As families are facing the unknown -- will I still have a job? will I lose my home? what am I going to do with the kids?--our pets can bring unconditional love and comfort. Two of my family's current three are San Diego Humane Society adoptees. (Kiwi came from a litter of cats born to a mom whose owner thought she was a he over 20 years ago.) And we just realized that today, 3/17 is the 5 year anniversary of the first time we met Ficus, named Sunflower at the time, before we finalized her adoption 4 days later, on March 21, 2015.
The whole world is really insane right now, but if you have stable living conditions for the foreseeable future, consider adoption via the San Diego Humane Society. Sadly, times of financial strife often result in pet relinquishments, so they will be extra busy. Pets will definitely be therapeutic companions for many who live alone and will be asked to shelter in place for the next several weeks or months, so if you're one of these people and you have stable housing, what are your waiting for?? You can even browse animals online.
Anyway, the San Diego Humane Society has been sending updates about their current status in light of the pandemic, and you can read the whole thing here. The TL;dr most important parts are below.
1. SDHS is open by appointment only. 78 animals came in on Monday alone to add to the over 1000 animals already in their care; finding homes for animals doesn’t stop. Call 619-299-7012 to make an appointment or drive up to any of our campuses and make an appointment from your vehicle.
2. There will be a need for fosters. Sign up here.
3. The 'neuter scooter' will cease operations for now.
4. Before relinquishing a pet, please consider rehoming.
5. Injured and/or orphaned wildlife can still be brought to Project Wildlife at 5433 Gaines St