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Meet Tina. Just-tina.

You might say that she hit the ground running when Justina Kirkland joined your Rancho Coastal Humane Society as Coordinator of the Animal Safehouse Program. Within a few days she began taking in pets from domestic violence victims, veterans, and families in-crisis.

Within just a few days, Justina began changing lives.

RCHS created the Animal Safehouse Program in the late 90’s as the safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. While there were shelters for the human victims and their children, those shelters were not equipped to care for their pets. Pets left behind were likely to become the new victims. So the human victims stayed. They took the abuse so their pets didn’t have to.

When Safehouse took the pets that opened the door for the human victims to break the chain of violence and escape it changed lives. In some cases it saved lives.

In recent years ASP has grown to help others who needed temporary care for their pets. There are others in crisis situations who just need someone to take their pets so they can save themselves.

During her first week at RCHS Justina explained to us, “My name is Justina, but you can call me Tina. Just Tina.”

She discovered right away that the need for Safehouse has grown for veterans in recent years. Some require temporary hospitalization. They want their pets when they’re released. They just need someone to take care of them for a while.

Justina is looking at Safehouse and potential clients on a broader scale than ever before. She says the need is there, and it’s our responsibility to fill that need.

There is never a charge for the clients of the Animal Safehouse Program. All services for ASP clients are free. Our payment comes when a domestic violence victim escapes, a veteran comes to the shelter to pick up their dog, or when we reunite a pet with a family that has been going through difficult time.

For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program created by Rancho Coastal Humane Society or to make a donation log on to www.sdpets.org or call 760-753-6413. Better yet, visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

One of the most important rescues in our 58 years

It’s one of the most impacting and urgent rescues in the 58 year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We joined with other organizations to rescue 20 dogs and puppies from an Arkansas shelter where people were staging dog fights and using the shelter dogs as “bait.”

On the morning of October 25th we got a call from our friend Erin Boyd Robbins with Wings of Rescue. She had been monitoring the Humane Society of the Delta in Helena, AR where they had several break-ins. When the bad guys broke in through a fence, they would take dogs out of their kennels and force them to square off. In some cases they would throw dogs into other dog’s kennels to fight over food. In other cases they would bring their own fighting dogs and use the shelter dogs as “bait.”

There were always injuries. For the fortunate dogs, they were minor. For those less fortunate, they were fatal.

We need to point out two things.

  • These are not fighting dogs. These are pets forced into situations where they had no control.
  • The staff at Humane Society of the Delta was doing everything in their power to stop the break-ins. 

The Humane Society installed cameras, but the bad guys stole them. They got new cameras. The bad guys stole them, too. Staff members began doing drop-ins throughout the night. Eventually some staff members began sleeping at the shelter to protect the dogs.

Erin called us in the morning then things moved quickly. The dogs were driven from Helena, Arkansas to Clarksdale, Mississippi where they were loaded on a plane for a 6 hour flight.

 

RCHS staff was waiting when the Wings of Rescue flight sponsored by Greatergood.org landed in El Cajon at 11:30 that night. We unloaded the dogs then drove them to the shelter where they settled in for the night.

First thing Friday morning we began their health and behavior examinations. In addition to the tests we perform on dogs from this area, we’re also running tests for medical issues common in the south. RCHS is accepting donations to help cover costs…which is about $650 per dog.

As you’re reading this, the first of the adult dogs are becoming available. The puppies are expected to become available for adoption on November 9th.

We need you. We need your support. This is what we mean when we say “Together we Save Lives.”

For more information call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org, or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.®

Plane arrives:

First person off the plane:

First crate off the plane:

Second crate:

Third crate:

Fourth crate:

Barker:

Puppies on the tarmac:

Jessica cleaning a puppy:

Puppies in crates:

Erin Boyd Robbins:

How does my new puppy already know so much?

A few days after adopting her 3 month old puppy from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society a lady asked, “How does my puppy already know so much stuff?”

Like what?

She said it wasn’t 100%, but more than half the time he would “Sit” when she told him to sit. He was coming along great and learning to “Shake” and “Lie Down.”

Our staff and volunteers work on training and behavior every day here at the shelter. In the case of this puppy, his progress was because of his foster care provider.

