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Our Featured San Diego, CA Partner:

The Animal Pad - CA Chapter

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

San Diego, CA 92103

http://www.facebook.com/theanimalpad

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

San Diego

About Our Rescue Group:

Overview
The Animal Pad is a nonprofit, all-breed dog rescue devoted to saving the lives of dogs facing euthanasia at high kill animal shelters. Our focus is on abused, neglected, injured, and otherwise special needs dogs; in addition to a focus on CA's overpopulated breeds, such as pit bulls, pit-mixes, and chihuahuas. We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home locally.


We are dedicated to animal advocacy, and educating dog owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. We are a foster based rescue, and rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of the amazing people who make donations toward the rescue and care of the dogs we save.


We are always looking for adopters, fosters, donations, volunteers, etc.. Please let us know if you would like to get involved by contacting us at one of the email addresses found below.


If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in marketing, advertising, partnership, sponsorship, or otherwise, please contact us at the email address below.
info@theanimalpad.com

ADOPT
If you're interested in adopting one of our dogs, or are looking for a specific size/breed that we do not have, please send us an email at the address below for an Adoption Application.
adoptions@theanimalpad.com

FOSTER
We are always looking for wonderful foster homes for our rescue dogs. Fostering is one of the most important and rewarding roles in animal rescue. TAP will provide all necessary items and veterinary care for your foster dog. If you're interested in fostering one (or more) of our dogs, please use the email address below to contact us. Feel free to include information about yourself, as well as the types/sizes/breeds of dogs you're interested in fostering.
Foster: fosters@theanimalpad.com

*Note: If you see a dog in need that's being networked or otherwise, that you'd be willing to foster, and no rescue is backing the dog; send us a message on our Facebook page with a link to the animal and any conditions you have (ie: if you can foster short-tem or long-term).

VOLUNTEER
If you'd like to volunteer for TAP to help with adoption events, networking, advertising, etc.. use the email address below.
Volunteer: volunteers@theanimalpad.com

DONATE
Monetary and material donations are always welcome and needed. Please email the address below if you'd like to donate any items for our dogs (we desperately need crates, kennels, beds, toys, etc..). Use the same email address to make a PayPal donation to donations@theanimalpad.com.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

PayPal: Donations@theanimalpad.com

Come Meet our Pets:

Visit our Facebook Events Page for our upcoming Adoption Events...

Facebook.com/TheAnimalPad/Events

Our Adoption Process:

Our adoption process from start to finish, involves 5 forms total.

*Adoption Application
*Pet Owner Questionnaire
*Landlord Agreement (if applicable)
*Sterilization Agreement (if applicable)
*Adoption Contract

All potential applicants must be capable of providing their adopted pet with routine and emergency veterinary care (yearly health checks, keeping vaccinations current, heartworm/flea preventatives, and immediate care in the event the animal is sick or injured). They are required to license their pet, and keep an identification tag on their pet at all times.

All applicants must agree to a home check, and provide us with a veterinary reference, or personal references if you're a first-time pet owners. Our home checks are not to invade the privacy of the applicants, we do this to ensure the pet is going into a safe home. We do not discriminate against non-homeowners, or those living in apartments, condos, or otherwise.

Applicants must agree in writing that if for any reason they are unable to keep or care for their pet, the pet will be surrendered back to our rescue and not attempt to re-home, turn over to a shelter, pound, rescue, new owner, sell, etc..

All TAP dogs must be vaccinated, microchipped, and sterilized unless a veterinarian provides a waiver citing due to medical (or legitimate) reasons, it's not recommended.

Our adoption fees vary from $125-200.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.