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Video of Adoptable RCHS Pups on Fox 5 Morning News

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Here are adoptable dogs featured on the FOX 5 morning news today. You can adopt any of these adorable pups. Please visit the Rancho Coastal Humane Society online: http://bit.ly/2jeQY5K

Posted by FOX 5 San Diego on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Here are adoptable dogs featured on the FOX 5 morning news January 17th 2018! For more information on adopting the adorable pups, please visit our adoptable dogs webpage using this link: https://rchumanesociety.org/animals/dogs/

Your Appreciated Stock Can Begin Helping the People and Animals Served by Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Thank you for supporting the lifesaving work of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Now you can have an even greater impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds and mutual funds directly to RCHS.  Compared with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax-deduction.

Here’s how it works.

  • You have your broker transfer appreciated securities that you have owned for more than one year to RCHS.  Your securities are then sold by RCHS and the proceeds will be used to further our mission.
  • Be careful.  Do not sell the securities first.  Even though the intention is to give the proceeds as a gift, the IRS will impose capital gains tax on the sale, wiping out your benefits of this arrangement.
  • When you donate stock to RCHS, you’ll generally take a tax deduction for the full fair market value on the date you transferred the stock to RCHS, even if you originally paid much less.  You also pay no capital gains tax on the transfer when RCHS sells the shares.

We want you to feel 100% confident that your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is worthy of your support and generosity. Rancho Coastal Humane Society has earned a 4 Star rating (their highest) from Charity Navigator and Accredited Charity status from the Better Business Bureau.

If you have questions or you want to notify RCHS that you’ve already made stock transfers, please contact Shelly Stuart at (760) 518-5401. She’s our Capital Campaign Coordinator. If your broker needs information to complete the transfer, call Shelly. She’ll get you taken care of right away. Then your donations will begin helping the people and animals served by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

Nvaya is ADOPTED!

Nvaya is a 5 year old, 50 pound, Pit Bull mix. Her name is a Hindu word that means “Worthy of praise,” and she certainly is 🙂

She was transferred to RCHS through our FOCAS program. Nvaya is mostly blind, but seems to be regaining some of her sight. She loves playing fetch and running around in the yard. What she needs most is someone to love her… and someone to love. We have great news to report. Nvaya has been adopted by a RCHS volunteer! Nvaya reached out her paw and touched the heart of her new mom.

Nvaya was featured in our Fetch monthly newsletter, please click the following link if you missed it and would like to read more about Nvaya: https://rchumanesociety.org/fetch-oct-2017-medical/

Brenda – RCHS Pet of the Month December

Click on the following link to view Brenda’s adoption listing: https://rchumanesociety.org/pets/brenda/

Brenda is the Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She’s a one year old, 40 pound, female, Hound mix. Brenda and 19 other dogs were transferred to RCHS from St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) through the FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program.

RCHS began working with SFAS in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. That was 12 years and 324 pets ago.

Of the 20 dogs who arrived at RCHS most recently from SFAS, 17 of them had been tossed over the fence and abandoned in the darkness.

Brenda is a sweet, shy girl. She’s coming out of her shell thanks to the RCHS volunteers. She needs a patient family that will give her lots of encouragement and time for her personality to shine through.

  • Adoption applications for Brenda are being accepted in person only. There’s a link to the application at www.sdpets.org
  • Potential adopters, with pre-arranged appointments, can meet the dogs from Mississippi on a first come – first served basis. Appointments are made in-person only.
  • If you don’t have an appointment, you can still come to the shelter. But potential adopters without an appointment may not be able to visit with that animal.

The $145 adoption fee for Brenda includes medical exam, vaccinations, spay, 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 to 5 every day but Tuesday.

If this isn’t a good time for you to adopt;

  • Forward this information to someone who is looking for a pet. You might already know the family that will adopt Brenda.
  • You can sponsor Brenda on the website for a week or as long as you want to until she’s adopted.

Call 760-753-6413…log on to SDpets.org…or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

What is the San Diego Wildlife Center and how will it help you and the wildlife?

These past few months we’ve been sharing our plans with you as we develop the new San Diego Wildlife Center at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We’ve heard everything from, “That’s great! I just saw an injured bird at the beach,” to “I live in a residential area. Is there wildlife in my neighborhood?”

