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There’s No Such Thing as Average for the Animal Safehouse Program

Anything is possible when you ask Amy Silveira what’s going on in the Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Earlier this week she told us two new success stories.

“We have a new partnership with Dogs on Deployment,” says Amy, who is Director of ASP. “It began when a veteran asked us for help after he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction. In the past, those would have been treated separately. Now he’ll have six months of treatment to address both issues. The problem was what to do with his one-year-old Great Dane while he was receiving treatment.”

Dogs on Deployment referred the veteran to Amy and ASP.

“When he was due to begin treatment he put his faith in Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He took the dog to a boarding facility and gave them his last $100. On the dog’s last day, he contacted us to ask for help. We became his advocates, convincing the boarding facility to keep the dog until we could make other arrangements.”

Amy learned that the Great Dane was not only a pet, he was a service dog. “Knowing that the dog would be vital to the veteran’s recovery, we contacted the treatment facility and received approval for the dog to stay with the man during treatment. It’s hard to find someone who can take someone else’s dog for six months and that’s a very long time for a dog to stay in a kennel or boarding facility. Working together with Dogs on Deployment, we were able to keep this family together.”

The next step for ASP was to find other ways to help veterans and active duty military. “Again working with Dogs on Deployment, we expanded the RCHS Community Pet Food Bank. On the fourth Thursday of every month we go to the Armed Services YMCA in Tierrasanta. Many of the military families and veterans struggle financially. In some cases they have to decide if they get to eat or if they feed their pets. In other cases they give up their pets because they can’t afford food. Thanks to this partnership between Dogs on Deployment, ASP, and the Community Pet Food Bank, that’s one less problem for them to deal with and they can keep their families together.”

There is never a charge for the care of ASP pets. We need your help.

For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program created by Rancho Coastal Humane Society log on to www.sdpets.org, call 760-753-6413, or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, CA.

Hey Buddy. Can you spare a cup of kibbles?

There are three frogs sitting on a log. One of them decides to jump off. How many frogs are still sitting on the log?

The answer is Three. All that frog did was make a decision.He didn’t take action.

When your Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened the Community Pet Food Bank we started like the three frogs. We decided to help people who couldn’t afford to feed their cats, dogs, and other pets. We knew that our clients would be senior citizens, veterans, members of the military, families struggling to make ends meet, and homeless people who took better care of their pets than themselves.

Then, we took the leap. We gathered food, leashes, collars, toys and flea treatment then set the date for a grand opening.

On opening day we were expecting to be flooded with dozens of people. But, by the time we closed, there had only been three people who came for our help.

If we had never taken that leap of faith, those three original clients of the Community Pet Food Bank might have had to make the choice of whether to feed themselves or feed their pets. They might have been forced to give up their pets. They might not have told their friends who told their friends who told their friends.

We might not have added RCHS Community Pet Food Banks in eastern San Diego County, at the Community Resource Center, or at the Armed Services YMCA in Tierrasanta. We might not have gone on to help struggling families at Christmas during the Holiday Baskets event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

But, unlike that frog, we jumped.

We love the quote from Peter Marshall that says, “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”

The Community Pet Food Bank at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is keeping people and their pets together…one small deed at a time…thousands of times every month.

We need your support. For information or to make a donation to the Community Pet Food Bank call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Your Helping Paws (and Wings of Rescue) are Saving This Little Angel

The first puppy off the plane when the Wings of Rescue flight landed in San Diego on Valentine’s Day was a bright-eyed, Shepherd mix named Hogan. You could hear the collective “Awww” from the TV reporters when the plane door opened.

Animals transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS program…no matter where they came from…start with medical exams, vaccinations, and tests to detect any ailments they might have brought along.

Hogan was an instant favorite. He’s cute and he’ll do anything to make you happy.

His first Heartworm test was negative, but the second test was positive. Medical Manager Justin Pool tells us it’s not unusual. Treatment began right away.

Hogan was on the mend when he began to limp. X-rays showed that he had a previous hairline fracture that had never been treated. Justin says, “We put him in a splint and limited his activity. Because he’s young and healthy, that should allow the bone to heal. If not, surgery is an option, but we would like to avoid that.”

Hogan is not the only animal at RCHS that needs medical care. Justin says there are others awaiting follow-up tests and treatment. For that, we need your help.

