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Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations

This is a list of local and nearby shelters, and rescue organizations. (Note: Rescue organizations usually have a network of foster homes throughout San Diego, while shelters have an actual facility). You can contact these organizations if you have a pet to relinquish, or if you are looking to adopt.

WARNING: Not all listed groups are IRS registered non-profits. Donations made to organizations that are NOT currently registered with the IRS and the State of CA may NOT be considered tax-deductible! Before donating, please check current non-profit status on Guidestar: www.GuideStar.org.

WARNING: Shelters may kill for medical/behavioral or space reasons. Before relinquishing a pet, BE SURE to carefully check their written euthanasia policy, and request to be notified before they euthanize your pet for any reason in the future.

Recommended Rescues and Shelters who work most closely with our organization and abide by a similar code of ethics are indicated by a heart . These ethics are:

heart To provide medical care for animals in their care
heart Provide full and accurate information about adoptable animals to potential adopters, including vet records
heart To provide sufficient food, supplies, and support to foster homes within their organization
heart Spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinate ALL animals prior to adoption
heart Screen potential adopters to ensure the safe placements of all animals
heart Ask reasonable adoption fees Have no convictions of animal abuse/neglect or hoarding
heart Provide reasonable follow-up support to adopters, including the return of animals placed by their representatives


DOG RESCUES

2nd Chance Dachshund Rescue
Email: info@2ndChanceDoxie.com
Rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Dachshund dogs in San Diego County only. A small, all-volunteer organization, placing approximately 15 dogs per year. Adoption fees range from $150-$400.

Almost Home Animal Rescue
E-mail: AlmostHomeAR@gmail.com
A non-profit dog and cat rescue dedicated to the rescue and care of cats and dogs in need in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kern, and Riverside Counties.

heartA Passion for Paws Akita Rescue, Inc
Phone: 858-551-7511
Email: apassionforpaws@gmail.com
An Akita rescue that relies on donors, foster homes & volunteers.  They do not have a shelter, and are always in need of new foster homes for Akitas which they often rescue from high-kill shelters.

heartAnimal Rescue Resource Foundation
(ARRF)
Phone:  760-414-3966/ 760-522-7836
AARF is an all-volunteer foster program without a facility.  They accept all breeds of dogs and cats when foster homes are available.  They often rescue pets from Animal Control facilities.

heartAussies & Others Rescue
Email: ausshepards@cox.net
Phone:  619-469-3748
All volunteer organization specializing in Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, but often accept other breeds if foster homes are available.  Dogs are always fostered in private homes and never housed in kennels.

heartBasset Hound Rescue & Adoption, Inc
Phone: 619-286-8638
Email: bassetmail@cox.net
Rescuing purebred Basset Hounds in San Diego for 17 years.

Boxer Rescue Los Angeles
Phone: 213-532-6541
Dedicated to finding homes for unwanted Boxers. They maintain two large capacity kennels where Boxers are kept.

California Labradors Retrievers and More Rescue
Phone: 858-273-5386
We take all kinds of dogs as our resources have allowed.  You can see from our website the variety of dogs we take including seniors and the medically needy. 

heartChesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue
Phone: 760-635-1955
Email: hhrsolutions@aol.com
Matching rescued Chesapeake Bay Retrievers with loving, permanent adoptive homes.

heartChihuahua Rescue of San Diego
Phone: 858-277-3557
Foster homes located throughout San Diego. Only adopt to local residents.
Rescue abandoned, abused, and special needs Chihuahuas. All-volunteer.

Cute Odyssey Inc., Shih Tzus & Small Breed Rescue

Phone: 619-337-1373
Email: Contact@cuteodyssey.org
A very small organization dedicated to Shih Tzu, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshunds. Funded primarily through adoption fees.

heartDogz In Need
Phone:760 297-1040
Email: dogzinneed@yahoo.com
A small, all volunteer, K-9 rescue group, that works with all breeds and mixes, with a goal to try and help any "dog in need".  Funded through donations.

