Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street
Do you need a pet? The San Diego Humane Society (SDHS), in charge of Animal Services for Del Mar since 2018 (after merging with the North County Humane Society in 2010), can help. Depending on the day and the available adoptable animals, you can opt for birds, cats, dogs, maybe a pig or a horse, rabbits plus a few other possibilities including rodents. Did you lose your pet? They may have found it. Do you or your pet need training? They will educate you on proper care, and offer behavior training for cats and dogs. In addition, the organization provides a variety of services, resources and legal help for the San Diego County community in the interest of protecting domestic and wild animals from cruelty or neglect. They will respond to an emergency or a report of cruelty involving an animal. They will not, however, remove a healthy wild animal from your property. They will accept it at a designated location but It is up to you to trap and deliver it.
This private, independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization is a descendent of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), founded in 1954. It follows a long history of groups formed to keep animals safe from harm. In 1866 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in New York with the focus on farm animals. The concept of establishing formalized protection for animals spread to other states as similar organizations opened. The idea of also protecting children working on farms was started in 1877 with the formation of The American Humane Association, whose mission was to prevent cruelty and mistreatment to children and animals on farms, promotes laws in support of fair treatment. It continues as American Humane today, working to ensure care and safety for animals including in travel, in transport, and in movies and television.
Some helpful contact information for the SDHS: For animal emergencies or animal cruelty, call SDHS Law Enforcement: (619) 243-3466 from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Other times call the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department: (858) 565-5200. If wild animals are involved: call (619) 225-9453, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, 7 days a week, Other times call SDHS Law Dispatch: 619-243-3466. To search for a lost pet, to adopt a pet, to volunteer or for other information go to www.sdhumane.org.