Thank you for your donations to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. You’re creating a new life for Hogan and other animals that might not have survived…without you.
Find out how you can help. Visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or long on to www.sdpets.org.

Save the Date to Celebrate!

celejpgWe’re not going to go into lots of details. Mostly what we want you to do is make a note on your calendar, put a reminder on your computer, or set an alarm on your phone.

The 2017 Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will take place on Saturday, October 21st at the world famous Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

This year’s theme is the theme every day at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

“It’s All About The Animals!”

These last couple years at the Celebration we’ve been telling you about how RCHS has grown during our first 50+ years. We’ve shared with you our goals for the future to continue serving the people and animals in the community that has grown around us.

This is the next step as we thank you for your support, thank our volunteers for their tireless efforts, and talk about what’s coming up next.

Here are the details:

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

At the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe

VIP Reception with RCHS President Jim Silveira from 5:00 to 5:30

Hosted Cocktail Hour from 5:30 to 7:00

Dinner and Program from 7:00 to 9:00

Tickets prices:

$300 for VIP level

$200 for individual tickets

Volunteers contact Mary for special pricing options

Do that thing where you Save the Date so you don’t miss the 2017 Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…Where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow, ®

Come see us in April!

Meet dogs available for adoption at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society during “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido” on Thursday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The Flower Fields at 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad. Models wearing designer brands from Carlsbad Premium Outlets will walk down the “Haute Dog” runway with adoptable dogs from RCHS. Friendly dogs are welcome. The $40 entry to the evening of Food, Foam, and Festivities includes the fashion show, beer garden, and food tasting.
Get your tickets online at www.sdpets.org.

Spring Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society runs April 3rd through 7th and April 10th through 14th. Campers take part in games, arts and crafts, and hands-on experiences with animals. Animal Camp fills up fast. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be closed on Sunday, April 16 in observance of Easter.
There will still be people here to care for the animals and make sure none of them miss their holiday meals. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

April 22nd is Earth Day and a great opportunity for you to adopt a recycled dog, cat, or rabbit from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Kennels, cattery, and rabbitat are open 11 to 5 every day but Tuesday.

Earth Day on April 22nd is a great time to visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen 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. And be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday, April 29th and 30th from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Encinitas Spring Street Fair. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

What’s Hoppenin’ with the bunnies?

The bunnies at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society are hip, hoppin’ and happening!

RCHS President Jim Silveira says, “We’ve always had rabbits available for adoption. Some come and go right away. Others have been with us for a few months before we match them with their new families. But recently the Rabbitat has become a busy place with more families visiting and more of the rabbits going to their new homes.”

Olivia Pires is RCHS Customer Service Manager and a self-proclaimed rabbit lover. She recently made the 90 mile trek from Encinitas to Hawthorne to the PetSave Foundation to rescue some rabbits.

Olivia says, “The founder, Bona Tucker, died in January. Without her support, the rescue can no longer continue. Their Crowdfunding page says, ‘Bona Tucker was the owner and founder of the PetSave Foundation, Inc. For over 20 years Bona saved more than 1000 bunnies.’ When Bona died, the rescue had 111 rabbits to place.”

There were about 80 rabbits still in need of homes when Olivia got to PetSave. “We had space here in our Rabbitat to take six of the rabbits and have them transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program. We brought back two single rabbits and two bonded pairs.”

  • Gibbs is a 2-1/2 year old, male, Havana mix. He loves when people pet him.
  • Norman is a 2 year old, male, English Spot Mix. He’s curious and social.
  • Bonded Pair: Baron is a 1-1/2 year old, male, Harlequin Mix and his friend is Freckles, a 1-1/2 year old, female, Dutch Mix. They’ll need a home together where they can continue to rely on each other for companionship.
  • Bonded Pair: Peter is a 1-1/2 year old, male, Dutch Mix and his friend is Leila, a female, Dutch Mix. Peter and Leila shared a pen with two other rabbits, but they were the most bonded and social.

Rabbit adoptions are handled the same as cat or dog adoptions. You can fill out an adoption application, bring a completed application with you, or have an application on file. When you find a rabbit that you want to adopt, you meet with an adoption counselor and spend some time with the bunny. If it looks like a good match, your whole family will meet the rabbit before final approval.

