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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. ®

Come See Us October 2018

There is always something going on for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Unless you can stop in at the shelter, Thrift Shop, or Wildlife Center every day, it can be hard to keep up. You can also follow RCHS, the San Diego Wildlife Center, and the Thrift Shop on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Here are a few activities you won’t want to miss during the next few weeks:

“Understanding Cat Relationships: How to Promote Harmony in a Multi-Cat Home” will be the subject of a free workshop on Saturday, September 29th from 10 – 11:30 AM at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Topics include How to introduce cats and How to set up your home to promote peace among cats. This is for humans. Leave your cats at home. The workshop is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected].

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s annual “Celebration of Second Chances” will be held on Saturday evening, October 13th at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort, at 1 Ponto Road. 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.

Fall Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society runs October 22 through 26 and October 29 through November 2. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM. Fall Camp is appropriate for kids ages 6 through 12. Using hands-on games, activities, arts and crafts, guest speakers and of course live animals, children are taught about animals and their importance in our world. For more information or to register 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, October 28th from 2 to 5 PM during Hyatt’s Yappy Hour at Sally’s Fish House. 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 Society on Thursday, November 1st from 5 to 9 PM during “Shop Under the Stars” at Carlsbad Premium Outlets at 5620 Peseo 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.

The 5th annual Pet Food Roundup benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 334 14th Street in Del Mar will take place on October 6 and 7 with the Blessing of the Animals at all four services. Pet treats and educational materials will be provided by Animal House Pet Care. For more information email: [email protected] of call 760-635-3978.

Whoever said “Don’t take any wooden nickels” should have shopped at Jimbo’s…Naturally!

It’s one of those messages we hope for every day at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It came from our friend Kelly Hartford at Jimbo’s…Naturally.

  • Your organization has been selected for Jimbo’s…Naturally! Wooden Nickel Program, being featured October 1st through December 31st at all five locations.

Woo Hoo! How cool is that?

So here’s the deal. If you already shop at Jimbo’s…Naturally! you’re all set to go. Just buy a wooden nickel during each visit and you’ll be helping the people and animals served by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

If you’re not a regular Jimbo’s…Naturally! shopper, here’s some incentive to give it a try. They’re your neighbors and, like you, they’re animal lovers.

Let’s make this easy. Click here to find the Jimbo’s…Naturally! store nearest you. http://jimbos.com/

Click here for more information about the Wooden Nickel program. http://jimbos.com/our-community/its-in-the-bag-wooden-nickel-program/

Who knew that a wooden nickel could save lives, pay for surgeries, feed the pets of seniors, and struggling families, and provide humane education for the children who will grow up to become our leaders?

All that, thanks to Jimbo’s…Naturally!

Pinch us if we’re dreaming

“I thought it was a dream….even while I was having it. But it felt so good I didn’t want it to end.”

That’s what one of our volunteers told us a couple weeks ago. She had a dream where she was reading the new edition of the Fetch e-newsletter.

“I always take a minute to scan the Wish List. Not every month, but at least half of the time I have something I’m not using that Rancho Coastal Humane Society needs for the animals. It helps the shelter and it gives me more space at home when I donate something I don’t need or use.”

Back to her dream. She told us that she clicked on the Wish List and there was only one item. Everything else had been donated! And the only item on the list was blankets and towels…which she already had in the trunk of her car so she could drop them off at the shelter.

A couple things. First, thank you. We appreciate you sharing the story with us. But, if you’re dreaming about the Wish List, you might need more excitement in your life.

Second, whether we’ll admit it or not, your dream is our dream. It would be an amazing day when we had everything we need for the animals and the only things on the Wish List were blankets and towels.

Thanks for taking time to scan the Wish List. You just might have something in your garage or closet that can save a life. That’s what it’s all about at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where we believe Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrrow. ®

The pet adoption landscape is changing. Here’s what you need to know.

With changes in our San Diego pet adoption community, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society has become an information hub. Here are some of the questions animal lovers are asking most.

  • Are you getting any of the dogs from Hurricane Florence?

The answer is “We don’t know for sure.” We’re in contact with our adoption partners at Wings of Rescue. As the flood waters recede and more cats and dogs are rescued, Wings of Rescue is prepared to transport them to safety. RCHS is prepared to take as many as we can. In the meantime, we’re collecting new and used pet crates for Wings of Rescue. Please lend a helping paw.

  • Is Rancho Coastal Humane Society still my animal shelter?

Absolutely! Since RCHS opened in 1960, we’ve been here for people and animals. Our two original programs, Pet Adoption and Humane Education, are stronger than ever. Our newest program, the San Diego Wildlife Center, hit the ground running. During the first six months, we’ve treated nearly 650 patients.  We’ve been your animal shelter. We are your animal shelter. And we will continue to be your animal shelter.

