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Resources to Help Keep Your Pet

Community Support Services

Resources to support community members who are having challenges caring for their pets. For more training tips, wellness information or financial resources, please visit our Resource Center


Many pet-related problems are solvable! Talk to our staff about your situation. Whether it’s a pet behavior problem, a housing issue, or another kind of crisis, the more information we have, the better we’ll be able to advise you and come up with solutions that might help you and your animal stay together. Call us at (619) 299-7012 to discuss your situation. The following resources may be able to provide support to whatever challenges you are facing so that you do not need to give up your pet.

Pet Behavior Help

From inappropriate urination to aggression, sometimes animals adopt new behaviors that can be very difficult to cope with, and, without assistance, can leave you feeling helpless.

  • Contact Your Regular Veterinarian — Some issues that appear to be behavioral can be the result of a medical condition, so it is important to rule out all possible medical causes.
  • Print Resources –San Diego Humane Society has a resource library of articles addressing a wide range of behavior issues. Educational Resources
  • Contact a Trainer – To get help from a trainer with dog behavior issues and concerns, call (619) 299-7012, ext. 2398 or, visit Behavior Helpline: Contact our Behavior Team and submit your question. Our goal is to respond within 7 days, but responses may take up to 2 weeks. Thank you for your patience!

Financial Hardship

While it would be ideal if funding for pet care was as limitless as your love for your pet, we all know that is not always the case. Falling on hard times can mean having to face difficult decisions. Thankfully, there are some resources that may be useful in helping you keep your pet through the hard times.

  • Pet Food Assistance – San Diego Humane Society, assists individuals experiencing a financial hardship with pet supplies, such as food, cat litter, and more. Visit our website to learn more about enrolling in this program. Visit Community Pet Pantry
  • Medical Care including Spay/Neuter Information – There are some organizations that can assist with medical bills. To access a list of these groups, visit Veterinary Care. For assistance with altering your pet so you do not continue to have litters of puppies or kittens, you can call (619) 299-7012 ext. 2334 or (760) 681-5751, email, or visit Spay and Neuter and Reduced-Fee Spay & Neuter Services.

Pet Friendly Housing Options

Moving is stressful, even under the best circumstances. However, this does not mean you have to give up your pet. If you are renting, here are some tips for negotiating with potential landlords:

  • Allow yourself extra time to find a residence where pets are allowed.
  • Do your research. There are some pet-friendly rentals. For a list of many (but not all) apartment complexes and landlords that allow pets, please visit Pet-Friendly Housing.
  • When talking to landlords, be honest and offer to introduce your pet(s) to the landlord. This should demonstrate that your pet is well behaved and will not pose a threat to anyone in the community.
  • Providing references from your vet and/or past landlords can help show a prospective landlord you are a committed pet owner. Proving that your pet is current on vaccines shows that you are diligent about providing necessary care.
  • Offer to sign a statement promising to keep all pets indoors or on-leash at all times they are on the premises.

Military Family Issues

Serving in the military should not mean that you need to give up your pet. San Diego Humane Society can offer support through deployment and relocation processes. To learn about the various services that we offer, visit the Military Support page of our website. Military Support

Alternatives & Resources

Many pet-related problems are solvable and our trained staff is here to help with each unique situation! 

Whether it's a behavior problem, a housing issue or another kind of crisis, we're here to help and offer guidance. Call 619-299-7012 so we can find a solution together.


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