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By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Enzo, our campaign poster dog, is available for adoption at the County's Carlsbad animal shelter

May 23, 2023 (San Diego) - Sometimes someone rescues an animal and later realizes the animal rescued them right back.

In a salute to military members, veterans and their families, the County Department of Animal Services is offering them free animal adoptions May 26 through May 28. The department is taking part in the Animals for Armed Forces special adoption event over the Memorial Day weekend.

County Animal Services’ two shelter locations in Bonita and Carlsbad, are also throwing in free vaccinations, a spay/neuter, a microchip, dog license (if applicable), and a veterinary exam.

To receive the Memorial Day adoption discount, please bring your photo identification and one of the following:
  • Military ID
  • Dependent ID
  • Veterans ID
  • DD-214 or
  • NGB Form 22


To find your new “unit partner” pet, browse through the County shelters’ lovable animal inventory. You will find cats, dogs, bunnies, and pigs available for adoption now on the Adoptions page. Animal Services staff recommend picking out a second and third choice too, just in case your first choice is already adopted.
Walk-in hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at both the South Shelter, 5821 Sweetwater Road in Bonita, or the North Shelter, 2481 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad.
The County Department of Animal Services’ top priority is providing excellent care in its shelters while finding good homes for every healthy and treatable animal. While the goal is to find the right fit for animals and their permanent adopter to form a lasting and loving bond, animal fostering is another opportunity for animals to learn how to be in a home and socialize with people and other animals.

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