When he was transferred from another shelter through our FOCAS program, he needed some medical attention, vaccinations, and neuter surgery. He recovered in a private home with one of our foster volunteers. By the time he was ready to be adopted, he already had a month of training.

Jessica Stergos is your RCHS Foster Coordinator. She says the Foster program is always active, but this summer was particularly busy. Between June and September there were 41 dogs and puppies and 133 cats and kittens in our Foster program. That’s 174 pets who might not have had a chance without our Fosters.

Jessica points out that that 133 cats and kittens includes 33 litters of kittens. It’s pretty easy to take in 8 week old kittens then find their new families in a few days. But when they’re only a week old, or five weeks or even seven weeks, they’re not old enough to be adopted and they need a quiet, comfortable environment.

While many shelters and rescues have Foster programs, a lot of them just aren’t able to handle these babies. Foster care volunteers are saving lives.

Find out how you can become a Foster Care Provider. Or, if this isn’t a good time for you to foster, please make a donation to help pay for the care of these pets until they’re ready to return to the shelter and be adopted from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

https://rchumanesociety.org/volunteer/foster/

How many ways can we Thank You?

You do so much to help the people and animals touched by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society that we’re running out of ways to thank you.

In Sweden it would be “Tack.” Italian for Thank You is “Grazie.” It’s “Merci” in France and “Danke” in Germany.

Please accept our sincerest “Arigato” for making the 2018 Celebration of Second Chances one of the most successful ever! This year’s Celebration raised almost $200,000.

There was a beautiful sunset over the ocean during the reception at Cape Rey Carlsbad. Great food and amazing auction items.

The highlight of the evening was when Tiffani Farrington shared her story about losing her dog, Lance, and how she met Declan when she came to RCHS to make a donation to help the dogs waiting to be adopted.

So tonight, I moved through my fear of public speaking. I stood up in front of 350 people to tell the story of losing Lance and finding Declan… and it was really beautiful how deeply people connected with our story. Thank you to Dean Janis for the introducing me to Rancho Coastal Humane Society and for the lovely introduction tonight… and thank you to Sam Tollin for helping me practice and review my speech, for accompanying me, and for providing so much love and support. This was an amazing night… much more to come!! Lots of areas to grow and improve, but that’s the fun part… I survived and actually enjoyed this experience tremendously!! ❤️❤️

Posted by Tiffani Farrington on Sunday, October 14, 2018

It’s the one night of the year when RCHS supporters and animal lovers gather to celebrate the pets in our lives. The pets who make our lives better. The bond we share thanks to animals who share our homes and our hearts.

As we said, there are lots of ways to say “Thank You.”

  • In our kennels it can be as simple as a wagging tail or a play bow.
  • In the cattery a gentle rub by a kitten or the purr of a cat.
  • In the rabbitat it’s a lick or a bunny dancing in a circle.

One more time….Please accept our thanks from the staff and volunteers of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society….where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

One more thing….be sure to watch the out-takes at the end.

Sunbear – The perfect dog

Sunbear had hyperthyroidism, a spot on her left eye, several broken teeth, hip dysplasia and arthritis in both hips, and poor appetite when she was transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter through our FOCAS program.

She was perfect!

Sunbear is a 6-1/2 year old, 65 pound, female, St. Bernard / Clumber Spaniel mix. She has a face and a smile that will melt your heart.

Two days after she arrived at RCHS, Sunbear had a behavior assessment.

Sunbear was easy and comfortable for handling and let us move her and lift her with no problem. She did have a hard time getting into the van and needed to be lifted. She met a crazy, 6 month old puppy and was fine with him being all over her. She was more interested in toys and attention from us.

With her health concerns, Sunbear spent quite a bit of time in our Medical department. Registered Veterinary Technician Lauran Ruiz took Sunbear home overnight to give her a break from the kennels.

  I took Sunbear on an overnight and she was a great houseguest. Respectful and unfazed by the 2 small grumpy senior dogs in the house. Playful and sweet with the young large pit mix, even did a couple play bows and playful barks. She stood by the back door to get let out to use the bathroom, no accidents inside. She even met 2 rabbits (through a baby gate) and was not particularly interested in them. Her tail never stopped wagging the whole time she was at our house.

