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Animals are assigned to color categories using any previous owner notes, general handling, as well as staff and volunteer observations.

As we continue to get to know them and gather further insights into their personalities, colors may be adjusted accordingly.

DOGS:

GREEN– Dogs in the GREEN category are usually good for first time dog owners. Dogs in the GREEN category are typically social with dogs and people, including kids, and they may even know some basic commands.

YELLOW– Dogs in the YELLOW category are generally confident and outgoing, social with dogs and people. They will need a little more guidance than dogs in the GREEN category to become upstanding canine citizens. Dogs in the YELLOW category are typically good for adopters who previously had a dog and are looking forward to developing their own positive training skills.

ORANGE– Dogs in the ORANGE category are commonly timid and will need some confidence building at first. Once dogs in the ORANGE category are comfortable, they will most likely be energetic and needing similar guidance to dogs that are in the YELLOW category. Dogs in the ORANGE category sometimes benefit from another confident canine in the home.

PURPLE– Dogs in the PURPLE category are very shy and will need equally patient adopters that have experience in confidence building. Dogs in the PURPLE category may also benefit from having another confident canine in the home.

BLUE– Dogs in the BLUE category will need experienced adopters. Ideally, adopters of dogs in the BLUE category will be knowledgeable in the area(s) the dog will be challenging; therefore, adopters should be willing to participate in a training plan to further the work staff and volunteers already have started. 


CATS:

GREEN– Cats in the GREEN category are usually good for first time cat owners. Cats in the GREEN category are typically social with cats and people, including kids.

YELLOW– Cats in the YELLOW category are generally confident and outgoing, social with people. They may need some time to warm up to their new family members. Cats in the YELLOW category are typically good for adopters who previously had a cat and are looking forward to developing their own skills.

ORANGE– Cats in the ORANGE category are best as the only animal at home. . Cats in the ORANGE category are typically good for adopters who previously had a cat and are looking forward to developing their own skills.

PURPLE– Cats in the PURPLE category are very shy and will need equally patient adopters that have experience in confidence building. Cats in the PURPLE category may also benefit from having another confident feline in the home.

BLUE– Cats in the BLUE category will need experienced adopters. Ideally, adopters of cats in the BLUE category will be knowledgeable in the area(s) the cat will be challenging; therefore, adopters should be willing to participate in a training plan to further the work RCHS staff and volunteers already have started.


RABBITS:

GREEN– Rabbits in the GREEN category are usually good for first time rabbit owners. Rabbits in the GREEN category are typically social with people, including kids.

YELLOW– Rabbits in the YELLOW category are generally confident and outgoing, social with people. They may need some guidance becoming upstanding rabbit citizens. Rabbits in the YELLOW category are typically good for adopters who previously had a rabbit and are looking forward to developing their own skills.

ORANGE– Rabbits in the ORANGE category are commonly timid and will need more time to adjust and warm up to people in the home. Rabbits in the ORANGE category are typically good for adopters who previously had a rabbit with a quiet home environment.

DOGS

DOGS

Adopt a dog and you’ll have a forever friend. Browse our available puppies and dogs ready for adoption.
CATS

CATS

Adopt a cat and you’ll have a forever friend. Browse our available kittens and cats ready for adoption.
RABBITS

RABBITS

Adopt a rabbit and you’ll have a forever friend. Browse our available rabbits ready for adoption.

COURTESY LISTINGS

As a service to the community, Rancho Coastal Humane Society offers Courtesy Listings for pet owners looking to rehome a pet. The listing will be placed on our website, as well as our two partner sites, Adopt-A-Pet.com and Petfinder.com. Please note that we ask for a one-time Fee of $50, and your listing will not expire. For information on the requirements and to get started, please email frontdesk@sdpets.org.

Featured Pet of the Week

Neon

  • Pit Bull Mix – Fawn

  • Female

  • 2 years

  • 46 pounds

Neon was running stray in the Imperial Valley. When she was picked up, she was with two Huskies and another female Pit Bull mix who looks like her. They were taken to a local shelter then transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through the FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program.

Because Neon is timid, she will need a loving family to help build her confidence. Once she understands that she’s in her forever home, she’s going to be ready for all kinds of adventures and training. She might like to have a dog friend in her new home.

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Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) finds new homes for more than one thousand animals ever year.

You may wonder where our animals come from? The answer is the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program. About 94-percent of RCHS animals arrive at our shelter through this unique program.

Co-founded by animal advocate Peggy Howell, FOCAS originated as a La Jolla-based nonprofit that helped place animals from county shelters into foster homes. Now a program of RCHS, each month our animal care teams visit area shelters that are at or nearing capacity. They evaluate, transport and intake animals that otherwise might not have a second chance for adoption in an overcrowded shelter.

RCHS also takes in animals that have been displaced due to natural disasters like floods, wildfires and hurricanes.  As a limited admission shelter, RCHS is able to keep an adoptable animal until it can be matched with an appropriate adopter.