A story that makes you go WOW!

A story that makes you go WOW!

Even though the Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) has been saving people and their pets for more than two decades, we were stunned when ASP Director Justina Kirkland presented this new statistic:

Although San Diego is reported to be one of the nation’s safest large cities, statistics show that 51% of women killed in our city are killed by their abusive partners.

Why isn’t more being done to stop this? Tina says, “Due to overcrowding and a lack of resources, our city does not have pet friendly shelters. This closely reflects the national average of only 3% of the shelters being pet friendly. With nearly 50% of victims reporting that they delay their escape for fear of what may happen to their pets, ASP is providing an essential solution. We recognize the link between animal abuse and family violence by creating a secure and safe environment for the pets of people escaping violence.”

In March, a black Maltese mix named “Mike” was accepted into ASP. Her owner, Catherine, and her three children, were no longer safe. Like most of us, Catherine felt that Mike was one of her children. She refused to leave him behind with her abuser.

ASP helped Catherine to gain safety and independence.  While Mike was in our program, Catherine and her children were able to begin recovery for the psychological injuries they endured. She also was able to establish a home, start college, begin working, and ultimately reunite with Mike.


All of our RCHS departments work together to provide services for ASP clients. Our kennel staff and volunteers give extra care and attention. Foster volunteers ensure these pets are not out of a home environment for an extended time. Our medical staff makes sure the pets are healthy. ASP clients and pets leave RCHS with food, supplies and other resources essential to their transition to a safe home environment.

There is never a charge for the services provided by ASP. Find out how you can help. Visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org. At your Rancho Coastal Humane Society we believe that Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®