There’s an old saying that, “Sometimes love sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” Lauren found her perfect dog in the room where she works. Now Sunbear is with Lauren every night. Her tail still wags constantly. And that smile…

The chances of a dog with Sunbear’s medical concerns being transferred from one shelter to another are not good. That’s taking somebody else’s problem and making it our problem.

Sunbear was able to come to RCHS…to meet Lauren…because of you! Your donations make it possible for us to provide the treatment that pets like Sunbear need. This is another example of what we mean at RCHS when we say, “Together we save lives.”

For more information or to make a donation visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

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

It’s that Wishin’ time of year.

Some of us still remember the thrill when the Sears “Wish Book” was delivered in the fall. We couldn’t wait to pour through it and pick everything we wanted for Christmas.

There were the store windows to watch so we could let our families know where they could find the perfect gifts that we wanted most.

Sometimes it was the newspaper that was conveniently opened to the ad for what you wanted then left next to Mom and Dad’s morning coffee.

For the people and animals served by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, every day is a wishing day. Most of our wishes are pretty simple.

  • We wish you would donate your gently used towels and blankets.
  • We wish you would drop off the clothing you no longer wear at the Thrift Shop.
  • We wish you would take a look at the Wish List as your planning to make year-end donations.
  • We also wish you would encourage your friends to join you in supporting the ongoing work of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

We can’t do this alone. As we’ve told you so many times, “Together We Save Lives.”

Right now we wish you would take a minute to scan the Wish List to see if there’s anything we need that you already have. Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

What’s that pig doing in your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop?

After 58 years you would think that nothing surprises us anymore when we walk into your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. You would think so. But…no.

We stopped next door at the donut shop, then walked past the bicycles and wets suits in Sporting Goods into your RCHS Thrift Shop to look for Halloween costumes. Two seconds later we heard someone ask, “Why is that swine in here?”

It wasn’t an angry question. More matter-of-fact. Like asking Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook “Where are the ugly Christmas sweaters?”

Other-Other Brian said, “Oh. That’s Loki. Belongs to one of the customers. Comes in here shopping pretty often. Nice pig. Last I saw, they were in Housewares talking to Other Brian about a waffle iron.”

Just then Brian (Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook…for those of you keeping score) walked in from the donation pickup truck (also known as “The Beast”) carrying a big screen TV. He put it on a shelf in the Electronics section, plugged it in. It worked like a charm. Brian tried to find Animal Planet.

Hey Brian. There’s a pig in the store.

“Oh, yeah! That’s Loki. Comes in once in a while. We were trying to find a Christmas sweater for him, but no luck today. He’ll keep coming back until he finds one that fits right. He has kind of an odd build.”

Just then Sue pushed a rack full of Women’s and Children’s clothing past us. When we could see him again, Brian was telling Sean, “That tux is totally you, man. Orange is your color!”

Brian. Back to Porky.

 

“Oh, yeah. Loki is one of the coolest pigs who has ever come into the Thrift Shop. Actually, he might be the only pig who’s ever come in here. But based on his behavior…any friend of Loki’s is a friend of ours.”

As Brian dashed off to help a woman try on a pair of “Yorkie Sneakers” he said over his shoulder, “Tell your friends. If they have items to donate they 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. Be sure to remind them. 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. ®

It’s almost too doggone hard to choose!

One of the most difficult parts of preparing Fetch each month is deciding which stories to tell and which donors to thank.

We thank everyone who bought tickets to the Celebration of Second Chances. There are the sponsors and everyone who made donations to the Live auction and the Raffle prizes. Lots of thanks to Cape Rey Carlsbad for hosting the Celebration.

Thanks to our friends Erin Boyd Robbins at Wings of Rescue and Susan Rosenberg at Greatergood.org for rescuing four dogs left behind when a flight of Hurricane Florence dogs was full.

Then we got a request from one of our media partners who was writing a story about the importance of volunteering. She asked about our volunteers. There are so many!

