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The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (CVACF) takes in approximately 6,000 homeless animals each year from Chula Vista, National City and Lemon Grove.  Animals housed at the shelter receive personalized care and comprehensive medical treatment to keep them safe and healthy.  

  • One of our biggest priorities is reuniting lost pets with their owners. Approximately 20% of our animal intake returns home. Last year over 800 animals were reclaimed or returned to their owners.
  • When animals do not return home we work hard to find a new home for them. Over 60% of our animal intake is rehomed. Almost 2,000 animals are adopted each year from our facility and over 700 are transferred to other partnering shelters that have the available space and/or special resources.
  • Animal control officers ensure the safety of people and animals in the community. They respond to all sorts of calls from a stray alligator, to a hoarder case, to a tree stranded cat. They respond 24/7 365 a year to animal related emergencies.  On a daily basis they counsel and advise pet owners on welfare issues that have been brought to our attention. Our dispatch receives over 10,000 calls per year.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet helps with the serious pet overpopulation problem in San Diego.   As a result of donated contributions CVACF is able to offer free spay/neuter clinics for low income residents.  Last year we offered approximately 500 free surgeries.  Our medical staff also performs spay/neuter surgeries at County shelters. They perform over 140 days of surgery at County shelters.
  • In addition to caring for animals, we also work with the community through outreach, education, enforcement and humane services. CVACF educates the community about responsible pet ownership to help reduce the number of homeless pets.

Learn more about the services we provide here. Visit our most recent Annual Report for more information on how we are doing.

San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition

The San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition comprises seven local animal shelters, which consistently exceeds standards of care to save more lives – making us one of the strongest animal coalitions in the nation and a leader in the humane treatment of animals. The SDAWC member organizations work together for the purpose of saving animal lives, preventing animal suffering and eliminating animal abandonment. It includes the following organizations:

  • Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
  • Coronado Animal Care Facility
  • El Cajon Animal Shelter
  • Friends of Cats
  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society
  • San Diego County Department of Animal Services
  • San Diego Humane Society


As a member of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition we share the following report to gauge how we are doing towards saving animal lives.  The statistics focus on a “Live Release Rate,” which is the percentage of pets that leave shelters alive. When comparing statistics be mindful of the type of shelter. The percentage can be lower in an open-admission shelter like ours because we take in every stray animal in our jurisdiction regardless of health, age, and behavior. The terminology used in the table follows the definitions prescribed by the Asilomar Accords and the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition.
Most Recent Quarterly Asilomar Report for the SDAWC
FY19 Asilomar Report  for the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility

Getting to Zero

Together, the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition has been working towards “Getting to Zero,” a movement to eliminate the need for unnecessary euthanasia of homeless pets in San Diego. These seven shelters have committed to working together to transfer homeless pets between organizations and find solutions for each individual animal. The coalition achieved zero euthanasia in July 2015, marking the first time in San Diego County’s history -- and the nation’s top 10 largest cities -- that no healthy or treatable animals will be in danger of being euthanized.

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