If it’s not a good time for you to adopt a rabbit, dog, or cat, please considering sponsoring one until it is adopted. For more information call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas…where we believe every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®

We Could Teach the Animals to Read….or Let The Kids Read to Them

Given the choice between teaching cats, dogs, and rabbits to read, or inviting a group of First and Second-grade students to read to them, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) decided to give the kids a chance.

On the first Friday of March a dozen students from San Diego Cooperative Charter School in Linda Vista arrived at the shelter. After deciding which animals they wanted to read to, they got down to business. The first group spent half an hour reading to the animals. When their time was up they were replaced by twelve other students.

Lizzie Hart is our RCHS Humane Educator. She says, “This is the first time we have done anything like this and I hope to open it up to more children in the future.”

Who got the most out of it? Lizzie says, “This should be mutually beneficial for the children and the animals. Shelters that have implemented these programs have seen shy dogs gain more confidence and become more comfortable with visitors approaching their kennel.  The children learn empathy and are excited about helping the animals while they practice reading.”

One of our favorite memories of the morning was when two of the students were reading to some cats. The little girl would read a page from her book, then hold it up so the cats could see the pictures. When she noticed that the little boy wasn’t doing the same thing, she reminded him, “Don’t forget to show them the pictures.”

Lizzie says that children who are shy about reading in front of their class don’t have to worry about judgment if they make a mistake or mispronounce a word when they’re reading to a rabbit, dog, or cat. The animals don’t judge them. They snuggle closer to hear the child reading.

If all goes as expected the children from San Diego Cooperative Charter School in Linda Vista will return to RCHS in the future. Lizzie is considering opening up the program to other small groups or classes.

For more information and to learn how you can support Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs benefiting people and animals visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

We Really Hope Your Easter Bunnies Taste Great

Just about the time we think people “get it” that you don’t buy a bunny for Easter, we see an advertisement for some person or pet shop that’s selling bunnies. We have two words for this.

STOP IT!

We don’t mean to stop getting rabbits. They are terrific pets for people who know how to care for them and are prepared for the 8 to 12-year commitment. Unfortunately, most of the bunnies that people buy for Easter (about 95% of them) don’t survive one year.

A few weeks after Easter your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and other shelters and rescues start hearing from people who find stray bunnies in their yards. Some chew out of their pens or burrow under a fence. Some families dump them or let them loose. Tame bunnies don’t know how to protect themselves or find food.

Our friends at the House Rabbit Society remind us that rabbits are not low-maintenance pets. They need at least as much attention as a cat or dog, and sometimes more.

So your kids want an Easter bunny. What do you do? Here are some alternatives:

  • Chocolate Easter Bunnies. Your kids will enjoy them. They’re gone in 10 minutes. And, if you play your cards right, you might even get a bite.
  • Stuffed rabbits. They don’t eat, drink, go to the vet, bite, scratch, or die. When you get tired of them you can put them in the closet or on the shelf.

Let’s be honest. Every parent has heard, “Please! I’ll feed the bunny and clean up and brush it every day!” Some kids are prepared for the responsibility. Others…not so much. Ultimately it’s the parents who will be responsible for any pet. While some rabbits like to cuddle, there are others who don’t. They’re fragile. If they fall, they break. Rabbits are prey animals. They’re timid. Loud noises scare them.

This doesn’t mean nobody should have a rabbit. They can be amazing pets. It just means that parents have to be actively involved in daily care for 8 to 12 years.

Still thinking a bunny is the right pet for your family? Please visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call760-75306413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Another option is to sponsor a bunny on our website until it’s adopted. Bring the kids to the Rabbitat and let them pick the rabbit or rabbits they want to sponsor. They can check online every day for updates. Think of how exciting it will be when “their” bunny is adopted and begins its new life in its new home.

It’s an evening of “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido.”

FFF flier page 1Let’s give you the details first so you can write this on your calendar and buy your tickets.

  • The event is called “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido.”
  • It’s being held on Thursday evening, April 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The Flower Fields at 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad.
  • It will include designer brand clothing from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the beautiful surroundings of the world famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, and dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society accompanying the models down the “catwalk.”

RCHS Events Coordinator Kelly Peters says, “This will be an evening of Food, Foam, and Festivities. Tickets are just $40. That includes your admission to the event, the fashion show, food tasting, and beer garden.”

