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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

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbc77FsObEI

A video of him going into the hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvLEjB5QTP8

And Dr. Jackson examining Orson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UNh6nnSkrY

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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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.

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

I’m buying the shirt off my back!

We stopped by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea to check out a new sofa, matching chairs, and ends tables that had been donated the day before. Other Brian had taken “The Beast” (our big truck that we use to pick up donations) and got it all in a single trip. The people who donated it could not have been happier.

After giving the chairs a sample sit, we went searching for Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook. Other Brian said he had seen him arranging the jewelry but when we got to the display case we heard him chuckling in the Men’s Wear department.

Hey Brian. What’s up?

“This still makes me laugh. A couple came to the Thrift Shop with several items to donate. She had a microwave, a laptop computer, used kitchen appliances, and some clothing she didn’t wear anymore because she had lost weight.”

What’s funny about that?

“It was her husband. On the way in he walked through Sporting Goods and bought a wet suit that looked brand new. He checked out a big screen TV that had just come in the day before. I mean…he was enjoying himself, but something just wasn’t right.”

Did you ever find out what it was?

“A few days later, there he came. He asked if there was a place where we could talk. We went back by the musical instruments where a girl was testing out a guitar. He told me he wanted to buy back some of the stuff his wife donated. He wanted his Ladainian Tomlinson jersey, the boots that he finally got broken in the way he liked them, and the flannel shirt that he always wore to the beach. He didn’t want a price break. He knew that whatever he paid for it would help the animals. He just wanted his stuff back.”

Did he get everything?

“There were a few of the things that had already sold, but he got almost everything he wanted. He even made an extra donation to Rancho Coastal Humane Society in exchange for me keeping my mouth shut the next time his wife comes in.”

Brian explained that, as much fun as he had helping the man, the best part of his job is that every donation and every item sold helps the animals. That flannel shirt helped to pay for a surgery. The boots provided care for the pet of a domestic violence victim. His Chargers jersey bought the pet food that a veteran needed so he could keep his cat.

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. ®

We hear this every doggone week

cat therapyIt might be in the lobby at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It could be a phone call. One of our staff members stopped to get a Slurpee on her way home from work when someone noticed her Rancho Coastal shirt and said, “I’ve always thought my dog would make a great therapy dog!”

Maybe you’re right! Maybe you have the next great Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) dog, cat, rabbit, parrot, guinea pig, or snake.

RCHS Volunteer Coordinator Mary Pilon also oversees the Pet Assisted Therapy program. Mary says, “Pet Assisted Therapy helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. For someone feeling as if the world is closing in on them, the unconditional love of an animal….an animal that doesn’t judge them…can change their life.”

Dogs are the most common therapy animals, but there’s room for more. “We recently had a group of first and second grade children visit the shelter to read to our animals. Some of the children were attracted to dogs while others preferred cats or rabbits. It only takes one animal to touch the heart of a person in need.”

Mary says you don’t just show up with your pet and walk into a school, hospital, extended care facility, or veterans’ home. “We need to make sure that PAT visits are suited for you and for your pet. We also need to know which visits are right for you. The animals have their preferences just like we do.”

Now is an ideal time for to get involved in PAT or start again. Mary points out that the PAT schedule is a little bit lighter in the summer, but that we still need PAT volunteers and pets. “During Summer Animal Camp we introduce the campers to the trained PAT animals. This is experience with animals accustomed to being handled by people they don’t know. For people and pets that have never been certified for PAT, this is a great time to start the process so they’re ready to start making visits this fall.”

Mary tells us that the Volunteer program is investigating opportunities for younger children accompanied by their parents. “We’re looking into a Mommy and Me or Daddy and Me program that would allow younger children to volunteer at RCHS with their parents. Watch the website and Fetch for updates.”

RCHS does not charge for PAT visits. You can’t put a price on love. But we do accept donations to help support the program. For more information about the Pet Assisted Therapy program visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Orson still needs you to lend a helping paw

OrsonOrson is almost two years old. He’s a 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. And he needs your help.

It’s like that old song says. “If it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.”

