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Orson’s recovery update – Friday, July 14th

Here’s the latest update on Orson. He’s the dog we began telling you about three months ago when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society raised funds to pay for a surgery that would stretch a bone in his leg so he could walk without pain. A few days ago Orson had an appointment with his surgeon, Dr. Joshua Jackson, at Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Dr. Jackson removed the fixator (that’s the device that was stretching his leg bone.)

X-rays showed that the surgery and follow up treatment have been successful. Orson is expected to remain under medical care in the home of a RCHS foster care volunteer for another month.

His next medical appointment is scheduled for the first week of August. If all goes as expected Orson will be available for adoption after that.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or to search our adoptable animals online, please Click Here.

A message from Brian Cook, Manager of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop

For the past month, we’ve been giving you updates on our progress of making this the first fiscal year with $1-million in sales at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop.

The fiscal year ended on Friday, June 30th. On Friday morning Brian sent this message to the RCHS staff and volunteers.

Hello Everyone,

We are ridiculously close. With one day left we are at $995,500 in sales. We need $4500 to make the goal. Our average is 3k and our highest day ever is $4300. I will send out an e-mail at the end of the day with the final total.

How closely was Brian monitoring sales at the Thrift Shop? Here’s the message he sent out just 17 minutes after the Shop closed for the day and for the fiscal year.

The final tally was $997,850.00! Thanks for all your support. What a fantastic year! We are looking forward to breaking the 1M barrier next year!

As Brian is constantly reminding us, the best part of his job is that every donation and every item sold helps the animals. The money raised at the Thrift Shop helps people and animals when they need it most. We have to be successful. Every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®

Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop is at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. If you have items to donate you can drop them off at the Thrift Shop or call 760-753-0970 to arrange for pick up. Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook:

2017 Events and Activities

The Events Calendar isn’t half empty. It’s still half full!


Every day presents new opportunities to save a life, change a life, keep a family together, or teach a lesson. We take advantage of these opportunities. Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

1: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
4: Independence Day (RCHS closed)
6: International Kissing Day (Smooch your Pooch)
15-21: Rabbit Week (Visit the Rabbitat)
15: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
21: No Pet Store Puppies Day (This should be EVERY DAY!)
23: Parents’ Day (Hello! This includes pet parents)
29: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

5: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
8: International Cat Day
13: Meet dogs from RCHS at the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
13-19: Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week. (Donate to the Pet Food Bank)
19: NBC Clear the Shelters Day
      Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
      International Homeless Animals Day
25: National Secondhand Wardrobe Day – Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop
26: National Dog Day

Happy Cat Month
National Pet Memorial Month – Buy a brick at the Military Working Dog Memorial in honor of your pet
2: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
4: Labor Day (RCHS Closed)
10: National Hug Your Hound Day
      Pet Rock Day (Rocks need love, too. Or do they?)
      Grandparents’ Day (Including Pet Grandparents!)
16: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
      Puppy Mill Awareness Day
19: Talk like a Pirate Day (Yes. We know this is a dumb holiday)
24-30: National Dog Week
30: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Learn how the Animal Safehouse Program at RCHS is the Safety Net for the animal victims of Domestic Violence.
1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week
4: Blessing of the Animals Day / World Animal Day
7: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
21: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
      Celebration of Second Chances
29: National Cat Day
31: Halloween (Keep your critters indoors and safe)

Adopt a Senior Pet Month
4: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
5: Daylight Saving Time Ends (Be patient with your pets)
5-11: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
7: Election Day (Are Demo-Cat or Re-Pup-Lican?)
10: Veterans Day (Visit the Military Working Dog Memorial at RCHS)
18: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
23: Thanksgiving (RCHS Closed)

2: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
3: Encinitas Holiday Parade
12-20: Chanukah
13: December Fetch (abbreviated version)
15: Cat Herders Day
       National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (Visit the Thrift Shop)
16: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
15-17:  RCHS joins CRC in “Holiday Food Baskets for Pets”
24: Christmas Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)
25: Christmas Day (RCHS Closed)
26-1/1:  Kwanzaa
30: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
31: New Year’s Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)

How Can We Reach a Million?