Wherever you live in San Diego County, California you are surrounded by wildlife. It can be a bird with the broken wing that you see at the beach. Last spring we got a frantic call from a lady asking what to do with the baby squirrels in her yard. Their mom hadn’t been seen for a couple days. She feared the worst.

We’re already thinking about babies who will be born or hatched in the spring. Wildlife is a valuable part of our environment. They don’t just live in our community. We live in theirs. That’s why it’s up to us to help and protect these animals.

There’s a lot of work to do before “baby season” in the spring. We need your help. Please show your support for your local wildlife by making a tax-deductible donation to the San Diego Wildlife Center.

  • Donate online at sdpets.org/san-diego-wildlife-center-donations/
  • You can mail your donation to:
    Rancho Coastal Humane Society
    C/O San Diego Wildlife Center Program
    389 Requeza St
    Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Drop off your donation at Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Thank you for supporting the San Diego Wildlife Center at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Be sure to watch the RCHS Facebook page every week for Wildlife Wednesday. We’ll keep you informed about protecting wildlife:

  • In times of emergency…like the Lilac Fire
  • In the spring when the babies are born
  • In the summer heat.
  • In the winter cold.
  • When you find lost or orphaned wildlife
  • Things to do in your neighborhood for wildlife lovers

How are those Mississippi dogs doing?

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a leader in rescuing pets who might not have much of a chance without us. These include cats, dogs, and rabbits transferred to us through our FOCAS program and Wings of Rescue. Most recently it’s the 20 puppies and dogs from St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) in Mississippi.

We began the 12 year relationship with SFAS following Hurricane Katrina when RCHS President Jim Silveira drove to Mississippi, where he rescued pets during the day and slept in his truck a night. They asked Jim how long RCHS would help. Jim said, “As long as you need us.” That was 300 dogs and cats ago.

Medical Manager Justin Pool says getting the pets to RCHS is only the beginning. “When we welcome pets from other states, every dog more than six months old is tested for heartworms and microfilariae (that’s a little larva.) A fecal analysis makes it possible to begin treatment right away, if necessary.”

We test them for Giardia, a parasite that can cause infections. Justin says, “We use Panacur to treat giardia. Unfortunately, each container costs about $370. That’s a lot of money, but it’s totally worth it when the pet is cured.”

“We also test for Coccidia, a parasite common in puppies and kittens, adult pets with suppressed immune systems, and pets who are stressed. We treat it with Ponazuril. We order four tubes at a time at a cost of $200 each. That’s $800 every time we order. The results are well worth the price, but, again, it’s a lot of money.”

About those Mississippi dogs….they had their tests, got updated vaccinations and microchips, and most of them have been adopted.

Even though they’re gone, the medical bills are still here. If you’ve been thinking about making a tax deductible, year-end donation to help animals, please consider making that donation to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow ® no matter where it came from.

Below is a video of the Mississippi dogs arriving at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society:

 

UPDATE:

In October we told you about a dog, Nvaya, who was transferred to RCHS through our FOCAS program. She had been bitten by a tick, contracted Ehrlichiosis, had swollen kidneys, and was mostly blind.
Thanks to you and your generosity, Nvaya got the treatment she needed. She’s feeling much better and she even regained part of her sight!
Here. Take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvM6oxj2hpA

It was the best day of the year. The day the Sears Wish Book arrived!

As we’re counting down the final days of 2017 our thoughts go back to Maria K. Lloyd, the founder of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. When she was counting down the last days of 1960, the year RCHS opened, she must have had lots of wishes.

For decades, Christmas meant the arrival of the Sears Wish Book. In 1960 Americans couldn’t wait to open their gifts to find Easy-Bake Ovens, Elvis Presley albums, corduroy trousers, look alike outfits for the whole family, chiffon dresses, cardigan sweaters with fur collars, and (one of the top sellers) Ken dolls.

We doubt that Maria K. Lloyd spent the last few weeks of 1960 wishing for an autographed Mickey Mantle baseball card, a copy of the book of the newly released “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” or one of the first Ford Falcons.