  • The Thrift Shop volunteers.
  • Volunteers at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center.
  • Foster care volunteers.
  • People who volunteer their time in the kennels, cattery, or rabbitat.
  • The volunteers who run the Community Pet Food Bank.
  • Pet Assisted Therapy volunteers and their trained dogs.
  • Special Events Volunteers.
  • The Media volunteers who take animals to TV and Radio stations.
  • Volunteers who help plan events.
  • Volunteers who work at those events.
  • Our all-volunteer Board of Directors.

RCHS Volunteer Coordinator Mary Pilon says that we have about 350 volunteers.  Some are here several days per week. Some are here for special events.

During September 2018 your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s volunteers donated their talent and experience to the people and animals we serve. They donated 2,044 hours of their time. That’s worth $59,460.

Without volunteers, there is no Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Find out how you can become a volunteer or donor. Call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas… where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Pet of the Month – Hugo Boss

The Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is Hugo Boss. He’s a 4 year old, 64 pound, male, Boxer.

Hugo Boss is very playful and a little bit silly. That’s pretty typical for a Boxer. When he says hello, Hugo is so excited that he likes to use his whole body. He would love to play with another friendly, respectful dog.

When he gets into his new home, Hugo and his family will want to continue his training as he learns all about his new life. This is no couch potato. His new family will need to make sure he gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation.

Hugo Boss was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter through the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program.

The $145 adoption fee for Hugo Boss includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

If this isn’t a good time to adopt, please make a donation by sponsoring a pet until it becomes available for adoption. After all, Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

https://rchumanesociety.org/pets/hugo-boss/

Events November

Fetch – October 2018 – Events Calendar

November:
Adopt a Senior Pet Month – There’s never a bad time for this.

1: Shop Under the Stars with RCHS at Carlsbad Premium Outlets
  3: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
  4: Daylight Saving Time Ends (Be patient with your pets.)
  Meet RCHS pets at the Carlsbad Village Fair
  5-9: Give Wildlife a Brake! Week – A great time to learn more about your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center.
  10: Join us for Dog Yoga at RCHS
Free lecture entitled “Backyard Birding” – RCHS Education Center
  5-11: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week – Thank you! We appreciate your appreciation!
6: Election Day – For Demo-Cats and Re-Pup-Licans
  12: Veterans Day Observed (Includes Military Working Dogs.)
17: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
  18: Join us for “Let The Fur Fly” benefiting Wings of Rescue at Burning Beard Brewery in El Cajon.
22: Thanksgiving (RCHS Closed)
23: Black Friday – Adopt – Don’t Shop!
  26: Cyber Monday – Visit the RCHS website at www.sdpets.org.

December:

  1: Encinitas Holiday Parade
  Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
2: Learn to Clicker Train your Cat at RCHS
  La Jolla Christmas Parade
  Chanukah Begins
  National Mutt Day (Like every other day.)
  14: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – Visit the Thrift Shop!
15: Cat Herders Day (Good luck with that.)
  15-17:   RCHS joins CRC in “Holiday Food Baskets for Pets”
  21: Underdog Day
24: Christmas Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)
25: Christmas Day (RCHS Closed)
  26-1/1:  Kwanzaa
  29: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
31: New Year’s Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)

President’s Letter October

I am energized.

Our Celebration of Second Chances allowed me to spend more time with our staff, volunteers, board members, donors and supporters.  Many people I met for the first time at the event said:  “I love Rancho Coastal Humane Society!”  Others commented: “I love being a kennel mate!”…“I wish I could come to the shelter every day!”…“I love Herald and Gerald’s new home!”… “I shop at the Thrift Shop all the time!” … “I need more puppies to foster!” …

There was a great deal of positive energy and enthusiasm for the new venue, the live and silent auctions, the presentations and the raffles!  The sunset was as spectacular as the attendance.

We raised over $200,000 for RCHS animals and programs, and we’re not resting – next year’s event is already being planned!     

Thank YOU for bringing your special energy and commitment to RCHS.  You strengthen the foundation and future of RCHS by supporting our mission, showing interest in our day-to-day activities, and participating in community outreach.  It is encouraging that donors have contacted us to discuss making their legacy gifts because that means that we are all looking forward and working to protect what RCHS has become and will continue to be.    