Where do the dogs fit into all this?

Kelly says, “Every model walking down the ‘Haute Dog’ runway will be accompanied by a dog on a leash or carrying a dog that is available for adoption at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Guests are also welcome to bring their own friendly, well-behaved dogs to Fashion, Flowers, and Fido.”

Once again, here are the nuts and bolts:

  • It’s an evening of Fashion, Flowers, and Fido.
  • It will be held on Thursday evening, April 6th at the Carlsbad Flower Fields.
  • Tickets are $40.
  • It includes fashions from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Food and Beer tasting, and dogs!

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This is expected to be a sold-out event. Don’t miss out on the Food, Foam, and Festivities. Get your tickets online now at www.sdpets.org.

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Why do we even bother to wish?

Image result for cat wishingAs we were updating your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Wish List we started wondering if wishing works. If it does, are we doing it the right way?

We found an article with half a dozen suggestions to be better wishers.

First, the wish needs to be about something that hasn’t happened yet. We can’t wish for the past to be different.

Next, your wishes probably won’t work if they depend on other people to change.

The third tip said that change is possible if there are enough people all wishing for the same thing. Tell others what you wish for and ask them to join you.

Number four said it only takes one person to make a difference. It only takes one person to adopt a pet. One person can make a donation. One customer at the Thrift Shop. One person can change the world for someone else.

Number five reminded us of the old margarine commercial. You can’t fool Mother Nature. Wish for ways to move forward, not ways to beat the natural flow of nature.

The last thing on the list said that wishes can come true, even if we don’t wish them.

For example, a lady called to ask if we were accepting donations to help pay for surgeries. We hadn’t wished for her, but a few days earlier we had learned that one of the dogs needed his hip replaced.

As some of our rescue partners were contacting RCHS asking for help to feed their animals, Greater Good.org called to see if we would help them distribute several tons of cat and dog food to rescue groups.

We can’t even tell you how many times Kelly Peters needed someone to provide foster care for a rabbit, cat or dog and suddenly the good Samaritan showed up at the shelter.

Why do we even bother to wish? Because there are needs to be filled. Because of you and your generosity. And because, at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, we believe that Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

We set a new record in December….and we’re glad it wasn’t all books!

You know that your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea raises funds to support the shelter, but you might not know that Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook, his staff, and volunteers set an all-time sales record in December!

We went to the Thrift Shop to congratulate him, we couldn’t find Brian. What we did see was a box with legs stumbling through the housewares department.

Looking over at Natalia, who had just gotten off the phone with someone who wanted to donate their living room furniture, we asked, “Is that Brian?” She nodded her head then warned us that Brian had already dropped the box twice. Be ready to jump aside.

There was nobody to help him. John was on a ladder setting up a display for several pieces of framed artwork that had just arrived and Other Brian was busy unloading donated bicycles, surf boards, and other sporting goods that he had just picked up.

When we grabbed the end of the box that Brian was carrying, his head popped over the other top. ”Thanks! These books weigh a ton. Well not really a ton. More like 100 pounds. How you doin?”

We came over to congratulate you on your all-time sales record in December.

“It was great,” said Brian. “In December, we set a new sales record of $86,620!  That’s an average of $3,000 in sales per day, every day, rain or shine!  And speaking of rain, even with all the crazy weather sales hit $81,000 in January and $80,000 in February. That’s almost a quarter of a million in sales in three months!”

As Other Brian finished with the sporting goods and began unloading a computer and TV we saw John hang a sign on the framed art work that said, “Your Choice – $5.”

“Jewelry and small appliance sales were through the roof,” said Brian. “Sportswear was also big. For every Chargers shirt that somebody wanted to get rid of there was someone else who wanted to buy it.”

So you’re happy with the way things are going?

Brian responded, “It’s hard to believe that our little shop is within reach of $1,000,000 in sales. The credit goes to the staff and volunteers for their talents, effort and patience. They’re inspiring. And, of course, 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.”

Sometimes Wishes depend on what you need

Every month in Fetch we include the Wish List. Lots of the items on the list are normal supplies that we use every day, every week, or every month.

Some of them are special items that we need for an event. We ask you for supplies that the children will need in Animal Camp. There’s always a need to update and expand our medical equipment.