East County Animal Rescue

Phone:  858-224-3227 or 858-224-ECAR
E-mail:  info@eastcountyanimalrescue.org
A grassroots rescue organization for all breeds.  Mostly cats, but also dogs when foster homes are available.  Also work to provide spay/neuter services for owned and feral cats. 

Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals
Phone: 619-466-0426
Very small volunteer fostering organization, usually featuring dogs under 20 pounds who would have been killed in shelters due to expensive but treatable medical conditions.

heartGerman Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of Southern California
Phone: 760-726-4813
E-mail: info@GSP-Rescue.org
Breed-specific, all-volunteer rescue organization specializing in German Shorthaired Pointers. All dogs come with a warranty contract for lifetime training and support.

heartGreyhound Adoption Center
Phone: 877-478-8364
The Greyhound Adoption Center is dedicated to rescuing Greyhounds and placing them in responsible, loving homes, matching each dog with an adopter, taking into consideration other family members, children, other pets and surroundings.

Greyhound Connection

Email:  wlacey@dslextreme.com or greys@greyhoundconnection.org
Phone: 619-286-4739
A volunteer-run organization focusing on rescuing Greyhounds.  Not a shelter.  Dogs are fostered in homes before being placed with a permanent family.

Holly’s Garden
Phone: 858-274-2940                                                                                 
Email:  Susan@hollysgarden.com
Very small rescue organization rescuing small breed dogs, such as Shih Tzu, Maltese, and Lhasa Apso. 

heartIt's The Pits
Phone:  858-472-0985
Fostering organization which focuses on rescuing and re-homing dogs mostly of the bully breed such as American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers.   Foster homes are located throughout San Diego, as well as a facility in Poway.  Dogsare evaluated for temperament and health, before being placed with an appropriate family. 

Labradors & Friends Dog Rescue Group
Phone: 619-990-7455
Email: labradorsandfriends@yahoo.com .
Rescue and foster labs and lab mixes throughout Southern California. All volunteer. They will take Labradors that aren't purebred. Very large organization.

Labrador Rescuers, Inc.
Phone: 619-819-0234
Email: doginfo@labrescuers.org
Established to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home stray, abandoned, or unwanted Labrador Retrievers into loving, permanent homes. Large, volunteer based rescue.

Open Arms Rescue
Phone: 760-470-7643
Email: admin@openarmsrescue.vpweb.com
Very small foster organization based in Imperial Beach since 2007. Rescues small dogs from Tijuana and Mexicali dog pounds. 70-7643.

heartOperation Greyhound Rescue & Adoption
Phone: 619-588-6611
Email: operationgreyhound@cox.net
A volunteer-run organization for past 17 years. Rescues ex-racing greyhounds and other sighthounds.

heartPacific Animal Welfare Society of Coronado (PAWS of Coronado)  
Phone:  619-435-8247
Email: info@pawsofcoronado.org
All-volunteer organization that facilitates adoptions for the Coronado Animal Shelter in addition to assisting Coronado residents re-homing their pets.  Very limited foster homes available.   

heartPit Bull Rescue San Diego
Phone:(858)-361-3592
Email: www.pitbullrescuesandiego.com
Volunteer-run, foster organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and related bully breeds. Advocating responsible pet ownership, and the exploitation of the bully breeds. They're working to save the most difficult breed to place....a tough job, due to prejudice and abuse of the breed.

Pug Rescue of San Diego
Phone: 619-685-3580
Breed Specific Pug rescue servicing San Diego County and surrounding areas. All volunteer, no facility....pugs are located in foster homes.

San Diego Bull Dog Rescue

Phone: 619-501-0219
Rescue and Adoption Services for Purebred English Bulldogs only.

heartSan Diego Rottweiler Rescue
Phone: 619-659-9189 or 619-212-6028
Email: Dossluvscritters@aol.com
Small volunteer rescue specializing in Rottweilers, but willing to help with other breeds when foster homes are available.

heartSan Diego Spaniel Rescue
Phone: 619-922-0545
Email: sdsrwebinfo@yahoo.com
Provides breed education, rescue, fostering, medical and adoption services for abused or abandoned Cocker Spaniels in San Diego and Orange Counties. All volunteer.

