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Charity Navigator 4 Star Rating

Rancho Coastal Humane Society awarded 4 stars – Best in the state

Rancho Coastal Humane Society Awarded Four Charity Navigator Stars
For The Fourth Year in a Row
How do we earn that pesky seven-hundredths of one percent?

Four stars…the highest possible rating…has once again been awarded to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas by Charity Navigator, America’s Largest Charity Evaluator. Out of 100 possible points, RCHS earned a score and rating of 99.93.

In a letter to RCHS President Jim Silveira, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael A. Thatcher says, “Rancho Coastal Humane Society has earned our fourth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.”

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Rancho Coastal Humane Society exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 12% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Rancho Coastal Humane Society outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Rancho Coastal Humane Society apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Silveira says, “Charity Navigator identifies eight animal welfare organizations with perfect scores of 100. Just three of them are working animal shelters. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is the fourth highest Charity Navigator rated animal shelter in the United States and the highest rated animal shelter in California.”

Charity Navigator urges donors to research before giving.

  • Make sure the organization is a bona fide, tax exempt 501 (c)(3) public charity.
  • Examine the charity’s finances.
  • Ensure the charity is accountable and transparent.

They also recommend that you follow up on the charity in six months to a year to find out how it is using your money. If you’re pleased, investigate a longer term financial commitment. If not, start over again researching other organizations.

For more information about Rancho Coastal Humane Society, visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or call 760-753-6413.

For more information about Charity Navigator log on to

A message from Brian Cook, Manager of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop

For the past month, we’ve been giving you updates on our progress of making this the first fiscal year with $1-million in sales at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop.

The fiscal year ended on Friday, June 30th. On Friday morning Brian sent this message to the RCHS staff and volunteers.

Hello Everyone,

We are ridiculously close. With one day left we are at $995,500 in sales. We need $4500 to make the goal. Our average is 3k and our highest day ever is $4300. I will send out an e-mail at the end of the day with the final total.

How closely was Brian monitoring sales at the Thrift Shop? Here’s the message he sent out just 17 minutes after the Shop closed for the day and for the fiscal year.

The final tally was $997,850.00! Thanks for all your support. What a fantastic year! We are looking forward to breaking the 1M barrier next year!

As Brian is constantly reminding us, the best part of his job is that every donation and every item sold helps the animals. 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:

Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal Update – 1 week left and just $27,526 to go!

What’s a guy gotta do to get a helping paw?

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea is close to reaching $1-million in sales by the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. It will be the first time in the 57 year history of the Thrift Shop.
Manager Brian Cook opened the Thrift Shop on Friday morning, June 23rd needing $27,526 to reach the goal.
Please plan a trip to the Shop between now and the end of the month. Proceeds from the Thrift Shop help feed the animals, pay for medical care, educate children, feed the pets of seniors and veterans, and provide a safety net for the animal victims of domestic violence. Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook. For more information call the Shop at 760-753-0970.

Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal Update 2 – $47,650 to go!

We’re so close…And we still need your help!

For the first time since it opened in 1960 your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea could paw-sibly pass $1-million in sales for the fiscal year ending June 30th! (Click Here to view the original post).
We’re at $952,350 with two weeks to go. It’s a reachable goal…with your help.

Money raised by the Thrift Shop is used to help the people and animals served by RCHS.

  • It pays for spay and neuter surgeries.
  • Medical care and training for animals rescued from puppy mills and overcrowded shelters.
  • Pet Assisted Therapy visits to seniors in extended care facilities.
  • Rescue for the animal victims of domestic violence.
  • Humane education for today’s children who will become tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Food and other supplies from our Community Pet Food Bank that help keep families together.

Please stop by the Thrift Shop. If you haven’t been there in a while you’re in for a really pleasant surprise! Take a friend. Ask about the new RCHS Thrift Shop Gift Cards. Click Here to view more information about the Thrift Shop.

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

Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal Update – $69,100 to go!

We still have a long way to go and we need your help.

Last week we told you that the Thrift Shop is only $93,000 short of $1-million in sales for the fiscal year that ends on June 30th (Click Here to view the original post). After one week we’re at $930,900. That’s $69,100 to go!

This money helps find homes for animals, educate children, pay for spay and neuter surgeries, care for the pets of domestic violence victims, and so much more.

Please lend a helping paw! Clean out a closet or your garage then donate your unused items to the Thrift Shop. When you drop off your donations, browse through the antiques, jewelry, electronics, and one of a kind items.

Buy a Thrift Shop gift certificate for yourself or for someone else. They make great birthday, anniversary, or even Christmas presents. Watch for Thrift Shop sales items on eBay, Click Here to view current auction items.

Together… we can do this. Together… we save Lives.


Thrift Shop $1-Million Goal

We need your help to accomplish something that’s never been done in the 57-year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop.

