VCA’s Veterinary Excellence and Community Support


VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center in San Diego works closely with referring primary care veterinarians to deliver the best medical care for pets and the best experience for pet owners. Their specialists provide the most advanced veterinary medical equipment and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best care available.

VCA Charities is supporting the joy of pet ownership to people by helping pets. Through grants and partnerships with shelters and animal welfare organizations, they help remove barriers to pet ownership and help keep pets in loving homes by funding emergency and specialty veterinary care; supporting adoption readiness and surrender prevention programs; enabling the care and feeding of pets belonging to underserved families; and, responding to our local communities in crisis.

For the past 21 years, every police service dog at the San Diego Police Department has been purchased with funds donated by the community through the San Diego Police Foundation. VCA is proud to support the great work these specialized canines safeguard at public events, find missing persons, locate evidence, de-escalate dangerous situations, prevent shootings, and preserve life.

Did you know SDPD’s K9 Unit has been recognized as one of the best canine teams in the country? Last year, the K9 Unit responded to approximately 21,000 calls, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire city, benefiting all our communities. Approximately 195 times per year, canines are credited with being the exclusive reason a suspect surrender. San Diego Police K9 Handlers deploy their dogs about 2,165 times per year with only 1% of interactions resulting in physical contact with the suspect. Most calls are resolved successfully by using the canines as de-escalation tools and psychological deterrents.

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Esteban Villanueva