Holy cow! We are SO close, but we won’t know for sure for a few more days.

If you follow your Rancho Coastal Thrift Shop on Facebook you know that the Shop is within reach of an all-time record of $1- Million in sales!

Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook tells us, “It will be the first time in the 57 year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop.”

If you haven’t been following the Thrift Shop on Facebook, let’s back up. On June 1st Brian sent this message to the volunteers:

Wow!  $93,000. May was the first month ever that sales were over 90k! Even better, May’s success put us back on track towards our march to $1,000,000.  

Including May, sales are at $906,000 for this fiscal year that ends June 30th. If we can duplicate May’s success in June we will break $1,000,000 in sales!  

This year has been an incredibly successful year for the Shop, thanks to all of your support and hard work.  Congratulations on an amazing month!

A million bucks! What would we do with that much money?

It will help to pay for:

  • Spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations
  • Humane Education materials for children
  • Dog, cat and rabbit food for the pets in our kennels, cattery, and rabbitat
  • Pet Assisted Therapy visits
  • The safety net of the Animal Safehouse Program
  • Stocking the shelves in the Community Pet Food Bank

Please take a few minutes to go through your closets, drawers, and garage to see if there are items you no longer use, but can donate to the Thrift Shop.

You can call 760-753-0970 to have a large donation picked up or you can drop it off at the Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. Take time to discover all the hidden treasures and one-of-a-kind items.

With your help, we can do this! At RCHS we believe that failure is not an option. Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow ®

If it doesn’t happen this year, we already know Brian’s goal for next year!

Come see us in July

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We’re not closed very often, but we get the same question every time we are. “What happens to the animals?”
Nothing to worry about There will still be people here to care for the animals and make sure none of them miss their holiday meals. For more information about any of our programs and services for people and animals or to learn how you can become a volunteer call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, July 9th from noon to 3 PM at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. This year’s 5k Paw Walk in the Garden began and ended at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. It was such a success that they’re inviting us back.  For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, July 16th during PETCO Park Adoption Sunday at 100 Park Blvd. in San Diego. This is one of the funnest (funnest? Is that even a word?) events that we take part in every summer. It’s your opportunity to see the San Diego Padres host the San Francisco Giants and meet dogs that need families when you visit the RCHS booth in Park at the Park. If you make it to the game, be sure to watch the big screen for the dogs we’re taking. For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

Click Here to view additional events taking place later this year.

One of the Funnest (Funnest?) Days of the Year is Also Dangerous for Pets

There’s nothing independent about Independence Day for a family whose pet has run away. It quickly turns one of the best days of the year into one of the worst days of your life. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is reminding pet owners that more American pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.

“The best thing you can do is prevent it from happening,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “Most dogs don’t want to watch fireworks. It’s loud. It echoes. No matter where they go there’s more noise…so they keep running. Leave them home.”

If you go to a fireworks display, DO NOT leave pets outdoors…even in a fenced yard. A dog can climb a 6 foot fence if it’s scared enough. Leave pets indoors in a secure area. Turn on the radio or TV. Some pets need medication to deal with the stress.

Many pets escape by pulling out of their collars. If they don’t have a microchip, they have no identification. (Mom always said not to leave home without I.D..) Your best bet is a collar AND a microchip with current, accurate information.  

If your pet does run away on the 4th of July, John says, “Contact the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. Be patient. It’s their busiest day of the year. Post a notice with a photo on Craig’s List, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Give enough information to be contacted, but not too much that makes you a scam victim.”

If you FIND a lost pet, it’s probably scared. If it has a collar and identification, contact the owner. If not, get it into an enclosed area and contact County Animal Services.

John says 4th of July picnics can be dangerous for pets. “It’s hot, they beg, and they bark. People put them in a hot car or tie them to a bumper. Emergency hospitals treat dogs that burn their paws on hot coals, touch their noses to grills, choke on chicken bones, and swallow kebab skewers. Leave them home.”

RCHS warns owners that dogs can burn their paws on a hot sidewalk, pavement, or sand and that a dog can over-heat at the beach, as well as anywhere else. Make sure that your dog has access to shade, something safe to stand or lay on, and plenty of water.

