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Let’s talk about Big Tex and how YOU can help find him a home

Big Tex is a big hit everywhere he goes.

  • Now that summer Animal Camp has begun, he’s the campers’ favorite dog.
  • As Pet of the Week, Big Tex made friends at all 7 of the seven i-Heart San Diego radio stations.
  • When Big Tex appeared on the America Trends show on Youtoo America TV, he rolled over onto his back during the interview so the host could rub his tummy.

Big Tex is a 5 year old, 95 pound, marshmallow who wants to sit on your lap and give kisses (if it’s okay.) He has no idea that he’s a big dog. You’ll have to remind him that, even though he has a license, he can’t drive.

  • Big Tex also has no idea that his left hind leg hurts because of a ruptured ligament that needs surgery.
  • He doesn’t understand that he needs a tooth pulled to ease his pain when he eats his breakfast.
  • He wasn’t responsible when a previous owner had him vaccinated with a rabies vaccine that is not accepted in California.
  • And he doesn’t realize that those red spots on his belly need treatment…and the sooner the better.

Anyone who works or volunteers at an animal shelter will tell you that we try not to have favorites. But, then there are the dogs like Big Tex.

They’re so innocent. They’re so trusting. No matter what’s going on with them, whether they’re in pain, how many times owners made bad decisions that hurt them….they want to be closer. They want to sit on our laps. (Even if they weigh 95 pounds.)

Big Tex needs your help. He’s been the victim of one bad human decision after another.

His medical treatment is not going to be cheap….even with the discount his surgeon gives us.

Your donation to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Medical Fund can help get Big Tex the treatment he needs. The treatment he should have already had. The treatment he deserves. The treatment that will change his life and the lives of his new family.

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. ®

We’ve had some Lifesaving “firsts” lately

Two months ago we told you about Edgar, a cat who needed a surgery to repair his luxating patella. (That’s Doctor speak for a floating kneecap.) It was the first time in the 58 year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society to perform this surgery on a cat. You responded with donations, Edgar had his surgery, and he’s been adopted!

Now we have another “first” to report.

A Miniature Schnauzer puppy named “Tessa” was just one month old when she went home with her new owner. (That’s way too young.) When the woman noticed that her puppy seemed lethargic she took her in for tests that revealed poor liver function. The puppy was surrendered to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and, after three months in private foster care with a volunteer, she was scheduled to have surgery to repair a Liver shunt. Even with the discount the surgeon offered, our cost could still run up to $4,500.

“She was 4 months old,” says RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool. “The blood vessel leading into her liver was not providing blood to the liver. Without the surgery, Tessa would probably live less than a year. With the surgery, she can live a normal life.”

We shared her story and the donations began to trickle in. One that really touched our hearts was from a wonderful, retired, lady who told us she didn’t have ten dollars, but she would send ten dollars the following week when she got her social security check. We wanted to tell her to use the money for herself, but she was adamant.

We didn’t have enough to pay for the surgery, but Tessa’s life was at stake. We took a leap of faith and scheduled her procedure, hoping RCHS supporters would respond.

Even the surgeon had to admit that Tessa did great and her recovery was ahead of schedule. She was expected to recover in the hospital for two or three days, but she was able to return to her foster home the day after surgery!

We’re still taking donations to the Medical fund to help pay for Tessa’s surgery. Please help. If there’s anything left over, it will go on to help other pets with medical needs.

As for Tessa….She’s still in foster care. When she’s released by her doctor, we have several people who want to take her home. The home where she will live a long, normal life…thanks to you.

To make a donation call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

 

Tessa’s doing GREAT!

We recently introduced you to a Miniature Pinscher puppy named “Tessa.” She was only one month old when she went home with her new owner. Poor little Tessa had no energy and she couldn’t keep her food down. It was sad!

Her owner took her in for tests and learned that Tessa had poor liver function and it was going to cost thousands to get her fixed.

The puppy was surrendered to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) where she went in to private foster care for almost three months, until she was ready for the surgery that would save her life. A surgery that could cost up to $4,500.

RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “Without the surgery Tessa would probably live less than one year. With the surgery to restore her liver function, she will go on to live a normal life.”

