What to bring with you when adopting:
The entire family must meet the animal before adoption, so be sure to bring all family members to complete the adoption process; landlord approval (if applicable); identification and proof of address (Driver's License or ID); cash, MasterCard or Visa (We do not accept checks); a transport carrier, especially if you plan on adopting a cat; your current dog, if you are planning on adopting a new dog - just be sure that you have someone who can wait with your dog as you meet our adoptable pets. Though we require a dog-to-dog meeting before finalizing an adoption, we do not allow doggie visitors inside the kennels.

* Please note: Our adoption policy states that we will not adopt out two dogs together unless they came to the shelter together and are a bonded pair.
You may not find the perfect pet for you on your first visit. That's okay! New animals are looking for homes almost every day. Don't get discouraged...it may take some time, but that new pet who is just right for you is out there, and hoping that you don't give up.

Consider your needs, but also be flexible. If you are always working late, don't have the resources for training and don't have much space, that adorable but high-energy Jack Russell may not be for you. On the other hand, the laid-back, older adult terrier may be just right. Imagine the personality and needs of your perfect pet, but try to be flexible otherwise. You may be surprised to see who ends up being the perfect match for you.

Have your home set up to accommodate your new pet before it arrives (fences repaired, crate set up, supplies ready, etc.). It will help make the transition smoother for both of you.

Be prepared for an adjustment period. It'll take some time (usually, two weeks) for you and your pet to get to know each other well. We are here to help, but patience and understanding is key!
What to keep in mind for your visit:
Meeting your match takes time:
Please allow ample time and patience when adopting. Remember, it takes time to meet your match! Please allow 45 to 90 minutes for the adoption process. Please note that we stop adoptions at 4:15 p.m. to allow time to complete the process.
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Adopt a pet
What you need to know before adopting your best friend
Thank you for considering adoption from the Escondido Humane Society! We have hundreds of pets in all shapes and sizes looking for new forever homes every day. When you adopt from us, you are giving a homeless animal a second chance at love.

New animals come in every day, so check back often or visit us in person. Our Adoption Center is open seven days a week. We also offer off-site cat and rabbit adoptions at Petco stores in Escondido, San Marcos, Poway and Carmel Mountain and PetSmart in Escondido.
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Escondido Humane Society | 3450 East Valley Parkway, Escondido CA 92027 | (760) 888 - BARK (2275)
Adoption Center open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week | Animal Control open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week
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