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San Diego Humane Society

Give Up a Pet


San Diego Humane Society realizes that deciding to give up a pet can be a very difficult and emotional time. To help your family through this process, we want to provide some additional resources to assist you with this transition. We strive to be a resource for community members and their pets throughout their entire lives and want to be here to help you through this challenging time.

First, you will want to determine if giving up your pet is the solution you want to take. We have included some of the common reasons for relinquishing animals, along with some solutions you may not have considered. These can help you decide if there are other options for your pet or if you truly need to relinquish him/her.

If you determine that you do need to relinquish your pet, you’ll first want to try to find a new home on your own so that he/she does not have to come to a shelter. This guide has some tools to use and issues to consider when finding a new home for your pet.

If you have exhausted all of the resources available to you, please call 619-299-7012 or email to surrender your pet to San Diego Humane Society. 

Your pet has a much better chance of being placed successfully with a new family if staff can spend time with you and your pet during a surrender counseling meeting to obtain as much information as possible. Please be prepared to spend at least 45 minutes when your surrender your pet.

San Diego Humane Society is here to help you through this time to help you make the best decision for your pet. San Diego Humane Society

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