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RCHS Featured on The Big Brother Live Feed Furry Friends

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) welcomes online guests who discovered us through the Big Brother Live Feed on CBS All Access. We’re honored that CBS and Big Brother chose RCHS to represent animal shelters and pet rescue organizations worldwide.

Pet Adoption and Humane Education were our two original programs when RCHS opened in 1960. These programs remain the cornerstones of RCHS.

We also operate:

The Animal Safehouse Program – A safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims, seniors, veterans, and families in crisis.

Pet Assisted Therapy – Delivering the love of animals to extended care facilities, schools, libraries, and programs for children.

The Community Pet Food Bank – Making it possible for families to stay together without asking, “Who gets to eat today…you or me?”

Coming soon: The San Diego Wildlife Center – Providing care for injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife.

If you live near RCHS or if you’re going to be traveling to the San Diego area, please come for a visit.

If that’s not possible, visit the shelter or rescue in your area to find out how you can lend a helping paw. As we say at RCHS…Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

To learn how you can support Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs for people and animals, Click Here.

San Diego Wildlife Center in the news

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new program, the San Diego Wildlife Center, has been featured in several local newspapers and on their websites.

Please take a minute to read the article by clicking on the following link and don’t forget to share! http://www.delmartimes.net/encinitas-advocate/news/sd-cm-enc-0728-wildlife-center-20170726-story.html

If you would like to provide a donation for the San Diego Wildlife Center, please Click Here to donate online or mail your check to:

Rancho Coastal Humane Society
C/O San Diego Wildlife Center Program
389 Requeza St
Encinitas, CA 92024

Your Ticket Helps Buy Soap… and vaccines… and surgeries

People are asking what happens to the money when they buy tickets to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Celebration of Second Chances on October 21st.

One of our volunteers asked that question. Then she said, “Last year at the Celebration I learned that Rancho Coastal Humane Society is the highest rated animal shelter in the part of the country according to Charity Navigator. Since then I’ve been watching how the money is spent. There’s no waste. Now I know how important it is that I buy tickets for the Celebration because my tickets make a difference.”

When you buy your tickets to the Celebration of Second Chances:

  • You support the safety net for animal victims of domestic violence.
  • You help us find homes for nearly 1000 dogs, cats, and rabbits each year.
  • You support the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program in rescuing pets from crowded shelters and rescues where they have no future.
  • You teach lessons in humanity during Animal Camp.  
  • You provide Pet Assisted Therapy visits to extended care facilities, schools, and others who just need to feel some fur.
  • You feed the pets of families struggling financially, keeping them together.

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

  • Premier tickets are $200 per person. Become a VIP for $300. That’s only $8 more per month over the course of a year.

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


Your tickets make a difference.

For more information visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or Click Here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.

The Secret Handshake

“Do you have a secret handshake?”

A visitor to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society asked that question after spending an afternoon in the cattery, kennels, and rabbitat.

“Every time I come here there’s somebody petting a dog, playing with a cat, or brushing a rabbit. You talk to them. The animals are relaxed. And it’s not just the staff members. It’s the volunteers, the kids in Animal Camp, and everybody looking for a pet to adopt. How do you all know each other? Is there some kind of secret handshake?”

That would make it really easy to identify other animal lovers. But there’s no secret handshake. It’s more of a feeling.

One of our volunteers explained a couple weeks ago that he was late because he stopped to talk to his neighbor’s dog. The owners were at work and there had been a strange noise that upset the dog. “I took ten minutes to talk to her until she was okay.”

Every few weeks a mommy with three small children comes to the shelter. They visit the cats and bunnies. She’s told us, “I have my hands full. This isn’t a good time for us to add a pet. My husband and I decided to wait. Until then, I hope it’s okay that we come visit, talk about the animals, and get the kids ready for the day when we can bring one into our home.”

One of our donors is a retired man who has a dog. Once every month he stops by and drops off a check to sponsor a pet. “I would love to have another dog, but my knees are bad and my limit is one. So I sponsor a pet every month to help take care of it until it’s adopted.”

Come to think of it, maybe there is a secret handshake. It’s not something we teach each other to become a member of a club. It’s more of a feeling. It’s the feeling that happens when we gently take a paw into our hand and promise the animal that it’s safe. It can trust us. We will care for it until it goes home… forever.

If you haven’t visited RCHS in a while, please come see us sometime soon. Walk around. Meet the animals. Talk to the staff and volunteers. Share the handshake at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Look around you. It’s everywhere. Wildlife! And it needs your help.

If you live in San Diego County, California… anywhere in San Diego County… you are surrounded by wildlife.

We’re not just talking about the hills of east county, the mesas, north county, or the mountains. Anywhere you go in San Diego there’s wildlife. Downtown. The beach. Balboa Park. You will find wildlife. They don’t just live in our community. We live in theirs. That’s why it’s up to us to help and protect these animals.

