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A Dog Named Bunnie

A Dog named Bunnie needs Your Help NOW and a New Home SOON

When Bunnie was transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program she was pretty and bouncy. One of the care providers in the kennels chuckled when she called her an “energetic, wild woman.” That’s pretty much what you might expect of a 2 year old, 38 pound, female, Boxer mix. This dog nearly wags herself in half when she meets you. We thought Bunnie would be in her new home in a day or two.

Just like every other dog, cat, or bunny who arrives here, Bunnie was scheduled for her medical exam. Dr. Moews confirmed that Bunnie has a “Medial Patellar Luxation” in her left, hind leg. She has a luxating patella (most of us know that as a floating knee cap) and possibly a ruptured cruciate ligament.

These things don’t fix themselves. We could manage Bunnie’s pain, but the issues would only get worse unless she had surgery.
Here’s where we are right now. Bunnie is scheduled to have surgery this Friday at Veterinary Specialty Hospital. The plan is for the doctor to go in and repair the luxating patella. At that point, the surgical team will be able to assess the damage to the cruciate ligament. If necessary, they’ll repair that, too.

This isn’t cheap, but we have no choice. If we delay, Bunnie will be living in pain and the damage will only get worse. The sooner she gets her surgery, the sooner she will start to heal and the sooner she can begin her new life with her new family in her new home. A life that she might have never had if it hadn’t been for Rancho Coastal Humane Society, FOCAS, and YOU!

For updates you can watch the RCHS website at www.sdpets.org. We’ll also be posting about Bunnie’s progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Our Medical fund can fluctuate day to day depending on the needs of the pets arriving here at RCHS. Please click HERE to make a tax-deductible, online donation.

In the “Comments” section, you can designate your donation for Bunnie’s surgery, general medical or any other RCHS program that you choose to support.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow®… Even an energetic wild woman like Bunnie.

Fetch- January 2019 President’s Letter

President’s Letter

I am fortunate.

Every day I am surrounded by people who care about companion animals and wildlife and who spend their precious time working to save the lives of those that have no voice. In 2018, we adopted out 1,036 companion animals, an all-time record at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS). At our San Diego Wildlife Center, we treated 741 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in just eight months after opening.

As President of RCHS, I am fortunate to work with a staff that is willing to adapt to new procedures and changes in order to advance our mission.

I am fortunate that we have an amazing group of volunteers, more than 400 strong. They support our kennel staff, walk our dogs, open their homes to puppies and kittens, bag pet food, transport and help rehabilitate injured birds, sort through piles of donated merchandise, not to mention plant, weed, paint, build and do laundry. Thank you!

When the Board recommended me for this position and I left my law practice eight months ago, I didn’t realize how lucky I would be. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation and I feel I’ve been preparing for this career opportunity my entire life!  Lucky me!

As we launch into a new year, I especially want to thank our donors and loyal supporters. RCHS could not exist for 58 years without you. Our Thrift Shop couldn’t thrive for 50 years without you.

This issue of Fetch gives you a glimpse into just some of what’s to come.
Bring on 2019! We are just getting started….

Fetch – January 2019 – Pet of the Month

Max

Max is the Fetch pet of the month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.  He’s a 2 year old, 55 pound, male, Shar Pei / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. He was transferred to us from a Riverside County shelter through our FOCAS program.

One of Max’s upper canine teeth, those big teeth in the front, was changing color. He needed a root canal. We very seldom have even one root canal per year. But that was what Max needed so he got his surgery and he’s doing great!

Max is still nervous when he meets new people. When you pass his kennel, you might get woofed at. That’s why there’s almost always a bowl with kibbles sitting there. Toss Max a couple kibbles. He’ll calm right down and you’ll see what a terrific dog he is.

He needs an active home. If you already have a dog, Max would love that! One more thing. He doesn’t seem to mind if you call him Macaroni.

