San Diego Human Society

★★★★☆
  • 5500 Gaines St

    San Diego, CA 92110

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  • 619-299-7012

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Sat-Sun 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

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arrived at 11 AM. on 12/26 - waited for over an hour and a half to visit Clara Bell, a Chihuahua puppy. When we finally got assistance the first thing we were told was that our 'property search' did not come back valid. I was only able to LOOK at Clara Bell, nothing further. We asked the 'Counselor' to double-check the address or the spelling of our names. However, the Counselor was rude, dismissive and offered no assistance. She acted as though we had lied on our application. Additionally, she was not informative nor was she aware of what paperwork that was required as valid proof of ownership. We visited Clara Bell momentarily and fell in love with her.

We decided to drive home (El Cajon) to obtain proof of ownership. While at home, I decided to run a search of our property through the County's Website as I am a paralegal and I am very familiar in searching for property information. As it turns outs, my property is listed, as it should be. When we returned to SDHS and provided proof of ownership we were then told they needed to obtain approval from my Homeowner's Association or needed to provide the Agreement outlining 'dog restrictions.' I was also told that the previous counsel said the visit with Clara 'had not gone well.' I was shocked! It was then that we asked for another Counselor to assist us. We were at the Center until 4:00 PM.

After another visit we were allowed to place a hold on Clara Bell until the following evening, when my boyfriend was to meet Clara for the first time. My boyfriend is a USMC Officer currently in training. Unfortunately, his flight from Oklahoma was delayed till past closing time. Therefore, I contacted the center to inform them he would be there first thing the following morning. At that time the Counselor said she would cancel the hold on Clara immediately since he was not able to make it in that day. The counselor also informed me that there was no other hold on Clara, nor was anyone else interested in her. I was completely confused! Why would they make it so hard for us, a family that wanted to give Clara a loving home, when no one else was interested in her? I had mixed emotions. I did not know what to do. It was then that I decided to withdraw my application as I was emotionally exhausted by the troublesome way the shelter handled my application.

This was a very stressing situation for my family and I. It was so hard to tell my daughter that we were unable to adopt Clara as she had her heart set on her coming home with us. I understand there should be appropriate measures to 'ensure lasting adoptions.' But this is just very unprofessional. This entire ordeal; property search, approval, meeting with family members, but never once was I asked for a picture I.D.

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arrived at 11 AM. on 12/26 - waited for over an hour and a half to visit Clara Bell, a Chihuahua puppy. When we finally got assistance the first thing we were told was that our 'property search' did not come back valid. I was only able to LOOK at Clara Bell, nothing further. We asked the 'Counselor' to double-check the address or the spelling of our names. However, the Counselor was rude, dismissive and offered no assistance. She acted as though we had lied on our application. Additionally, she was not informative nor was she aware of what paperwork that was required as valid proof of ownership. We visited Clara Bell momentarily and fell in love with her.

We decided to drive home (El Cajon) to obtain proof of ownership. While at home, I decided to run a search of our property through the County's Website as I am a paralegal and I am very familiar in searching for property information. As it turns outs, my property is listed, as it should be. When we returned to SDHS and provided proof of ownership we were then told they needed to obtain approval from my Homeowner's Association or needed to provide the Agreement outlining 'dog restrictions.' I was also told that the previous counsel said the visit with Clara 'had not gone well.' I was shocked! It was then that we asked for another Counselor to assist us. We were at the Center until 4:00 PM.

After another visit we were allowed to place a hold on Clara Bell until the following evening, when my boyfriend was to meet Clara for the first time. My boyfriend is a USMC Officer currently in training. Unfortunately, his flight from Oklahoma was delayed till past closing time. Therefore, I contacted the center to inform them he would be there first thing the following morning. At that time the Counselor said she would cancel the hold on Clara immediately since he was not able to make it in that day. The counselor also informed me that there was no other hold on Clara, nor was anyone else interested in her. I was completely confused! Why would they make it so hard for us, a family that wanted to give Clara a loving home, when no one else was interested in her? I had mixed emotions. I did not know what to do. It was then that I decided to withdraw my application as I was emotionally exhausted by the troublesome way the shelter handled my application.

This was a very stressing situation for my family and I. It was so hard to tell my daughter that we were unable to adopt Clara as she had her heart set on her coming home with us. I understand there should be appropriate measures to 'ensure lasting adoptions.' But this is just very unprofessional. This entire ordeal; property search, approval, meeting with family members, but never once was I asked for a picture I.D.

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Got my "Shotgun Shela" here 6 year ago --

http://snowchains.tripod.com/shotgunshela/

With respects to my late Cinder, who was 12 when she passed --

"She" - as I call her - is the smartest fur-person I've ever met

I am SO thankfull to have found her here!

San Diego Highwayman says THANKS to the carin folks @ the Humane Society

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Got my "Shotgun Shela" here 6 year ago --

http://snowchains.tripod.com/shotgunshela/

With respects to my late Cinder, who was 12 when she passed --

"She" - as I call her - is the smartest fur-person I've ever met

I am SO thankfull to have found her here!

