When there is a pet who needs a home or a wild animal that is injured in San Diego County, more often than not, San Diego Humane Society is there to help. Last year, the nonprofit took in 33,555 domestic animals and 12,370 wild ones. Three locations in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside serve 12 cities and 2.2 million people with a wide variety of programs and services. Here are five ways you can help to give animals right here in San Diego a second chance at a better life:

  1. When you are ready for a new family member, check out the available pets www.sdhumane.org, where you well find dogs, cats and small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and rats, as well as livestock and other animals.
  2. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talents in shelters or by fostering animals who are not quite ready for adoption. Project Wildlife needs on-site and satellite caregivers. Help is needed for education programs, the Emergency Response Team and many other areas of the organization.
  3. Host a Fundraiser. Raise money on Facebook for your birthday or organize a supply drive. There are countless ways to contribute by hosting an online or in-person fundraiser. You can also bring this idea to your workplace to spark some joy and teamwork around a cause everyone loves.
  4. It is easy to make a one-time gift online or sign up as a Constant Companion monthly donor to provide the reliable support that give animals the shelter, medical care, enrichment and new homes they deserve. You can also celebrate special people or animals by making a donation for a holiday, birthday, anniversary, memorial or any other milestone or event.
  5. Inspire Compassion. There are many ways you can be an advocate for animals. If you suspect cruelty or abuse, contact Humane Law Enforcement (619-299-7012, ext. 1). Refer friends or family who need financial assistance to PAWS San Diego, which helps people keep their pets. Through a Behavior Helpline, the public can get free advice from a trainer. Kids can go to Animal Adventure Camp.

Think of San Diego Humane Society as your first stop for pet info, advice and resources for everyone who loves animals.