Shelter Pet Partners
Phone: 619-212-0499
All-breed dog & cat rescue. Maintain cat adoption facilities in several pet supply stores throughout the County. Most pets stay in temporary foster homes until adopted.

Southern California German Shepherd Rescue
Phone: 619-379-1796
Rescues German Shepherds in Southern California. Dogs are kept in foster homes or kennels.

Southland Sheltie Rescue, Inc.
Phone: 619-347-0379
Rescuing Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties. Based in Southern California, SSRI is an all-volunteer organization.

heartSpecial Needs Rescue
E-mail only: SpecialNeedsRescue@san.rr.com
Very small, two person organization, run from a foster home. Often take animals that other organizations won't accept due to impending medical expenses.

heartSPOT - Saving Pets One at a Time
E-mail (is best): info@spotsavespets.org
Phone (leave message): 760-593-7768
All-volunteer organization.  All-breed, mixed-breed rescue for dogs and cats.  Operates primarily in north San Diego County.

Sunny Saints, S. CA St. Bernard Rescue
E-mail info@sunnysaints.org
Phone:  858-222-4101
Rescuing lost, abandoned and relinquished Saint Bernards throughout Southern California.  Providing medical attention, spay/neuter and placement into permanent homes. 

United Hope For Animals
Phone: 909-801-0012 or 858-405-6267or 626-325-8442
Network of volunteers and foster homes throughout Southern California, based in Pasadena. Provide spay/neuter services in Tijuana, as well as humane euthanasia in those pounds.

CAT RESCUES & CAT SHELTERS

Almost Home Animal Rescue
E-mail: AlmostHomeAR@gmail.com
A non-profit dog and cat rescue dedicated to the rescue and care of cats and dogs in need in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kern, and Riverside Counties.

Cat Adoption Service
Phone: (760) 550-2287
A no-kill, volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of homeless cats and kittens, with weekly adoption events at the La Jolla PETsMART. No shelter...foster homes, only.

East County Animal Rescue                                                               
Phone:  858-224-3227 or 858-224-ECAR
E-mail:  info@eastcountyanimalrescue.org
A grassroots rescue organization for all breeds.  Mostly cats, but also dogs when foster homes are available.  Also work to provide spay/neuter services for owned and feral cats. 

heartFriends of Cats
Location: 15587 Olde Hwy 80 in El Cajon
Phone: 619-561-0361 X10
No-kill shelter for homeless and unwanted cats that provides adoption services as well as a sanctuary for cats that are terminally ill or considered unadoptable.

heartNational Cat Protection Society
9031 Birch Street, in Spring Valley
Phone: 619-469-8771
No-kill shelter takes in owner relinquished cats and kittens for adoption.  They also have a retirement program for cats that are not adoptable. They have another facility in Newport Beach.

heartPacific Animal Welfare Society of Coronado (PAWS of Coronado)  
Phone:  619-435-8247
Email: Pawsofcoronado@aol.com
All-volunteer organization that facilitates adoptions for the Coronado Animal Shelter in addition to assisting Coronado residents re-homing their pets.  They also have limited foster homes.   

Shelter Pet Partners
Phone: 619-212-0499
Rescuing dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes. Cat adoption facilities in several pet supply stores throughout the County. Most pets stay in temporary foster homes.

heartThe Rescue House
Phone: 760-591-1211
Providing rescue, foster, and adoption services since 1999 for all breeds of cats. Eight adoption centers throughout San Diego. Volunteer based, and often take cats that other organizations refuse.

heartThe Rosebud Society
Phone:858-459-8357
Email: adoptacat@therosebudsociety.com
Rescues cats and kittens from local animal shelters. They accept cats with moderate to severe medical needs, and kittens too young to survive without hand-feeding. Maintain a very small foster program.