For more information about keeping pets safe during the 4th of July visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or call 760-753-6413.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day. Keep your pets at home. Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

It’s never too late to adopt a shelter cat

The calendar is very specific. It says June is “Adopt A Shelter Cat Month.”

All we can say is, “Whoop Dee Doo!”

While we totally agree that it’s a good idea to create a month when we specifically encourage people to adopt shelter cats, that’s what we do every day at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. And we don’t stop on July first.

We went online to get input from some experts.

  • One guy said the month is to help get more cats into homes.
  • Another said it was about a lifetime of health care for cats.
  • There was one comment that it was so you could be friends for life.

Okay. We don’t disagree with any of this. These are the goals every day at RCHS.

Our goals are to match the needs of each pet with the desires of its new family.

We don’t want to keep them. Through our FOCAS program, there are always more cats that need our help. In fact, about 90% of the cats and kittens adopted from RCHS have been transferred here from other shelters or rescues through FOCAS.  

We want to get them out of the cattery and into their homes. In their new homes, we instruct and expect their new families to provide a lifetime of care. And the most wonderful part of all this is that, when you adopt a cat from RCHS and you take it home, you both have friends for life…each other.

As we said…every day is Adopt A Shelter Cat Day at RCHS.

If you’re reading this and it’s already past June 30th…come see us anyway. Find that cat or kitten who reaches out its paw and touches your heart. Then take it home.

Shhh. Even if it’s July or August or November, your secret’s safe with us.

For more information about adopting a cat or kitten (at any time of year) visit the Cattery and Kittery at Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to

Click Here to view Dolly, one of the cats available for adoption today at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Or Click Here to view a list of all available cats for adoption.

They don’t all go home

When your Rancho Coastal Humane Society began the Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) in 1997 it was designed to serve as a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. It was a temporary solution to what was, in some cases, a permanent problem.

“With every situation, we learned more about how to help the clients and their pets,” says ASP Director Amy Silveira. “When we started it seemed pretty simple. Take the pets. Give the human victims 90 days to get to a safe place. Then give the pets back.”

Amy says that it became evident that 90 days was not long enough in many cases. “Some of these people had been victims for years. Their scars weren’t just on the outside. They ran deep. It wasn’t just the person who had been physically beaten. It was the children who had to watch or run to save their own lives.”

One day Amy was consulting with a badly bruised young lady and her mother who helped her escape. She offered that ASP could take the woman’s dog for 90 days or the young victim could surrender the dog and it would become available for adoption. By the end of the 90 days, the dog would, most likely, be settled into its new home where it would never be a victim or a witness of domestic violence again.

“You could see some of the tension leave her face. In addition to being afraid her abuser would find her, she was afraid for her dog and already worried about how she would be able to care for it in three months. As soon as we gave her the option she jumped at it. Her dog was adopted within a few days. The woman was able to escape. The chain of violence was broken.”

“Whenever possible, we reunite the owner and pet,” says Amy. “But when it’s in the best interest of all parties for us to find the pet a new home and take the pressure off the human victims, that’s what we do. It was a tough lesson to learn, but they don’t all go home. Some of them go to newer, better, safer homes. We save them.”

There is never a charge to clients of the Animal Safehouse Program.  RCHS is able to provide these lifesaving services because of you and your generosity.

Help us save lives. For more information visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to

If you know a victim with a pet who is ready to accept our help and escape, please have them contact ASP at 760-753-6476.

Be careful what we wish for


There’s that old saying to “Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true.”  It began as a curse. Back then it was worded, “May you get what you wish for.”

The gist of it is that we all have wishes. Unfortunately, we don’t always consider the consequences and the responsibilities of having our wishes come true. reports that most people wish for the same ten things:

  • Health
  • Money
  • The fundamentals (food, shelter, and medical treatment)
  • Love
  • To change ourselves
  • Fame
  • Sex
  • Peace
  • Freedom
  • Happiness

As you’re reading this, we just have one wish at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We wish you would take a minute to scan this month’s Wish List. If you have something we need to help the animals, please let us know.

Maybe you don’t have a particular item on the Wish List, but you would like to make a donation to help buy what we need. Come visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or Click Here to visit our online donation page.

