If your little one has been begging (and barking) for a pet, it might be time to consider welcoming a new furry friend into your family. Pets can not only teach your kiddo responsibility, they can also help build family bonds. With so many furry friends who need a home, consider the motto, “Adopt, Don’t Shop” as you begin the search for your family’s new best friend. Here are eight San Diego pet adoption centers filled with pets waiting for a family to call their own.

San Diego Humane Society

If you’re looking for a dog, cat, bunny, or other small critter, the San Diego Humane Society has locations in central San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside. You can learn about the furry friends before you arrive by checking out the profiles of all of the available animals on their website. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, current vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of complimentary medical insurance, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam. The San Diego Humane Society also offers fun and affordable training classes and workshops to get your new pet on the right track. Drop by the San Diego or Oceanside campuses on Thursdays from 3 - 5 p.m. for Fur Fix Thursday where your little one can pet, play, and socialize with available kittens and puppies.

San Diego Campus
5500 Gaines St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Escondido Campus
3450 E. Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92027

Oceanside Campus
2905 San Luis Rey Rd. (dogs)
572 Airport Rd. (cats, small animals)
Oceanside, CA 92058

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: sdhumane.org

Photo credit: Diane via Flickr Creative Commons

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— Kelly Powell