Tessa’s owner told us she wasn’t playful the way puppies normally are at that age. What she was able to eat resulted in digestive distress. Blood tests and an ultrasound revealed an abnormal blood vessel bypassing normal circulation through her liver. She needed a surgery to place a band around the abnormal blood vessel which should allow for normal flow through her liver.

We told Tessa’s story then took a leap of faith and scheduled her surgery. There wasn’t enough money in the medical fund to pay for the surgery, but we felt confident that our RCHS supporters would respond.

Dr. Joshua Jackson performed the surgery. We were expecting for her to spend two or three days in recovery, but the next day Dr. Jackson said Tessa was doing great and she could return to her foster home!

We’re still taking donation to help pay for Tessa’s surgery. Please help. If there’s anything left over, it will go on to help other pets with medical needs.

To make a donation call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

Tessa in her foster home.

This Won’t be the First Time We’ve Done This, but it will be the First Time We’ve Done it This Way.

Holding a “Blessing of the Animals” is not unusual for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. There have been dozens of them during the 58 years since the shelter opened.

Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 AM will be the first time ever that we’re holding a Blessing of the Animals by Tibetan Monks at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad.

SDWC Director Trish Jackman explains, “These are Tibetan Monks who live in a monastery in India. They’re touring America. While they’re here in San Diego, they will come to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center on Saturday, May 12th to bless the wildlife under our care.”

After the blessing of the wildlife, the Monks will step outside to a tent where they will meet local animal lovers who wish to have their pets blessed. The cost for the blessing is $10 per pet. Half of the proceeds will come to the San Diego Wildlife Center and the other half will go to the Monks to help them continue their work and pay for their travels.

Trish says it’s a nice coincidence that the Blessing of the Animals by the Monks will take place on the day before Mother’s Day, May 12th. “The relationships between people and their pets are often like a parent/child relationship. That makes this a perfect day for this Blessing.”

According to Trish, the Monks are scheduled to arrive at SDWC at 9:00 AM. They will enter the building and begin the blessing of the wildlife. That’s expected to take approximately 45 minutes.

They will step out of the building and into two tents in the parking lot. The Blessing of the Animals for the public is expected to run from 10:00 AM to noon.

For more information about SDWC, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, log on to www.sdwildlife.org, call 760-621-6888, and be sure to “Like” SD Wildlife Center on Facebook: fb.com/SDWildlifeCenter

Answers to Common Behavior Questions: What Cat Parents Want to Know – Sat. April 28th

Saturday, April 28th 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Get the answers to your most pressing cat questions!

  • How can I tell if my cats are playing or fighting?
  • What do I do if my cat goes outside the litter box?
  • How do I get my cat to stop waking me up in the middle of the night?
  • And, more!

This free class will be held in the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Education Center (at the rear of the property, in Cricket’s Corner Dog Park)

389 Requeza St. Encinitas, CA 92024

R.S.V.P. to [email protected] or 760-753-6413, ext. 109

You Snooze….You Lose….and So Do the Animals

 

It’s a San Diego thing. We wait until the last minute to make plans.

That is NOT the case with your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s 2017 “Celebration of Second Chances” coming up on Saturday evening, October 21st at the Del Mar Country Club at 6001 Country Club Drive in Rancho Santa Fe. The theme is “It’s All About The Animals.”

That’s more than three weeks away and tickets are already 85% sold out!  

So here’s the deal. If you haven’t already bought your tickets, or you want to buy more tickets and bring some friends, you really need to do it now. Here’s the link. https://rchumanesociety.org/2017-celebration-tickets/

As RCHS President Jim Silveira says, “We make no bones about it. This is a fundraiser. We’re not going to beg. We’re not going to show sad videos. But if you want to see some of the really great things that RCHS is doing to serve people and animals, then we want you to join us. Our Charity Navigator rating of 4 stars and 99.93 out of 100 possible points is your proof that RCHS is one of the most trustworthy animal welfare organizations in the entire United States.”

Here are the details:

  • The Celebration of Second Chances begins with a cocktail reception. Stop by the ATM to pick up a couple 20’s for your raffle tickets.
  • Jeff Zevely, host of the “Zevely Zone” on CBS News 8, will co-host with his wife, Heather. It’s also the world premiere of a video created by Emmy Award winner Zoya Popova.