Thank you!

(Here’s the part where we wish you would take a look at the Wish List.)

How Can One Little Dog Create So Much Love?

We introduced you to Orson a couple months ago. We told you how he had been adopted then returned. One of the bones in his right, front leg was too short. Because of that issue, it was wearing away his knee and causing another problem in his right rear leg.

Normally we would be able to schedule the surgery he needed within a short time. Unfortunately, we had spent most of the reserves in our Medical Fund treating more than two dozen dogs that had been transferred to us after being rescued from puppy mills in the Midwest.

As one of our donors tells us from time to time, “All you have to do is ask.”

We asked. You responded. And Dr. Joshua Jackson performed the surgery to lengthen the bone in Orson’s leg! (Thank you Dr. Jackson!)

Orson is still in foster care in the private home of a RCHS volunteer. Dr. Jackson continues to monitor him. In the beginning, Orson’s foster care provider took him to Veterinary Specialty Hospital every four days for check-ups. As Orson continues to improve, his visits to the hospital aren’t as often. In fact, one of the hardest jobs for his foster caregiver is keeping Orson from being too active.

Thank you for the donations you’ve made and the donations you continue to make to help give Orson the life he deserves.

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Our Pet Assisted Therapy Volunteers are Pretty Doggone Excited

Summer is usually a pretty slow time of year for our Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) volunteers and their dogs. Mary Pilon is the Volunteer Coordinator at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She tells us that PAT is super busy this summer and the volunteers and their dogs couldn’t be more excited about it.

“We’re very careful when it comes to transporting the dogs to their therapy visits during the summer,” says Mary. “There’s hot pavement and parking lots to consider. If we’re in an outdoor setting we need to make sure the dogs have plenty of shade and water. Since many of our visits are to schools and colleges that are closed during the summer our schedule has traditionally been a little bit lighter. This year…not so much.”

“In addition to any regularly scheduled visits, the PAT volunteers and their dogs are taking part in our summer Animal Camp. The campers learn about training and socialization. They ask so many interesting questions about the dogs. They ask about their breeds, their ages, how long they’ve had their dogs, and how much training it takes for a PAT dog.”

Mary says that the message of our successful PAT program made it all the way to Encinitas City Hall. “We were contacted by a representative of the city asking for more information about PAT and how the children benefit from the dog visits. By the end of the conversation, they invited us to take part in the summer camp operated by the city. I sent out a message to our PAT volunteers to see if they were interested. The response was overwhelming. So, this summer, our PAT volunteers and their dogs will be visiting the city camp to share their experiences and teach lessons in humanity.”

Why is it so important that the dogs are attending the city-run camp? Mary says, “Lots of these kids don’t have access to pets. Some live in apartments, condos, or Homeowners Associations that don’t allow pets. These visits by PAT dogs are an opportunity to change their lives and open up their worlds to the love of animals.”

RCHS never charges for PAT visits, but we do accept donations to cover costs.
For more information about Pet Assisted Therapy or how you can volunteer or support this program, visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or call 760-753-6413.


It’s a Small Decision that is Saving Lives

You might have seen this on TV a couple weeks ago. If you didn’t see it this summer you’ve probably seen it sometime during the last 17 years when RCHS Public Relations Director John Van Zante locked himself in a shelter van with a thermometer to demonstrate how quickly temperatures can rise to deadly levels.

John says, “On a hot day a quick stop at a convenience store can be deadly for a dog, child, elderly person, or others with medical issues. Common sense can save a life. The temperature in a closed vehicle can rise as much as 30 degrees in less than 5 minutes. In the time it takes to go into a store and buy a loaf of bread, the temperature in your vehicle can go from comfortable to deadly.”

That was the case on June 15th when John got into the van accompanied by some local TV reporters. “It was 80 degrees in the van when we got in, closed the doors, and rolled up the windows. In one minute and 26 seconds, the temperature rose to 110. That’s 30 degrees in less than a minute and a half.”

“Most people know that it gets really hot in a closed vehicle. The danger is that they have no idea how hot it gets and how quickly it happens. The temperature in the van hit 162 degrees later that afternoon. Anything inside would have died.”

