Board OKs merger of animal welfare nonprofits

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA board of trustees voted Wednesday night to approve the merger of its organization with the North County Humane Society and SPCA, the Oceanside-based animal welfare organization.

The combined organization will operate under the name “San Diego Humane Society and SPCA” following a successful closing period, which is expected on or around the first of the year.

The name of the North County facility on San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside will become “San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, North Campus.”

A news release from the organizations cited the following benefits expected to come from the merger:

  • More treatable animals’ lives will be saved.
  • The merger will bring additional resources to advance animal welfare services.
  • The merged organizations will work together to ensure that both owner-relinquished animals and stray animals receive the same standard of veterinary medical care as owned pets in the community.
  • The organizations will be able to offer increased services for individual pet owners when they are faced with the challenges and difficulties of separating from a beloved pet.
  • More lifesaving education programs for both children and adults can be offered throughout the county, helping to create a more compassionate community.

As the two campuses work collectively to expand programs and services, the current program offerings at both the North Campus and the centrally located Gaines Street Campus will continue uninterrupted.
The animal control contracts managed by the North County Humane Society will remain in place under the new San Diego Humane Society North Campus and will be fulfilled as contracted with Oceanside and Vista.

The next six-month period will be devoted to planning for a smooth transition and effective implementation of integrated practices.

About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA provides vital services to animals and people alike. With campuses in both central San Diego and Oceanside, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s programs include sheltering and adopting animals, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, rescuing animals in emergency situations, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable and owned animals through public training classes, providing adult and youth education programs, and sharing animals through pet-assisted therapy and.

In Oceanside and Vista, the San Diego Humane Society North Campus is under contract to provide animal control and stray companion animal services for the public.

A private nonprofit organization that receives no government grant funding, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Humane Society’s retail store, Muttique, and fees for service.

For more information about the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, please visit