Crisis Situation for Animal Welfare Organizations

| May 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

For the first time, San Diego’s leading animal welfare organizations have come together to raise awareness about the critical state of animal shelters in San Diego County.

Here’s how the community can help:

  • Adopt: Adopting saves lives, and there are thousands of pets available at shelters and local rescues right now.
  • Foster: By opening your home to foster a pet, you give them relief from the stress of the shelter and create space for other animals in need.
  • Spay and neuter: Increasing the number of spayed/neutered animals is the only way to stop the crisis of pet overpopulation at its root.

In San Diego County, local shelters and rescues are caring for far more animals than their facilities were designed to house. In 2024, they have skyrocketed to a daily average of 632. Stray dog intakes are up 12 percent; 65 percent are never reclaimed by their owners. They are also seeing an increase in owners turning to us to surrender their pets, with the most common reasons being unplanned litters, having too many animals already, or the owners are moving and can’t bring their pets.

For more information on how the community can help, visit

Adopting saves lives. There are thousands of pets available at shelters and local rescues right now.

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Category: Animals, Donations, Government, Local News, Nonprofit, Volunteers

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