San Diego Shelters and Rescue Groups

San Diego County Shelters

Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton Marine Base
Bldg. 25132
Camp Pendleton, 92056
9:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri
Closed weekends and holidays

City of Coronado
Animal Control Facility

1015 Sixth Ave.
Coronado, Ca. 92118-1897

City of El Cajon
1275 North Marshall Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

619.448.7383 or 619.441.1580

Chula Vista
Animal Care Facility

130 Beyer Way
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Linda Septon:
or Isabel Meza

10:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri
10:00am-4:00pm, Saturday
Closed on Sunday

County Animal Shelter, Carlsbad
2481 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011-1531

760.438.2312 or 760.746.7307
9:30am-5:30pm, Tues-Sat
Closed Sun., Mon.& holidays

County Animal Shelter, Bonita
5821 Sweetwater Road
Bonita, CA 91902-2219

9:30am-5:30pm, Tues-Sat
Closed Sun., Mon.& holidays

Double S. Animal Rescue & Sanctuary
Shelter specializing in rescue and permanent sanctuary for all types of animals, including horses.


Humane Society

3450 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027

760-888-BARK (2275)
9:00am - 5:00pm
7 days a week

Friends of Cats
Shelter specializing in rescue/rehabilitation of cats and kittens.
15587 Olde Hwy 80
El Cajon, CA 92021


10:00am-4:00pm, Tues-Sun

Helen Woodward
Animal Center

6461 El Apajo Road
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
11:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week

Imperial Valley
Humane Society

1575 Pico Ave
El Centro, CA 92243

Kroc-Copley Animal Shelter
5480 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110-2887

9:30am-5:30pm, Tues-Sat
Closed Sun., Mon. & holidays

National Cat
Protection Society

9031 Birch Street
Spring Valley 91977

12:00pm-5:00pm, Tues-Sat

North County Humane
Society and SPCA

2905 San Luis Rey Road
Oceanside, CA 92054

760.757.4357 ext.1218
10:00am-5:00pm 7 days a week,
shelter closes at 2pm every
3rd Wed. of the month.

Rancho Coastal
Humane Society

389 Requeza Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

11am-5pm, Tues-Sun
11:30am to 5pm, Mondays

San Diego Humane
Society and S.P.C.A.

5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110

11:00am-6:00pm, Mon-Fri
11:00am-5:00pm, Sat. & Sun.


Purebred Rescue Groups

Looking for a purebred dog or cat? You can save a life and save money at the same time by adopting a purebred pet through a rescue group. Below is a list of many San Diego based purebred rescue groups. Also, check out this wonderful search tool through 1-800-Save-A-Pet by clicking here. It allows you to search for specific breeds of pets available for adoption in Southern CA and beyond - and will even contact you when more pets matching your search are posted to their site!

Basset Hound Rescue
& Adoption, Inc.

Jerri Caswell
San Diego Coordinator
619.286.8638 | San Diego, CA

Bearded Collie Rescue
Bearded Collie Club of America


Fuzzy Dog and Cat Rescue
Sheila Choi

Greyhound Connection
619.286.4739 | Carlsbad, CA

Irish Setter Rescue
Irish Setter Club of San Diego

Italian Greyhound Rescue

Labradors and Friends
619.990.7455 | San Diego, CA

Labrador Rescuers
858.538.9638 | La Mesa, CA

LhasaApso National Breed Rescue
Mary Schroeder
National Coordinator
303.973.3600 | 800-699-3115
Littleton CO

Newfoundland Club of
America Rescue Network

NC of San Diego
Sharon Gilbert 
San Marcos, CA

Operation Greyhound
619.588-6611| El Cajon, CA

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California
San Diego Rescue Coordinator
Gwen Platt 
760.480.8348 | Escondido, CA

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Rescue
National Club
Debbie Perrott

Pit Bull Rescue of San Diego
Kate John

Poodle Rescue

Retrievers and Friends
(Golden Retrievers, Labs, etc.)

San Diego Bulldog Rescue

San Diego Poodle Rescue

San Diego Spaniel Rescue
Peggy Mundell

2nd Chance Dachshund Rescue
Cathleen Stamm

Siberian Huskie, Malamute
& Other Northern Breed Rescue

Siberian Husky Rescue/
Referral of California 

Sheltie Rescue

Sar Johnson, Coordinator

Southern California Bulldog Rescue

Terrier Rescue
Welsh, Airdales, Norwich, & White

San Marcos Kennels
760.744.5171 | San Marcos CA

Terrier Rescue (Boston)
760.634-3262 | 951.600.8655
Temecula, CA

Vizslas / Keeshonds
Rescue Pet Adoption Fund


Mixed Breed Rescue Groups
Just looking for a great dog or cat, and not concerned about breeds? Support the local mixed-breed rescues that work hard to get as many dogs, cats and rabbits out of the harsh shelter environment and into loving foster homes.

Cat AdopTion Service
Many cats and kittens for adoption.
760.550.CATS | Ramona, CA


Large San Diego rescue group - many dogs & cats for adoption.


Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals
Small rescue group, mostly dogs under 20 lbs
Penny Adams
619.466.0426 | Spring Valley, CA

Small rescue group, mostly larger dogs.
San Diego, CA

House Rabbit Society
A non-profit organization that rescues abandoned rabbits
619-718-7777 | San Diego, CA

It's the Pits
Specializing in the bully breeds
Stephanie Rice

PAWS of Coronado
A small rescue group with many dogs and cats for adoption.
619.435.8247 | Coronado, CA

Shelter Pet Partners
Mary Gagliardo
619.390.9028 | El Cajon, CA

The Rescue House
Many cats and kittens for adoption.
760.591.1211 | Encinitas, CA

San Diego Animal Rescue
Small rescue group, dogs and cats.
Lakeside, CA


Save the Orphaned Pets
Small rescue group, dogs and cats.
619.422.7240 | Chula Vista, CA

Wee Companions
San Diego's only small animal rescue - rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters.