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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

Dogs and Fashion Models on the “Cat Walk” at the Flower Fields What more could you ask for this Thursday evening?

It will be “Dogs on the Cat Walk” during the second annual “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido” fashion show at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch at 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad this Thursday, April 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. See designer brand clothing from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the world famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, and dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) accompanying the models down the “cat walk.” Proceeds from the event support RCHS programs and services for people and animals, the Simon Youth Foundation, and The Flower Fields Foundation.

Click Here to buy tickets online!

RCHS Events Coordinator Kelly Peters describes Fashion, Flowers, and Fido as an evening of Food, Fashion, Fur, and Foam. “There will be a fashion show, food tasting, and a beer garden. Our first Fashion Flowers and Fido event was a major success. This year will be even better.”

Peters says, “We want to make sure that anyone who wants to join us….with or without their dog…can attend. There are a few tickets still available online at www.sdpets.org for the reduced price of only $25. Tickets on the night of the event will be $30.”

Guests will receive “Doggie Swag Bags” provided by Animal House Pet Care while supplies last. The fashion show will be a joint production of the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and Fashion Week San Diego.

Guests are welcome to bring their friendly, well-behaved dogs to Fashion, Flowers, and Fido. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations. No dogs in heat. Limit of two dogs per person.

Don’t miss out on the Food, Fun, Fur, and Foam. Get your tickets online now at www.sdpets.org.

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

Our First True Patient has arrived at Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center (And boy oh boy….It’s so cute!)

Less than 48 hours after opening, the first true patient has arrived at the San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) operated by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS). A 3-week-old baby Merriam’s Chipmunk arrived early Wednesday morning at the Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad.

SDWC Director Trish Jackman says, “The chipmunk was found on the sidewalk of our nearby rescue partners at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS). They were able to pick it up and bring it to us. Other than being thirsty, it seems to be in good condition.”

When the baby chipmunk arrived it had an initial examination to check for injuries or illness. After that SDWC staff members offered it food and water. According to Jackman, it didn’t have any interest in the food. “That’s probably because it hasn’t started eating solid food, yet. When we offered it the water, the chipmunk held on to the syringe with its feet and drank. We’ll be switching it over and giving it formula.”

With one baby chipmunk, there could possibly be more. The staff at DAS is searching the area to see if there are more babies, a nest, or a mother looking for her stray baby. If they can find the nest, they will try to reunite the baby with its mother and siblings.

Jackman says that, if the baby can’t be put back with its family, the chipmunk will eventually be released back into the wild. “This is wildlife. It’s not a pet. We will handle it as little as possible. While it’s here it will get the medical care and attention it needs, but our goal is to make sure it’s able to survive in its natural environment.”

SDWC accepts any wildlife in need. Treatment will take place on site or some animals will be transferred to rescue partners for further care.

“We’re also working to educate the public about the care and safety of the wildlife in their neighborhoods. This is ‘baby season’ and we’ll be getting lots of questions.”

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 “Like” SDWildlifeCenter on Facebook: fb.com/SDWildlifeCenter

We’re Open for Business and Ready to Save Lives at Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center

Local wildlife is getting a second chance now that the San Diego Wildlife Center operated by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is open at 2380 Camino Vida Roble, Unit G in Carlsbad.

“This is how we began and this is once again part of our future,” says RCHS President Jim Silveira. “When RCHS opened in 1960 this area was home to lots of wildlife. When wildlife was injured or orphaned, it came to RCHS. The San Diego Wildlife Center will once again be a refuge for local wildlife.”

SDWC Director Trish Jackman says, “We’re open for business and ready to save lives. We held an open house for the public last weekend. Now that we’ll begin accepting animals, the hospital and recovery areas are no longer accessible to the public. ”

Jackman says that SDWC is now accepting song birds, shore birds, and squirrels. “We’ll also be working to educate the public about the care and safety of the wildlife in their neighborhoods. One of the questions we’ll be hearing a lot during this time of year is what to do about babies who seem to be abandoned. In some cases, the parents are nearby keeping a watchful eye. In other cases, the babies need help. These are calls that can save lives.”

For more information visit the San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble, Unit G, in Carlsbad or call 760-621-6888.

Silveira says, “We’re asking wildlife lovers to make donations to help pay for medical treatment and recovery for the wildlife being cared for at SDWC. Whether it’s house pets or wildlife, at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society we believe that Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.” ®

Sometimes it seems as if we need a Hairy Potter Magic Wand

Edgar is doing great, but he still needs your help as he recovers from a surgery that is pretty unusual for cats.

Your Rancho Coastal provides surgeries and other medical care for pets who might not recover in other parts of the country. Edgar is a great example. He’s a 1-1/2 year old, 16 pound, Domestic Short Hair. His description on the RCHS website says:

Edgar is your classic gentleman. He is all dressed in his Tuxedo, ready to make a date with his new person or family!  Edgar loves his snuggles and pets. He’s very much a ‘people cat.’

After Edgar was transferred to RCHS from another shelter through FOCAS, we noticed that he was limping. Our Medical team found that Edgar had a Luxating Patella. (That’s Vet-Speak for “floating kneecap.”) This is common in dogs, but rare with cats.
We contacted Dr. Joshua Jackson at Veterinary Hospital. Edgar had his surgery on March 22nd and returned to RCHS the next day.

Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “Edgar is healing very well at this point and has been receiving his physical therapy by our medical staff members. He has been very tolerant and patient through his physical therapy which makes everyone’s life easier.”

Even with the generous discount that Dr. Jackson gives for the treatment of RCHS animals, the surgery is not cheap. We wish we had a “Hairy” Potter magic wand. We would swing it through the air and it would give us a pile of money to pay Edgar’s medical costs. Until we get the wand, we still need your help.

Please consider making a donation to our Medical Fund to help cover Edgar’s medical costs. We understand. This is a cat you’ll never meet. But your donation will change lives. It will definitely change Edgar’s life.

Come see us sometime soon at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. For more information or to make a donation call 760-753-6413 or log on to www.sdpets.org.

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

 

Edgar

How old does my Little Animal Lover need to be to Volunteer?

It’s a question we hear almost every day at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It might come from the parent of an animal loving high school student working to fill their community service hours. It can also come from a dad or mom whose 8 year old is head over paws in love with animals and can’t stop talking about them.

Starting in April, just a few days from now, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be launching the all new Teen Foster Program!

Now teenagers 15 and older can work hands-on with homeless animals while they earn service hours for their school or other organization.

Let’s make this clear. The program is designed for teens, but it’s going to require parental participation and supervision.

We’re looking for teens and families who care about animals and would be willing and able to provide foster care for pets in their homes. The average length of stay in foster care is 4 to 6 weeks. Fosters commit to a 4 week minimum unless a shorter stay is arranged ahead of time.

We’re not just going to hand you a litter of puppies or kittens and say, “See ya in a month.” Training and parent approval are required. Participants must have reliable transportation to RCHS for veterinary appointments and meetings with the foster care coordinator.

That’s the nuts and bolts of it. If this sounds right for your teen and your family, call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Thanks you for being a part of Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

It’s starting to sound less “houndy” around here

Three weeks ago the kennels at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society sounded like a hound convention! That’s what it usually sounds like right after we receive dogs transferred here through our FOCAS program on a Wings of Rescue flight.

“A Wings of Rescue flight carrying more than 100 dogs and puppies left Lafayette, Louisiana on the morning of March 7th,” says Kathy Zerkle, Vice President of Adoption Services at RCHS. “They landed in Colorado Springs long enough to drop off 30 of their passengers and refuel. After that the puppies and dogs completed the final leg of their journey. That was the flight that brought them to San Diego. The flight that lead them to their forever homes.”

Wings of Rescue President and C. E. O. Ric Browde says, “These pets were in crowded shelters in Louisiana before being transferred to Acadiana Animal Aid in Lafayette. This lifesaving flight is a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, Freekibble.com, and GreaterGood.org. The puppies and dogs arriving in San Diego became available for adoption at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society and The Rescued Dog.”

Kathy says, “Several of the adult dogs became available within just a few days. We held on to the puppies a little longer to update their vaccinations, spay or neuter, and make sure they’re completely healthy before we send them home with their new families.”

RCHS President Jim Silveira adds, “This is one of the most exciting things we get to do. Many of these dogs and puppies would not have had a future if Wings of Rescue hadn’t flown them out of there, like they did with 11,183 other dogs and cats last year.”

Most of the Wings of Rescue dogs are gone, but the expenses they created remain. RCHS is accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment for the new arrivals. We’re also preparing for the next Wings of Rescue flight….whenever that might be.

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

For more information visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org. And be sure to follow Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fetch – April 2018 – Events Calendar

A couple weeks ago a guest at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society told us, “There’s ALWAYS something going on around here. Kids. Airplanes full of pets flying in. People making donations or coming because they need help. There’s always something!”

He’s right. There’s always something going on at RCHS. Here are a few of the things happenin’ during the next couple months. Please come join us!

April:

1:         April Fool’s Day (Be nice.)
Easter (RCHS Closed)
2:         San Diego Wildlife Rescue opens at RCHS
2-6:     Week 1 of Spring Animal Camp at RCHS
4:         National Walking Day (Take your dog along)
7:         Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
9-13:   Week 2 of Spring Animal Camp at RCHS
11:       National Pet Day (Like every other day.)
            12:      Fashion, Flowers, and Fido at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

15-21: National Pet ID Week. Make sure your pet’s ID is accurate.
15-22: National Volunteer Week
19:       National Stress Awareness Day (A great day to pet your pets.)
21:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
22:       Earth Day – Adopt a “recycled” pet
            24-30: National Scoop the Poop Week (Just because.)
26:       National Kids and Pets Day
27:       National Little Pampered Dog Day
National Hairball Awareness Day
28-29: Meet RCHS dogs at the Encinitas Street Fair – 9 to 5
            29:       National Pet Parents Day
30:       Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (That’s every day!)
May:

1:         Hug your Cat Day (Not so tight they squeak.)
May Day
5:         Cinco de Mayo (Cinco de Meow?)
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
6:         Meet RCHS dogs at the Carlsbad Street Fair – 8 – 5
            6-12:   National Pet Week
10:      Come to Paws and Pints presented by La Jolla Veterinary Hospital
12:       Hug your Cat Day (Again?)
13:       Mother’s Day (Have your mommy dog or cat spayed.)
19:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
Armed Forces Day
28:      Memorial Day observed (RCHS Closed)

June:
            Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

1:         Hug Your Cat Day (Again? Okay!)
2:         Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
                        Join us at the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival
7:         Join us at Paws and Pints at The Lot- La Jolla- 6:30 – 9:00 PM
16:      Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
17:       Father’s Day (Have your father dog or cat neutered)
19:       World Sauntering Day
21:       National Selfie Day
            22:       Take your Dog to Work Day (So cool!)
25:      Summer Animal Camp begins
            30:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

Fetch – April 2018 – Come See Us

Unless you’re a staff member or a volunteer in the kennels, cattery, or rabbitat, you probably don’t want to come see us on Sunday, April 1st. That’s Easter. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be closed. Don’t worry. There will still be people here to walk the dogs, play with the cats, and make sure all of our Easter bunnies enjoy their holiday.

Animal Camp is full. Spring Animal Camp 2018 at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be held April 2 – 13. We’ll have campers in the cattery, rabbitat, and kennels. Registration for Summer Animal Camp starts is underway. 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

Join us at the second annual “Fashion, Flowers, and Fido” fashion show at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch at 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad on Thursday, April 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. See 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 $25 in advance and $30 at the door. That includes admission, the fashion show, food tasting, and admission to the beer garden. For more information or tickets visit www.sdpets.org.

A “Bunny 101” training class will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 10 AM to noon at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. The class will cover housing, bunny behavior, diet, handling, and grooming. There’s a $10 suggested donation. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, e-mail [email protected], or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th, from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Encinitas Street Fair. Look for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society booth. 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.

 

I Wish I Could Have a Pet

That’s one of the wishes we hear most often at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Someone whose living situation doesn’t allow them to be a full time pet parent.

  • We hear it from small children whose parents are waiting for changes in their housing, upcoming moves, or a more stable job situation.
  • We hear it from college students who are missing the pets who stayed with their parents when they left home.
  • We hear it from young families who are struggling to make ends meet.
  • We hear it from seniors who no longer have the ability to provide daily care.
  • We hear, “I wish my husband / wife wasn’t allergic to fur.”

Sometimes we can grant wishes by matching a person or family with a pet they hadn’t ever considered adopting.

Some wishes are granted by simply getting people involved in our Volunteer program. They come to the shelter and “adopt” dozens of cats, dogs, and bunnies for a few hours per week. If you’ve been to RCHS lately you might have run into a group of Cal State – San Marcos students who are doing amazing work in the kennels, cattery, and rabbitat.

We think of the families whose leases don’t allow pets or they’re working so many hours it’s not practical for them to have pets. They send their kids to Animal Camp, our Kids Community Service program, or have a birthday party here at RCHS.

If you’ve been thinking, “I wish I could have a pet,” let us help figure out the best situation for you to get your “fur fix.”

Right now our wish is that you would take a minute to scan this month’s Wish List. You might already have something we need. Or you might see something on the list and want to make a tax deductible donation to buy it.

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

How much do we REALLY like Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook?

When we saw an article in Forbes about “13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People” we thought of Brian Cook, Manager of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea.

People like Brian! Now we’re wondering if it’s because he’s easy to like, or if it’s because shoppers save so much money at the Thrift Shop. People like it when they save money. Why do people like Brian?

The first item on the list was that likeable people ask questions. As we walked into the Thrift Shop we heard Brian asking a shopper, “How can I help you? You want a big screen TV? Make a left at the women’s clothing, walk past the matching sofa, chairs, and tables that just arrived this morning, right on into the Electronics department.”

The list said likeable people put away their phones when you talk to them. Brian lost his phone between the cushions of that sofa we just mentioned. (Please call the Thrift Shop if you find it. Don’t call Brian. You’ll have his cell phone.) So…he’s two for two.

They’re honest. Whether it’s a bicycles in the sporting goods department, the jewelry, the housewares, or the collectibles, Brian will tell you everything he knows about them. He holds back nothing.

He’s looking pretty doggone good, but what do the other people at the Thrift Shop think of Brian? Who better to ask than Other Brian. He was unloading children’s furniture that he picked up that morning at the home of a donor.

Hey, Other Brian. Is Brian likeable?

“Usually. But this morning one of the volunteers brought donuts. There was one donut left and somebody said, ‘Hey Brian. Come get the last donut.’ They meant me, but Brian ate it. I’m steamed at him right now. But most of the time that donut thief is okay.”

There were no witnesses to the theft, but time and time again we’ve heard Brian (the donut thief) say, “The best part of my job is that 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.” ®

Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook. If you have items to donate you can drop them off at the Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea or call 760-753-0970 to arrange for pick up.

If you want to see that list from Forbes, click here: ttp://www3.forbes.com/leadership/13-habits-of-exceptionally-likeable-people-2/2/

We’re Returning to our “Wild” Roots With Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center

The term “Returning to my roots” has become cliché. For some people it means they’re going back to a lifestyle from a happier time. To others it means they’re ditching the suit and tie and going back to jeans and tennies.

When your Rancho Coastal Humane Society tells you we’re going back to our roots by opening the San Diego Wildlife Center, we mean it.

We’ll host a grand opening on Saturday, March 31 from 11 AM to 1 PM at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad. This is your only opportunity for a behind the scenes tour before we start taking in animals on Monday, April 2.

“Our plans, hopes, and dreams have come together,” says RCHS President Jim Silveira. “When RCHS opened in 1960, when wildlife was injured or orphaned, it came to RCHS. The San Diego Wildlife Center will once again be a refuge for local wildlife.”

SDWC Director Trish Jackman says, “Once we begin accepting animals on April 2nd, the hospital and recovery areas will be closed to the public. If you want to go behind the scenes, the Grand Opening on March 31st is an event they don’t want to miss.”

Jackman says that SDWC will be accepting song birds, shore birds, and squirrels when it opens on April 2nd. “We’ll also be working to educate the public about the care and safety of the wildlife in their neighborhoods. We’re often asked about babies who seem to be abandoned. In some cases, the parents are nearby keeping a watchful eye on their babies. In other cases, the babies need help. During this time of year we’ll get lots of calls. These are calls that can save lives.”

  • To show support for local wildlife and the environment visit the new SDWC website at https://sdwildlife.org/
  • “Like” SDWC on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/SDWildlifeCenter/
  • Check out a new edition of “Wildlife Wednesday” each week on your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Facebook page for information and updates about wildlife right in your own back yard.
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities at the San Diego Wildlife Center.

Jim adds, “We’re asking wildlife lovers to make donations to help pay for medical treatment and recovery for the wildlife being cared for at SDWC. Whether it’s house pets or wildlife, at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society we believe that Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow.” ®

Pet of the Month – Foxy

Miss Foxy is the Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Foxy is a 2 year old, 7 pound, Domestic Short Hair cat with an absolutely beautiful white fur coat and some of the bluest, blue eyes we’ve ever seen!