When he was a puppy, someone found him abandoned beside a freeway in Cabo. They picked him up and he eventually made his way to our adoption partners at Baja SAFE rescue. They transferred him to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through FOCAS.

When we noticed a limp on his right front leg we ran some tests and found that one of the bones in his lower leg was too short. We don’t know if it’s because of an injury or if it just formed that way. Not only was it causing him pain and forcing him to limp, because he was favoring the front leg he was developing a problem in his rear legs.

Orson was adopted by a family. They knew that he would need surgery. They agreed to have him taken care of and went home to live happily ever after.

Several months later, they brought him back. He hadn’t had the surgery and his leg was worse than ever.

Orson still needs the surgery. We’re asking for donations to help pay for his medical treatment. Our estimated cost is going to be between $5,400 and $5,800.

Orson needs the surgery if he’s ever going to lead a full life.

You can make a donation by clicking here.

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You can make a general donation to any of our programs or a specific donation to help Orson by making a note in the Comments section that says “Medical and / or Orson.”

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 log on to www.sdpets.org.

Editor’s note: I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with Orson. It’s amazing, after all he’s been through, that he is still one of the most loving and gentle dogs you will ever meet. His new family will think they’ve won the lottery when they adopt him. As for Orson, he’s already won. He’s at RCHS and just one step away from his forever home.

I’m out of money, but my best buddy is still hungry

homeless-man-with-dog-and-signThere’s an old movie line that goes, “If we’re not growin’ we’re not livin’.”

As much as we would love to tell you that there are no more hungry pets since your Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened the Community Pet Food Bank in November of 2012, that’s not the case. But many of the people and pets we’ve helped tell us that they can’t imagine their lives without us.

RCHS President Jim Silveira says, “When we opened the Community Pet Food Bank in 2012 our immediate goal was to help struggling pet owners. We knew that was possible, but that there were bigger problems. We’ve always been looking to the future.”

The announcement we sent out about the opening of the Community Pet Food Bank said, “Seniors living on fixed incomes, the working poor, people with disabilities or terminal illnesses, and the homeless will benefit when Rancho Coastal Humane Society expands the services of its Community Pet Food Bank starting Saturday, November 3. Homeless and financially disadvantaged pet owners are invited to pick up free pet food and other supplies.”

“We hadn’t even opened the pet food bank and we were thinking about people who had so little, but they were already sharing everything they had with their pets,” says RCHS Volunteer Coordinator Mary Pilon.

Jim adds, “Pets give unconditional love and they make life seem somewhat normal for someone living on the streets, on a fixed income, or working poor. Homeless shelters aren’t equipped to take pets so their owners stay on the street, share their meals, or go without food so their pets can eat.”

The National Coalition for the Homeless says homeless pet owners avoid veterinary care because they’re afraid they won’t get their pets back. Each year the Community Pet Food Bank at RCHS works with area veterinarians to offer free examinations and vaccinations for dogs and cats.

Mary says, “We’ll have leashes and collars, blankets, flea treatment, and more. RCHS has received lots of donations, but this problem is not going away anytime soon. We’re asking people to give. Give until it feels good.”

The Community Pet Food Bank at RCHS is open the first and third Saturday per month from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Donations to the Community Pet Food Bank can be made any time. For more information and to learn about other distribution locations visit RCHS, log on to www.sdpets.org, or call 760-753-6413.

This is the “Slow Time” in our Humane Education program…right?

campers-kennel-222x300We all think we’re a bunch of doggone comedians. But, to be honest, it’s kind of surprising that your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Humane Educator, Lizzie Hart, doesn’t have a basket of water balloons by her front door for the next smart Alec who teases her about her “slow time” of the year.

As always, Spring Animal Camp was full before it began. For that matter, Summer Animal Camp doesn’t start until June 26th and it was half full before Spring Camp started.

So Lizzie must be sitting on her hands, watching the grass grow, and trying to figure out how to fill her time until Summer Camp starts, right?

Actually, that couldn’t be farther from the truth! Let’s start with the clamoring kids at the shelter every afternoon. Lizzie tells us those are the Kids Community Service participants. They’re here to learn while donating some of their time to help the animals. Just like Animal Camp, KCS fills up well in advance. Parents who want their kids to take part in KCS next school year need to check into availability now.