Our invaluable volunteers give us the gift of time and energy every day — dog walking at the shelter, sorting donations at the Thrift Shop, greeting potential adopters at the front desk, attending birds getting ready for release from SDWC’s aviaries, or simply cuddling our furry friends who are anxious to start their “happy ever after.”

It is a privilege to work with RCHS staff

  • who can rally in a matter of hours to rescue 20 dogs from Arkansas who are flying to safety with Wings of Rescue;
  • who are creative enough to make our “thank you” video – with outtakes;
  • who can revel in the release of a Cooper’s hawk rehabilitated at SDWC;
  • who care for our shelter pets with humor and good cheer (even when the puppies seem to poo immediately after kennel cleaning!); and
  • who share stories about successful adoptions as if they are remarkable surprises, not just “business as usual.”

With almost six months as the “Leader of the Pack,” my enthusiasm for the role comes easy because I am reflecting the energy you bring to RCHS.  We are entertaining new ideas and approaches in all program areas.  Nevertheless, we will stay the course, doing what we have done for decades – only better and MORE!

I am grateful to everyone who “shows up” for Rancho Coastal Humane Society.  Keep caring, keep giving, keep coming. . . you energize all of us with every interaction!

Sincerely,

judi sanzo

Come See Us November

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Thursday, November 1st from 5 to 9 PM during “Shop Under the Stars” at Carlsbad Premium Outlets at 5620 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, a souvenir tote, and savings at participating stores. For more information and to buy tickets call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, November 4th from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Carlsbad Village Fair. Visit the RCHS booth #306 across the street from Garcia’s Restaurant at 2968 State Street. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane during “Dog Yoga” on Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 to 11:15 AM at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. This class will be beginner vinyasa yoga so anyone will be able to participate, including kids (10 and older recommended.) Cost is $20 per person. Proceeds benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Register at http://dogyogawithheart.eventbrite.com.

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center presents “Back Yard
Birding – A workshop for bird lovers” on Saturday, November 10 th from 2 to 4 PM at the
RCHDS Education Center at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. For more information
visit https://www.facebook.com/SDWildlifeCenter/.

Meet dogs available for adoption at the “Let The Fur Fly” fundraiser on Sunday, November 18th from noon to 4 PM at Burning Beard Brewery at 785 Vernon Way in El Cajon. Salon Professionals of San Diego, Burning Beard Brewery, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and Labradors and Friends Rescue are joining paws to raise funds for Wings Of Rescue. Wings of Rescue flies animals in disaster areas and high kill shelters out of harm’s way and into safety.

Thursday, November 22nd. Thanksgiving. RCHS Closed.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane on Saturday, December 1st from 5:00 to 7:30 at the Encinitas Holiday Parade on Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane on Sunday, December 2nd from 10:30 to 4:00 at the 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “The Sounds of Christmas.” RCHS will participate with La Jolla Veterinary Hospital to promote the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

“Clicker Training Your Cat” will be the subject of a free workshop on Saturday, December 2nd from 10- 11:30 AM at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Topics include basics of clicker training, how to use it to solve common behavior problems, prevent future behavior issues, and improve your relationship with your cat. This is for humans. Leave your cats at home. The workshop is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to v[email protected].

We’re telling Newman’s story backward

Each month we tell you about a pet who needs medical care. You’ve helped to get hip surgery for a dog named Nami, our first ever knee surgery for a cat named Edgar, and lifesaving liver surgery for a four month old puppy named Tessa.

Newman’s story is different. Last month Judi Sanzo, President of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, told a lady visiting RCHS, “Newman is a wonderful dog and we feel challenged to make him well enough to become someone’s furry companion!  Right now, his movements are limited and we are working hard to keep him comfortable.”

Newman’s story touched her heart. She offered to help pay for Newman’s medical care. (There were some happy tears at RCHS that day.)

A few weeks later Judi told the donor, “The new orthopedic surgeon has determined that the right shoulder and both ‘elbows’ will be surgically repaired in this procedure. I have an estimate of $4,500 for the surgery and post-operative procedures.”

 Then came this reply.