Foxy was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter through the FOCAS program.  She was hiding under her bed when we met her. As soon as we started to pet her, she purred and leaned into our hands.

It didn’t take her long to settle in once we got her to the RCHS cattery. She’s still a shy and reserved girl who likes having a hidey-box where she can hang out if she feels uncomfortable.

Miss Foxy needs a quiet, cat savvy home to help build her confidence. If you have an adult home or some gentle, respectful children 12 years or older, come meet beautiful Miss Foxy.

The $100 adoption fee for Foxy includes medical exam, vaccinations, spay, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

Foxy

Wowzers! Openings for Summer Animal Camp are Almost Gone!

One month ago we told you that Spring Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society was full and that RCHS Humane Educator Lizzie Hart was urging parents to keep an eye on the website if they planned to enroll their kids in Summer Animal Camp.

Summer Camp registrations opened a couple days after the last Fetch came out. Just like Lizzie said, the registrations came pouring in.

Summer Animal Camp at RCHS runs June 25th through August 24th.

“All About our Pets” for 6 to 12 year olds runs June 25th through July 13th. It’s full.

“Animal Keepers” is for campers ages 11 through 14. Lizzie says, “Animal Keepers is designed for older children who want to gain experience working in animal care and learn more about the world of domestic animals. Students will work directly with shelter pets and animal care professionals to gain insight into the variety of animal careers and opportunities available. Students will also earn community service hours by assisting shelter workers in the daily animal care tasks. Campers will learn about pet –overpopulation, puppy mills, and other important issues concerning our domestic animals. This camp is ideal for students interested in working in animal care and those who have a passion for animal welfare.”

The last portion of camp, August 6 through 17 is “Wildlife Among Us.” That’s for 6 to 12 year olds. It’s also full.

Lizzie has a few openings left during the Animal Keepers section. As this is being written, she has openings during:

  • Week 5:  July 23- 27
  • Week 6:  July 30- August 3
  • Week 9:  August 20- 24

“These opening won’t last long. Anyone with an 11 to 14 year old who has expressed interest in working with animals will want to act fast. We do have a waiting list in case there are cancellations, but that doesn’t happen very often.”

For more information about Animal Camp, Kids Community Service, or any of the other RCHS programs for children visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or click here.

https://rchumanesociety.org/summer-animal-camp/

Celebrate with us this fall!

We’re not going to lie. We really don’t have a lot of details to give you about the 2018 Celebration of Second Chances benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Rather than tell you what we don’t know….we’ll tell you what we do know.

Here’s the date. Saturday, October 13th.

That’s not much.

Actually, we do know a lot more about the 2018 Celebration. In fact, there are some big surprises this year!

For right now, all we’re asking you to do is check your calendar or phone or tablet or laptop or that little slip of paper that’s attached to your refrigerator with a magnet that shows a cat, dog, or bunny.

Make sure you’re free for that evening then make a note so you don’t schedule something else.

If you’ve attended Celebration of Second Chances in the past, you know what a fun and uplifting evening it will be.

If you’ve never been a guest at the Celebration, please plan to join us this year.

You’ll see what we mean when we say that, at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

History Repeats Itself – Even while we grow

A student asked the teacher, “Why do we have to study history? What good will it do?” The teacher replied, ‘We study history so we don’t keep making the same mistakes.”

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society studies history to see how we’ve grown!

That’s happening a lot lately with our Animal Safehouse Program. For example, here’s part of the message from a video we created in 2011.

They’re beaten physically. They’re verbally abused so the bruises don’t show, but the damage is just as severe for the victims of domestic abuse. Even when abusers turn their violence against family pets it still leaves emotional scars on the human victims and their children. They may not even know that their pet was kicked until they arrive at the emergency veterinary clinic. Sometimes they arrive too late.

RCHS President Jim Silveira reminds us, “ASP is still the safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims.       Since we created that video seven years ago, ASP has grown to help so many others during the times of their lives when they needed us most.”

Today ASP provides temporary care for the pets of active duty military and veterans. We’re contacted by families in-crisis who just need us to take their pets for a week while they get back on track. There are seniors who need our help while they receive medical treatment.

Jim says, “While saving the pets of domestic violence victims is still the cornerstone of ASP, we’re proud of the programs history and how we’ve grown to help more people than we ever thought possible when ASP began in 1997.”

We all know a victim of domestic violence or someone else who needs either temporary or permanent care for their pet. Now you also know how ASP can help.

