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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.


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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.


Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal

We need your help to accomplish something that’s never been done in the 57-year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop.

On June 1st Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook 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!

For the first time ever we could generate $1 million in sales in a single year.

This is money that helps to pay for:

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

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. Click Here for more information on your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop.

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

I’m not sure, but I think it’s a Kitten.

Bottle feeding kittenThis story began when a woman called to tell us she found an abandoned animal in her yard. She said, “I’m not sure, but I think it’s a kitten.”

She arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society with a box big enough to hold two bowling balls. Inside was a tiny baby that looked more like a mouse than a kitten. She said she saw a cat carry something into her bushes then leave. She figured the cat had abandoned the whatever-it-was, so she called RCHS. After all, we’re the animal people.

She was right. It was a three hour old kitten.

One of our volunteers accepted the challenge of bottle feeding and round the clock care for this baby, even though it might not have much of a chance.

By the time we got back from delivering the kitten and supplies to the foster home, the woman was back with another kitten “abandoned” under her bushes. We called the foster. She figured she wouldn’t be getting much sleep anyway, so why not?

A couple things to get straight:

  • Once an animal becomes lost or strayed (or abandoned) it becomes the property of the county. RCHS contacted our friends at the Department of Animal Services (DAS) and received permission to keep the kittens through our FOCAS program.
  • A caller recently said, “You guys don’t take strays, do you?”
    It’s not a matter of “don’t.” It’s a matter of “can’t” until we get DAS approval.
  • You probably already figured out that the mommy cat was moving her newborn kittens to a place where she thought they would be safe. They might have been okay there, but tiny baby animals are also easy victims.
  • The foster care provider didn’t get much sleep those first couple weeks, but she saved two lives. Both kittens were adopted when they were eight weeks old.
  • We’re always here to take your questions and provide information. If you have an animal question we can’t answer, we’ll find somebody who can.  

Sometimes the world of animal rescue is soft and fluffy. Sometimes it’s being brave enough to stay awake all night to save the lives of tiny ones who would die without us. You trust us to make those decisions. We promise to do our best. After all, this is your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

A Safe House is a Safe House – Especially when it’s Animal Safehouse


They dedicate themselves to the service of our country. They stand in harm’s way so others don’t have to. It’s a small price for us to help care for their pets…their best friends…when they need our help. This is the basis of the relationship between your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and our friends at Dogs on Deployment.

Amy Silveira is Director of the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She was recently contacted by Sharon Spears, Director of Customer Service for Dogs on Deployment. Sharon explained that our friend Rich Setzer, the San Diego DOD coordinator, suggested that she contact Amy. 

Here’s part of Sharon’s message:

Military member, Mark was injured in 2013 in an IED blast.  He was followed closely by the Semper Fi Fund, and Hope for the Warriors.  Hope for the Warriors has a ‘Warrior’s Wish’ fund that military members can apply for.  Mark and his wife have been awarded a wish, and their wish is to renew their vows near their family and friends in Missouri, who weren’t able to attend the wedding.  Their service animal can go with them, but unfortunately, their other two pets are unable to be accommodated. I would like to connect you directly with Jesca, and Mark.


After speaking with Mark and Jesca, Amy says, “Through our Animal Safehouse Program RCHS will be kenneling Juice, their one year old, male, Malinois and their cat. They will be taking their service dog with them to St. Louis for the wedding.”

Amy adds, “We’re still working with our good friend Rich at Dogs on Deployment to find a long term foster for a Great Dane named Hendo. Since he arrived at RCHS for foster care he’s become an instant celebrity with the staff and volunteers. No matter whether you prefer big dogs, smalls dogs, cats, bunnies, or some other animal….there’s something magical about watching a Great Dane puppy run and play. Hendo doesn’t know he’s a big dog. He hasn’t grown into his legs or paws. When he runs all four legs go in four different directions. We need someone with a big yard and an even bigger heart who can care for Hendo while his owner is unable to. We know it’s a lot to ask, but it’s nothing compared to what his owner is giving for us.

Whether the person needing our help is a veteran, active duty military, a senior, or a victim of domestic violence…..RCHS never charges for the services of our Animal Safehouse Program. We can do this thanks to you and your support.

For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program created by Rancho Coastal Humane Society Click Here, call 760-753-6413, or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, CA.

Orson is Back on His Feet and Almost Ready to Go Home

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So much has happened. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a month.

In the last issue of Fetch, we told you about Orson. He began his life being dumped beside a freeway in Mexico. He was transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS program. His medical exam revealed that he needed surgery to repair a bone in his leg that was too short. He was adopted, but his new family didn’t take him for the surgery. Several months later they returned him, still in need of the surgery that would take away his pain and allow him to live a normal life.