A few days ago we stopped a couple of the care providers working in our kennels. (Stopping them is a trick in itself. They’re always on the move!) We asked them what they might put on their wish list for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Things that would make it easier for them to care for the cats, dogs, and rabbits.

One of them said we could use a new washer since the one we have breaks down on a regular basis. The other added, “And a new dryer!”

One of them pointed at some shelving that we use to hold dog and cat toys and supplies. “We could really use some new storage bins to replace those.” The other added, “And some heavy duty shelves so they’re not sitting on the ground.”

While this was going on, another care provider was putting a dog back in its kennel after a trip to the exercise yard. As she struggled to put the old padlock on the kennel door, one of them said, “There’s another thing. It might not seem like much, but those locks are opened and locked several times every day. They’re worn out.”

They wanted to know why we were asking about things they wished for. We told them it was for this story in Fetch.

“Please ask people to donate bully sticks for the dogs,” said one. “And toys for the cats,” said the other.

Please take a minute to scan the Wish List. You might already have something we need that’s not on the list. You can also make a donation to help us buy items on the list.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where every animal deserves a tomorrow.®

Yesterday was good…but not as good as tomorrow

One of the reasons why your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop is so successful is because of their team spirit. No. Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook doesn’t show up with pompoms and a marching band. It’s a feeling that everyone is moving forward, together, for the good of the animals. Here’s part of a message that Brian sent a couple weeks ago.

Hello Thrift Shop Volunteers,

I’m excited to announce that we have leased the unit west of the shop. The new space will allow us to bring clothing sorting back on site for the first time in 3 years and eliminate the time and cost of transporting merchandise. I’m very, very excited!

We’ve spent the last two years in Carlsbad and we’ve developed an incredible community of sort room volunteers, many of whom live or work close to that location. I encourage you to try volunteering in the new space. You’ll find the dynamics of the shop invigorating and the new combined community of volunteers and staff even more welcoming. And don’t forget VG Donuts and the beach.

There will be some challenges.  But the end result is going to be amazing.  The expansion will create many new opportunities for the shop. It will improve the experience for customers, donors, volunteers and staff.

Please pass on any ideas, thoughts, or concerns you may have.  We have an incredible community of staff and volunteers and your feedback is needed to make sure this latest change is a success!

Thanks everyone.  It is going to be an exciting year!

Just for the record….Don’t be surprised if Brian shows up with a box of donuts, pom poms, and a marching band. After all…he’s still Brian. And he believes that yesterday was good…but not as good as 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.

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.®

Come See Us!

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Thursday, March 16th from 4 to 6 PM at Madewell in Westfield UTC at 4505 La Jolla Village Drive space #C15.
For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

March is the time to register your little animal lovers for Spring Animal Camp. Spring Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society runs April 3rd through 7th and April 10th through 14th. Campers take part in games, arts and crafts, and hands-on experiences with animals. Animal Camp fills up fast. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

The Community Pet Food Bank at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society needs your donations during the month of March. The Community Pet Food Bank  provides food and other supplies for the pets of senior citizens, families that are working poor, people with disabilities or terminal illnesses, veterans, and members of the homeless community. For more information or to make a donation visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Your Donations are Saving Bernie

Some animals that arrive at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society have had rough starts to their lives. We can’t change what happened to them before they got here. But we can change the future…thanks to you. That’s the case with “Bernie.”

Bernie was adopted from another shelter last September. It was pretty standard. People visited a shelter. Bernie was the one that reached out his paw and touched their hearts. The adoption was approved and everyone thought they would live happily-ever-after.

But Bernie was found stray in January and taken to a veterinary hospital. The good Samaritan who brought him in said they found him under the hood of their car. That’s common for outdoor cats. They’re looking for warm places to sleep.

Since he was stray, Bernie went to the Department of Animal Services. They tried repeatedly to reach Bernie’s family. No response.
A few days later burn marks began to appear on Bernie’s chest, abdomen, armpits, and back. Treatment began immediately. Except for the burn on his back, everything healed. But he will always have some scars.

Bernie is a 1-year-old, male, Tabby with a brown coat. In spite of everything he’s been through, he LOVES people. He’ll be in a foster home for several more weeks. After that, he’ll need a new family….the family that he deserved the first time.

