Five Ways to Help Animals in San Diego

  1. Foster

You can make a difference by temporarily opening your home as a foster volunteer for kittens, dogs, puppies or even adult cats. San Diego Humane Society makes it easy for you by providing all training and supplies needed for fosters to become heroes for animals. Foster assignments are available for any length of time (even as short as a weekend!), for animals of all ages and size.


  1. PAWS San Diego

Another unique way to help people and animals is by volunteering for PAWS San Diego, which helps people keep their pets in their homes and out of shelters by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County.


  1. Spay/Neuter

Since 2012 San Diego Humane Society has offered affordable and accessible spay/neuter services to community-owned cats, pit bulls and Chihuahuas – the specific animal populations that flood local shelters. Since this program’s launch, more than 30,000 community-owned animals have been altered, but it takes the entire community getting their own pets altered, and helping to get community cats altered so we can begin to reduce the number of animals in shelters.


  1. Leave them Alone

Whether it is a litter of helpless kittens or a baby bird fallen from its nest, we have all been in the position of finding a baby animal in need of help. When coming across these helpless infants, our first instinct is to save them – snatch them up and find help right away. But this can actually do more harm than good. The best thing we can do is to first wait and monitor them before intervening otherwise we could be separating nursing babies from their moms.


  1. Coexist with Wildlife

From the coast to the mountains to the desert to urban neighborhoods, San Diegans share this beautiful landscape with more than 320 animal species. Each one plays a vital role in in our ecosystem and is worthy of protecting. It is important to admire wild animals from afar and find humane ways to deter unwanted wildlife from your yard.


Your involvement in any form is crucial to providing San Diego’s companion and wild animals with the relief and refuge they are depending on. It is only with your involvement that animals can receive the protection they deserve and remain in their homes, whether that might be a house or a nest.