We asked for your help to pay for his surgery that was expected to run up to $5,800. You responded. We scheduled his surgery for May 11. Dr. Joshua Jackson at Veterinary Specialty Hospital (VSH) installed a device in Orson’s leg that slowly stretches the bone. He also performed surgery on Orson’s rear leg, which had been damaged as a result of the short bone in his front leg.

When we took Orson back to Dr. Jackson for his first follow up visit, he was doing great! His sweet, mellow personality (combined with some pain medication) made it so he didn’t have to be knocked out for his x-rays and the adjustment to the bone stretching device. Instead of spending the whole day in the hospital, he was able to go in for his exam then return to his foster home a couple hours later.Orson with Dr Jackson

As you’re reading this Orson is continuing to heal. He goes back to VSH every few days to see Dr. Jackson and get another little adjustment to the device on his leg. It’s estimated to take about eight weeks before the device can be removed. When that’s done, Orson is ready to go to his new home and start living a life he’s never had. A life filled with love. A life free from pain.

Thanks to you. Thanks to your generosity. Thanks to your donations to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation to the Medical Fund call 760-753-6413, click the donate button below or visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas….where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

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Our Therapy Pets and Volunteers are Working Overtime this Summer

PAT dog and boy

The dogs (and their human drivers) in the Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society used to take most of the summer off. Things are changing!

“PAT is having a major growth spurt and it’s coming at an unusual time of year,” says Mary Pilon, RCHS Volunteer Coordinator. “Summer camps here at the shelter have always been part of PAT. It’s a treat for the kids attending Animal Camp and it’s a fun, easy visit for the volunteers. Now the news is out that we have trained therapy dogs and their handlers who are eager to visit summer camps. That news is spreading fast!”

The PAT program began many years ago when a couple staff members took their dogs to visit a friend in an extended care facility. It went so well that they were invited back again and again. In fact, we’re still taking dogs to that facility.

“We visit elementary schools, high schools and colleges,” says Mary. “Our PAT dogs are helping people with disabilities, accident victims, kids who struggle to learn, and many others who benefit from the unconditional love of animals. While people might shy away from a stroke survivor or wounded warrior, the dogs don’t judge. They just love.”

This summer the PAT volunteers and their dogs will be returning to Animal Camp at RCHS. The children spend hands-on time with the therapy animals.

Mary says that the City of Encinitas contacted her about visiting the City operated Summer Camps. “Our PAT volunteers are looking forward to taking their dogs to Encinitas Summer Camp. The visits are nearby. Nobody has to put their dog in the car on a hot day and make a long drive. We wish they had invited us years ago.”

“We’re also planning a program with the San Dieguito Youth Commission. PAT dogs and their handlers would help families with disaster preparedness. The dogs could serve as security blankets for accident victims. People in counseling sessions or crisis situations would benefit by petting a non-judgmental therapy dog. This is still a little way off, but the volunteers and their dogs are eager to begin.”

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, call 760-753-6413, or Click Here to view volunteer opportunities.

We’re not sure where this came from, but it’s not true

Pet food bank

“I’m glad that you don’t need as much food at the Pet Food Bank in the summer.”

It was quite a surprise when a recent guest at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society made that comment. We asked where he heard that.

“It just makes sense, right? We celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day. We need more food then. In the summer you don’t need as much food.”

Time to set the record straight.

Some of the clients of the Community Pet Food Bank at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society are senior citizens on fixed incomes. They have no nearby family and few friends to help them. If it wasn’t for the Community Pet Food Bank they would be sharing their meals with their pets or be forced to give them up. They would be alone.

We used to see a single mom and her two kids every two weeks. The mom told us that she was working as much as she could and still raise her kids. The term for that is “Working Poor.” Her son and daughter had already lost so much. She didn’t want them to have to give up their cat. Every two weeks they came to the Pet Food Bank. We gave them cat food, litter, and flea treatment. One day she stopped in and was in high spirits. She got a new job that would allow her to spend time with her kids and make enough money to cover her expenses. All of her expenses. We haven’t seen them since.

We’ve told you before about a Vietnam veteran who came to the Pet Food Bank. We gave him food for his dog, a new leash and collar, flea treatment, and some dog treats. When we asked how he was doing he said, “I’m all right, but I need help for my dog. Some days we only have enough for one of us to eat, so he eats and I wait until the next day. Since we found the Pet Food Bank we both get to eat every day. He’s all I’ve got. Thanks to you, we get to stay together.”

The senior citizen, the struggling mother, the dedicated veteran, the homeless person whose entire life revolves around their pet. If they lose their pets, they lose everything.

