your account, you will receive another email from Adopets with instructions on setting up your pre-adoption phone call with a San Diego Humane Society adoption councilor. This phone call is scheduled through a platform called Setmore. We offer adoptions on a first come, first served bases so it is in your best interest to choose the earliest available appointment for your phone call. Scheduling an appointment is not a guarantee that the pet you have expressed interest in will be available at that time.

Please have the animal ID (AID) number available when you start your appointment. It is a good idea to have some backup animals listed in case the one you are interested is no longer available. This number can be found on the Pet Profile Page.

Phone calls last between 20-40 minutes. Please have a smartphone, laptop or other device with an internet browser to complete this step. Accommodations can be made, please contact the resource center for more information at 619-299-7012.


Once you have decided to move forward with adopting, another email will be sent to you by the adoption councilor with the adoption contract and online payment process. 


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