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Thank you for your donations to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. You’re saving the lives of Bernie and other animals that might not have survived…without you.
Find out how you can help. Visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or long on to www.sdpets.org.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Animal Camp is coming up, but that’s not all that’s going on

Earlier this week a guest visiting the cattery and kennels at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society said, “I thought Spring Animal Camp didn’t start until April? What are all these kids doing here?”

They were taking part in our Kids Community Service program.

RCHS Humane Educator Lizzie Hart has some days that aren’t quite as busy as others, but there’s never a slow time. When it’s not time for Animal Camp, it’s time to get ready for the next Animal Camp. Weekends are time for tours and birthday parties. Afternoons bring the youngsters taking part in Kids Community Service. There’s always something going on.

Let’s get back to Spring Animal Camp 2017. Here’s when it’s happening:

Week 1: April 3 – 7
Week 2: April 10 – 14.

Animal Camp is for kids ages 6 to 12 years. It starts at 9:00 in the morning and ends at 4:00 in the afternoon. The cost is $215 for the week.

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Lizzie makes it the perfect combination of fun with life lessons that the campers will be able to use as long as they live.

There are arts and crafts. Campers spend hands-on time with the animals. But more important, at Animal Camp children learn lessons in humanity. It’s an investment in their future, and in the future of the planet.

As we warn you every year at about this time, Spring Animal Camp fills up fast! If you want your kids to come to Spring Animal Camp, you need to enroll them right away!

For more information call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas log on to www.sdpets.org, or e-mail Lizzie at [email protected].

We love it when things work better than we hoped they would

We’ve told you how well prepared we were on the day when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened the Community Pet Food Bank. Fifteen staff members and volunteers stood by, ready to help feed pets whose families couldn’t afford it, and provide medical exams and vaccinations for pets that needed them.

Yep. Fifteen of us. And we took really great care of the three people who came for dog food, veterinary exams, and free vaccinations

Things have changed! We held a free pet vaccination and examination clinic on Saturday, January 21st at the Community Pet Food Bank. Exams were performed by veterinarians from Coastal Animal Hospital. The event is sponsored by the HANA (Help A Needy Animal) Fund.

“We took reservations in advance and took care of as many walk-ins as possible,” says RCHS Volunteer Coordinator Mary Pilon. “But, unlike the first day, this time we were flooded! People began to line up an hour before we opened and we had to stop accepting walk-ins two hours before we closed.”

Mary says the need for the Community Pet Food Bank and the vaccination and examination clinics seems to grow. “The clients are people who share everything with their pets. In many cases, the free vaccination and exam clinics keep families together. Nobody has to give up their best friend just because they can’t afford the cost of a veterinary exam or vaccination.”

Clients of the Community Pet Food Bank include seniors, families working-poor, veterans, active duty military, and members of the homeless community. Mary says, “Every animal deserves a tomorrow. Pets give unconditional love and a sense of normalcy for someone living on the streets, on a fixed income, or struggling financially. These people share their meals or go without food so their pets can eat. Thanks to the Community Pet Food Bank and the free vaccination and examination clinics, they never have to look at their pets again and ask, ‘Who gets to eat today…You or me?’”

For information or to make a donation to support the Community Pet Food Bank call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

We warned you about this a couple months ago

“She always had an excuse for the bruises, the limp, the sore arm, and the puffy eyes.” That’s how a family member recalls the abuse that his cousin endured before she escaped her life of domestic violence. “She said she was clumsy. The cat tripped her. She ran into the door again. It wasn’t until she heard about the Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) and she was able to make sure her pets were safe that she worked up the courage to save herself and her kids. Animal Safehouse saved the lives of her pets. And by doing that it probably saved her life, too.”

A couple months ago in Fetch we explained how reports of domestic violence drop during the holiday season. We also explained that domestic violence doesn’t stop because of the calendar. It’s more that people don’t talk about it. They don’t want to spoil the season. But the reality comes back when the new year begins.

Amy Silveira is Director of ASP. She says, “The words ‘Safe’ and ‘House’ should have the same meaning. But abusers can be husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, children, and sometimes even roommates.”

Amy sees ASP as a net that’s in place to catch the victims of domestic abuse. “When the human victims know that their animals will be safe, they can take the leap of faith. That leap may save their lives and break a chain of violence in their families.”