The $145 adoption fee for Max includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuter, registered microchip, and that root canal surgery he had. 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 ®.

https://rchumanesociety.org/pets/gunter/

Here’s a link to his video

https://vimeo.com/297530404

Fetch – January 2019 – Education

You already have a head start! Spring Animal Camp is just around the corner

You already have a head start in making sure your children, grandchildren, or the neighbor kids are registered in time to attend Spring Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. As a Fetch subscriber, you have a direct link so you don’t miss out.

Again this year RCHS will offer two weeks of Spring Animal Camp.

  • Week 1 – April 1 through 5
  • Week 2 – April 8 through 12

Spring Animal Camp is for children ages 6 through 12. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Each week…no matter if it’s Spring, Summer, or Fall Animal Camp…our trained Rancho Coastal Humane Society humane educators follow themes that are appropriate for the age of the campers.

What are they doing at Animal Camp? That depends on the day and it depends on the day! We keep them super busy! Every camper gets individual attention as the instructors guide them through hands-on games, activities, arts and crafts, guest speakers and…of course… live animals!

Animal Camp teaches lessons about the important part animal play in each of their lives.

Humane Educator Lizzie Hart says, “Each day of camp will provide a window into the world of shelter animals, rescued animals, wildlife conservation and animal care!”

Space is limited. Registration for Spring Animal Camp will open in February. Keep checking back. Make sure your children get to spend a week in April playing games, making crafts and interacting with the animals here at Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

SIGN UP FOR CAMP – STARTING IN FEBRUARY!

 

 

 

Fetch – January 2019 – Wildlife Center

We can’t believe she ate the whole thing!

A recent patient at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center reminded us of an old commercial for Alka Seltzer. Even if you’re not old enough to remember the original commercial, you’ll understand the feeling.

Watch that clip here 🙂

Wildlife Center Director Trish Jackman says, “We’re not the only ones who can eat too much around the holidays. Just before New Year’s Eve, the San Diego Wildlife Center received a hawk suffering from over-indulgence.”

Really? We didn’t know birds did that. After all, they’re light as a feather!

“When humans overeat, we might find it hard to get up from our chair. We swear never to do it again. When a large female hawk overeats, she’s so full, she can’t get off the ground. That’s how we came to know our feisty Red Tailed Hawk.”

The hawk was found on the ground in a yard. She wasn’t moving. When she arrived at SDWC she had a strange expression on her face. There was nothing wrong on her exam, so we looked at her crop (the pouch near the neck where food is initially stored.) This poor girl had a bulging crop along with bulging eyes that looked like she was saying “I can’t believe I ate that much!”   All we could do was keep her hydrated and warm while her body did the rest.

Trish says, “It took three days to digest everything and two more before she showed any interest in food.  It was amusing to know that even a large majestic hawk can have eyes bigger than her stomach.”

“We soon had a large, hungry bird.  Female Red Tailed Hawks are some of the most aggressive patients we see. She became strong, fierce, and no longer pleased with our presence. Other than the free food, she was done with us. She was ready to go.”

Trish adds, “As she flew away, we were grateful she was back where she belongs.  We also had a good laugh knowing that humans aren’t the only ones with eyes bigger than their stomach sometimes.”

During the first nine months of operation, the San Diego Wildlife Center took in more than 740 patients. Since the first of the year we’ve added about one new patient per day, with many more expected soon as wildlife baby season begins.

Babies need presents….even if they’re wildlife babies. Reserve March 9, 2019 for the first San Diego Wildlife Center Baby Shower. To support local wildlife visit sdwildlife.org, “Like” SDWildlifeCenter on Facebook, visit the San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble, Unit G, in Carlsbad or call 760-621-6888.

Fetch – January 2019 – Wish List

Tell us what you wish for your

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

 

Every month in Fetch we ask you to take a minute to scan the Wish List to see if there’s anything we need that you already have.

It really is amazing how often somebody pulls up, pops open the trunk of their car or the hatch on their SUV, and donates something they saw on the Wish List.

Of course, we always need towels and blankets. They give the animals some comfort while they’re waiting to be adopted. We use them by the hundreds, so we always need more.

