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San Diego Humane Society & Spca

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Address:

5500 Gaines Street San Diego CA 92110 USA

Mission:

To promote the humane treatment of animals, prevent cruelty to animals and provide education to enhance the human-animal bond.

Programs:

Animal services and operations departments: animal care, admissions, adoptions, veterinary medicine, kitten nursery, behavior and training, behavior center, foster care, spay/neuter president's message the 2013-14 fiscal year has been an exciting year at san diego humane society and for the animals of our community. Whats most exciting is that were getting closer to our goal of saving the life of every adoptable and treatable animal in san diego county. Our goal at san diego humane society is not 100 or 1,000 or 100,000. Its zero. Im happy to tell you, were half way there. Two years ago, animal shelters in san diego county lost close to 4,000 animals a year who could have been rehabilitated and rehomed with lifesaving resources. Last year, through community programs we launched, we got that number down to 2,900. This year, the number has plummeted to 1,662. And by the end of 2015 we pledge to get that number even lower. Not by just a little, but all the way down to zero. Our areas of focus for "getting to zero are: -spay/neuter: increasing accessibility to community spay/neuter programs-transport program: transporting at-risk animals from other shelters to san diego humane society-adoptions: adopting an animal makes space for another animal in need of immediate care. Getting animals out of the shelter and into homes allows us to help even more -safety net programming: providing resources to help pet owners keep their pets in their homes. As an open-admission animal welfare organization, we hold our doors and hearts open wide to all animals regardless of age, temperament, breed, or health. We provide a vital safety net to those injured, neglected, abandoned, or abused animals. Were so very close to accomplishing our goal of "getting to zero by treating all the injured or ill animals in san diego shelters who require our compassionate care. We will make san diego truly a safe place for homeless animals, and truly a pet-friendly community. We all need a safety net, and no one needs it more than the thousands of orphaned, abandoned and neglected animals who come through our doors. Were pledging to save the life of every adoptable and treatable animal, and with 45,000 homeless pets entering san diego shelters each year, thats a tall order. But were very close, and thanks to you, well be able to do it. Much gratitude, gary weitzman, dvm, mph, cawa president and ceo. Adoptions - we know the extraordinary ways animals enrich our lives with love and happiness. Thats why matching people with a new pet is one of our top priorities. 6,517 animals were adopted directly from san diego humane society. Transport - we are committed to helping every animal in san diego county - not just those entering our shelters. The treatable pet initiative is our transfer program to relocate treatable animals to our facility from our shelter partners who need our help. Without this vital program, these helpless animals may not receive the care they need to heal and thrive. 2,192 animals were transferred to san diego humane society in the 2013-14 fiscal year and given the second chance they deserve - a 37% increase over last year! Return to owner - we work to reunite as many stray pets with their owners as possible. The majority of stray animals entering our shelters dont have identifying information, making it difficult to get them home. By utilizing new technologies, like finding rover, a facial recognition app, and educating our community on the importance of licensing and microchipping, we were able to reunite 1,515 lost pets with their worried families. Kitten nurseryour 24-hour kitten nursery was created to care for the most fragile animal population in our region - underage and orphaned kittens. This specialized facility serves as a lifesaving resource to our entire community, by transferring underage and orphaned kittens in from surrounding shelters who do not have the ability to care for them. Nurturing these precious lives requires time, resources and dedication; but most importantly, it requires a lot of love. Our highly skilled nursery staff provides the around-the-clock care these delicate kittens require to reach a full and healthy development. Spay/neuter - the tragedy of animal overpopulation continues to affect the animals, people and shelters in our community. The result is 45,000 homeless and unwanted animals flooding local shelters every year. By providing accessible, affordable or even free spay/neuter resources, we are preventing unwanted and unplanned litters from entering san diego area shelters in the future. 4,924 animals were spayed/neutered through our community clinic last year - thats a total of 7,303 community animals since the clinic opened in november 2012. Veterinary medicine - the life of every animal entrusted in our care is, in some way, brightened by our veterinary medical department. In addition to basic medical procedures, our team of veterinarians also performs lifesaving specialized surgeries, progressive treatments and subsequent rehabilitation services. Thanks to the compassionate professionalism and expertise of our veterinary medical teams, we are able to ensure every sick or injured animal is given the comprehensive medical care they need and deserve. Behavior and training - the behavior and training staff adheres to a positive reinforcement training philosophy to ensure the mental and behavioral well-being of all animals in our care. As a result, animals are happier and healthier in the shelter environment, are likely to find a home faster, and are better positioned for success with their new families. Behavior center: located at the previous humane society location on sherman street, the behavior center is a safe haven for animals who display fearful, shy, timid, or defensive behaviors. There is no other animal behavioral rehabilitation center like this in san diego. As such, this program serves as a safety net for animals in shelters throughout our region. We transfer animals from other shelters into our care, enroll them in this lifesaving program and provide them the behavior modification they need to become ready for adoption. Fiscal year 2013-2014 statistics animals admitted2,624 owner relinquishments, 2,192 animals transferred from other agencies to the humane society, 134 animals rescued for their protection, 4,447 stray animals, 9,397 total animals admitted 400 animals were returned to san diego humane society for various reasons. Other outcomes619 animals euthanized. Of the animals euthanized, none were considered "healthy", "treatable", or "rehabilitatable". All animals euthanized were considered "unhealthy" or "untreatable" due to serious medical or behavioral issues. 164 animals that died of natural causes while in our care, 783 total other outcomes (does not include the difference between beginning shelter count and ending shelter count of 79. ), 100% placement rate for healthy animals, 100% placement rate for treatable/ rehabilitatable animals, 93% live release rate. For animals determined to be "unhealthy" or "untreatable" as dictated by the sdawc asilomar accords, to end unnecessary suffering, or for obvious public safety reasons, a small percentage of animals are euthanized. In fiscal year 2013-14, 7% of our animal population fell into this category. Basic veterinary care16,523 total animals examined by a veterinarian, 4,455 spay/neuter surgeries for humane society animals, 2,424 spay/neuter surgeries for department of animal services animals, 546 pre and post-adoption consultations provided animals going home2,458 dogs adopted, 3,596 cats adopted, 455 small animals adopted, 8 horses adopted, 503 animals transferred to other agencies, 1,515 animals returned to owners, 8,535 total animals going homeadvanced shelter medicine516 dental procedures, 2,855 laboratory procedures (i. E. Blood work, biopsies and other diagnostics), 971 radiographs, 233 orthopedic surgeries, 322 other surgeries (i. E. Mass removal, exploratory surgery, eye/ear surgery, abcess drainage), 108 outsourced specialty surgeries, $140,236 outsourced treatment expense incurred by the humane society includes specialty surgeries, diagnostics, critical care and procedures that cannot be performed in-house. Foster301 total number of foster homes, 1,411 total number of animals helped by foster carecommunity spay/neuter clinic initiatives218 spay/neuter incentive program, 167 litter abatement program, 373 feral cats spayed/neutered in partnership with east county animal rescue, 285 pit bull clinic, 110 project keppt, 3,243 public clinics, 528 target neighborhoods, 4,924 total community spay/neuterkitten nursery2,740 total kittens admitted, 2,106 kitten adoptions, 92% live release ratetraining939 humane society dogs and cats receiving specialized training.