I was able to send $3,500, which is short $1,000 for the surgery.  I can do more next month…” 

Newman’s surgery went well. He returned to RCHS and kissed every staff member. We’re trying to keep him calm and prevent him from putting too much weight on his front paws. The surgeon is recommending underwater treadmill therapy and we are looking into making those arrangements. Our thanks to all the donors who are helping us pay for Newman’s surgery-related expenses, physio-therapy and continued care. 

OMG, this just melts my heart.  He is getting such good care and it sounds like
everyone is doing the best possible for him!  I’m so happy and I so hope it all
continues on a good note for Newman. 

 We did adopt our Meeko that day instead, but we always have Newman in our
hearts. 


Sometimes the pet who needs you most is not the pet you adopt. Newman is perfect for someone. He will find his perfect home, thanks to the kind family who adopted Meeko.  

While some stories are more dramatic than others, your donations to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Medical Fund are saving lives and helping to place pets in their forever homes every day.

Please make a donation. Call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas… where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Holy Guacamole! Tickets to the Celebration of Second Chances are almost gone!

It’s a San Diego Thing. There’s so much fun stuff to do here that people wait until the last minute to make plans. You can go to a ball game, picnic at the beach, drive up to the mountains, or stroll around Balboa Park. All without making plans in advance.

Just a few years ago, you could wait until the last minute to decide whether or not to attend your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Celebration of Second Chances.

That’s changed. If you’re planning to join us, you need to make plans…soon.

The 2018 Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at Cape Rey Carlsbad starts at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 13 with a VIP Cocktail Reception with RCHS President Judi Sanzo. All guests will enjoy the sunset on the beach, music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffle and silent auction, grab bags, and prizes from 5:30 to 7:00. https://www.caperey.com/

The program with a plated vegetarian dinner, wine, coffee, and dessert starts at 7:00. CBS News 8’s Jeff Zevely and his wife, Heather, will return as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies. (Thanks Heather and Jeff!)

Live auction items are amazing this year!  Watch for our previews, and be ready to join in the bidding!

There might still be a few VIP tickets for $350. If you hurry, you might be able to grab one of the $225 spots for regular seating. https://rchumanesociety.org/events/celebration-of-second-chances-2/

Make a plan to join us at the Celebration at Cape Rey Carlsbad.

If you have questions or need more information visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, log on to www.sdpets.org, or call 760-753-6413.

Fetch September 2018 – Pets of the Month – Marlin and Coral

The Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is actually two pets! Marlin and Coral are a bonded pair who need to be adopted together.

  • Marlin is a 3 year old, 12 pound, Domestic Short Hair with a Buff, Tabby coat.
  • Coral is an 8 year old, 15 pound, Domestic Short Hair with a Calico coat.

Marlin and Coral were living together in the same home until their family moved and surrendered their cats to a local shelter. From there, they were transferred to RCHS through the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program.

Coral is more reserved and shy.  Marlin’s role in this relationship is that he comforts Coral and reassures her that everything is going to be okay.

They prefer to live in a quiet home without a lot of commotion. We think they might like some older kids who will be respectful of them.

Here’s how it works with this bonded pair of cats. You pay Marlin’s $100 adoption fee. Coral’s fee is waived.

The $100 adoption fee for Marlin and Coral includes their medical exams, up to date vaccinations, her spay, his neuter, and registered microchips for both of your new cats.

For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

If this isn’t a good time to adopt, please make a donation by sponsoring a pet until it becomes available for adoption. After all, Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Marlin and Coral (Bonded Pair)

President’s Letter September 2018

As the “Leader of the Pack,” I am determined to make Rancho

Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) the best it can possibly be.

Determined to make RCHS the best partner to our rescue and shelter partners, we will continue to use the FOCAS program to relieve overcrowded county shelters and continue to work with Wings of Rescue in disaster relief and pet evacuations.

Determined to make RCHS the best animal care facility for our shelter pets, we will continue to deliver healthy, social, adoptable companion pets that match the needs of the pets with the desires of families seeking to adopt.

Determined to make SDWC the best temporary care facility for wildlife patients, we will continue to respond to community demand for the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured or abandoned wildlife.