In fact, wonder if her wishes were very much different from the wishes we have today for Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

  • We wish to find forever homes for the pets under our care.
  • We wish for the children attending our education programs to grow up and create a more humane world for people and animals.
  • We wish there were no hungry house pets who need the Community Pet Food Bank just to stay alive.
  • We wish there was an end to domestic violence. But, as long as it continues, our Animal Safehouse Program will be the safety net for the animal victims.
  • We wish we had enough Pet Assisted Therapy volunteers so we never have to say no when we’re asked to visit a school, extended care facility, or veteran.
  • We wish our neighborhood wildlife was safe and healthy. Until that happens, we’ll work toward the opening of the San Diego Wildlife Center.

We wish you happy holidays and all our best for a healthy and prosperous 2018.

And we wish you would take a minute to scan the list (sdpets.org/give/wish-list/) to see if there’s anything we need that you already have, or an item on the list that you would like to buy to help your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Here’s a link to the 1960 Sears Wish Book:  https://www.terapeak.com/worth/vtg-1960-sears-christmas-wishbook-catalog-482-pgs-toys-barbie-star-trek-gi-joe/152229080938/

Help us end 2017 and begin 2018 on the right paw!

We know you have a busy schedule for the rest of this year. For many of us, even the thought about starting 2018 gives us headaches.

Rather than bombard you with a long list of activities involving your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, here are a few events that you might be interested in attending to show your support for people and pets.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society from Noon to 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 17th at Leaping Lotus at 240 South Cedros in Solana Beach. 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 will close at 3:00 on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, then be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There will still be people here to care for the animals and make sure none of them miss their holiday meals. 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.

Welcome the New Year and support your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs for people and pets at the Big Night La Jolla New Year’s Eve Gala at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines at 10950 North Torrey Pines Road. Big Night La Jolla begins at 9:00 PM on Sunday, December 31st, 2017 and ends at 1:00AM on Monday, January 1st, 2018. Ticket prices range from $50 to $285 with a portion of ticket sales donated to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. For more information or to buy tickets log on to www.bignightlajolla.com .

It’s the walk every dog is begging to go on. Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday, February 17th from 8:00 to 11:00 AM during the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. It’s the only day of the year when dogs are allowed in the Botanic Garden. To register or for more information visit www.5kpawwalk.org.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Thursday, April 12th from 6:30 to 8:30PM at the second annual “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido” fashion show at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch at 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad. It will include designer brand clothing from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the world famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, and dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society accompanying the models down the “catwalk.” Tickets are $40. That includes admission, the fashion show, food tasting, and admission to the beer garden. For more information or tickets visit www.sdpets.org.

Jessica Needs to Borrow Your Couch

When we say that your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Foster Care Coordinator Jessica Stergos needs to borrow your couch, we don’t mean she’s going to sleep in your living room.

What we mean is that Jessica has some furry friends who will benefit greatly when you invite them to stay in your home for a night, a week, or a month as a Foster Care volunteer. Here are a few examples:

  • The mommy rabbit who arrived with her litter of three-week-old, kits. She needed a safe place where she could care for her babies until they were old enough to begin their new lives with their forever families.
  • The cat who needed eye surgery to correct a minor problem that, if left untreated, could have resulted in blindness. A foster care provider took her home until she was ready to come back to the shelter and meet her new family.
  • The frightened puppy who was transferred from an overcrowded shelter through our FOCAS program. He needed a quiet place to stay with someone who would teach him there was nothing to be afraid of.

RCHS foster care providers take temporary care of the pets belonging to senior citizens during their medical treatment. Some of them begin by taking a nervous or struggling pet home for the night to give it a break and learn more about it. That information helps us place those pets in their new homes.

We admit it. Some of us become “Foster Failures.” The pets we take home overnight become the pets we fall in love with and end up adopting. (“Foster Failure” is a badge of honor at RCHS.)

Jessica says that, during October and November, 40 cats and kittens and 18 puppies and dogs from the Foster program were adopted!

So, once again, Jessica isn’t going to show up on your porch with her pillow. But, if fostering is right for you, she will match you up with the pets whose needs fit into your lifestyle and experience.

There’s nothing that compares to the feeling when your foster pet….a pet that might not have survived without you…finds its forever home.

For more information click here https://rchumanesociety.org/volunteer/foster/ or e-mail [email protected].

If this isn’t the right time for you to become a foster care provider, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support this life saving program.

They were “Just Passin’ Through” by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Animal Safehouse Program kept this family together

About the time we think we’ve seen almost every situation for the Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society to help a domestic violence victim, a veteran, a senior, or a family in crisis, a call comes in that shows us new ways to save lives and keeps families together.