When your Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened in 1960 the area was a home to many different kinds of wildlife. As residents of coastal north county found animals in need they relied on RCHS to provide care, rehabilitation, and release into the wild.

Now we’re returning to our roots. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is proud to announce the addition of the San Diego Wildlife Center.

Here’s what you’ll want to know for now:

  • The San Diego Wildlife Center will be a resource in the north coastal region of San Diego County.
  • The San Diego Wildlife Center will care for injured, sick, and orphaned local wildlife.
  • The primary focus will be on songbirds, shorebirds, and squirrels.
  • We will work with our partners to ensure that all wildlife has a place to heal and a chance to return to the wild.

Please show your support for your local wildlife. Start by making a tax-deductible donation to the San Diego Wildlife Center.

  • Donate online – Click Here to go to the San Diego Wildlife Center donation page
  • You can mail your donation to:
    Rancho Coastal Humane Society
    C/O San Diego Wildlife Center Program
    389 Requeza St
    Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Drop off your donation at Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Thank you for supporting the San Diego Wildlife Center at Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Robin and Batman

A special treat this month. Robin and Batman are the pets of the month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Robin is a 1-year-old 7 pound, Domestic Short Hair cat with a Blue Cream coat. Batman is a 1-1/2 year old, 9 pound Domestic Short Hair with a Black and White coat. (Plus… he wears a mask!)

This dynamic duo is a bonded pair. They’re best friends for life and they’ll need to be adopted together. Someone dropped them off at another shelter at night with no explanation. The histories of Robin and Batman will remain a mystery. (Kind of like the other Robin and Batman.) While we don’t know about their pasts, it’s no secret that they want to spend their futures together.

Robin and Batman were transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter through the FOCAS program.

As a bonded pair you adopt one for $100 and the second is no cost. Their adoption fee includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuters, and microchips. For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.


Kennels and Cattery open 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day but Tuesday.

https://rchumanesociety.org/?pets=robin

Come and See Us – July 2017

Whether it’s here at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society or at one of our events in the community, stop by to say hello, meet the animals, and thank the volunteers.

Here are some of the activities that are coming up soon and some other events that you’ll want to jot down on your calendar:

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, August 13th during the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer. Visit the RCHS booth on “Rescue Row” at 425 Santa Fe Drive at the Encinitas Community Park between 12 PM and 6 PM. For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

Get your tickets now so you can come see us at the Padres game. Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, September 3rd during PETCO Park Adoption Sunday at 100 Park Blvd. in San Diego. See the San Diego Padres host the Los Angeles Dodgers and visit the RCHS booth at Park at the Park. For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

Buy your tickets in advance for this. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will host the annual Celebration of Second Chances on Saturday, October 21st at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. This year’s theme is, “It’s All About The Animals.” For more information, to learn about sponsorship, or to make a donation call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or Click Here for more information and to buy tickets.

We found a website where people post pictures of their wishes

Preparing this month’s Wish List we did an internet search and found a site where people post pictures of the things they wish for. It was fascinating!

There were lots of pictures of dresses and jewelry. There were cars, houses, and even babies.

Our Wish List isn’t as exciting at first glance. But the items on our Wish List have a better chance of changing the future and making life better for people and pets.

We didn’t see any pictures of used blankets or towels. Those are items that are on our Wish List every month. A blanket or towel gives a cat, dog, or rabbit some comfort while it’s waiting to be adopted.

Nobody on the website was wishing for a microchip scanner. At your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, a scanner can mean the difference between an animal going back home or sitting in a shelter overnight, wondering if it will ever see its family again.

Laundry detergent, toys for animals, and paper for the copier all make our list. That website….no.

Please take a minute to scan the Wish List. You might already have something we need. Something that will change the future and make life better for people and pets.

Please Click Here to view our Wish List

Saturday, August 19 is “Clear the Shelters Day” in San Diego

Any animal shelter volunteer or staff member will tell you that their greatest wish is to see empty kennels because all of the animals have been adopted.

That will be the goal on Saturday, August 19 when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society joins together with KNSD – NBC 7 television and other animal shelters and rescues for “Clear the Shelters” day in San Diego.

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up to find loving homes for pets in need.

The goal is to Clear The Shelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible. Again this year Shelters and rescues throughout San Diego County will be participating in Clear the Shelters.

For more information and to find participating shelters visit http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Clear-the-Shelters-Give-a-Pet-a-Loving-Home-383809431.html

Orson is Better Every Day – Friday, July 28th

Hard to believe that it’s been four months since we introduced you to Orson and asked for your help.

