San Diego Humane Society and SPCA merges with Escondido Humane Society

SAN DIEGO - The merger of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA with the Escondido Humane Society became official Tuesday.

The new organization retains the San Diego chapter's name, and the inland North County location is called the Escondido campus. Officials hope the merged Humane Society will be able to provide more services and care for animals.

"We have been eagerly anticipating this day because we know how combining resources will save more of the most vulnerable animals in our community," said Dr. Gary Weitzman, the president and CEO. "Our organizations have been working together to save homeless pets in San Diego County for quite some time but now we can make an even greater impact together."

Sally Costello, who ran the Humane Society in Escondido, will spend the next six months ensuring a smooth transition as vice president of strategic initiatives.

"This merger enables us to increase both efficiency and effectiveness, which translates into more animals being saved," Castillo said.

The San Diego Humane Society has facilities in San Diego, 5500 Gaines St.; Oceanside, 2905 San Luis Rey Road and 572 Airport Road; and now Escondido, 3450 E. Valley Parkway.

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