That was the case a few weeks ago when ASP Coordinator Carly Doyle got a call about a military family that was, as they would say in the old movies, “Just passin’ through.”

Carly says, “It was a dad, a mom, their kids, and their two dogs. Dad was active duty military. They were traveling through San Diego on the way to his next assignment.”

San Diego is a military town. We see this every day. But this time there was a medical emergency. “Just passin’ through” suddenly turned into a layover that could easily have forced them to give up their dogs.

Carly recalls, “They were staying in a hotel near the hospital, but the hotel did not allow guests to keep their pets in the room with them. They contacted our friends at Dogs on Deployment, an organization that provides long term care for the pets of active duty military personnel. In this case, the family hoped it wouldn’t be long term, but they still needed someone they could trust to care for their dogs. Dogs on Deployment told them to contact the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.”

Knowing their dogs were being cared for by an organization they could trust, they focused on the health of the family member in the hospital.

“The dogs were only under the care of the Animal Safehouse Program for a few days,” says Carly. “But in the eyes of this military family, it was a few days in exchange for a lifetime with their dogs.”

ASP at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society began 20 years ago as a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. Today the net is a lot larger. It has to be. Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

There is never a charge for the services provided by the Animal Safehouse Program. Find out how you can help.Visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

2018 Events and Activities

Good gosh! It’s already timed for the 2018 Events Calendar!

It seems weird to be talking about our 2018 calendar of events. But 2018 is just a couple weeks away….so here it is. We’ll just give you the first few months.

January:
Train your Dog Month / Unchain a Dog Month / and Walk your Dog Month

1: New Year’s Day (RCHS Closed) Don’t worry. Staff and volunteers will still
be here to take care of the animals.
2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
Pet Travel and Safety Day
6: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
14: Dress up your Pet Day. But ONLY if your pet likes it. Don’t force it.
15: Humanitarian Day
Martin Luther King Day
20: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
21: National Hugging Day. This is for people and pets!
22: Answer your Cat’s Questions Day. We don’t want curious cats.

February:
Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month. Visit the RCHS Rabbitat.
Spay / Neuter Awareness Month

2: Groundhog Day. Doesn’t really have anything to do with RCHS. But it’s
still a fun holiday.
3: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
4: Super Bowl 52. Yep. RCHS will be open!
11-17: National Secondhand Wardrobe Week – Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop
12: Abe Lincoln’s Birthday. Yep. We’re open.
14: Valentine’s Day. (As one of our friends calls it, “Singles Awareness Day.”)
Pet Theft Awareness Day. Microchips help get pets home!
17: Fifth annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden 8 – 12
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
18: Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. This has nothing to do with pets. It just
sounds like a really great idea!
National Drink Wine Day. NOT for pets!
19: Love your Dog Day / Love your Pet Day
20: Presidents Day. That’s a Tuesday. We’ll be closed.
22: George Washington’s Birthday
23: National Dog Biscuit Day
27: Spay Day USA

March:
Paws to Read Month. Read to your pet or find out how you can join the RCHS
Pet Assisted Therapy program.

1-7: National Pet Sitters Week
3: “What if Dogs and Cats had Opposable Thumbs?” Day. We can think of
no good reason whatsoever for this holiday.
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
World Wildlife Day
4 -10: Professional Pet Sitters Week
4: Daughters and Sons Day
11: Daylight Saving Time begins
13: K-9 Veterans Day. A day to honor Military Working Dogs.
17: St. Patrick’s Day
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
19-25: National Animal Poison Prevention Week
23: National Puppy Day
31: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
April:
12: The second annual “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido” fashion show at the
Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Dogs from your Rancho Coastal
Humane Society will accompany the models down the “catwalk.”

Twenty dogs. 1,847 miles. A Lifetime From Where They Began.

“Controlled Chaos” is one way to describe what will happen on Thursday, November 30th at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. That’s when 20 adult dogs will “set paw” on California soil after completing a 1,847 mile journey from St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) in Tylertown, Mississippi to RCHS.

Kathy Zerkle is RCHS Vice President of Adoption Services. She says, “We began working with St. Francis Animal Sanctuary after Hurricane Katrina. They had more pets than they could care for and we had families here in San Diego who wanted to adopt them. That was 12 years ago.”

