About Us


Our Mission: 

Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and care of homeless companion animals, the rehabilitation of wildlife and the promotion of humane education through community outreach.


What We Do:

Founded in 1960 by a team of dedicated volunteers under the leadership of Maria K. Lloyd, RCHS is committed to strengthening the human-animal bond. What once was a family home located in Encinitas, California, is today a nationally recognized humane society still operating out of that same yellow house.


Our Programs and Services Include:

Dog, Cat and Rabbit Adoptions: Onsite, personalized adoption services that consider equally the needs of the pet with the desires of the family. All animals are vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered.

Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) and Shelter-to-Shelter Transfer Programs: Intake of animals from over or nearing capacity shelters, providing a second chance to animals that need it most.

Owner relinquishment: For pet owners who find they can no longer keep their animal.

Foster Program: RCHS network of volunteers who open their homes to animals in need, allowing RCHS to care for more animals at any one time.

Animal Safehouse Program: Temporary boarding or foster care for the victims of domestic violence and military veterans undergoing medical care.

Humane Education: Spring/Fall/Summer Animal Camps for children, as well as Kids Community Service volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Program: Provides an opportunity for community members to give back and help RCHS sustain its many programs and services.

Pet Food Banks: RCHS distributes thousands of pounds of pet food every year, enabling pet parents to feed their animals during tough financial times.

Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT): Animals certified in PAT visit senior centers, medical facilities and schools.

Community Events: From street festivals to offsite adoptions and the annual Celebration of Second Chances, RCHS actively participates and hosts community events that inspire compassion and understanding for animals.

San Diego Wildlife Center: A place for the North San Diego County community to take injured, sick or orphaned wildlife.

 Important Accomplishments and Statistics: 

RCHS maintains a four-star rating on Charity Navigator with a total overall score of 99.97, ranking fifth in the nation and highest overall in California.

RCHS is a Gold-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.  As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, RCHS relies on the generous donations of its supporters.

As part of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition, RCHS abides by the pledge that NO healthy, treatable animal will ever be euthanized for time or space. Our shelter stands with the Coalition and abides by the Asilomar Accord when it comes to serving the community and its animals.

Please click the links below for more detailed statistics on our accomplishments and reporting.



Rancho Coastal Humane Society Financial Statements  FY 2017-2018

Rancho Coastal Humane Society 990 – Tax Return FY 2017-2018


Asilomar Accord Statistics

RCHS 2014-2015

SDAWC FY 14-15 (7-1-14 to 6-30-15)