Once in a while we’ll hear a visitor to the shelter say, “You know what I wish you guys had?”

That’s music to our ears! We’re honored that you care and that you want to lend a helping paw.

This can be anything from signs to direct guests around the shelter, crates to replace the old ones that have seen their better days, a piece of medical equipment to help the pets recover from surgery, or something more specialized for the San Diego Wildlife Center or the Thrift Shop.

So, what is it that you “Wish us guys had?” We want to know!

In the meantime, please take a minute to scan the Wish List. You might already have something that we need. It might even be something that saves a life at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

Fetch – Upcoming Events Jan-Feb 2019

UPCOMING Events and Activities:

January:


Train your Dog Month
Walk your Pet Month

24:     Talk like a grizzled prospector Day. This has absolutely nothing to do with
animals. We just thought it sounded like fun.

26-27: “Insight Oceanside” tattoo shop donating 100% of proceeds from
walk-in customers to RCHS.

 


February:


Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month. Visit the RCHS Rabbitat.

Spay / Neuter Awareness Month

1:        Don’t miss RCHS puppies on the Puppy Bowl on the Fox 5 Morning News.

1:        Groundhog Day. Because Groundhogs need love, too.

1:        Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

3:        Super Bowl 53. Come to RCHS to adopt your new “Player.”

10-16: National Secondhand Wardrobe Week. Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop.

11:      Satisfied Staying Single Day (Get a pet!)

12:      Lincoln’s Birthday. We cannot tell a lie. We’ll be open.

13:      Desperation Day. The day before Valentine’s Day.

14:      Valentine’s Day (Singles Awareness Day.)

16:     5K Paw Walk in the Garden. 8 AM to noon. Join us for the only day of the
          year when you can take your pet into the San Diego Botanic Garden.


16:      Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM


18:      Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Not pet related. We just like it.

18:      National Drink Wine Day. Same as the Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.

18:      Presidents Day. Of course we’ll be open.

20:      Love your Dog Day / Love your Pet Day

22:      George Washington’s Birthday. George says we’ll be open on his birthday.

22:      National Wildlife Day. The perfect day to learn more about the SD Wildlife Center!

23:      National Dog Biscuit Day

26:     Zandra Rhodes “Wiggles and Waggles” Fashion Show Luncheon
          benefitting RCHS at the Del Mar Country Club


26:         Spay Day USA

 

 

Join us on March 9th for the “Baby Shower” at the San Diego Wildlife Center!

 

Ralphs Rewards

NEW DETAILS!!!

When you register, RCHS will automatically earn a rebate, based upon the dollar value of

every purchase you make!

 

Register ONLINE HERE

With your Ralphs REWARD card you can register your card with our NEW NPO number LM585. 

 

Click on Sign In/Register, the prompts will give you the

information you need to complete the registration.

 

If you do not have a REWARDS card, they are available at the Customer Service Desk in any Ralphs store.

 

If you want to use your telephone number instead of the

rewards card at the point of purchase, call 1-800-660-9003

to obtain your REWARDS card number.

 

Thank you for your support!

A Dog Named Bunnie

A Dog named Bunnie needs Your Help NOW and a New Home SOON

When Bunnie was transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program she was pretty and bouncy. One of the care providers in the kennels chuckled when she called her an “energetic, wild woman.” That’s pretty much what you might expect of a 2 year old, 38 pound, female, Boxer mix. This dog nearly wags herself in half when she meets you. We thought Bunnie would be in her new home in a day or two.

Just like every other dog, cat, or bunny who arrives here, Bunnie was scheduled for her medical exam. Dr. Moews confirmed that Bunnie has a “Medial Patellar Luxation” in her left, hind leg. She has a luxating patella (most of us know that as a floating knee cap) and possibly a ruptured cruciate ligament.

These things don’t fix themselves. We could manage Bunnie’s pain, but the issues would only get worse unless she had surgery.

Here’s where we are right now. Bunnie is scheduled to have surgery this Friday at Veterinary Specialty Hospital. The plan is for the doctor to go in and repair the luxating patella. At that point, the surgical team will be able to assess the damage to the cruciate ligament. If necessary, they’ll repair that, too.