RCHS new welcome sign

RCHS New Welcome Sign!

  • Is FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) still part of RCHS?

It certainly is. There was a time when FOCAS was the only organization actively working with the County Department of Animal Services to rescue pets. If you believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then FOCAS should be very flattered. There are now 200 registered rescue groups in San Diego County. FOCAS and all its rich history of saving lives is as active as ever, under the RCHS umbrella.

  • Why are adoption fees at RCHS mid-range compared to the other shelters?

We’re not selling puppies, kittens, and bunnies…and we’re not a sanctuary. RCHS is a pet adoption agency whose goal is to match the needs of the pets with the desires of the families.
Our average cost to care for a pet is a little more than $400. Our highest adoption fee is $195 for a puppy less than 6 months old. Our lowest fee is $25 when someone adopts a second pet under the Better with a Buddy plan. Your donations enable us to keep our adoption fees so low.

  • What’s with the $50 Training Deposit for puppies less than 6 months old?

Training is one of the keys to a successful puppy adoption. Trained puppies (and people) result in stronger, lifelong relationships. That’s why we require a $50, refundable, training deposit. Come back with your certificate showing that you and your puppy passed a training course. We can refund your money, or you can donate the $50 to help the next pet. Check with your accountant about taking it as a tax deduction. Then live happily ever after…hand in paw.

Those are just a few of the questions we’re hearing most often. Let us know what’s on your mind.

We would love to have you visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society for a tour.  Whether it’s your first time here, or you’ve been coming here for the last 58 years, we want you to know that Rancho Coastal Humane Society is still your animal shelter.

President’s Letter

I am confident.  

I am not a gambler by nature. But, if Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) were a Texas Hold’em poker hand, I would bet on it at every opportunity – pre-flop, on the flop, on the turn and on the river. With the two cards in my hand and the five cards on the table, I would play without fear. The two cards in hand are our staff and volunteers.  The first three cards on the table are our donors, sponsors and partners. I am confident that we would prevail at the showdown.

Gambling? Not when it comes to RCHS. I am prepared to bet it all.  I am confident that I have “the nuts” – really, that’s a poker term meaning the best possible hand at the table, not a reference to squirrel food or crazies!    

“I’m all in” for Rancho Coastal Humane Society.  Our RCHS team gives me confidence in the way that they care for the companion animals and wildlife patients in our care.  Our mission to enhance human and animal bonding gives me confidence that we are responding to a basic need for companionship. Our mission to promote co-existence with wildlife gives me confidence that we are addressing important issues in our community.  Our programs – Pet-Assisted Therapy, Animal Safehouse Program, Humane Education – give me confidence that we are dedicated to the best ideals of public service. Our legacy gives me confidence that we are building a bright future, not just a couple of buildings.  Our public image gives me confidence that we are attracting the right attention for the right reasons. Our statistics give me confidence that we are setting reasonable and attainable goals.

Thank you for your commitment and confidence in RCHS.  I am confident that Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a sure bet!

We have a special, live preview of the Celebration Sunset for you

We’ve already told you that the 2018 Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is moving to a new venue overlooking the beach at Cape Rey Carlsbad. https://www.caperey.com/

What we haven’t told you is that we’re holding special previews of the sunset every night from now until the Celebration!   

The 2018 Celebration of Second Chances starts at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 13 with a VIP Cocktail Reception with RCHS President Judi Sanzo.

From 5:30 to 7:00 all of our guests will enjoy Music, Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Raffle and Silent Auction, Grab Bags, and prizes. As you’re enjoying the Celebration on the Cape Rey patio, the sun will set at 6:21 PM. It’s going to be beautiful.

Don’t take our word for it. We’ve arranged special previews every night from now through October 12th. Tonight you can go to Cape Rey and watch the sunset at 7:18. Tomorrow’s preview is a little earlier at 7:17. If you can’t make it until Saturday, that’s okay. Just make sure you’re there by 7:14.

Back to the Celebration. Dinner and Program with a plated vegetarian dinner, wine, coffee, and dessert starts at 7:00. (Thank You to CBS News 8’s Jeff Zevely and his wife, Heather, for returning as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies!)

Tickets are $350 for a limited number of VIP spots and $225 for regular seating. Click here to buy your tickets before they sell out.

https://rchumanesociety.org/events/celebration-of-second-chances-2/


Follow RCHS on Facebook for a special Flash offer on September 13.

Or…. Judi and the RCHS Legacy Society will host another free workshop on Wednesday, September 19th from 10:00 to 11:45 AM discussing pet trusts and charitable giving. The workshop is presented by the “Lawyer in Blue Jeans Group.” Seating is limited. To reserve your seats contact Kelly at [email protected] or call 760-519-8721. When you register for the workshop, you’ll be entered into a free drawing to win a pair of tickets to the Celebration. You must be present to win.

