Giving Up Your Pet

One of the hardest decisions to make is whether to give up your pet to the shelter. Most behavior problems are a result of the lack of exercise.

We suggest the following to help you before you decide to bring your pet to the shelter:

  • Take your pet to your veterinarian for a complete exam. Spraying, frequent urination, crying and other issues may be symptoms of medical conditions.
  • If your dog digs, chews or is being destructive, your dog most likely needs a lot more EXERCISE. Get in the routine of taking your dog for a walk at least 30 minutes a day. It will be good for you, too! Depending on the energy level of your pet, you may have to adjust how many times a day your pet needs a long walk to tire him/her out.
  • Give your dog a “job” to do. Teach him/her to fetch a ball or Frisbee.
  • Sign up for classes. There are numerous training and behavior classes offered by local humane societies and individuals.
  • Consult an animal behaviorist or trainer. These instructors are usually certified and can provide helpful insight.
Relinquishment Fees – City of El Cajon
Owner Pet $45
Litters $45
Outside Jurisdiction $55
Relinquishment Fees – City of La Mesa
Owner Pet $91
Litters $91

Adoption Information

Come to the Shelter and see who’s here! We have a variety of dogs and cats and other animals. The population changes daily. We have something for everyone including pure breeds, seniors, large, small and everything in between.

Adoption Fees
Dogs $80
Cats $80
Senior $30

Spay/Neuter refundable deposit (required only if animal has not been spayed/neutered) is $40.

Adoption costs include microchip and vaccines. If you live within the City of El Cajon, you will need to purchase a 1 year dog license for any dog over the age of 4 months for an additional cost of $20.

Many of our animals are listed at Petfinders.
Fees are subject to change, and additional fees may apply.