by Photo courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Humane Society Shelters are the currency at capacity with an unprecedented number of large adult dogs in their care and is waiving adoption fees through Dec. 31. 

This adoption special was made possible by a $10,000 donation from Randy Spicer, a local animal lover, to allow all adult dogs 7 months and older to have a chance to find their forever homes. This comes after shelters experienced an unprecedented year with many incoming stray animals who have not been reclaimed by their owners.  

Out of the nearly 700 animals available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society, 260 are adult dogs. 

According to San Diego Humane Society officials, adoption is more than opening your home to a shelter animal. It helps create space in shelter for other animals in need, all adopted pets are spayed. neutered and vaccinated, and the San Diego Humane Society offers an adoption guarantee, training advice and educational information for the life of the animal.

Members of the community who are unable to adopt a pet can still make a difference and help San Diego Humane Society create space in their shelters by: 

  • Fostering a pet. By becoming a foster volunteer, you give an animal a temporary break from the shelter and create space for other animals with nowhere else to turn. Sign up at
  • Using rehoming resources. If a person needs to give up their pet, San Diego Humane Society offers rehoming tools that allow them to find their animal’s new family themselves — skipping a trip to the shelter. Visit
  • Reuniting stray animals directly with their owners. By searching for the lost pet’s family in their own neighborhood and on social media. Visit for tools and resources to help a lost pet find its owner.
  • Planning ahead. Due to limited space, an appointment may be necessary to relinquish your pet. If you know you will need to give up your pet due to a move or other planned situation, make arrangements with San Diego Humane Society as early as possible to ensure space remains available for animals in urgent need.

To view animals currently available for adoption, visit The San Diego Humane Society is open for walk-in adoptions Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at its campuses in Escondido, El Cajon, Oceanside and San Diego.

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