If you’re new to this story, here’s a recap. When Orson was a puppy someone dumped him beside a freeway in Mexico. A good Samaritan, a Baja Rescue group, and your Rancho Coastal Humane Society worked together to find him a home in the United States.

One of the bones in his right, front leg was too short. The pain in Orson’s leg caused him to favor his other legs and the pain got worse. Thanks to the generosity of RCHS donors, volunteers, and the news media, Orson got the surgery he needed.

He went into private foster care (Thank You Diane!)  with regular visits to Dr. Joshua Jackson at Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Since our last report, Dr. Jackson removed the fixator that was used to stretch the bone in Orson’s leg.

X-rays showed that Orson is healing nicely, but he needs another month of restricted activity to give the bone time to heal. After that, he’ll be ready to begin his new life with his forever family.

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 Here to view Orson’s profile web page.

You would think she’s seen everything, but this one caught her off guard

As a wife, mother, nurse, and Director of the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, you would think that Amy Silveira has seen everything. But a story she saw on the news recently was a new one on her.

“It was the puppy’s face that first caught my attention,” says Amy. “But it was that puppy’s story that touched my heart.”

The story was about a three-month-old puppy that someone abandoned at an airport in Las Vegas. A note that had been left with “Chewy” said, “My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford to get me on the flight. She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has no other option.”

It went on to explain that the owner’s ex-boyfriend kicked little Chewy. The woman who had to leave her puppy behind to escape with her life said that, as a result of the abuse, Chewy, “has a big knot on his head.” 

“We know this goes on every day. Domestic violence victims take drastic action to escape the next beating, to save their children, and to save their lives. This is the first time I’ve heard of a victim leaving their pet at an airport. She knew she had to get away to save herself, but her last thought before getting on the plane was to save her puppy.”

Amy says, “Battering occurs in all races, ages, socio-economic classes, religions, occupations, and education levels. Battering is almost never an isolated incident. Once someone batters, they’re going to do it again and it’s going to get worse.”

When we take animals into our homes we are making the same commitments that we make to the humans in our lives. We agree to provide for them and protect them. But when domestic violence threatens to harm them, Animal Safehouse is here to help. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is the safety net for the animals.

No victim is ever charged for the services provided by ASP. That’s why we need your help. Your donation can save a life.

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.

Easter Bunnies – Slightly Used

We know it’s going to happen. It happens every year. We can “guess-timate” when it starts, but it can start any time.

We’re talking about the day when the first “slightly used” Easter bunnies begin to arrive at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

This year we learned about it when RCHS Customer Service Manager Olivia Pires sent out this e-mail:

Our newest pair of bunnies (Diana and Aurora) are Easter cast-offs. I know it’s not Easter anymore, but this is a perfect example of why we warn people that pets are often not very good gifts for holidays or birthdays.

There were the phone calls and e-mails from others who wanted to know what to do about the tame rabbits running through their neighborhoods. One caller told us that their neighbor gets baby bunnies for their kids every Easter. Then, a few weeks later, the rabbits are set free to roam the neighborhood.

He can usually catch the bunnies, but, in the meantime, they attracted coyotes that also preyed on neighborhood pets.

So, here’s the deal.

  • Rabbits and other pets are a lifetime responsibility…not a holiday decoration.
  • If you have Easter bunnies in your neighborhood, you can save them and save other pets by catching them right away.
  • If you have a rabbit that you don’t want to keep, call RCHS for information about surrendering it to a shelter or rescue.
  • If you’re thinking about adopting a rabbit, come see us. We’ll explain the benefits and responsibilities of rabbit ownership.
  • Next year, buy stuffed bunnies, chocolate bunnies, or anything but living rabbits.

For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.


Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5:00 PM every day but Tuesday.

Did we hit $1-million at the Thrift Shop?

In last month’s Fetch we told you that Brian Cook, Manager at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop, was so close to hitting $1-million in sales for the fiscal year. SOOOOO CLOSE!

Every few days Brian would spotlight a new item. If it wasn’t sporting goods it was art work, clothing, furniture, and even a suit of armor! (Yes….A doggone suit of armor!)

How close did the Thrift Shop come to hitting that million dollar mark? As Maxwell Smart would have said in the old TV show “Get Smart,” “Missed it by that much.”

We went to the Thrift Shop to talk to Brian about it. He was busy sorting through some record albums and a box of donated books. “One quarter of one percent. That’s how close we came. We were at $997,500. If we had another $2,500 in sales for the year…less than seven dollars per day…we would have broken the million dollar mark for the first time in the 57 year history of the Thrift Shop.”

As he moved over to the Housewares and Electronics department where Linda was supervising while John and Other Brian were arranging a display of TV sets and laptop computers, Brian said, “With the San Diego County Fair, end of the school year, graduations, and summer vacations, June is usually a slow month. That was not the case this year. We were busy! And next year is going to be even better!”