The new arrivals will undergo examinations. Vaccinations will be updated and there will be spay or neuter surgery for the dogs who need it. Each dog also gets a microchip for identification. Zerkle says “Just as we’ve done with the Hurricane Harvey Hounds and Cats, we run additional tests to check for ailments that are common in Mississippi and Louisiana, but not California.”

RCHS spokesman John Van Zante remembers when the rescue partnership between SFAS and RCHS began in 2005. “SFAS President Pam Perez opened her sanctuary to pets who were lost, strayed, or abandoned because of Katrina. She began transferring them to animal shelters across the country. She asked RCHS President Jim Silveira how long we could help her. Jim said we would help as long as she needed it. She still needs it. Hurricane Katrina is a memory for most. Pam is still living with it every day.”

The dogs arriving on Thursday are expected to be a mix of retrievers, hounds, and Catahoula Leopard dogs. Zerkle says, “Most of them are 5 to 8 months old with a couple of them around two years old. They need families and this is the time of year when more people bring new pets into their homes than any other time.”

Pets adopted from RCHS are spayed or neutered, have had health and temperament exams, vaccinations are up to date, and come with registered microchip identification.

For more information or to make a donation to help cover the costs visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or go to www.sdpets.org/donate. Adoption hours are 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

Below are links to some YouTube videos of the dogs arriving to RCHS.

Two puppies:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkTmlIwZmiQ

JVZ Stand up:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFn-Jw4WBqI

First dog off the truck:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB8K6vQNxyk

One puppy:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V56nFNsoTg

Brown puppy smooch:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nMSoL5sS5Q

Wiggle puppies:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kVdU6Ezuz0

Van arriving:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT93x77_OYw

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society doesn’t save up our Thank You’s for one day of the year. Every day is Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the volunteers. We cannot do this without you.
Thanks to the people who donate pet food and other supplies.
Thanks to the people who donate items and shop at the Thrift Shop.
Thank you to the people who support our work financially.
Thank you to the people who include your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in their wills and estate plans.
Thank you to our friends in the news media who tell our stories.
Thank you to the families who come to RCHS to adopt their new pets.
Thank you to the parents who enroll their children in Animal Camp.
Thank you to the generous people who support our FOCAS program.
Thank you to everyone who will be supporting the San Diego Wildlife Center.
Thank you for supporting our Pet Assisted Therapy, Animal Safehouse, and Community Pet Food Bank programs.
Thank you to all of our rescue partners at other shelters and rescues.
We really mean it. We cannot do this without you.

Every day is Thanksgiving at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.®
Thank you!

Sometimes Love Sneaks in Through a Door You Didn’t Know You Left Open

After your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and our FOCAS program accepted another Wings of Rescue flight of Hurricane Hounds and Cats from Louisiana, a guest asked, “Aren’t you afraid that you won’t be able to find homes for them?”

Afraid? We looked online and asked about the five greatest human fears.

• #5: Loneliness
• #4: Ridicule
• #3: Rejection
• #2: Death
• #1: Failure

Being afraid we can’t find a home for the pets wasn’t even on the list.
Sometimes we’re concerned when a cat, dog, or rabbit is here longer than usual. But we’re not afraid that we can’t find a home for it.

At your Rancho Coastal Humane Society we believe there’s a home for every pet entrusted to our care. Every pet is a perfect match for the right family.

  • The Hurricane Hound who had already been in a shelter several months before the storm needed to come to California to be discovered by the family that will love it, unconditionally, forever.
  • The cat that bounced from one shelter to another and another. It had to come to RCHS to meet that family that didn’t even know they were waiting for it.
  • The mommy rabbit and her babies might not have survived in other places. Now they’re at RCHS waiting for their new families to find them. To take them home.

As you’re reading this, most of the latest Hurricane Hounds and Cats who arrived at RCHS are in their new homes. If you’ve visited the shelter in last week or two, you noticed some vacancies in the kennels and cattery. That’s because we’ve had so many adoptions, and because we’re preparing for the arrival of more pets through FOCAS.

There’s an old saying that, “Sometimes love sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” That’s how it was for one of our staff members who swore he could never get another dog after losing his best friend of 13 years. A few months later the dog he wasn’t looking for arrived in our kennels. The dog he thought would be adopted by somebody else. The dog that was perfect for him. The dog who sneaked in through the door he didn’t know he left open.