There is never a charge to ASP clients. That’s why we rely on you. Your donations pay for the safety net. Your generosity saves live.

For more information visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, log on to www.sdpets.org, or call 760-753-6476,

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

Nami Needs a Helping Hand and a Healthy Leg

Nami is a year and a half old, 27 pound, Beagle mix. When she barks she definitely sounds like a Beagle. It’s pretty doggone cute.

Just like more than 90% of the pets adopted from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Nami was transferred to us through our FOCAS program. That’s Friends of County Animal Shelters. That was her first step on the way to her forever home. To make the next step and the step after that and all the steps for the rest of her life, Nami needs your help.

We met her in El Centro where she was being cared for by one of our rescue partners. Nami had suffered a fractured pelvis. She was recovering from hip surgery when she was transferred to RCHS.

It was normal that she wasn’t putting weight on one of her hind legs so soon after surgery, but when she wasn’t healing as quickly as expected we had to find out why.

Nami has an abnormal left knee. We’re arranging for an orthopedic consultation to decide the next step. She’s going to need another surgery if she’s ever going to live the life she deserves. A life without lameness.

Please consider making a donation to help pay for Nami’s surgery and her continued recovery. She’s a young dog with a full life ahead of her. She deserves a life without pain.

You can click here to make a donation online right now: https://rchumanesociety.org/give/donate/

It’s up to you how you want to do this. You can make a general donation to RCHS. If you would like your donation to be used specifically to pay for Medical costs, let us know in the Comments section.

Thank you for giving us a helping hand to make sure Nami has a healthy leg.

They’re cute and soft and furry, but keep your paws off the baby bunnies!

You might have already seen the warning on the San Diego Wildlife Center Facebook. The baby bunnies are here!

SDWC Director Trish Jackman tells us, “Cottontails and Jackrabbits are having babies. They really are cute and they’re so innocent and helpless. But, no matter how much you want to pick one up and snuggle it, you really need to keep your hands off.”

“One of the big mistakes that people make is that they see a nest of baby bunnies and think they’ve been abandoned,” according to Trish. “This might be a stretch, but when it comes to these babies, we need to stop thinking like humans and start thinking like mother rabbits.”

The mother protects her babies by only coming back to the nest to feed them. She usually makes two visits per day. Once in the early morning around dawn, and again in the evening around dusk. The rest of the time, she keeps a distant watch to make sure she isn’t leading predators to her nest.

Trish says, “Next time you see a nest and wonder if the babies need help, try this simple trick. Place two sticks like a cross near the entrance, or place some powder near the entrance. Wait until morning, and look to see if either has been disturbed. If it has, you know momma is nearby and all is well.”

Your San Diego Wildlife Center is working hard to put the finishing touches on the new intake hospital and obtain the necessary equipment so we can start helping babies by early April.

For more tips on wildlife and to make a donation check out our new webpage at www.sdwildlife.org

Events Calendar

March:
Paws to Read Month – Take a few minutes to read to your pets.

3: “What if Dogs and Cats had Opposable Thumbs?” Day
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
World Wildlife Day – Learn about the San Diego Wildlife Center.
4: Daughters and Sons Day – This includes furry kids.
11: Daylight Saving Time begins – Be patient with your pets.
13: K-9 Veterans Day
17: St. Patrick’s Day
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
19-25: National Animal Poison Prevention Week
23: National Puppy Day (Like every other day.)
31: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

April:
National Pet Month
Pet First Aid Awareness Month

1: Easter (RCHS Closed)
2-6: Week 1 of Spring Animal Camp at RCHS
4: National Walking Day – Take your dog along!
7: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
9-13: Week 2 of Spring Animal Camp at RCHS
11: National Pet Day (Like every other day.)
12: Fashion, Flowers, and Fido at the Carlsbad Flower Fields
15-21: National Pet ID Week
15-22: National Volunteer Week
17: Income Tax Pay Day
18: Pet Owners Independence Day
19: National Stress Awareness Day – A great day to pet your pets.
21: Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
22: Earth Day – Adopt a “recycled” pet
24-30: National Scoop the Poop Week – We’re not making this up!
26: National Kids and Pets Day
27: National Little Pampered Dog Day
National Hairball Awareness Day
28-19: RCHS dogs at the Encinitas Street Fair – 9 to 5
29: National Pet Parents Day
30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (That’s every day!)
Animal Advocacy Day