The need is year round. It’s every week. It’s every day.

Your generosity is keeping these people and their pets together. Thank you for supporting the Community Pet Food Bank at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where every animal deserves a tomorrow®… with the person who loves it.

Pet of the Month – Coffee

Coffee is the Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She’s a 4 year old, 7 pound, Domestic Short Hair with a Calico coat.  

Our photographer does an amazing job of capturing the images and personalities of the animals. In this case, Coffee might be even more beautiful than she appears in her pictures.

Her purr-fect home would have a mellow environment. If you already have a cat, Coffee is okay with that. At the same time, she’s totally comfortable being the only cat in her home and getting all the attention. She’s cautious with little kids.

Coffee was transferred to RCHS through our Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program.

The $100 adoption fee for Coffee includes medical exam, vaccinations, spay, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to

Kennels and Cattery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note that Adoptions end at 4:30pm) every day but Tuesday.

One more thing. We’ve been getting more and more comments from visitors who see our staff and volunteers taking cats for walks. Yep. We put them on leashes and take them out for a little exercise.

Because “cat walking” is becoming more popular, we’ve started carrying “Come With Me Kitty” harnesses in our lobby. It’s a harness / bungee leash designed specifically for cats. The cost is $13.99. If you’re interested, come to RCHS and check them out.

It’s like tossing a penny in a fountain.

Wishing well

A while back we were at a restaurant that had a fountain with a wishing well in the middle. The little boy at the next table looked like he was 7 or 8 years old. He had been so well behaved as he sat there surrounded by adults. All of a sudden his face lit up. He leaned over and whispered in his mommy’s ear. She nodded her head then reached into her purse and handed him a penny. The look on his face was like it was the greatest moment of his life.  

He cupped his hands together with the penny in between. He walked slowly to the edge of the wishing well. It was only ten feet, but he had a lot to think about.

His eyes were closed and his face was scrunched up in concentration. He was whispering when he finally tossed his penny. He opened his eyes, gave out a big sigh, then proudly marched back to his seat where his mommy greeted him with a hug.

We couldn’t hear, but we could read her lips as she asked, “What did you wish for?”

He whispered back, “I can’t tell you…or it won’t come true.”

She nodded in agreement then reached into her purse again. This time she pulled out two pennies. She and her son walked back to the well together and, side by side, they closed their eyes and made their wishes.

We’ll never know for sure, but we believe she was wishing the moment could last forever.

Please take a moment to scan your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Wish List. If you see something that you have and we need, let us know. Maybe you have something we can use, but it’s not on the list. Let us know about that, too.

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


It’s up to you how you remember this. But you don’t want to forget!

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We used to worry about it. Then we learned that many people in San Diego County wait until two weeks before an event to decide whether or not they’re going. Unfortunately, that also means that some of them are disappointed.

That’s been the case with the annual Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Most of the seats sell out in advance. Then, that last week before the Celebration, people call begging for us to fit them in. Sometimes we can. Sometimes we just can’t fit in one more person. This year there’s an incentive for you to buy your tickets early.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Celebration:

Theme: “It’s All About The Animals” (just like every other day of the year at RCHS)

Date: Saturday, October 21st
Hosted Cocktail Hour from 5:30 to 7:00
Dinner and Program from 7:00 to 9:00

Location: The world famous Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

Tickets prices: $300 for VIP level
$200 for individual tickets

How can you save money by buying your tickets early?

Now through July 31st you can take advantage of the Celebration Summer Special. Get your Celebration tickets early and save 20%. Buy early and your VIP tickets are only $240. Individual tickets are just $160. Purchase a table for 10 or 12 by July 31st and save 20%.

Click Here to purchase discounted tickets and view Partnership Opportunities.

RCHS Volunteers contact Mary Pilon for ticket prices.

There it is. Everything you need to know to make sure you don’t wait too long and miss out on the 2017 Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Watch the website at and future issues of Fetch for updates.

What the Heck is That and Why are you Buying it?


If we’ve told you this story before, we’re sorry. (Okay. That’s not true. It’s a really cool story that we could tell you over and over again and not feel bad.)

A recent visit to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea began as usual. We stopped at the Donut shop then headed toward the Thrift Shop to check out the recently donated wetsuits and boogie boards. It’s a good time of year for that along with bicycles and beach gear.

There was a really cool watch in the Jewelry counter. We wanted to think about it while we walked around. There was a lady loaded down with clothing. It looked like she had some stuff for herself and some for her husband including a classic Pink Floyd t-shirt.