  • Got a time share? Donate a week as an auction item.
  • Donate time on your boat or plane or your travel miles.
  • If your business offers a service, donate it as an auction item.

Join us at the Celebration. And be sure to check out one of our sunset previews at Cape Rey.

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.

It’s taking a lot of helping paws to save Sugar

It was love at first sight when Charles found a 3 year old Maine Coon cat wandering the streets of downtown San Diego a year ago. She was so sweet. He took her home and named her “Sugar.”  Charles says, “She was so friendly, I couldn’t believe someone would abandon her.”

Charles is a senior citizen living on a modest social security income. He refers to Sugar as his support cat who he looks to for companionship and love. Life was going great until Sugar fell out the window of Charles’ apartment. It was a long drop.

Charles rushed Sugar to Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa for treatment. She had multiple, serious injuries and complications. Sugar was going to need at least three surgeries. When it became obvious that Charles couldn’t afford the treatment Sugar needed, he contacted FACE Foundation.   

Thanks to FACE, Sugar received the surgeries and treatment she needed. Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties and Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley provided Sugar with the best care while significantly discounting their costs.

Today Sugar is eating on her own and her other injuries are healing. Even with the financial assistance, it was more than he could afford. Charles relinquished Sugar to FACE.

Sugar is continuing her recovery in foster care with a Rancho Coastal Humane Society volunteer. If her injuries continue to heal at the present rate, she should be available for adoption in a few weeks.

This is a perfect example of what we mean at RCHS when we say, “Together we save lives.”

Sugar has a long life ahead of her. This cat, found stray on a downtown street, is now just one step away from her new home. Her forever home.

Thank you for your continuing support of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where we believe “Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.”

All the happy campers are gone

That first Monday after summer Animal Camp is kinda weird at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

There’s laughter and learning during June, July, and August. The constant sound of excited young voices as campers, ages 6 through 14, spend time sitting with the dogs in the kennels, playing with the cats and kittens, and reading to the rabbits.

Then camp is over and, as the old saying goes, the silence is deafening.

After 9 weeks of summer Animal Camp, RCHS Humane Educator Lizzie Hart is ready for things to quiet down. As much as the enthusiasm of the children helps to keep her excited about camp, she’s ready to have a few quieter days as she gets back on track with the Kids Community Service program and begins preparing for Fall Animal Camp.

Fall Animal Camp this year runs October 22 through 26 and October 29 through November 2. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM. Lizzie says that Fall Camp is appropriate for kids ages 6 through 12.

“Fall Camp runs in themed, week-long sessions and are conducted by trained Rancho Coastal educators. Using hands-on games, activities, arts and crafts, guest speakers and of course live animals, children are taught about animals and their importance in our world.”

Just like Spring and Summer Animal Camp, Fall Camp fills up fast! Lizzie says that camp space is reserved on a first come – first served basis. She also says it’s well worth it to keep watch on the registration page so you don’t miss out. “Spend a week in October playing games, making crafts and interacting with the animals here at Rancho Coastal Humane Society.”

 

Let’s recap.

  • There are two weeks of Fall Animal Camp at RCHS starting October 22nd and ending on November 2nd.
  • Each camper gets individual attention.
  • Animal Camp is hands-on experience with the cats, dogs, and bunnies at RCHS.

Click here for the registration page and more information about Animal Camp and all the other great programs for kids at RCHS, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

https://rchumanesociety.org/fall-into-animal-camp/

Be careful what we wish for

We’ve all heard that phrase, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

We looked it up on Mirriam-Webster.com. It said the phrase is, “Used to tell people to think before they say that they want something and to suggest that they may not actually want it.” Here’s the example they used:

  • You think having twins would be fun? Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.

Every month we encourage you to scan the Wish List. Some items will always be on the list. Blankets and towels, cleaning and office supplies.

Once in a while there’s an unusual item. Examples would be a dog wheel chair, 10 gallons of blue paint, or speakers to pipe music into the kennel area.

One of our donors overheard a conversation about a specific piece of medical equipment. A few hours later she called back. The conversation went, “I know a guy who knows a guy who has one of those.”

A few days ago we got a call from a man whose family had been involved in animal rescue for three generations. He didn’t have medical equipment, crates, or bunny food. What he did have was clothing they no longer wore, a couple boxes of housewares, and some sports equipment left behind when their kids moved away to go to college. He wanted to know if it could be donated to the Thrift Shop. Yes!

Again this month, we’re asking you to take a look at the Wish List to see if you already have something we need. You can copy the link and send it to your family and friends. Print a copy of the list and hang it on the bulletin board at work.

We need to work together because, as you know, at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society “Together…we save lives.”

Thank you for taking a couple minutes to scan the Wish List.

Wish List

 

 

 

Fetch August – Come See Us

There’s always something going on at RCHS. Come join us!