Dogs don’t sweat. They pant. When the air in a closed vehicle is near their body temperature of around 103 degrees, it can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include rapid panting, reddening of their gums and the skin inside the ears, vomiting, and diarrhea. If this occurs, take your dog to a cool place and offer it sips (not drinks) of water. Dampen the dog with cool (not cold) water.

If you discover the symptoms too late or the initial treatment isn’t enough your dog could suffer heat stroke. Organs will shut down. Get emergency veterinary care. A dog may seem disoriented and walk like it’s drunk. Other symptoms include Confusion, Drooling, Dry gums, Lethargy, Loss of consciousness, Rapid heartbeat, Bleeding, Refusal to drink, and a Body temperature of 105 degrees or more.

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat stroke, hose it down with cool (not cold) water then rush him to the nearest vet (even if it’s not your regular vet.).

RCHS Volunteer Coordinator Mary Pilon videotaped part of the demonstration and gave lifesaving tips. The video is available for viewing on our Facebook.

Thank you for supporting the lifesaving work of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Pet of the Month – Louie

Louie is the Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He’s a 10 week old, 6-1/2 pound, neutered, male. Terrier / Pug mix.

We’re not exactly sure what you call a Terrier / Pug. It might be a “Tug.” But then again, it could also be a “Perrier.”

Louie has two brothers named Huey and Dewey. Sound familiar? Those were the names of Donald Duck’s triplet nephews.

Remember that a puppy is a lifetime commitment. Training for both you and your new puppy needs to start immediately. This includes socialization with people and other dogs so your puppy grows up to be a happy, friendly, well-adjusted dog. There’s a $50 training deposit for puppies 6 months and younger. When you bring back your certificate proving that your puppy has passed training, you can get your $50 refunded or leave it as a donation to help other animals.

Louie (and Huey and Dewey) were transferred to RCHS through our Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program.

The $195 adoption fee for Louie (or Huey or Dewey) includes a medical exam, vaccinations, neuter, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or Click Here to view Louie’s profile page.

Kennels and Cattery are open for adoptions between 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day but are closed on Tuesdays.

If I buy tickets…What are you gonna do with my money?

One of the new volunteers at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society has been hearing about the Celebration of Second Chances. It’s not coming up until October 21st, but it’s almost always a topic of conversation.

She asked, “If I buy a ticket, where does the money go?”

  • It supports our Pet Adoption program that finds homes for nearly 1000 dogs, cats, and rabbits each year.
  • Our Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program rescues pets from crowded shelters and rescues where, in some cases, they had no future.
  • Our all-volunteer Foster Care Program provides housing for animals that have been injured or abused and those that need medical care or socialization.
  • Summer Animal Camp is underway in our Humane Education program. Your money is teaching humanity to tomorrow’s leaders.
  • When a Domestic Violence victim calls our Animal Safehouse Program in the middle of the night it can be a matter of life and death. You make that possible.
  • The Community Pet Food Bank provides pet food and other supplies for people who would be forced to give up their pets without our help.
  • Our Pet Assisted Therapy program brings unconditional love to extended care facilities, autistic children, stressed out students, and children struggling to read.
  • The RCHS Thrift Shop made re-cycling “cool” ten years before the first Earth Day. All profits from the Thrift Shop come directly back to the Shelter.

When you buy your ticket to the Celebration of Second Chances you’re saving lives today and making dreams come true for people and animals who have no hope.

  • Premier tickets are $200 per person. Become a VIP for $300. That’s only $8 more per month over the course of a year.
  • Buy at either level by July 31st and you save 20%.

Buy VIP tickets to the 2017 Celebration by September 15th and you can submit two, high quality photo files of your pet. Names will be entered into a drawing. Artist Amy Burkman will paint the winner’s pet’s 36 X 36 portrait “Live” at the Celebration. All VIP guests who submit photos will see their pet’s photos on the Celebration slide show.

We hope that answers your questions. For more information visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or buy your tickets right now by Clicking Here.

It has no fur. It can’t purr or woof. But we really need it

There are usually specific needs in the stories we tell you about the Medical department at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We told you about the tiny baby kittens that were abandoned and the dog that needed emergency surgery.
Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “We’re never caught up. Since 90% of our animals are transferred to us from other shelters or rescues through our FOCAS program, there are always new medical needs. Now we need to talk about old problems that can avoid future problems.”