Why don’t Domestic Violence victims just leave? D. V. shelters take human victims but they’re not equipped to take pets. Victims know that pets left behind often become the new victims. So the human victims stay.

“Thanks to ASP the victims of domestic abuse can leave knowing that their pets will be cared for. Some abusers withhold medical care for pets as a way of controlling their human victims. Once the pets arrive at ASP their vaccinations are brought up to date and they are treated for injuries or illnesses. Whenever possible the pets are reunited with their owners. When that’s not possible, the pets are matched with loving families through the pet adoption program at RCHS.”

Domestic violence didn’t go away. It’s just that the reports took a vacation.

There is never a charge for the care of ASP pets. We still need your help.

For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program created by Rancho Coastal Humane Society log on to www.sdpets.org, call 760-753-6413, or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, CA.

It smelled like a wet dog…but we had a ton of fun at the “5K Paw Walk in The Garden

On the night before the 5th annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” it was pouring rain and the wind was gusting to 40 and 50 miles per hour. The phone kept ringing at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) from people wondering if we were going to cancel. Cancel the only day of the year when families are allowed to walk their dogs through the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) to raise funds that support people, plants, and pets? No way!

“Saturday is the biggest dog walking day of the week in San Diego County,” says Nick Winfrey, RCHS Vice President of Planning and Development. “The 5K Paw Walk in the Garden combines something that people are going to do anyway with the beauty of the gardens. Canceling the event was not even an option.”

Sam Beukema is Education and Events Manager for the Garden. “Unless the weather was dangerous, there was no way we could cancel. In five years it really has become the walk that every dog is begging to go on. They love it here!”

When Saturday morning came the rain had stopped. There were even some patches of blue between the clouds. It was walkers and their dogs…not rain…that came pouring in at 8:00 AM. Just before 9:00 Third District County Supervisor proclaimed that it was “5K Paw Walk in the Garden Day” across the county and the walk began.

As usual, the “Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Challenges” were highlights of the event…once again proving that our dogs will do anything to please us….and we’ll do the same for them.

Nick says, “We had a record number of registered walkers this year. Online pre-registration was way ahead of previous years. On the morning of the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden we had people registering right up until 11:00. They got up, saw it wasn’t raining, put their dogs in the car and joined the fun.”

Thanks to the walkers who attended the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. And thanks to everyone who registered but didn’t make it. We’ll look forward to seeing you next year at “The walk that every dog is begging to go on.”

More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at RCHS at 389 Requeza Street or SDBG at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

Where do you guys come up with all those names?

After 57 years of serving people and animals at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society you would think that people would want to know more about how many animals have been adopted, Our FOCAS program, how many kids have been through our Humane Education programs, how many pet meals we’ve served through the Community Pet Food Bank. You know. Those pithy statistics that we’re so proud to talk about.

While people know that we’re Charity Navigator’s highest rated working animal shelter in the United States, one of the questions we get most often is, “How do you guys come up with all those names for the animals?”

So, here’s your answer. We don’t know.

When our partners at National Mill Dog Rescue brought us 25 dogs from a puppy mill a few weeks ago we had to come up with 25 names. They never had names before…only inventory numbers.

Sometimes it’s easy. We’ve had Moe, Larry, and Curly. Manny, Moe, and Jack. We had a bonded pair of cats that we named Brad and Angelina. (We hope that worked out for them.) There was Lone Ranger and Tonto. That was an easy one.

There was a litter of puppies named after the Padres starting players. We got some kittens that we named after some of the players on the Chargers. (You remember the Chargers…right?)

How do you come up with 25 names? “Actually it was pretty easy,” says Kathy Zerkle, Vice President of Adoption Services at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. “We named them after cars. There was Impala, Torino, Fury, Roadrunner, and Regal. We had El Camino and Ranchero. We had to think back to remember Vega, Rambler and Studebaker. It was fun to be in the kennel area and watch the faces of our guests as they figured it out.”

Of course, it’s up to the adopters whether they want their dogs to keep their car names or come up with something new. Since these particular dogs have never had names before, all they really want is to hear the love in the voice of the person calling them.

Come meet the car dogs, the cats, and all of the animals available for adoption. Every animal deserves a tomorrow. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
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