On June 1st Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook sent this message to the volunteers:

Wow!  $93,000. May was the first month ever that sales were over 90k! Even better, May’s success put us back on track towards our march to $1,000,000.

Including May, sales are at $906,000 for this fiscal year that ends June 30th. If we can duplicate May’s success in June we will break $1,000,000 in sales!

This year has been an incredibly successful year for the Shop, thanks to all of your support and hard work.  Congratulations on an amazing month!

For the first time ever we could generate $1 million in sales in a single year.

This is money that helps to pay for:

  • Spay and neuter surgeries
  • Humane Education materials for children
  • Dog, cat and rabbit food for the pets in our kennels, cattery, and rabbitat
  • Vaccinations
  • Pet Assisted Therapy visits
  • The safety net of the Animal Safehouse Program
  • Keeping the Community Pet Food Bank stocked

Please take a few minutes to go through your closets, drawers, and garage to see if there are items you no longer use, but can donate to the Thrift Shop.

You can call 760-753-0970 to have a large donation picked up or you can drop it off at the Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. Take time to discover all the hidden treasures and one-of-a-kind items. Click Here for more information on your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop.

With your help, we can do this! At RCHS we believe that failure is not an option. Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow ®

Donation Matching Offer – May 2017

One of the favorite stories in the most recent “Fetch” e-newsletter from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society was about a generous RCHS volunteer who is asking your help to replace our aging (and often unreliable) washer and dryer.

She stops by the shelter almost every day. Most nights she takes home an animal to give it a break from the commotion. The information she provides is often all we need to match them with their new families.

She also gets a good look behind the scenes at RCHS. She couldn’t help but notice how often our washer and dryer are broken.

With all the blankets, towels, and beds it takes to run an animal shelter, we need industrial size laundry equipment. When either (or both) of them are broken, the dirty laundry stacks up really fast. In two days we can have a mound of dirty laundry more than six feet high!

Here’s what she’s doing about it…and how you can help.
She will match every dollar you donate to replace our old washer and dryer up to $4,000!

That means your $20 becomes a $40 donation. Your $50 donation becomes $100. That $200 that you got from your tax refund jumps to $400. And….your donation is tax deductible.
We can’t do this alone. We need you.


For more information or to make a donation visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or click here.

If Your Dog Runs Away…All You Have to do is “Whistle”

When a dog escapes from its house or yard, the hardest part can be locating it, even if it’s right across the street. Starting this Saturday, February 25th fifty people adopting pre-selected dogs from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas will be protected from that danger when they receive free “Whistle GPS Pet Trackers.” The trackers, that send your pet’s location and activity level to your smart phone, are being made available at no cost by Greater and Rescue Bank.

“Losing a dog is one of the most frightening things that can happen to a family,” says RCHS President Jim Silveira. “If you’re lucky, you’ll find it in your neighbor’s yard. But a frightened or confused dog can also take off running and be a mile away in just a few minutes. A dog wearing Whistle Pet Tracker can be located immediately.”

The Whistle Pet Tracker comes with a home base that tracks the dog’s location and activity level in your immediate area. If a dog leaves the area of the home base the Whistle Pet Tracker notifies the owner. Dog owners can take the home base along if they leave their home area or go on vacation. If a dog strays out of the range of the Whistle Pet Tracker the owner can follow the dog’s signal on their smart phone.

Silveira says, “When you enter your dog’s information it sets some daily activity goals. Throughout the day you can check your smart phone to see if your dog is being active or idle. At the end of the day you can see whether your dog met its activity goal, exceeded the goal, or if it needs more exercise. This can also be beneficial for dog owners if they use it as an incentive to get more exercise with their dogs.”

Another feature gives dog owners the option of logging the dog’s meals and receiving reminders when it’s time to give their dog its medication.

The Whistle GPS Pet Tracker normally sells for $79.95. The Whistle Trackers that will be given to adopters of the selected dogs come with a complimentary three-month subscription. After that the dog owners have the option to continue the service.

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

Fall Into Animal Camp

Nov 2, 2012

Fall camp will highlight how animals adapt to the upcoming winter months.  Children will learn about the migration of the Monarch Butterfly.  How the box turtle hibernates underground for months to survive the winter.   Children will have the opportunity to meet local wildlife and some other creepy crawly critters as we prepare for the upcoming fall.  Of course there will be opportunities to meet adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits too!  Spend a week in October playing games, making crafts and interacting with the animals here at Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

When:     Week 1: October 21-25            Week 2: October 28-November 1 
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Appropriate for ages: 6-12 years old
Cost:$200 for the week

To Register for fall camp please fill out the registration form and fax, email, mail or deliver in person with payment.  Registration is closed.  Fall camp is FULL.

We offer 2 weeks of animal camp in Spring so please check back for more information regarding our spring camp.  Questions about camp please contact the Education Department via email [email protected] or call (760) 753-6413

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