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, September 2nd during Petco Park Adoption Sunday at 100 Park Blvd in San Diego. The San Diego Padres play the Colorado Rockies starting at 1:10 PM. Visit the RCHS booth next to Park at the Park. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Monday, September 3rd. Labor Day. RCHS Closed. Don’t worry. There will still be staff members and volunteers here to take care of the critters at the shelter and the San Diego Wildlife Center.

“Paws With The New President” of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Friday, September 14th from 3:00 to 4:30 at Cricket’s Corner here at the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Join RCHS President Judi Sanzo for refreshments and meet adoptable dogs. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected].

Rancho Coastal Humane Society President Judi Sanzo and the RCHS Legacy Society will host a free workshop on Wednesday, September 19 from 10:00 to 11:45 AM discussing pet trusts and charitable giving. The workshop is presented by the “Lawyer in Blue Jeans Group.” Seating is limited. To make a reservation send an e-mail to [email protected] or call Kelly at 760-519-8721.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday, September 22nd from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Salt Dog Classic at 2526 South Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach. RCHS is the beneficiary of the 2018 Salt Dog Classic. It’s a day of sun, music, food, activities, prizes, and more. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

We’re holding a free workshop to help you with your Multi Cat Household on Saturday, September 29th from 10 – 11:30 AM. It will be in the Humane Education Center. 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.

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s annual “Celebration of Second Chances” will be held on Saturday evening, October 13th at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort, at 1 Ponto Road. 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.

August 2018 – Upcoming Events

September:
It’s Happy Cat Month!
World Animal Remembrance Month – A great time to honor the animals in your
life with a memorial brick at the Military Working Dog Memorial.

1:         The RCHS Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
2:         Come see RCHS at Petco Park Adoption Sunday
3:         Labor Day (RCHS Closed)
4:         National Wildlife Day (Learn more about the SD Wildlife Center.)
9:         National Hug Your Hound Day (Every day!)
Grandparents’ Day (This goes for grand dogs and grand cats, too.)
15:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
19:       Talk like a Pirate Day (Another one that doesn’t really belong on the list.)
22:       RCHS at Salt Dog Classis in Solana Beach
23-29: National Dog Week
24:       Family Day (ALL the family…including pets!)
29:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

October:
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Learn more about the Animal Safehouse
Program at RCHS. ASP changes lives!

1-7:     National Walk Your Dog Week. Dogs LOVE this!
4:         Blessing of the Animals Day / World Animal Day
6:         Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
13:      Celebration of Second Chances at Cape Rey Carlsbad
20:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
22-26 and 10/29 – 11/2:     Fall Animal Camp – Two weeks
26:       Black Cat Day
29:       National Cat Day
31:       Halloween. Keep your pets inside and safe.

November:
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
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

Whose donation matters most?

A guest at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society asked, “What’s the most important donation you’ve ever received?”

It’s a great question. But there’s no single answer.

We’ve told you before about our buddy Jack. He’s retired and on a pension. At the end of each month Jack figures out how much he’s going to have left…then sends it to RCHS to help any animals who need it. It’s usually an unusual amount. His most recently check was for $27.83. That’s a truly great donation from a truly great man.

Earlier this month we got a message from the “Dollar Days Give Back Team.” Rebecca nominated RCHS to receive 5% of their recent Dollar Days order as a donation. That gave us $299.56 to spend at DollarDays.com. Rebecca is also a regular supporter of the animals and people served by RCHS. She contacted us and asked to increase her donation. A great donation from a great lady.

One that really surprised us came during a live television appearance. You’ve probably seen pets from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society featured during Pet Patrol with Sandie Lampe on Good Morning San Diego on KUSI Television in San Diego. On National Dog Day Sandie invited us to bring in Madame Butterfly and Sunbear. Her other guest was Elizabeth Grey, DVM, from Carmel Mountain Ranch Veterinary Hospital. As we talked about ways to honor your dog on National Dog Day, Dr. Grey announced that she would provide a year of free medical care to the adopters of both Sunbear and Madame Butterfly. (As far as we know….this is a first in our 58 year history.)  That’s a great donation from a great lady who runs a great business.

  • Great donations come from children who hold food drives in their neighborhoods.
  • Great donations come from people who donate the items they no longer use to your RCHS Thrift Shop.
  • Great donations come from sponsors of the Celebration of Second Chances.
  • Great Donations come from the Rescue Bank at Greatergood.org. Their most recent donation was more than 40,000 pounds of dog food that RCHS distributed to animal rescue organizations throughout southern California.

Ask the family whose cat got the flea treatment it needed thanks to Jack.

Ask the child whose Humane Education supplies were paid for because of Rebecca.

Ask the rescue groups who didn’t have to ask, “Which of our dogs get to eat today?” thanks to Rescue Bank at Greatergood.org.

Every donation matters most.