Although the San Diego Humane Society’s shelter animals come in all different shapes and sizes, many share one common characteristic: their names.
Luna for women and Max for men, to be precise. According to officials, these were the most popular names for pets on their four campuses in 2023.
Bella and Daisy were also in the top three for girls and Milo and Zeus were in the top three for boys. There were 83 male animal names this year with more than 100 in each of the top three names for any gender except Zeus.
The names — among the nearly 32,000 animals that came through the shelter’s doors this year — largely followed last year’s patterns. According to Nina Thompson, spokeswoman for the organization, Luna and Max were the most popular pet names in 2022 and the five years prior. This is, in part, due to some animals being held by the organization for more than a year.
For example, Thompson said a dog named Luna Mae has been with the organization for more than 700 days, and another dog named Daisy has been with the organization for more than 400 days.
To help these animals, as well as the more than 450 total pets currently available for adoption at local shelters, the Humane Society announced that it will be accepting adoptions for dogs 7 months and older through Sunday. The fee will be reduced to $24. Adoption fees will be fully waived for active duty military members, families and veterans.
“It’s incredibly important for us to raise awareness of the many wonderful pets in our care who deserve a second chance,” Thompson said. “We truly hope that our community will choose to adopt or foster to improve the lives of animals.”
To learn more about adopting a pet from the organization, visit sdhumane.org.