It’s not just after school when Lizzie is up to her ears in excited children. She also offers Humane Education Birthday Parties with hands-on animal experiences for kids. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a great place to have your child’s next birthday party. There are a variety of packages to suit your needs for children age 6 and up. No matter which package you choose, they all include plenty of time with friendly shelter pets.

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record (or a skipping CD,) but the schedule fills up fast. Don’t wait to plan your child’s birthday party. There can be up to 20 youngsters per party. All of the activities are designed for the age of the birthday boy or girl.

We don’t schedule parties during Spring, Summer, and Fall Camp.

Click HERE to see the details and options.

When you’re ready to schedule a truly unique birthday party experience for your little animal lover contact Lizzie Hart at 760-753-6413 or [email protected].

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Thank YOU for naming this 2017 Celebration of Second Chances

all about the animalsWe agonize over this every year.

We set a date for the annual Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We want to show you what we’ve accomplished since the last Celebration and show you that we deserve your continued support.

When our Celebration committee got together and we talked about what to call it this year, somebody said, “How much difference? It’s just like Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It’s all about the animals.”

Bingo! That’s it.

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 “It’s All About The Animals!”

During the last few Celebrations we’ve talked about how we started, how far we’ve come, and how we plan to grow in the future.

This year we’ll thank you for your support, thank our volunteers, 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

Please 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. ®

It was another first for people and their pets. Let’s do it again next year!

fashion flower fidosDogs were allowed in the world famous Carlsbad Flower Fields for the first time ever during “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido” on Thursday evening, April 6th! Fashion, Flowers, and Fido was held at The Flower Fields at 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad.

In addition to the fact that people could walk their dogs through acres and acres of beautiful flowers, there was designer brand clothing from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, “Wag and Swag Bags” for (human) guests, a Doggie Beer Garden (not real beer,) and dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) escorting the models down the “catwalk.”

It was a first time event and it was on a school night. How did it go?

RCHS Events Coordinator Kelly Peters describes Fashion, Flowers, and Fido as an evening of Food, Foam, and Festivities. “We had high expectations leading up to the night. I mean, there was a fashion show, food tasting, and a beer garden. What’s not to like? Then the people started showing up. We counted more than 300 of them. We’re still a little overwhelmed by the response for this first time event. Some of us have been comparing it to the first 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. We were hoping for about 100 walkers, but ended up with 350. It’s interesting that, after 57 years in business, RCHS is becoming an animal shelter known for creating first time experiences for people and their pets.”

The Fashion Show included models walking down the “Haute Dog” runway wearing designer clothing from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, accompanied by dogs and puppies available for adoption at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

“About a third of the 300 guests brought their dogs to Fashion, Flowers, and Fido. The dogs were well behaved. Many of them took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Doggie Beer Bar. Their beverages were water based and offered a number of different flavors for dogs with discriminating tastes.”

Kelly says planning is already underway to make this an annual event. Please join us next year.

For more information about Fashion, Flowers, and Fido benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society call 760-753-6413, visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Click HERE for photos from the evening!

Start Your Day with Coffee and Bagel!

Cats-Side-by-SideWhen most people think about starting their day with Coffee and a Bagel, they get an image of that nice surprise in the staff room at the office, a quick stop at a coffee shop on the way to work, or starting a morning with a few friends.

Starting your day with Coffee and Bagel took on a new meaning at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) recently when two new cats were transferred to us through our FOCAS program from our adoption partners at Animal Friends of the Valley (AFV).

Coffee is a four year old, seven pound, spayed, female, Domestic Short Hair cat with a beautiful Calico coat. Unfortunately, stories like hers are far too common. Fortunately, Coffee’s story is going to have a very happy ending. When her owner died, the owner’s daughter took her in. Sounds ideal, right? It worked for a few months but there was always tension between Coffee and her new owner’s dog. Rather than take any chances with her safety, Coffee was surrendered for adoption four months later.

In the group cat room at AFV it didn’t take long for Coffee to find a friend. You couldn’t hope for a more purr-fect match. Coffee and Bagel!