“The bottom line is that we couldn’t do it without the volunteers. We sold 216,617 items this year. They handle every single item that comes in. If you take the big items and average them with the smaller items, we average $4.60. There’s no way we could handle that with just a few staff people. The volunteers made it happen and we’re looking forward to making it happen again this fiscal year. Only this year we’ll hit that million dollar mark…and more.”

As he always does, Brian reminded us, “The money raised at the Thrift Shop helps people and animals when they need it most. We have to be successful. Every animal deserves a tomorrow.”®

Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop is at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. If you have items to donate you can drop them off at the Thrift Shop or call 760-753-0970 to arrange for pick up. Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rancho-Coastal-Humane-Society-Thrift-Shop-488864151164635 

Just one more thing. Will somebody PLEASE buy that suit of armor? Brian’s been wearing it every day. Either buy it or donate a can of oil. He’s starting to squeak.

Our Kittens, Puppies, and Bunnies are on the Big Brother Live Feed

While many of us agree that our pets are in charge of our homes, the puppies, kittens, and bunnies from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will never become “Head of Household” during this 19th season of the CBS Television hit show “Big Brother.”

RCHS spokesman John Van Zante explains, “Every season during the TV show Big Brother, CBS sets up cameras throughout the house. The cameras can be seen by people who subscribe to CBS All Access. Once in a while, they need to turn off the live feeds. This can be for set construction, competition segments, or when they vote to evict someone and want to save that for the TV show.”

For the first 18 seasons, CBS ran video of a fish tank during these breaks. This year subscribers around the world are being treated to animals from RCHS.

John says, “On the first night of the season they introduced some of our kittens. The internet went wild. Twitter and the Big Brother chat rooms had comments from across the United States and around the world. One CBS official told us they had never seen that kind of response in the first 18 years.”

RCHS President Jim Silveira says, “This is an opportunity for us to showcase the quality pets that are available for adoption at Rancho Coastal Humane Society and across the country. The Live Feed reminds families to ‘Adopt…Don’t Shop.’ There’s a message on the screen that informs viewers that the kittens, rabbits, and puppies they’re seeing are at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It also encourages them to visit the shelters and rescues in their areas.”

For more information about the furry friends seen on the BIG BROTHER Live Feeds, please visit: http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_brother/news/1007318/introducing-the-big-brother-live-feed-furry-friends/

For more information about Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs and services for people and animals, please call 760-753-6413 or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.  

RCHS’s Kennels and Cattery are open 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day but Tuesday.

Orson’s recovery update – Friday, July 14th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Everyone,

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

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

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

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

Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop is at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. If you have items to donate you can drop them off at the Thrift Shop or call 760-753-0970 to arrange for pick up. Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rancho-Coastal-Humane-Society-Thrift-Shop-488864151164635/

2017 Events and Activities

For some additional event details, please Click Here to visit the RCHS Events Page.

August:

5: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
8: International Cat Day (Isn’t every day?)
13: Meet dogs from RCHS at the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
13-19: Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week. Donate to the pet food bank.
19: NBC Clear the Shelters Day
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
25: National Secondhand Wardrobe Day – Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop
26: National Dog Day (Isn’t every day?)

September:

  • Happy Cat Month
  • National Pet Memorial Month – Click Here to buy a brick at the Military Working Dog Memorial in honor of your pet

2: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
4: Labor Day (RCHS Closed)
10: National Hug Your Hound Day
Pet Rock Day (Yeah. We know. Kinda dumb.)
Grandparents’ Day (For pet grandparents, too.)
16: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
23: RCHS pets at SaltDog Classic at Seaside State Beach
24-30: National Dog Week
30: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

October:

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Learn how the Animal Safehouse Program at RCHS is the Safety Net for the animal victims of Domestic Violence.

1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week
4: Blessing of the Animals Day / World Animal Day
6: Fashion Week San Diego. See dogs from RCHS in the “Haute Dog
Fashion Show”
7: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
7 – 8: Meet RCHS pets at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
21: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
Celebration of Second Chances
29: Another National Cat Day
31: Halloween

November:

  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month

4: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
5: Meet RCHS pets at the Carlsbad Village Fair
5-11: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
18: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
19: Meet RCHS pets at the Encinitas Fall Festival
23: Thanksgiving (RCHS Closed)

December:

2: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
12-20: Chanukah
15: Cat Herders Day. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop.
16: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
15-17:  RCHS joins the Community Resource Center for “Holiday Food Baskets
for Pets”
24: Christmas Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)
25: Christmas Day (RCHS Closed)
26-1/1:  Kwanzaa
30: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
31: New Year’s Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)

How Can We Reach a Million?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will help to pay for:

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


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

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

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

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

Come see us in July

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

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

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

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