humane law enforcement investigations, field services, and animal rescue reserveinvestigations, animal cruelty & field serviceshumane officers bring hope to animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect and provide a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. They investigate animal cruelty and neglect, enforce state animal welfare laws, educate the public on proper care for their animals and rescue animals from distress and emergency situations. Humane officers also provide services as the municipal authority and law enforcement agency to pick up and care for stray or injured domestic animals, respond to dog bite reports, reunite lost animals with their owners, and enforce animal-related laws in the cities of oceanside and vistahumane officers provided assistance to 7,767 calls (including reports of animals running stray, animals left in hot cars and welfare checks in oceanside and vista. )animal rescue reservethe animal rescue reserve is a group of specially trained staff and volunteers that deploy to provide rescue and relief to animals during disasters or emergency situations. This dedicated group is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to animals in crisis. Humane law enforcement statistics for 2013-20141,639 reports responded to animal cruelty/neglect1,475 cases resolved7,804 animals seen in the field490 notices of violation9 cases submitted for prosecution12 pre- and post-seizure hearings8 pet shop, stable/feed store, rodeo, circus, foster and other inspections20 educational speaking engagements374 animal bite quarantine7,767 number of field services complaints (ie. Running at large, animals left in hot cars, animal welfare checks, etc. )animal rescue reserve1,834 hours of arr volunteer training779 hours spent executing rescue93 animals assisted in emergency situations

