A dog looks lonely as it lies in the middle of its cage.
A dog looks lonely as it lies in the middle of its cage. Photo by Chris Stone

The nonprofit San Diego Humane Society officially began providing animal services for residents of San Diego and five other cities on Sunday under a major outsourcing agreement.

“The city is very pleased to be working with San Diego Humane Society to provide this important service to our residents,” said Kris Michell, chief operating officer. “We know that pets are beloved family members and it is reassuring to know our animals will be receiving the attention they deserve from an organization with a reputation for delivering high quality care like SDHS.”

Under an 18-month contract, Humane Society will offer a variety of animal services to the public including licensing, lost and found, spay/neuter, vaccination clinics and adoption services. Information and contact information for specific animal services is available online.

“We couldn’t be more excited about extending the safety net to the city of San Diego and we look forward to joining them in providing great animal services,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the Humane Society.

The Humane Society also took over animal services for Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Santee and Solana Beach in what’s being called the biggest milestone of the nonprofit’s 138-year history.

Services were previously provided by the county, which is seeking to outsource responsibility for animal control and services.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.