This isn’t cheap, but we have no choice. If we delay, Bunnie will be living in pain and the damage will only get worse. The sooner she gets her surgery, the sooner she will start to heal and the sooner she can begin her new life with her new family in her new home. A life that she might have never had if it hadn’t been for Rancho Coastal Humane Society, FOCAS, and YOU!

For updates you can watch the RCHS website at www.sdpets.org. We’ll also be posting about Bunnie’s progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Our Medical fund can fluctuate day to day depending on the needs of the pets arriving here at RCHS. Please click here to make a tax-deductible, online donation. https://rchumanesociety.org/give/donate/
In the “Comments” section, you can designate your donation for Bunnie’s surgery, general medical or any other RCHS program that you choose to support.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®… Even an energetic wild woman like Bunnie.

 

Fetch – January 2019 – Thrift Shop

Let’s see you top that!

 

Poor Brian Cook, Manager of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. He always needs more display space, even though he’s expanded the Thrift Shop several times during the past few years.

Construction closed Chesterfield Drive…the street that connects the Thrift Shop to the beach over Pacific Coast Highway. No difference. Business is booming.
At the end of December Brian locked himself in his office. Other Brian, Linda, and Erin were supposed to be standing guard to make sure nobody interrupted Brian, but they were busy petting Chili, a dog who had just been adopted from RCHS. His owner was at the Thrift Shop buying dog supplies.

 

By the time Brian came bursting out, Other Brian had left to pick up some donations, Linda was helping a customer in the clothing department who was there to use the Thrift Shop gift card he got for Christmas, and Erin was in the furniture and housewares sections, decorating for Valentine’s Day.

SEE VALENTINE VIDEO HERE

Brian could hardly contain his excitement when he announced to anyone within hearing distance,

“During December, the Thrift Shop had $104,000 in sales. That’s the highest total EVER in December and second only to sales in November. We’re on track for $1.2 million in sales by the end of the fiscal year. Which is somewhere between amazing and ridiculously amazing on the achievement scale!”

 

Theresa and some volunteers were sorting through shoes, men’s suits, and a large box of red Valentine dresses. Several customers had now gathered in the Electronics section to tell Chili dog, “Good boy!” Other Other Brian (who spells his name with a “y” as in “Bryan” and has been nicknamed by our President as “whyBryan”) was in the Sporting Goods section trying on a pair of skis. That was quite a sight. Right across from the beach, wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, and trying on snow skis.

Nothing dampens Brian’s spirits….even when everyone ignores his great news. “Every donation and every item sold helps the animals. That’s why we’re here. It’s why the Thrift Shop was opened 59 years ago. The money raised at the Thrift Shop helps people and animals when they need it most. 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.

Send Love to Shelter Pets

 

Help Rancho Coastal Humane Society Win $10,000.00

 

Just submit your photos and videos to the Petco Foundation’s online valentine mosaic for the chance to win some great prizes while also giving us a chance at lifesaving grant awards!

 

To participate, go to

www.petcofoundation.org/love

 

Valentine messages can be:

–   How the love of an adopted pet has changed your life.

–   A thank you to Rancho Coastal Humane Society staff and volunteers.

–   A note of encouragement to shelter pets still looking for loving homes.

 

Use these social media handles and hashtags:
@Petco Foundation, @rchumane, @ranchocoastal , #sheltervalentine, #RCHSValentine

 

Make sure to enter Rancho Coastal Humane Society and www.sdpets.org when you upload your photo!

Each day through February 13, one entry will be selected randomly to receive prizes.

If you are selected as a winner, RCHS will also be eligible to receive a grant award up to

$10,000.00

The earlier you submit, the more chances we have to win!

 

 

Fetch – January 2019 – Medical / Foster

Kittens comin’ out our ears!

 

A few years ago an enthusiastic young Mom ran into the lobby of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society during the first week of December and asked, “Do you guys have any kittens? We want to adopt a kitten for our kids for Christmas!”

