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San Diego Humane Society

Animal Services Fees

San Diego Humane Society's fees apply to the cites of Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista.

Dog License Fees 

License fees are an investment in the health and safety of our pets. These small fees also assist San Diego Humane Society in providing care to stray and homeless animals and further our efforts to eliminate animal cruelty and neglect. If your city is not listed, please click here for information on where to purchase your dog license. More information about licensing in our Jurisdiction can be found here

FEES BY CITY:

  1. Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach
  2. Vista
  3. Oceanside
Fee Type Fee Title A B C
Dog Licenses Altered, one year license $18.00 $15.00 $15.00
Dog Licenses Altered, two year license $33.00 N/A N/A
Dog Licenses Altered, three year license $45.00 $40.00 $40.00
Dog Licenses Unaltered, one year license $36.00 $50.00 $50.00
Dog Licenses Unaltered, two year license $66.00 N/A N/A
Dog Licenses Unaltered, three year license $90.00 $100.00 $150.00
Dog Licenses Adopted Dogs: 1 time exempt $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dog Licenses Late fee $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
Dog Licenses Transfer fee $10.00 $5.00 $5.00
Dog Licenses Tag replacement $10.00 $5.00 $5.00
Dog Licenses Change of ownership $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

Dog license fees are non-refundable.  

Late Fees: Failure to obtain a license, or to renew the license by the expiration date will result in a late fee.
Alteration (Spay/Neuter): Dog licenses for unaltered dogs are charged at a higher rate. For a list of low-cost spay or neuter services in San Diego please visit sdhumane.org/alterations.


Dangerous Dog/ Public Nuisance Fees

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Dangerous Dog / Public Nuisance Initial Registration $85.00
Dangerous Dog / Public Nuisance Reg. Late Fee $40.00
Dangerous Dog / Public Nuisance Inspection $20.00
Dangerous Dog / Public Nuisance Annual Renewal $25.00
Dangerous Dog / Public Nuisance Renewal Late Fee $15.00

Impound Fees

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Impounds Fowl $40.00
Impounds Dog, Cat, small animals $40.00
Impounds Sheep, Goats. Medium animals $40.00
Impounds Equine, Bovine, large animals $60.00
Impounds Dog at large 2nd time $50.00
Impounds Dog at large 3rd time $75.00
Impounds Unaltered Fee - Dog & Cat* $150.00

*The unaltered fee is inclusive of state unaltered fees.
**El Cajon has a "Facility Maintenance Fee" that will apply to all impounds, relinquishments and adoptions at the El Cajon Campus. 

Relinquishment Fees

 

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Relinquishment Dog, Cat,  small animals at shelter $25.00
Relinquishment Dog, Cat,  small animals in field $25.00
Relinquishment Dogs, Cats, Livestock $25.00
Relinquishment Out of Jurisdiction $40.00
**El Cajon has a "Facility Maintenance Fee" that will apply to all impounds, relinquishments and adoptions at the El Cajon Campus.  

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. 

Boarding Fees

 

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Boarding Dog, Cat, small animal $20.00
Boarding Sheep, Goats. Medium animal $25.00
Boarding Equine, Bovine, large
(plus 1/2 for 1st day)
$60.00

Medical Service Fees

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Medical Services Feline Leukemia Test $12.00
Medical Services Vet care per hour $75.00
Medical Services Vaccinations (per injection) $12.00
Medical Services Topical Flea Treatment $15.00

Owner Requested Euthanasia Fees

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Owner Requested Euthanasia Shelter $50.00
Owner Requested Euthanasia Cremation - 0-29 pounds $10.00
Owner Requested Euthanasia Cremation - 30-79 pounds $30.00
Owner Requested Euthanasia Cremation - 80+ pounds $55.00

Quarantine Fees

Fee Type Fee Title Fee
Quarantines Fee Per Visit $50.00

Kennel Fees

Fee Type Fee Title A
Kennels License Application $125.00
Kennels Late Fee $15.00
Kennels Late Fee > 6 mos $50.00
Kennels Deficiency Follow-up $40.00

Miscellaneous Fees

Fee  Type  Fee Title Fee
Miscellaneous  Facility Maintenance Fee**  $3.00**
Miscellaneous Trailer (per trip) $98.00
Miscellaneous Dog Spay $110.00
Miscellaneous Dog Neuter $90.00
Miscellaneous Brachycephalic anesthetic protocol (propofol) $50.00
Miscellaneous Cryptorchid $110.00
Miscellaneous Cat Spay $65.00
Miscellaneous Cat Neuter $45.00
Miscellaneous Microchip (adopt/claim) $25.00
Miscellaneous Out of Jurisdiction (plus other fees) $25.00
Miscellaneous E-Collar $10.00
Miscellaneous SNIP (Spay/Neuter Fee Deposit) $50.00
Miscellaneous Cardboard Carrier $10.00

**El Cajon has a "Facility Maintenance Fee" that will apply to all impounds, relinquishments and adoptions at the El Cajon Campus. 


Updated 10/5/2020 

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