“It’s All About The Animals,” isn’t just an event title. It’s what we do every day. And we want you to be a part of it.

  • VIP level tickets at $300 include a cocktail reception with Jim Silveira.
  • Tickets for the Premier level reception beginning at 5:30 are $200.

For tickets or information about how to become a sponsor or donor visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or buy your tickets right now, before they’re all gone, at https://rchumanesociety.org/2017-celebration-tickets/

 

Orson with new family

It’s official – Orson adopted Thursday morning!

Orson’s adoption was finalized on Thursday morning. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society would like to thank everyone who followed his progress and supported him throughout his journey to find his forever home.

Click the following link to watch a video of Orson with his new family: https://www.facebook.com/rchumane/videos/10154838801187997/

Click the following link read more about Orson’s journey on the local news site the Del Mar Times: http://www.delmartimes.net/encinitas-advocate/news/sd-cm-enc-0901-orson-20170824-htmlstory.html

Orson is About to go Home

Orson is a dog who captured the hearts of Rancho Coastal Humane Society supporters and animal lovers across the country when his story was released to the news media four months ago. Now he’s going to be adopted and begin the life he nearly missed.

  • He was a puppy abandoned by the side of a freeway in Mexico.
  • Orson arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters.)
  • When he was adopted Orson needed surgery to repair a leg that was too short.
  • Orson was returned, without the surgery, and in need of medical care.
  • Donations arrived and Orson had surgery.
  • A fixator was installed to stretch a bone in his right, front leg. It worked!
  • Orson began pool therapy at Cutting Edge K9 Rehab.

After weeks of healing in the home of a RCHS Foster Care volunteer, Orson’s surgeon, Dr. Joshua Jackson at Veterinary Specialty Hospital, has released him.

“We received dozens of applications from families who wanted to adopt Orson,” says Kathy Zerkle, RCHS Vice President of Adoption Services. “Some of them have adopted other dogs. Others changed their minds. Interestingly enough, it’s Orson’s foster care provider who had applied right away and will be giving him a forever home.”

Zerkle says that, while Orson’s surgery was a success, there will be some long term effects. “He’s able to use the leg, but because of the damage before the surgery, Orson will have a slight limp. His family will need to be watchful for arthritis. Even with these minor issues, Orson’s life is so much better. The pain is gone.”

Orson’s adoption will be finalized on Thursday, August 24th at 11:15 AM at Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. After that Orson will begin the life he deserves…he life he almost missed…in his forever home.

Orson is Better Every Day – Friday, July 28th

Hard to believe that it’s been four months since we introduced you to Orson and asked for your help.

If you’re new to this story, here’s a recap. When Orson was a puppy someone dumped him beside a freeway in Mexico. A good Samaritan, a Baja Rescue group, and your Rancho Coastal Humane Society worked together to find him a home in the United States.

One of the bones in his right, front leg was too short. The pain in Orson’s leg caused him to favor his other legs and the pain got worse. Thanks to the generosity of RCHS donors, volunteers, and the news media, Orson got the surgery he needed.

He went into private foster care (Thank You Diane!)  with regular visits to Dr. Joshua Jackson at Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Since our last report, Dr. Jackson removed the fixator that was used to stretch the bone in Orson’s leg.

X-rays showed that Orson is healing nicely, but he needs another month of restricted activity to give the bone time to heal. After that, he’ll be ready to begin his new life with his forever family.

Orson is a two-year-old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or Click Here to view Orson’s profile web page.

Orson’s recovery update – Friday, July 14th

Here’s the latest update on Orson. He’s the dog we began telling you about three months ago when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society raised funds to pay for a surgery that would stretch a bone in his leg so he could walk without pain. A few days ago Orson had an appointment with his surgeon, Dr. Joshua Jackson, at Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Dr. Jackson removed the fixator (that’s the device that was stretching his leg bone.)

X-rays showed that the surgery and follow up treatment have been successful. Orson is expected to remain under medical care in the home of a RCHS foster care volunteer for another month.

His next medical appointment is scheduled for the first week of August. If all goes as expected Orson will be available for adoption after that.

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

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or to search our adoptable animals online, please Click Here.

Update on Orson’s recovery

The surgeon continues to monitor him following the surgery to lengthen a bone in his leg. He’s been going in every four days. We’re hoping that with the progress he’s made, the check-ups can be cut back to once every two weeks.