United Hope For Animals
Phone: 909-801-0012 or 858-405-6267
Network of volunteers and foster homes throughout Southern California (Pasadena). Provide spay/neuter services in Tijuana, as well as humane euthanasia in those pounds.

OTHER CRITTERS

Animal Acres
E-mail: info@animalacres.org
Phone: 661-269-5404
A farmed animal sanctuary for cows, pigs, and chickens. For many people, it is the first time they have ever looked into the eyes of pig or chicken, and it can profoundly affect the way people view and treat farmed animals.

heartSan Diego House Rabbit Society
Email: hrs@sandiegorabbits.org
In San Diego for more than 15 years. Provide education, rescue, spay/neuter,socialization and find permanent indoor homes for abandoned domestic rabbits in our local shelters, and they provide a store for rabbit related products. All volunteer.

heartSan Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society
E-mail only: care.consultant@sdturtle.org
All volunteer.  Dedicated to educating the public and protection of turtles and tortoises.  No facility, turtles & tortoises are located at foster homes throughout San Diego.

Parrot Education & Adoption Center
E-mail: parroted@cox.net
Based in San Diego and dedicated to educating bird owners on the proper care of birds. Unwanted and found parrots are accepted at PEAC.

Wee Companions
Phone; 619-934-6007
Small Animal Rescue in San Diego, specializing in Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Rats & Mice. Pets are located in foster homes.


PRIVATELY FUNDED LOCAL SHELTERS
All Types of Pets

Baja Animal Sanctuary
Located in Rosarito, Mexico
Phone: 619-786-7928                                                                                     
E-mail:  Bajadogs@aol.com
Animal sanctuary and shelter for both dogs and cats.

heartEscondido Humane Society
3450 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: (760) 888-2275

heartFriends of Cats
Location: 15587 Olde Hwy 80 in El Cajon
Phone: 619-561-0361 X10
Shelter for homeless and unwanted cats that provides adoption services a well as a sanctuary for cats that are terminally ill or considered unadoptable. Once they take a cat, they never kill it unless medically necessary.
County-run shelters.

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Located in Rancho Santa Fe/Coastal North San Diego
Phone: 858-756-4117

Living Free Animal Sanctuary
Located in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild.
Phone: 951-659-4687
A sanctuary for dogs and cats facing shelter euthanasia, they DO NOT accept animals from the public.                          

heartNational Cat Protection Society
9031 Birch Street, in Spring Valley
Phone: 619-469-8771
This shelter takes in owner relinquished cats and kittens, and runs an adoption program. They also have a retirement program for cats that are not adoptable. They have another facility in Newport Beach.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society
389 Requeza St.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: (760) 753-6413

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA- North Campus
2905 San Luis Rey Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: (760) 757-4357

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA- Gaines Street Campus
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619.299.7012

  Victor Valley Animal Protective League
21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley
Phone: (760) 247-2102

 


MUNICIPAL SHELTERS
(Tax Funded – Government-Run, Provide Animal Control)
All Types of Pets

Camp Pendleton Animal Control
Building 25132, Camp Pendleton
Phone: (760) 725-8120

Central County Animal Shelter

5480 Gaines Street in San Diego
Phone: (619) 236-4250

Chula Vista Animal Shelter
130 Beyer Way in Chula Vista
Phone: 619-691-5123
Provides animal control services for the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach and parts of Lemon Grove.
Linda Septon, the adoption counselor: lsepton@ci.chula-vista.ca.us

City of Ridgecrest Animal Shelter
411 San Bernardino Blvd. in Ridgecrest
Phone: (760) 375-8157

Coronado Animal Shelter
1015 Sixth Street in Coronado
(corner of Orange Ave.)
Phone: (619) 522-7371

El Cajon Animal Shelter
1275 North Marshall Avenue in El Cajon
Phone: (619) 441-1580

North County Animal Shelter
2481 Palomar Airport Rd in Carlsbad
Phone: (760) 438-2312

South County Animal Shelter
5821 Sweetwater Rd in Bonita
Phone: (619) 263-7741