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Free Pet Adoption at San Diego Humane this Saturday!

With more than 900 animals ready for new homes, San Diego Humane Society is waiving all pet adoption fees on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023 for a special “Clear the Shelters” day.


The San Diego Humane Society has at least 359 dogs, 17 puppies, 174 cats, 248 kittens, and many, many more species waiting for a second chance at love with a new family. The one-day adoption special is part of NBC Universal and Telemundo’s Clear the Shelters Month.

People who have space in their heart and home for a new family member can visit any of San Diego Humane Society’s campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to adopt a pet at no cost. If they have a specific animal in mind, it is recommended to check the organization’s website first at to help determine which campus is best to visit.

This has been an especially tough year for San Diego Humane Society. On July 7, the organization set a record with 2,584 animals in care. As of today, there are 2,325 animals in care. What’s unusual about 2023 is the shelter was already over capacity at the beginning of the year.

“Typically, summer is our busy time, but we were already breaking records in March with dogs in care,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “But even though the numbers are staggering, each animal here is an individual who deserves love and a home to call their own.”

When you Adopt from San Diego Humane Society:

You’ll help create space in the shelter for other animals in need.

You know you’re getting an animal who has been properly assessed and cared for.

Your pet has been microchipped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

San Diego Humane Society offers an adoption guarantee, training advice, pet supplies and educational information to support pet families for the life of their animal.

More Dogs AVailable for Adoption at San Diego Humane Society

More about San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Humane SocietyIn partnership with San Diego Humane Society, we are pleased to bring you these amazing animals looking for their forever homes. These animals in particular, have been waiting two months or longer to be adopted. Check them out below, then visit them at one of San Diego Humane’s adoption locations to find your forever friend.  Why the hashtag?  Join the no-kill movement and help spread the word by sharing these animals on your socials with the tag #sdhumane.

about the author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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