Until Coffee met Bagel, she spent most of her time on top of a cat tree. She didn’t mind if someone wanted to pet her, but Coffee refused to come down. Whenever she was picked up and placed on a lower level, she immediately climbed back up her tower.

Bagel is a two year old, 10 pound, Domestic Short Hair with a brown Tabby coat. His background is much different. He was a stray before arriving at AFV. While Coffee wanted her privacy, Bagel loved attention. As soon as he met someone for the first time, he couldn’t wait to rub his face against them to see if they would pet him. He met Coffee and didn’t waste any time telling her that they were best friends.

Bagel is still Bagel. He loves everyone. But, thanks to Bagel, Coffee has come out of her shell. She’s a much friendlier cat than she was just a few weeks ago.

Coffee will do best in a home with adults. Bagel will do great pretty much anywhere. Remember to feed him and pet him when he asks and he’ll be a happy kitty camper. They can be adopted together or go on to be the King or Queen of their new homes.

If it’s not a good time for you to adopt a cat, dog, or rabbit please consider 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. ®

Orson

Orson has one leg shorter than the other three

When Orson arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society he limped on his right, front leg. One of the bones in that leg is shorter than the others. Because he’s favoring that front leg, he is also developing a problem in his hind quarters.

Orson needs surgery if he’s going to lead a normal life. It’s going to cost between $5,400 and $5,800. We need help.

Orson was abandoned on a freeway in Cabo. Our rescue partners at Baja SAFE transferred him to RCHS.

He was adopted by a family that said they would get Orson the surgery he needs. They didn’t. But they did return him to RCHS.

He can be adopted now if the family agrees to get him the surgery he needs. But, in the meantime, we’re asking for donations so we can make sure Orson gets his surgery and he can go on to lead a long, healthy life in his forever home.

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The “Easter Bunny” Don’t Lay Eggs But it Does Live 8 to 12 years

NormanEvery spring cute baby bunnies and fluffy little chicks are bought to be Easter surprises. But the real surprise comes later when parents find out that rabbits live 8 to 12 years and that baby chicks grow feathers and become chickens. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas is reminding families that baby bunnies and chicks make really bad Easter gifts. 

“Every year, a few weeks after Easter, we get calls from people who found stray Easter bunnies in their yards,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “In some cases, they chewed their way out of their pens. But just as often the families let them loose thinking that the rabbits will be fine. These are domesticated pets….not wild rabbits. Turning them loose is a death sentence.”

Van Zante says those fluffy, yellow, baby chicks may look cute on Easter morning, but in a couple weeks it’s a different story. “A chick that is half fluff and half feathers isn’t very attractive. And then it starts acting like a chicken. It becomes a ‘pecking, pooping machine’ with just one purpose….to become an adult hen or rooster. So if you don’t want an adult chicken living in your house, don’t get a baby chick.”

There are plenty of options for families who decide against bunnies of chicks. “Stuffed animals are a great alternative. You can get any kind of stuffed animal you want. There are no breed restrictions and they don’t grow. They’re a lot more fun to snuggle with. You never have to feed them or clean up after them. No Vet bills. And unlike pet chickens that live 8 to 10 years and pet rabbits that live 8 to 12 years, stuffed animals have unlimited life expectancy.”

Van Zante adds, “For families that are prepared to include rabbits in their homes, we encourage them to visit an animal shelter or a rabbit rescue group. Let us help you make an informed decision. Having a pet rabbit can be lots of fun. But, as with any pet, the fun is only temporary if you don’t understand the long term responsibility.”

Learn how you can adopt a pet that fits your lifestyle. Visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.
Adoption kennels are open 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Monday. (Closed on Easter Sunday.)

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 May!

Come see us this month

While there are some weeks that aren’t quite as busy as others, there’s always something going on at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society! Here are some highlights for the month ahead.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday and Sunday, 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.

Visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society booth on Sunday, May 7th from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Carlsbad Village Faire.
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.

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Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on May 12th at the PetSmart Adoption Weekend at 1034 North El Camino Real in Encinitas. 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 annual “Paws and Pints Fundraiser” sponsored by La Jolla Veterinary Hospital will be held on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30 at The Lot La Jolla. 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.
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Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial 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 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. ®