community engagement, education programs, and volunteer engagement community engagementthe purpose of community engagement is to provide education and resources in order to create a more compassionate, humane community. Community engagement reached 68,621 people this year - a 42% increase volunteers: whether working directly with the animals in our care, within other programs in the organization or advocating in the community as enthusiastic ambassadors of our work, the compassion of our volunteers has a very positive impact on the success of the san diego humane society. Their commitment makes it possible for us to expand our safety net of care to an ever-growing number of animals. 1,700 people dedicated their valuable time and unique talents for the sake of the animals totaling 178,968 hours. There is no job too big or too small for this kindhearted group of people. Project keppt (keeping every person and pet together) helps people keep their pets during times of personal crisis or financial hardship. Families enrolled in this program receive free pet food through monthly food banks, animal care supplies, behavior and training advice, pet-friendly housing referrals, and veterinary financial aid referrals. Pet assisted therapy: sometimes an animal can give and teach love more powerfully and profoundly than another human ever could. Animals love without bias or agenda, and they have the unique ability to fill each moment with compassion. For some people, age or life circumstances prevent them from experiencing the joy of an animal. Thats why the pet-assisted therapy (p-at) program brings animals to patients at convalescent homes, hospitals, mental health centers, abused childrens homes, juvenile detention centers and other facilities. Community outreach & engagement statisticsadult program participationadult programs498 doggie cafe280 happy hour lectures82 pet loss support group183 pet first aid classes26,149 info booths1,236 speaking engagements16,100 parades44,528 total adult participantsyouth programs431 animal adventure camp (spring and summer)906 birthday par ties194 story times64 homes-school programs932 scout programs1,020 general tours and outreach field trips1,181 pawsitive service297 trust19,068 school outreach24,093 total youth participants68,621 total youth and adults reached via community outreach and humane educationproject keppt10,496 total people impacted12,455 total animals impacted1,213 number of enrolled families enrolled families may participate monthly at food bank events where they may receive support multiple times throughout the year. Total people impacted and total animals impacted counts every instance provided through this program. Pet-assisted therapy1,332 number of enrolled animals672 total facilities visited36 welcome waggin visits13,914 total people reached