Please come for a visit sometime soon. If it’s not a good time for you to adopt a cat, dog, or rabbit please consider sponsoring one until it is adopted. For more information call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas…where we believe every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®

The Countdown is Underway for your San Diego Wildlife Center

When we first began talking about your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s plans to open the San Diego Wildlife Center we said, “Wherever you live in San Diego County, California you are surrounded by wildlife.

People contacted us with examples of the wildlife living in their neighborhoods. One lady reported seeing coyotes in Balboa Park. A man living near the coast told us he stopped feeding his cats on his patio because it attracted squirrels and other wildlife.

Some people told us they had never seen wildlife in their neighborhoods. Now they’re telling us they had no idea how many wild animals there were living nearby and, in some cases, right in their own back yards.

You might not see these wild animals every day, but they’re making a difference for San Diego. The ducks preventing overgrowth in our lakes. The squirrels and song birds spreading valuable seeds. Even the skunks keeping rodents in check.

RCHS President Jim Silveira says, “It’s up to us to help and protect these animals. We’re returning to our roots with the new San Diego Wildlife Center. When your Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened in 1960 it provided care and rehabilitation then released the animals into the wild. Now we’re planning to do it again. There are a lot of hoops to jump through. But every day we get closer.”

  • The San Diego Wildlife Center will be a resource in north coastal San Diego County.
  • The San Diego Wildlife Center will care for injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife.
  • The primary focus will be on songbirds, shorebirds, and squirrels.
  • We will ensure that wildlife has a place to heal and a chance to return to the wild.

There’s a lot of work to do before “baby season” in the spring. We need your help.

Show your support. Make a tax-deductible donation to the San Diego Wildlife Center.

  • Donate online at sdpets.org.
  • Mail your donation to:
    Rancho Coastal Humane Society
    C/O San Diego Wildlife Center Program
    389 Requeza St
    Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Drop off your donation at Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Thank you for supporting the San Diego Wildlife Center at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Come See Us – December 2017

December is a month filled with a lot of activity here at the shelter and in the homes of our staff, volunteers, and supporters. Here are some of the RCHS activities in the month ahead. If you have some time, please come for a visit. If not, please accept this wish for happy holidays and a prosperous 2018.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday, December 2nd at the 60th annual Encinitas Holiday Parade, presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market. The parade theme is “Celebrating the Arts. Coast Highway 101 closes at 4 PM and the parade begins at 5:30. 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 Sunday, December 3rd from 1:30 to 5:00 PM at the 60th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival. This year’s theme is “Christmas Jewels.” Watch for Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS), and La Jolla Veterinary Hospital in the parade. Bishop’s High School will hold a bake sale with proceeds going to RCHS. 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.

December is especially busy at the Community Pet Food Bank at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The Pet Food Bank provides food and other supplies for the pets of senior citizens, families that are working poor, people with disabilities or terminal illnesses, veterans, and members of the homeless community. We also work with the C0mmunity Resource Center and other organizations to provide the supplies families need so they’re not forced to give up their pets during the holidays. Please make a donation, hold a pet food drive, or buy an extra bag or a few extra cans of food then drop them off here at the Food Bank. That could just be all it takes to keep a family together. For more information or to make a donation visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will close at 3:00 on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, then be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There will still be people here to care for the animals and make sure none of them miss their holiday meals. 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.

You might want to put this on your calendar so you can start planning for yourself, your family, or your team. It’s the walk every dog is begging to go on. Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday, February 17th from 8:00 to 11:00 AM during the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. It’s the only day of the year when dogs are allowed in the Botanic Garden.
Register by November 30th and receive a 20% discount.
To register or for more information visit www.5kpawwalk.org.

The Military Working Dog Memorial at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is the only private memorial of its kind west of the Mississippi river. The MWD memorial pays tribute to those who stood in harm’s way…on two feet or four paws. For more information or to purchase a memorial brick call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org

unloading donated pet food from semi truck

22 Tons of Free Dog and Cat Food Delivered to RCHS

More than 44,400 pounds of donated dog and cat food was delivered to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas on Tuesday morning, November 14. The food was donated through Rescue Bank ® operated by GreaterGood.org, a non-profit organization that supports animal rescue and rehabilitation groups by providing services and supplies. The pet food will be distributed to animal rescue groups throughout southern California.

