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San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Humane Society, an open-admission shelter, is creating a more humane world by inspiring compassion and advancing the welfare of animals and people. Our lifesaving safety net has helped San Diego become the largest city in the U.S. to keep healthy and treatable shelter animals from being euthanized. We are a private, independent, nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any other humane society or society for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

With campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona and San Diego, we provide animal services for 13 cities within San Diego County. We not only care for more than 40,000 animals in our communities, but also share our expertise with shelters nationwide so they can save more lives in their communities.
While our influence is expanding nationally, our top priority is meeting the needs of San Diego. We provide exceptional care for all animals through world-class veterinary medicine, shelter and most of all: love.
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San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. We offer programs that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty and neglect, provide medical care, educate the community and serve as a safety net for all pet families. Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society has campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona and San Diego. For more information, please visit Read more


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Additional Culture Details

Top Workplaces just awarded San Diego Humane Society a national 2023 Nonprofit Industry Award based on the survey feedback our employees provided in 2022! This honor is a testament to the Culture of Care we work so hard to create at SDHS.
We're also thrilled to receive a Best of North County 2023 award from The Coast News, naming San Diego Humane Society the Best Animal Nonprofit! As the region's safety net for animals, it's great to be recognized by our North County community for the work we do at our Escondido and Oceanside Campuses as well as all of our campuses that work with them throughout San Diego County.

In 2021, San Diego Humane Society was selected as a Nonprofit of the Year by California legislators for the great work we do in the community.

Our commitment is to continue keeping healthy and treatable shelter animals from being euthanized while we expand our innovative programs to help other shelters locally and across the country stay at zero euthanasia. We are deeply committed to meeting the varied needs of animals and the people who love them. But we can’t do it without the generosity of our friends in the community – friends who know that when they donate to San Diego Humane Society, they are making extraordinary work possible. As an independent nonprofit organization not affiliated with any other humane society or Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals, philanthropy is crucial to our mission, providing more than 40% of our budget each year.
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-You strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and needs of your colleagues and our guests.
-You see through the eyes of another.
-You're not judgmental of others.
-You value, thank and appreciate our volunteers.
-You're committed to our mission and you are passionate about being here.

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