John and Other Brian were making space for a leather couch and matching chairs that just arrived that morning. We asked them if Brian was around (meaning Thrift Shop manager Brian Cook.) Other Brian pointed past Housewares and said, “Hang a left at the big screen TV. Then make a right. Brian is probably staring at the frog.”

Did Other Brian just say, “Brian is probably staring at the frog?”

There was Brian staring at a big wooden frog. It was 9 inches high, 9 inches wide, and a foot long. It had moving legs, but we weren’t worried about it hopping away. The thing weighed a ton!  We asked Brian what it was.

“It’s a frog.” (He’s really good when it comes to answering questions.)

We know it’s a doggone frog. What’s it good for?

“I dunno. Never saw anything like it before. Somebody donated it to the Thrift Shop a few days ago. We weren’t even sure where to set it. It looked good on this table, so here it is. We still have no idea what it is or what it does. Wanna buy it?”

Just that quick the lady with the Pink Floyd shirt said, “I want it!”

As Brian helped her carry it to check-out he asked her what it was.

She replied, “It’s a frog. A great big, heavy, wooden frog. My daughter collects frogs. We’ve never seen anything like this. She’s going to LOVE it! Thank you!”

Brian said, “See. Told ya. It’s a frog. This is probably the first time since we opened the Thrift Shop 57 years ago that a big, heavy, wooden frog….a frog with no visible purpose….will help pay for pet food, medical care, and animal supplies. And now we have a place to set the ceramic aardvark. Wanna buy an aardvark?”

For you, maybe it’s not a frog. Maybe it’s a painting, laptop, a coffee table, or a set of dishes you no longer use. When you donate it to the Thrift Shop you’ll be helping families, animals, children, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.

Visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff By The Sea sometime soon. Stop for a donut on your way through the parking lot. Check out the sporting goods, jewelry, electronics, and clothing.

And don’t be afraid to ask, “What the heck is this?”


Come See Us In June

June dog

“Good gosh! There’s ALWAYS something going on around here!”

That comment came from a guest who hadn’t been to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in a while. Kamp Kanine was full of dogs attending day care. Community Pet Food Bank volunteers were preparing to go out for food distribution. There were adopters in the kennels, cattery, and rabbitat. The Humane Education Center was bustling with the Kids Community Service program.

There’s always something going on here. Here are a few RCHS events coming up outside the shelter during June.

The Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 5 to 8 PM at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. The event benefits local charities including your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. For more information or tickets call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or Click Here to view upcoming events.

“The Haute Dog Yappy Hour” will be held on Sunday, June 4th from 3 to 5 PM at the Hotel Del Coronado.  For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or Click Here to view upcoming events.

Learn Pet First Aid and CPR from Arden Moore, a Master Certified Instructor and founder of Pet First Aid 4U on Sunday, June 8th from 10 to 3 at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Cost is $99 per person. Register online at
Register early. Class size is limited.
Check the website for information about another class in Carlsbad on June 25th.

Charity Wings Arts and Crafts Center at 251 North City Drive in San Marcos will host an Open House fundraiser benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) on Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM to Noon. Little Tommy from KYXY radio’s Jeff and the Showgram will host. Meet pets available for adoption from RCHS. There will be free animal crafts and crafts available for sale with proceeds benefiting RCHS. This is your last chance to win tickets to “Laura’s Slumber Party.” Charity Wings partners with other charities serving the disabled community, low-income families, military/veterans, support groups and more by providing free creativity sessions to their clients and beneficiaries.

“Paws on the Patio” will be the theme of a fundraiser benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, June 11th from 2 to 5 PM at Sally’s Fish House at 1 Market Place in San Diego’s Marina District. Free parking at the Grand Hyatt. There will be special drink prices and free samples of Dog Craft Beer. For more information call 619-358-6740 or log on to

Summer Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society runs June 26th through August 25th. 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 Click Here to view more information on Animal Camps.

This is in July, but it’s a good time to remind you. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. 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 Click Here to view upcoming events.

We don’t notice the day to day change, but then it happens. Animal Camp!

humane education girls and dogEverything seems normal in the Humane Education building at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Humane Educator Lizzie Hart is busy with Kids Community Service program, which is generally booked months in advance. On the weekend there are tours and educational, animal-related birthday parties.

But if you look closely you’ll see changes underway every day.
Summer Animal Camp doesn’t start until June 26. Lizzie began preparing for that day months ago.

There’s curriculum to update. The kids who came to camp last year don’t want to do the same thing this summer. It’s not just a matter of changing things to keep it interesting. There are always new developments in the materials she uses.

This spring we’re hearing about changes in the whale, dolphin, and shark activities on the coast.

