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.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to potentially adopt and interact with an animal, you must be present at the shelter with a completed pre-adoption application submitted to the front desk no later than 4:00 pm. All showings end at 4:30p.m.



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


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


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


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, and 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 call our shelter at 760-753-6413 during regular business hours.

Featured Pet of the Week


  • Domestic Short Hair cat with a Brown Tabby Coat

  • Male

  • 2 Years

  • 12 pounds

Owl is pet of the week at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

How do you get a cat named after a bird? Owl kitty has big eyes. He uses them to follow his curiosity and check out every room of his home. While we’ve all heard the old saying about curiosity and cats, that’s never going to be a problem for Owl. He loves finding a nice quiet perch on a window sill where he can watch the birds outside.

Can’t find the animal you’re looking for?

Try a search on and sign up for notifications for when a specific bread becomes available. All of our RCHS pets are listed on PetFinder too.