The adoption counselor told the eager lady that kitten season was over and we probably wouldn’t have any more kittens for a few months.

That is not the case anymore.

We proved that on Christmas morning when Santa Paws and his helper started the day delivering Christmas kittens to children on Santa’s “Nice list.”

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

 

Why do we have Christmas kittens now? There are a few reasons.

  • Kitten season is starting sooner and lasting longer than it did a few years ago.
  • Our Medical team continues to reach out to other shelters and rescues through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program. Kittens who might not have had much of a chance a few years ago are now coming to RCHS.
  • Our volunteer foster care program has grown by leaps and bounds. Mommy cats and kittens who need round the clock care are going into private in-home care with our trained foster care providers.

It’s a team effort. As you can see on the faces of the families in the TV news story, it’s working. We creating memories that will last a lifetime. Memories that might change the future. Memories that will change the world.

If this isn’t a good time for you to adopt, there are lots of other ways you can help.

  • Share this story. Show your friends, families, and business associates the great work we’re doing at RCHS.
  • Learn how you can become a foster care volunteer. It can be short term, long term, with kittens or puppies or bunnies. Tell us what works for you!
    https://rchumanesociety.org/volunteer/how-to-volunteer/
  • Make a donation to help pay for medical treatment and the other expenses that occur before we send each pet to its new home. Its forever home.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, where Every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®

Fetch January – ASP

Let’s talk about the Animal Safehouse Program with Tina

We don’t hear very much about domestic violence or the special needs of veterans and seniors during the holiday season. There must not be much need. Right?

That’s couldn’t be further from the truth! The needs are actually greater. It’s just that people tend not to talk about it as much.

Some folks believe their lives will be better and their problems will go away if they can just make it to the new year.

Animal Safehouse Program Director Tina Kirkland said: “It’s amazing how many people think these problems go away in December. Domestic violence doesn’t stop. Seniors still struggle. Veterans, active duty military, and families in crisis still need a helping hand. For many of them, their needs are even greater during the holiday season.”

One of our volunteers told us that Tina has been doing amazing work. She wished she could sit down and talk to her, but she didn’t want to take Tina away from the life-changing and life-saving work she’s doing every day.

We got you the next best thing. When our friends at “Senior Stay or Go” heard about Tina and the Animal Safehouse Program, they invited her on the show to talk one-on-one about how ASP works, who it serves, and the lives of the pets and people it is impacting every day.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

We all know a domestic violence victim. We all know a veteran or senior citizen who is struggling. We all know someone who needs the services of the Animal Safehouse Program.

Learn how you can reach Tina or make a donation to support this program that changes lives.

Visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org. Click on “Programs” then “Animal Safehouse Program.”

WORD SEARCH – January 2019

Locate the given words in the grid (Running Horizontally, Vertically, Diagonally, and Backwards)

Complete the WORD SEARCH and Email to [email protected]

 

Prizes Awarded To:

FIRST FETCH SUBSCRIBER to email completed Word Search

(SWAG BAG & $25 Gift Card to RCHS Thrift Shop)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST VOLUNTEER to email completed Word Search

($25 Gift Card to RCHS Thrift Shop)

 

FIRST STAFF MEMBER to email completed Word Search

($25 Gift Card to RCHS Thrift Shop)

 

CLICK ON WORD SEARCH BELOW: YOU CAN PRINT THIS OUT AS A PDF!

 

Thank you for playing!

 

 

 

 

 

Sip & Support

VISIT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CUCINA RESTAURANTS:

Cucina Enoteca

Flower Hill Promenade
2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar CA 92014

Cucina Urbana

505 Laurel Stree, San Diego CA 92116

Cucina Sorella

4055 Adams Ave., San Diego CA 92116

1,000 Animals Adopted

To those who helped provide loving homes for

more than 1,000 Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) animals – THANK YOU!

 

Today, we are grateful these animals will be celebrating the holidays in a loving home.  If you or your friend are looking for a new family member, RCHS is open!

SEE HOURS HERE.

