County Animal Shelter - Santee

Project Contact: Mark Zabonik | mark.zabonik@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 357-7281


What is happening?

Santee Animal Shelter Aerial Map

The County of San Diego is currently in design for a new 20,000 square feet Animal Care Shelter in the City of Santee.

The County is planning to build an animal shelter spanning approximately 21,250 square feet. The shelter will be located on a four-acre parcel of vacant County-owned land within the city of Santee, specifically 500 feet west of the Riverview Parkway and Magnolia Avenue intersection (APN 381-050-69-00).

Santee Animal Shelter

The project includes the construction of a single shelter building and auxiliary barn structures, which will feature a secured and open courtyard, an outdoor livestock area, activity yards, a secured staff parking lot, and a public parking lot. Access to both parking lots will be facilitated by a single driveway connecting to Riverview Parkway.

Inside the shelter, there will be designated areas for an animal clinic, administration, and adoption services, including a small community room. The project also encompasses off-site improvements, such as the addition of a serpentine sidewalk and landscape enhancements along the Riverview Parkway frontage.

When is it happening?

Construction is scheduled to commence in June 2024 and is expected to be completed by November 2025.

A little background

Current animal shelter in Bonita was built in 1974.

  • The building and its equipment are nearing the end of their useful life.
  • Animal care support spaces need updating to meet current industry standards.

New state-of-the-art animal shelter in Santee

  • Location provides a better geographical area of coverage for the East and South County, where most services are needed.
  • The new facility will be more efficient and provide a safer environment for department staff, the animals, and the public.

Some Animal Shelter services

  • Animal intake & care during local disaster events
  • Affordable spay/neuter, vaccinations, and basic pet wellness services for the public
  • Emergency response deployment hub
  • Pet adoption

Animal Shelter local opportunities

  • Locally accessible basic pet medical & care services (including pet food pantry)
  • Public Art competition
  • Local and Highschool teen volunteering
  • Classroom learning activities
    • Dog training
    • Immunization/microchipping events
  • Fire evacuation site