Determined to reach The Thrift Shop revenue goals, we will continue to improve the look and feel of the store, expand our home goods division, recognize volunteer participation and community donations, and promote goodwill in the Encinitas/Cardiff community.

Determined to make RCHS the best Volunteer opportunity in Southern California, we will be opening new positions for volunteers who bring incredible skills and experience to the shelter every day.  You will see volunteers as front desk attendants, adoption ambassadors, adoption counselors, kennel mates, dog walkers, pet food bank and pet-assisted therapy coordinators.

Determined to expand each of our programs that deliver services to humans in crisis, our Animal Safehouse Program, Foster Program, Pet-Assisted Therapy Program and Community and Military Pet Food Banks are proof positive that we will continue to identify and address the needs of our human community.

Determined to build our new Medical and Education Centers, we will continue to work closely with consultants, advisors, engineers and biologists to satisfy the U.S. Army Corps (ACOE), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Coastal Commission (CCC), and the City of Encinitas (City), all involved in the permitting process.

Determined to earn the 0.03% needed to give RCHS a 100% Charity Navigator score to accompany our 4-Star rating, we will continue to be financially accountable and transparent to donors, corporate partners, sponsors and foundations.

Determined to fill the Cape Rey Carlsbad ballroom for our annual fundraiser, Celebration of Second Chances, we will welcome and entertain you – our generous donors, our corporate partners, our sponsors, our volunteers and our staff.

Determined to nurture relationships that allow us to strengthen the human-animal bond, we need your continued support.  RCHS is grateful for your loyalty and confidence.  Your commitment to RCHS drives us to be the best we can be.

judi sanzo

Upcoming Events

October:
            Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (Every month!)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month – A perfect time to find out how you can support the Animal Safehouse Program at RCHS.

1-7:     National Walk Your Dog Week
4:         World Animal Day
6:         Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
13:      Celebration of Second Chances at Cape Rey Carlsbad
16:       Global Cat Day
20:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
22 – 26 and 10/29 – 11/2:  Fall Animal Camp
26:       Black Cat Day
28:       Hyatt’s Yappy Hour at Sally’s Fish House – 2- 5 PM
29:       National Cat Day
31:       Halloween – Keep your critters indoors and safe!

November:
            Adopt a Senior Pet Month

1:         Shop Under the Stars at Carlsbad Premium Outlets
           3:         Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
4:         Daylight Saving Time Ends (Be patient with your pets.)
5-11:   National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
10:       Clicker Training your Cat at RCHS from 10- 11:30 AM
17:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
National Adoption Day (For people and pets.)
22:      Thanksgiving (RCHS Closed)
            27:       Giving Tuesday

December:

1:         Encinitas Holiday Parade
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
            14:       National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
15:       Cat Herders Day (Good luck with that.)
15-17:   RCHS joins CRC in “Holiday Food Baskets for Pets”
            21:       Underdog Day
            24:      Christmas Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)
25:      Christmas Day (RCHS Closed)

29:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
            31:      New Year’s Eve (RCHS Closes at 3:00)

Why is Brian wearing an eye patch and one cowboy boot?

Earlier this week we delivered some clothing and a donated TV set to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook was scampering between the Children’s Clothing department and the Electronics section. We noticed he was wearing a cowboy boot and a patch over his eye. Ya know what we mean? Like a pirate. We had to ask.

“We’re putting together Halloween costumes for Thrift Shop customers. It happens every year around this time. At first we think we won’t have enough space for all the donations. Then a flood of customers comes in and we get to restock with all the new donations. The inventory changes every hour.”

By now Brian and Other Brian had moved along. They were unloading a donated couch that they had just picked up from a home in Carlsbad. We told Brian that everyone knows the Thrift Shop is an amazing place to shop for Halloween costumes, but why was he wearing an eye patch and just one cowboy boot?

“Oh, that. My hands were full and I couldn’t carry both of the cowboy boots. I put this one on to remind me to get the other one out of the truck.”

And the eye patch?

“Same thing. There’s another one around here somewhere. Ya know….it’s really hard to see when you wear both of them. But it’s sure a lot of fun pretending I’m a pirate! Avast Other Brian! Thar’s a matching chair on the truck. Fetch it or you’ll walk the plank!”