san diego animal welfare coalition accordsin august 2004, a summit of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation convened at asilomar in pacific grove, california, for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships, agreeing on common definitions and gathering statistics in a standardized format. The statistical guidelines developed from the spirit and vision of this meeting came to be known as the asilomar accords. They serve as an important tool in consistently tracking the progress of reducing or eliminating the euthanasia of healthy or treatable companion animals in shelters across the united states. All member organizations of the san diego animal welfare coalition (sdawc), which are listed below, utilize the definitions prescribed by these accords. San diego animal welfare coalition statistics are available on our website at www. Sdhumane. Org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The San Diego Humane Society is an outstanding animal welfare agency and a well run organization. I have been involved with SDHS as a donor and volunteer for over 20 years. I have adopted 4 cats from the SDHS. As a current Board Member, I am proud to be associated with the organization. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated and passionate. We've made a difference in thousands of animal lives and the people who love them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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I love animals! In some instances, I think I love animals more than people. I've been involved with the San Diego Humane Society for the past 3 years and have been very impressed with all they do to help our furry friends find homes. The new initiative Getting to Zero which intends to eliminate the euthanasia of all treatable pets is brilliant. It addresses the problem on many fronts including even accepting animals from other, overcrowded shelters in the area to prevent unnecessary euthanasia of treatable pets. The new President, Dr. Gary Weitzman, is very forward thinking and is making positive changes that will improve both our community and overall animal welfare. I am proud to be involved with the San Diego Humane Society and look forward to doing all that I can do to help animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the operation so that more animals can be saved and returned to loving homes.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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My wife and I became involved in the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) as donors several years ago. At the time it was a well run organization that effectively served the needs of the community. With the addition of it's new president, Dr. Gary Weitzman, it has really become a star amongst organizations of its type. Gary and his team have been instrumental in pushing the organization forward to meet challenging and important goals, such as it's Treatable Pet Initiative and Spay and Neuter Initiative. These are both innovative, far reaching projects that have already made a major impact on animals in the San Diego community. I have been asked to sit on a number of boards in the past and have always declined. I was asked to join the board at the San Diego Humane Society and gladly accepted. You have to come and see the center itself to get a feel for how committed everyone there is to helping the lives of animals in need and making sure that adoptions are smooth and successful. My wife and I remain strong supporters of SDHS, as volunteers, donors and board members. We are both very proud to be part of this organization.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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I have been privileged to serve as principal outside legal counsel for the San Diego Humane Society for more than 20 years. Much of my time has been pro bono. I have never regretted that time commitment. I have consistently found the staff and volunteers to be inspiring in their devotion to the mission of the Society, never more so than now. As an attorney working with senior staff and a participant at virtually every Board of Trustees meeting, I am continually impressed by the care taken to ensure that donations are spent in a manner so as to maximize the animal welfare benefits, with a minmum allocated to adminstrative expense.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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I have supported this charity for about 15 years now and am impressed by the quality of care and attention provided to all animals that come in and the dedicated commitment of staff to insure that all animals that are adopted out go to loving, responsible families. In addition, I am impressed by the maintenance of quality services while increasing the number of animals adopted out each month.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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For several years I have been supporting this organization financially. Three years ago I joined their board and found it to be a very rewarding experience. My only goal is to help as many animals as possible and the San Diego Humane Society is doing just this. I am very proud to be associated with such an organization. Everybody I meet at the San Diego Humane Society has the same goals and that is to save as many animals as possible and find them happy new homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would continue to reach out to other organizations to help them join our mission goal.

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Life-changing

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I continue to be so impressed every day by the inroads that the SDHS is making for animal welfare in this community. Under Dr. Weitzman's leadership, we have seen many new initiatives that have resulted in many more adoptions, spay and neuterings, and rescue of animals that are abused.
In addition, we now, thanks to the work of SDHS, have a law against selling puppies in stores which will help squash puppy mills. The work of this organization is vast and is changing the welfare of animals in our city.
I have been asked to serve on various boards and this one is the BEST!! I am honored to be a part of the organization.

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Having been involved with the San Diego Humane Society for many years, I still continue to be amazed at the level of caring, professionalism and community service provided by the staff. This is an organization that really understands its mission - top to bottom - and lives animal welfare 24/7. I am proud to say that I give them my time, my small bit of expertise and my donations. I can't think of a more well-run non-profit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow it to expand throughout San Diego County so that this same level of service could be available to everyone.

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Life-changing

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As a donor, my involvement with the San Diego Humane Society has been eye opening and rewarding. Having gone through the acquisition of the Oceanside facility as a board member, I have seen the tremendously positive impact that SDHS has had in improving the quality of care for the animals, and the continued improvement in the facility. Neuter and spay programs have been instituted, and the commitment to re-home all animals is higher than ever. The campus on Gaines Street in San Diego, as well as the facility in Oceanside, offers many positive programs for the community and the staff is intent on providing the best possible services for the animals and the people who love them...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the facility to enable SDHS to house and thus help more animals.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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I have been volunteering with the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) for about 3 years now and love the commitment that staff, management, and other volunteers have consistently made to help the animals. SDHS is a wonderful organization with such diverse programs to help the animals and educate the public regarding animal care. They perform animal adoptions, animal rescue, education sessions. One of my favorite projects is Project KEPPT (Keeping Every Person & Pet Together) which reaches out to the homeless folks with animals to provide necessary supplies and information so people can keep their animals. It is very well run under a new (actually 1 year now) president with lots of heart and great ideas. I LOVE volunteering with this organization that truly cares for the animals & people they serve, and appreciates its volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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2013

 
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