He remains in private foster care with a Rancho Coastal Humane Society volunteer. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a foster volunteer, please Click Here.

Thank you for the donations you’ve made and the donations you continue to make to help give Orson the life he deserves. If you would like to donate to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society today, please Click Here.

Even better than expected – Orson’s first follow up after surgery

Orson dropped of at foster's home

Yesterday we told you that Orson was going in for the first follow up after the surgery to stretch the bone in his right, front leg. This morning we took him to Veterinary Specialty Hospital where he saw Dr. Joshua Jackson, who performed the surgery.

Normally in this situation, the animal would be anesthetized for the exam x-rays, and adjustment.

Orson was a champ! He remained calm through the whole thing and we were able to load him up and return him to his foster care provider.

Above is a picture of Orson in the front yard of his foster home and below is one of Dr. Jackson examining him.

Here’s a video of him being picked up at his foster home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbc77FsObEI

A video of him going into the hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvLEjB5QTP8

And Dr. Jackson examining Orson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UNh6nnSkrY

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or click on the donate image below.

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Orson with Dr Jackson

Thank you for helping us pay for Orson’s surgery!

Surgery is Over, Orson’s Recovery Has Begun

Orson 2

Animal lovers in San Diego and across the country came together to raise funds to provide leg surgery for a dog named Orson. The operation that was performed today (Thursday) will stretch a bone in his right, front leg and allow him to walk normally. Most important, when his recovery is complete the pain that he’s suffered for most of his life will be gone.

Orson was abandoned by a freeway in Mexico when he was a puppy. He was rescued and eventually transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas through the FOCAS program. Medical officials discovered that one of the bones in his lower, right, front leg was too short and the joint between the lower and upper leg was not formed properly. Because he was favoring the leg, it created more medical issues in his right, rear leg. Without surgery he would have been in pain for his whole life.

RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “He was adopted by a family that agreed to get him the surgery. They returned him several months later but the procedure had not been done.”

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains, “Our Medical fund was depleted after we recently accepted dozens of dogs and puppies rescued from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. Many of them needed medical treatment. We were able to take care of them, but there wasn’t much left afterward.”

RCHS notified donors, volunteers, and the media. Donations began arriving. A donation from an animal lover in Texas combined with a discount from the Veterinary Surgeon provided enough to schedule the surgery.

Pool says, “The surgeon installed a device that will slowly stretch the bone. This process will continue when he leaves the hospital and goes into foster care, and possibly even when he’s adopted. For the first time in his life, Orson will be pain free.”

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or click on the donate image below.

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The Calm…Before, During, and After the storm…for Pets

IMG_8801Strong winds and heavy rain this week are weakening fences, causing doors to expand due to the moisture, and breaking windows. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is urging pet owners to inspect their properties to make sure the storm has not created “escape” routes for pets that are already frightened by the severe weather.

“This storm is expected to continue for a few days,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “We understand what’s happening and it’s still scary. Imagine how terrifying this is for our pets that aren’t used to this kind of weather.”

Van Zante is encouraging pet owners to inspect their homes to keep their pets safe.

  • Excessive rain and wind can weaken fences, making it easy for frightened pets to dig under fences or between posts that have been weakened by wet ground.
  • High humidity can cause doors to swell. Doors that normally close could remain ajar, making it easy for frightened or curious pets to push through.
  • Windows and frames damaged by high winds and flying debris can result in escape routes for pets and broken glass.

“After the storm has passed, we need to reassure pets that they’re safe,” says Van Zante. “Speak in a soothing voice and remember that pets can tell when you’re upset. You might wrap scared pets in a blanket or Thunder Shirts for reassurance. If you need to leave them alone, leave them in a secure area with something that smells like you. Even a shirt or blanket that smells like you can help keep them calm.”

Van Zante says to let frightened pets recover at their own paces. “Don’t force them to leave the places where they feel safe. Leave them under a bed, behind the couch, or in a closet. Coax them out with treats or affection. They will come out when they’re ready.”

For cats, many veterinary professionals recommend using a synthetic pheromone spray such as Feliway. It imitates the pheromone that a mother cat releases to her kittens, helping to calm frightened cats. It’s available at most pet supply stores.

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