Other Brian rolled his eyes and mumbled “Aye, Aye Cap’n” as he and a Thrift Shop volunteer headed through the housewares section and out to the truck. It sounded like they were talking about a mutiny if Brian didn’t stop with the pirate talk.

Brian was now by the jewelry counter asking if anybody knew how to buckle a swash. “I can’t be a swash buckler with an unbuckled swash!”

It was time to leave.

It’s a fascinating time of year at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. And, as Cap’n Brian reminds 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.

Look at this little cutie who dropped in with her mom to pick out her first Halloween costume! Her name is Clara and she is 13 months old! Thanks for shopping with us Clara!

Posted by Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Friday, September 21, 2018

One Lucky Duck

When the door opens at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad, we never know what to expect.

Recently a couple brought us a mallard that they spotted walking in circles in the middle of a road. They weren’t sure what to do. Was it sick?  Should they try to catch it? Would it attack them? If they left it there, it probably wouldn’t survive. They had to do something.

Since the bird was not able to fly, it wasn’t hard to catch. Now that it was safe, they brought it to the San Diego Wildlife Center. From what they told us, we knew they made the right choice by bringing the injured bird to us for help.

This was a beautiful, adult, male mallard. He could walk, but he wouldn’t even try to fly.

At first glance he looked okay. But when we examined him closer, we realized that there was an emaciated bird under those thick, downy feathers. The initial prognosis was not good, but we don’t give up easily.

We couldn’t find any broken bones. We started his treatment by providing him with heat, hydration, a convalescent diet, and a really comfy place to sleep.

It was amazing the difference in him after a few weeks of rest and good nutrition. We moved him to a pen where he could soak in a tub. He loved it! He even made a few test flights when we opened his pen.

We’ve asked him what happened, but his beak is sealed. Here’s our best guess based on decades of experience. In the late summer, when male mallards molt their flight feathers, they can’t fly or get away from predators. Males stay together in clumps. It makes them more vulnerable, but it makes it easier to feed. We think this guy got separated from his group and ended up with no food or safety.

Now this lucky duck is in one of our flight cages, building up his muscles so we can release him.  He’s also sporting some pretty impressive new feathers to show off to the ladies once he rejoins them.

Make a donation to help pay for medical treatment and recovery for the wildlife being cared for at SDWC. Together we save lives. ®

Keep asking the questions until you’re confident with the answers

In the Spring your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center is flooded with calls about baby orphaned and injured animals. In December people want to know if it’s a good time to adopt a pet. In January and February they call for advice about training their new pets.

September and October bring questions from animal lovers who are planning to make year-end, tax deductible, donations to help animals. “How do I know who I can trust?”

There’s more to it than throwing money at a problem. There’s a responsibility to make sure your donations are being used the way you intend them to be used.

We could toot our own horn, but you need more than that. We encourage you to visit https://www.charitynavigator.org/  (If you want to click on it now and type in Rancho Coastal Humane Society….go ahead. We’ll wait.)

  • The first thing you’ll notice is that RCHS earned four stars. Their best rating.
  • Out of 100 possible points, RCHS earned 99.97.
  • We’re always interested in “Fundraising Efficiency.” That’s how much money a charity spends to get you to give them a dollar. It’s fascinating to see charities who spend ¼ to ½ of a dollar to persuade you to donate that dollar.
  • You’ll see that RCHS is completely transparent. That’s a term that non-profits use to tell you that we don’t keep secrets. You have questions? Ask them.
  • The next section tells you how much money we took in, where it came from, and how we spent it. You deserve to know that.
  • Then there’s a section where you can compare RCHS to other non-profits who do what we do. If you don’t see an organization that interests you, go back up to the top and type in a charity that you want to know more about.

Charity Navigator is independent. You can trust them.

Just one more thing. We told you we have 99.97% out of 100%. According to Charity Navigator, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is the 5th highest rated animal shelter in the United States. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.results&cgid=1&cuid=2&overallrtg=4&scopeid=1&sortby=overallrtg

If you have any ideas about how we can pick up that doggone 0.03%, we sure would like to hear them.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Together We Save Lives and we believe Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®