 

Dogs like Max are still ready and waiting.

 

 

 

 

RCHS thanks everyone who donated during this season of giving. Your dollars are already at work helping the animals and people of our community. There’s still time to make a 2018 tax-deductible donation.  Help our shelter pets celebrate the New Year!

DONATE HERE!

 

Happy New Year!

Judi Sanzo

President & CEO

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

 

 

Fetch – November 2018 – Safehouse

 

When owners can’t care for their pets, the Animal Safehouse Program is the safety net

 

We often refer to the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society as the “Safety Net” for the pets of domestic violence victims, veterans, seniors, active duty military, and families in crisis. This could not have been more evident than when a dog named Roxy came to stay with us recently.

 

When she arrived at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, “Roxy” was confused and anxious. Her owner, “Martha”, had suffered a medical emergency that resulted in her being taken to the hospital by ambulance.

 

San Diego Humane Society Animal Control took Roxy to its shelter for safe keeping, then contacted the Animal Safehouse Program at RCHS. Martha was going to be in the hospital longer than SDHS would be able to care for Roxy. Her date to reclaim Roxy would come and go. She would be put up for adoption unless RCHS took her into the Animal Safehouse Program.

 

We were able to get Roxy transferred into our care. While she was here, we updated her vaccinations and ran a series of tests to identify any medical conditions that might be common in a 12 year old Shepherd mix dog.

Once we were confident that she was okay, we placed Roxy in foster care with a RCHS volunteer. How did that go? Well, it took Roxy about two minutes to find out where the couch was and make herself right at home.

 

Safehouse Coordinator Justina Kirkland says, “Roxy warmed our hearts for 21 days until she was able to reunite with her family.  By taking her dog into our care, we were able to decrease Martha’s stress because she no longer had to worry about possibly losing her beloved pet during her medical crisis. The increase in Oxycontin and decrease in stress hormone levels ultimately gave Martha a better chance for recovery. This is another example of how RCHS shows their support for the overall physical and mental health of all people and their pets.”

 

There is never a charge for the services provided by the Animal Safehouse Program. We rely on you and your generosity to keep this program running.

 

Find out how you can help. Visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 765-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

 

 

Fetch – November 2018 – Chili

Chili got the emergency surgery he needed to walk again

UPDATE!! Chili has been adopted!!

His story is still very special to us. Please read below…

 

Chili had a rash when he was transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS program. That’s an easy fix with medication and a few days wearing the “cone of shame” to keep him from scratching. His behavior assessment said Chili, a 6-year-old, 32-pound Bassett Hound mix, was social and affectionate.

He was adopted and went to his new home to live happily ever after. Shortly after that, we got a call from Chili’s adopter. He wasn’t able to use his hind legs!

Situations like this are usually due to a trauma. A leap off the bed. A fall off a wall. A twist or turn that went the wrong way. But Chili had done none of that.

His owner took him to a specialist who determined that Chili dog had ruptured a disc. That, combined with internal bleeding, were putting pressure on his spine and taking away his ability to walk. He needed surgery and he needed it right away.

The bill for Chili’s surgery was going to be about $10,000. $10,000 that his owner could not afford. With no other options, she surrendered Chili back to RCHS.

Kathy Zerkle, Vice President of Adoption Services, says Chili’s chance of full recovery was 95% if he got surgery right away. If we delayed, his chances dropped to less than half.

Even with the discount that the surgeon and hospital gave to RCHS, the surgery was still going to cost around $4,000. We don’t have that much money just lying in our emergency medical fund waiting to be spent. But Chili needed help and he needed it right away. So we took a leap of faith and scheduled his surgery.

It was a complete success! There were a few more days wearing the cone while he recovered. You can see the patch on his back where the fur is growing back. Kathy says that Chili is back to his old self and ready to be adopted, but he’s still not telling us how he hurt himself.

The medical fund at RCHS needs to be replenished. We might have a few weeks before a big need comes along, but it might happen tomorrow. When that happens, we want to make sure we can give the next animal the same chance that we gave Chili dog.