Like what?

“We’re never going to hug it, but we really need a new scale. The old one isn’t accurate anymore and that’s not good for the animals. It costs about $700.”
Okay. Anything else?

“When we perform dental cleanings and other procedures we need a sturdy stool. We need a chair that supports the person spending all those hours sitting with their fingers in the mouth of a dog or cat. Teeth cleaning can save a life. The chair is only $134.” Justin says they also need two “Bear Hugger” blankets to comfort and keep animals warm after surgery. Those are about $100 each. Some of our surgical instruments are worn out or broken. That’s between 600 and 800 dollars to replace them.
Our microchip scanners can help us get a stray cat or dog back home. A frightened dog or cat can freak out and send them flying. We really need to replace our scanners. They run $375 to $400 each.

There are other pieces of equipment that need to be replaced, but these are good items to start with. Check with your accountant about the tax deductions you’ll receive when you replace a lifesaving piece of medical equipment.

As it says in the title, it can’t purr or woof. What it can do is make sure that the animals under our care get the chances they deserve. Every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®
For more information or to tell us how you want to help visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or call 760-753-6413.

Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal Update – 1 week left and just $27,526 to go!

What’s a guy gotta do to get a helping paw?

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea is close to reaching $1-million in sales by the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. It will be the first time in the 57 year history of the Thrift Shop.
Manager Brian Cook opened the Thrift Shop on Friday morning, June 23rd needing $27,526 to reach the goal.
Please plan a trip to the Shop between now and the end of the month. Proceeds from the Thrift Shop help feed the animals, pay for medical care, educate children, feed the pets of seniors and veterans, and provide a safety net for the animal victims of domestic violence. Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook. For more information call the Shop at 760-753-0970.

Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal Update 2 – $47,650 to go!

We’re so close…And we still need your help!

For the first time since it opened in 1960 your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea could paw-sibly pass $1-million in sales for the fiscal year ending June 30th! (Click Here to view the original post).
We’re at $952,350 with two weeks to go. It’s a reachable goal…with your help.

Money raised by the Thrift Shop is used to help the people and animals served by RCHS.

  • It pays for spay and neuter surgeries.
  • Medical care and training for animals rescued from puppy mills and overcrowded shelters.
  • Pet Assisted Therapy visits to seniors in extended care facilities.
  • Rescue for the animal victims of domestic violence.
  • Humane education for today’s children who will become tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Food and other supplies from our Community Pet Food Bank that help keep families together.

Please stop by the Thrift Shop. If you haven’t been there in a while you’re in for a really pleasant surprise! Take a friend. Ask about the new RCHS Thrift Shop Gift Cards. Click Here to view more information about the Thrift Shop.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.

Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal Update – $69,100 to go!

We still have a long way to go and we need your help.

Last week we told you that the Thrift Shop is only $93,000 short of $1-million in sales for the fiscal year that ends on June 30th (Click Here to view the original post). After one week we’re at $930,900. That’s $69,100 to go!

This money helps find homes for animals, educate children, pay for spay and neuter surgeries, care for the pets of domestic violence victims, and so much more.

Please lend a helping paw! Clean out a closet or your garage then donate your unused items to the Thrift Shop. When you drop off your donations, browse through the antiques, jewelry, electronics, and one of a kind items.

Buy a Thrift Shop gift certificate for yourself or for someone else. They make great birthday, anniversary, or even Christmas presents. Watch for Thrift Shop sales items on eBay, Click Here to view current auction items.

Together… we can do this. Together… we save Lives.


Update on Orson’s recovery

The surgeon continues to monitor him following the surgery to lengthen a bone in his leg. He’s been going in every four days. We’re hoping that with the progress he’s made, the check-ups can be cut back to once every two weeks.

He remains in private foster care with a Rancho Coastal Humane Society volunteer. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a foster volunteer, please Click Here.

Thank you for the donations you’ve made and the donations you continue to make to help give Orson the life he deserves. If you would like to donate to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society today, please Click Here.