RCHS President Jim Silveira says, “Every time we work with Rescue Bank and Greatergood.org we see the direct impact of their generosity. This donation includes a little more than 44,000 pounds of Smuckers, Natural Balance, and Nature’s Recipe Dry and Wet cat and dog food. All of this will be distributed to Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s rescue partners.’”

Silveira says this donation from Rescue Bank is far reaching. “Many rescues struggle to pay for the food they need to sustain the pets under their care. With donations from Rescue Bank, they pay the cost of having the food shipped here, but the food is free. That means they can save money from their food budgets. The money they save can be used to provide more spay/neuter, veterinary, and care services.”

This is one of the largest pet food donations in the 57 year history of Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This donation will provide more than 100,000 meals for dogs and cats in San Diego and surrounding counties.

Rescue Bank ® delivers donated food to regional distribution centers where it is picked up by pre-qualified non-profit groups. Silveira says, “When we’ve done this in the past the dog and cat food went to our rescue partners in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties.”

The food was unloaded by fork lift near the RCHS Humane Education Center. It took about an hour to unload. By Tuesday afternoon the pre-approved rescue groups began picking up the food. Distribution is expected to take two days.

“There are about 200 rescue groups in San Diego County,” says Silveira. “All of the animals under their care deserve proper nutrition. Greater Good.org and Rescue Bank trust Rancho Coastal Humane Society to carry out their intentions and help feed animals waiting to be adopted. Interested rescue groups should contact RCHS to make an appointment for pick up.”

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. Shelter hours are 11 to 5 every day but Tuesday.

 

Videos of the food being unloaded are below or click the following link to view on Vimeo.com – https://vimeo.com/user74227986

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When The Airplane is Barking You Know More Hurricane Hounds And Cats Are Coming to Rancho Coastal Humane Society

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying cats, dogs, and almost 100 puppies arrived at Circle Air Group at Gillespie Field in El Cajon late Tuesday. This fourth plane load of pets transferred to San Diego from Acadiana Animal Aid created space for pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The flight was a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, Freekibble.com, GreaterGood.org, The Rescue Bank, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society and The Rescued Dog.

Kathy Zerkle, V.P. of Adoption Services at RCHS, says, “The pets were loaded onto the plane in Lafayette, Louisiana at around 5:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday morning. They arrived in San Diego a little after 5:00 that afternoon.”

How did the 120 pets fare during their 12 hour flight? Kathy says, “They did great! A few weeks or, in some cases, a few months ago, they were with their families. Some of the pets evacuated to RCHS were already in shelters before Hurricane Harvey. Now the pets who came in after the hurricane are considered to be lost, strayed, or abandoned. Their owners have not come to claim them. Unfortunately, pets are still streaming into the shelters in Louisiana and Texas. They have to create space for the new arrivals. For these pets, a 12 hour plane ride is far better than the alternative.”

Wings of Rescued President and CEO Ric Browde says, “Wings of Rescue has transported more than 9,000 pets to safety so far this year. The pets on this flight are highly adoptable dogs and cats who have been in animal shelters for over a month waiting for their owners coming to claim them. They’re being transferred to San Diego to create space for the pets who continue to arrive after being lost, strayed, or abandoned because of Harvey and the floods.”
Labradors and Friends Rescue and Rancho Coastal Humane Society continue to recruit foster care providers to help with these rescued pets and others. Wings of Rescue needs new or gently used, medium to large, plastic pet crates. Crates can be dropped off at Rancho Coastal Humane Society or the San Diego Humane Society.

RCHS is accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and provide care and treatment for the new arrivals. Kathy says, “The medical tests for each of the Hurricane Hounds cost us about $600 each. Our maximum adoption fee at RCHS is $195 for a puppy six months or younger. If this isn’t a good time for you to adopt, please make a donation to help us cover the cost of placing these pets in their homes.”

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

Every animal deserves a tomorrow….no matter where it was born.

One of the first dogs off the plane gets some special attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFdz-jnQbm8&feature=em-upload_owner

This is the very first dog off the plane today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpSdY4O9BiE&feature=em-upload_owner

This is dogs being unloaded from the plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uomn5acFD8&feature=em-upload_owner

This is RCHS President Jim Silveira unloading the first crate from the plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUQ_7Bfvdhs&feature=em-upload_owner