Please consider making a donation. For more information (or to meet Chili dog) visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or call 760-753-6413.

Chili is a perfect example of what we mean when we say Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow®.

 

President’s Letter – Fetch – December 2018

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time. . .

‘Tis the season to be jolly. . .

You better not pout, you better not cry. . .

Rancho Coastal Humane Society takes care of others in need.  The holidays can be a difficult time for some.  Our Animal Safehouse Program brings comfort and safety to pets of owners in crisis.  Our Community Pet Food Banks feed the pets of local residents who would otherwise be forced to choose who eats.  Our Pet-Assisted Therapy Program brings tail-wagging entertainment to those who don’t get out.  Our Education Program continues to teach the importance of human-animal bonding to our children.   Our active military and veterans get food, medicine and temporary shelter for their pets.  RCHS is the place to turn to when unexpected things happen.

RCHS brings joy and cheer to others.  Our San Diego Wildlife Center spends long days and nights restoring the health of injured wildlife so we can soar with the songbirds when they are released in flight.  Our Thrift Shop helps you find that perfect gift for your best friend – feline, canine or human – and just the right touches to make your home sparkle with holiday bliss.  Our Shelter provides the perfect place to meet your soulmate – a furry companion to fill your heart and your home. Nothing feels better than coming home to a house where you are greeted with a pet that thinks you have been away forEVER when it was just an hour!

So, as we hum along to the carols (or, if your husband is not a musician, sing out loud, but off-key), let’s make a list – and check it twice – of everything for which we are grateful, all the people to whom we have offered a helping paw, all the wildlife we have restored to their environment, all the pets that have shown us true love, and all companion animals waiting for their second chance at FURever homes!

Thank you for your loyalty, confidence and support.  Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season!

 

 

 

 

Fetch – November 2018 – Wildlife Center

Tarzan’s story and his new happy ending

This story was planned to be in Fetch last month. The Woolsey fire prompted us to hold off and anxiously wait before writing a new ending and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Baby season was in full swing and every nook and cranny of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center (the Center) had patients in need of care.  The Center does not turn away any wildlife due to space. We got a call about an orphaned squirrel being hand-raised by his rescuer. When he tried to release the baby into the wild, it kept coming back. Realizing it had not been a wise plan to try and raise it himself, he brought it to SDWC for a second chance. It was going to be a challenge, but we were happy to find a spot for the squirrel and try our best.

We learned quickly that this squirrel was special. He learned to pop the top off his enclosure, run out of the exam room, and climb up to a staff member’s shoulder on his first day. It was cute, but it’s not what we want for a squirrel who needs to survive in the wild.

We created a secure enclosure and gave him plenty of things to do that were more appropriate for a wild squirrel. He soon fell in love with swinging around the furnishings. That’s how this guy soon became referred to as “Tarzan.”  We are careful not to name wildlife so we can stay true to our permits and not convey them as pets. But once in a while, we just have to use a fitting name to describe them.

After a few months he finally started acting like a wild squirrel. He became protective of his environment and started making a nest. We had done well, but he still wasn’t ready to live with other wild squirrels. We contacted several facilities before finding what he needed. He was going to a wildlife facility in Malibu for “squirrel lessons.”

He handled the trip with ease and adapted quickly to his new outdoor enclosure at the facility.  Location is everything…even for a squirrel. It didn’t take him long to meet the pretty female squirrel in the next enclosure. His nest building skills were going to come in handy. His progress was monitored daily as watched the others and learned …how to be a proper squirrel.

Life was good. He was about to be released along with his nest box and a friend to begin his new life, high in the Malibu trees. Then the Woolsey Fire broke out in his area of Malibu. In addition to the people and pets who live there, our thoughts turned to Tarzan.

We’re happy to report that Tarzan, the Malibu facility, and the other squirrels in his neighborhood are fine. They held back the releases to keep them safe. They are now on their way to the trees, thanks to their dedicated care providers and the firefighters.

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s San Diego Wildlife Center where Together we Save Lives.