San Diego Highwayman says THANKS to the carin folks @ the Humane Society

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I brought my dog Piper.. a 1 year old pure bread boxer to the humane society because he had some aggression issues and i could not take care of him both financially and physically. I got a call yesterday telling me that he was not adoptable and that i had until tomm. morning to either go pick him up or he would be put down. I immediately got in my car to go get him. When i first brought him there he weighed 50lbs. When i picked him up he weighed 36lbs. You could visually see everyone of his bones in his tiny body. They had not neutered him (which i thought may solve a lot of the issues). And they made no attempt to fix any of his issues with training (which he badly needed). For some reason i thought that the purpose of the humane society was to rehabilitate dogs and find reasonable homes for them.. even if that means a home with no other animals. To say the least, my experience was terrible.

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I brought my dog Piper.. a 1 year old pure bread boxer to the humane society because he had some aggression issues and i could not take care of him both financially and physically. I got a call yesterday telling me that he was not adoptable and that i had until tomm. morning to either go pick him up or he would be put down. I immediately got in my car to go get him. When i first brought him there he weighed 50lbs. When i picked him up he weighed 36lbs. You could visually see everyone of his bones in his tiny body. They had not neutered him (which i thought may solve a lot of the issues). And they made no attempt to fix any of his issues with training (which he badly needed). For some reason i thought that the purpose of the humane society was to rehabilitate dogs and find reasonable homes for them.. even if that means a home with no other animals. To say the least, my experience was terrible.

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I adopted my cat from the Humane Society and it was a great experience. You are able to view all the different cats and even interact with them. The cats are kept humanely in roomy cages and they even feed them Iams food! There is a fee for adopting your pet, but it will be up to date on all shots and spayed or neutered.

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I adopted my cat from the Humane Society and it was a great experience. You are able to view all the different cats and even interact with them. The cats are kept humanely in roomy cages and they even feed them Iams food! There is a fee for adopting your pet, but it will be up to date on all shots and spayed or neutered.

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I know everybody wants a purebread dog or cat, but cmon. There are thousands of animals put down every day because noone wants them. The Humane Society does everything in its power to stop this from happening. We have gotten two dogs from here (one from the helen woodward up in Del Mar which is great) and they are part of our family. The kennels are kept clean and the dogs/cats seemed well cared for (despite how badly they were treated before they were submitted to them). Next pet i am definately going here. Adoption fees are high, but then again, it does pay for the animal and all the food and love and help it was given.... well worth it

PROS: great humane place to get a pet
CONS: a little more pricey than you would expect, but worth it

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★★★★★

I know everybody wants a purebread dog or cat, but cmon. There are thousands of animals put down every day because noone wants them. The Humane Society does everything in its power to stop this from happening. We have gotten two dogs from here (one from the helen woodward up in Del Mar which is great) and they are part of our family. The kennels are kept clean and the dogs/cats seemed well cared for (despite how badly they were treated before they were submitted to them). Next pet i am definately going here. Adoption fees are high, but then again, it does pay for the animal and all the food and love and help it was given.... well worth it

PROS: great humane place to get a pet
CONS: a little more pricey than you would expect, but worth it

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The San Diego Humane Society is a very clean, well kept animal shelter in the San Diego area. It is sort of in a hidden location, but I am sure you have passed by it in many times before, whether you noticed it or not. The people at the San Diego Humane Society are friendly, and they are always looking out for the best interest of the animals in their shelter. You can expect them to help you find the best animal for your family, your home, and your budget. They always have a wide selection of animals available for adoption, and their adoption fees are a bit high, but include many important things such as shots for kittens, and other essential pet things. They are not as affordable as a pet store when it comes to obtaining an animal, but you can help save an animal by adopting from them.

PROS: Adopts out animals who might be destroyed otherwise
CONS: Expensive adoption costs

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The San Diego Humane Society is a very clean, well kept animal shelter in the San Diego area. It is sort of in a hidden location, but I am sure you have passed by it in many times before, whether you noticed it or not. The people at the San Diego Humane Society are friendly, and they are always looking out for the best interest of the animals in their shelter. You can expect them to help you find the best animal for your family, your home, and your budget. They always have a wide selection of animals available for adoption, and their adoption fees are a bit high, but include many important things such as shots for kittens, and other essential pet things. They are not as affordable as a pet store when it comes to obtaining an animal, but you can help save an animal by adopting from them.

PROS: Adopts out animals who might be destroyed otherwise
CONS: Expensive adoption costs

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This animal shelter was somewhere I would recommend going to. They were very helpful and really cared about what deal was best for you. I think i got a good deal with this and i would go again.

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This animal shelter was somewhere I would recommend going to. They were very helpful and really cared about what deal was best for you. I think i got a good deal with this and i would go again.

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The San Diego Humane Society and Spca is well kept. The people there are always very friendly, and are always so nice when you are looking at the animals. You always want to take the animals home with you, because they are so cute.

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The San Diego Humane Society and Spca is well kept. The people there are always very friendly, and are always so nice when you are looking at the animals. You always want to take the animals home with you, because they are so cute.

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