by Photo courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society

In honor of National Adoption Week, the San Diego Humane Society is waiving adoption fees to encourage the community to adopt among the thousands of animals currently in shelters. 

The nonprofit will waive adoption fees for adult dogs 7 months and older, and small pets through July 31. PetSmart will sponsor the promotion, dubbed “Summer is Cooler with a Pet”. 

The promotion came days after the Fourth of July holiday when the nonprofit took in more than 275 stray pets. The influx following the holiday weekend resulted in a shortage of space in shelters for all animals, but large dogs are particularly impacted. 

“We currently have more than 1,700 companion animals in our care, and more than 600 of them are available for adoption — just waiting to give and receive love,” said San Diego Humane Society Chief Operating Officer Jessica Des Lauriers. “While we are here to help animals and the people who love them, we are low on space to house these pets and could really use the community’s support. If you’re able to adopt a pet, that adoption will make a difference for so many other animals in need.”

According to San Diego Humane Society officials, animals are behaviorally and medically assessed prior to adoption. The organization offers an adoption guarantee, training advice, pet supplies, and educational information to support pet families for the life of the animal. 

Pet parents will also have access to the organization’s Behavior helpline to get expert guidance about behavior or training concerns. 

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. To view animals currently available for adoption, visit<>

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