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San Diego Humane Society Overview

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 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 Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego, we provide animal services for 12 cities within San Diego County. We not only care for 50,000 animals in our communities, but also share the expertise we have gained through our innovative programs 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.

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 Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego. For more information, please visit
A more compassionate world.
Create a more humane world by inspiring compassion, providing hope and advancing the welfare of animals and people.
Additional Culture Details
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.
-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.
-You can always be counted on to do the right thing.
-You lead by example with honesty and accountability.
-You take ownership and follow through.
-You earn respect of your colleagues by treating everyone with respect.
-You recognize you're part of a team in the animal welfare movement that supports people and animals.
-You seek out ways to contribute more in your role.
-You shoot for the moon and go the extra mile.
-You remove barriers and help others achieve goals.
-You demonstrate cost consciousness with respect for donated dollars.
-You adapt to change and help your colleagues do the same.
-You see challenges as opportunities for improvement and offer solutions.
-You figure out how to make things happen instead of erecting barriers.
-You respectfully share your input even if may be controversial or contrary to current practices.
-You are willing to make tough decisions and take smart risks.
-You try new things even when they scare you.
-You're not afraid to make mistakes.
-You question actions inconsistent with our values.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at San Diego Humane Society – Celebrating What Makes Each of Us Unique.

At San Diego Humane Society, we’re united by our mission to create a more humane world for people and animals. Our Culture of Care inspires us to promote and support a respectful work environment that is diverse and inclusive of all people in every aspect of our organization.
San Diego, CA
575 US Employees
Animal Welfare


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