Kids will have questions. Lizzie is doing her research so she knows the answers.
The rains this past winter are creating a whole new set of circumstances for our local wildlife. There are more snakes. You may have seen the TV news story a couple weeks ago about how the rains are resulting in more foxtails that are working their way into dog noses, ears, eyes, and paws.

These little animal lovers attending Summer Animal Camp are pretty doggone smart. They have questions and they want answers.

You might not notice the supplies that are building up in Lizzie’s office, the check off lists, the lesson plans, or the phone calls and e-mails confirming that the parents were in time and the kids have reserved spots in Animal Camp. But they’re there.

Every day Lizzie is one step closer to the question that will change a camper’s life. One day nearer to the answer that will turn on the light bulb above their head and show them how they can change their lives. How they can improve the planet. Click Here to see details about the Animal Camps offered at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

In the meantime, when you’re ready to schedule a truly unique birthday party experience for your little animal lover contact Lizzie Hart at 760-753-6413, email [email protected] or Click Here to see the details and options.

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RCHS Shelter and Thrift Shop will be closed on Monday, May 29th 2017 in observance of Memorial Day

Both the RCHS Shelter located at 389 Requeza Street and the RCHS Thrift Shop located at 120 Aberdeen Drive, will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

The Thrift Shop will be open the following day – Tuesday, May 30th.

Please note that the RCHS Shelter will re-open on Wednesday, May 31st, as the shelter is normally closed on Tuesdays.

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Even better than expected – Orson’s first follow up after surgery

Orson dropped of at foster's home

Yesterday we told you that Orson was going in for the first follow up after the surgery to stretch the bone in his right, front leg. This morning we took him to Veterinary Specialty Hospital where he saw Dr. Joshua Jackson, who performed the surgery.

Normally in this situation, the animal would be anesthetized for the exam x-rays, and adjustment.

Orson was a champ! He remained calm through the whole thing and we were able to load him up and return him to his foster care provider.

Above is a picture of Orson in the front yard of his foster home and below is one of Dr. Jackson examining him.

Here’s a video of him being picked up at his foster home:

A video of him going into the hospital:

And Dr. Jackson examining Orson:

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

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 click on the donate image below.

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Orson with Dr Jackson

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Thank you for helping us pay for Orson’s surgery!

Surgery is Over, Orson’s Recovery Has Begun

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Animal lovers in San Diego and across the country came together to raise funds to provide leg surgery for a dog named Orson. The operation that was performed today (Thursday) will stretch a bone in his right, front leg and allow him to walk normally. Most important, when his recovery is complete the pain that he’s suffered for most of his life will be gone.

Orson was abandoned by a freeway in Mexico when he was a puppy. He was rescued and eventually transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas through the FOCAS program. Medical officials discovered that one of the bones in his lower, right, front leg was too short and the joint between the lower and upper leg was not formed properly. Because he was favoring the leg, it created more medical issues in his right, rear leg. Without surgery he would have been in pain for his whole life.

RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “He was adopted by a family that agreed to get him the surgery. They returned him several months later but the procedure had not been done.”

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains, “Our Medical fund was depleted after we recently accepted dozens of dogs and puppies rescued from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. Many of them needed medical treatment. We were able to take care of them, but there wasn’t much left afterward.”

RCHS notified donors, volunteers, and the media. Donations began arriving. A donation from an animal lover in Texas combined with a discount from the Veterinary Surgeon provided enough to schedule the surgery.

Pool says, “The surgeon installed a device that will slowly stretch the bone. This process will continue when he leaves the hospital and goes into foster care, and possibly even when he’s adopted. For the first time in his life, Orson will be pain free.”

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

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 click on the donate image below.

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Donation Matching Offer – May 2017

One of the favorite stories in the most recent “Fetch” e-newsletter from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society was about a generous RCHS volunteer who is asking your help to replace our aging (and often unreliable) washer and dryer.

She stops by the shelter almost every day. Most nights she takes home an animal to give it a break from the commotion. The information she provides is often all we need to match them with their new families.

She also gets a good look behind the scenes at RCHS. She couldn’t help but notice how often our washer and dryer are broken.

With all the blankets, towels, and beds it takes to run an animal shelter, we need industrial size laundry equipment. When either (or both) of them are broken, the dirty laundry stacks up really fast. In two days we can have a mound of dirty laundry more than six feet high!

Here’s what she’s doing about it…and how you can help.
She will match every dollar you donate to replace our old washer and dryer up to $4,000!

That means your $20 becomes a $40 donation. Your $50 donation becomes $100. That $200 that you got from your tax refund jumps to $400. And….your donation is tax deductible.
We can’t do this alone. We need you.


For more information or to make a donation visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or click here.