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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

Big Brother – Thank You

There aren’t enough words to express how much your Rancho Coastal Humane Society appreciates our partnership with Big Brother, CBS All Access, and CBS.com.

For the first 18 seasons of Big Brother, CBS showed a fish tank when they turned off the “Live” cameras from the Big Brother house. People watched the fish while they chatted with other Big Brother fans.

This season, when the live feed was interrupted for a competition, set construction, or a vote, CBS switched to video of kittens, puppies, and bunnies from RCHS. It was an immediate success.

When pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey began arriving at RCHS, Big Brother showed them on CBS All Access and CBS.com told their story.

RCHS was contacted by Big Brother fans and animal lovers across the country. They asked questions about the pets they were watching. They shared stories about their own pets. They even joked about the squirrels who would sneak into a kennel full of puppies to steal a kibble or get a drink of water.

The best part is that Big Brother fans across the country and around the world visited their local shelters and rescues to find their new pets. They followed the message on CBS All Access, “Adopt – Don’t Shop.”

We’re working with Big Brother again and we hope to be back for next season!

Thanks to Big Brother, CBS All Access, and CBS.com for your generosity.

Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the details:

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

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

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

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

 

How can we make the Wish List more exciting?

Every month when we’re writing the Fetch newsletter we get to the Wish List and ask ourselves what we can do to make it more exciting. We asked some of the volunteers for suggestions. Here are a few of them:

  • Make a spelling error in one of the items and the first person to report it gets a $20 gift card for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop. We kinda like that. Maybe in an upcoming issue of Fetch.
  • Include something that makes no sense at all. Like, “A bag of purple marbles,” and see if anybody donates it. Also a pretty good idea.
  • Attach a video that has the dogs and cats reading the list. Also a good idea, but it would take forever to teach the cats and dogs to read.
  • Invite people to donate one of the items on the list or donate the money to buy one of the items on the list and win a free skydiving lesson with RCHS President Jim Silveira. Hmmmm. Now that one has potential.

But for this month we’re just going to say thank you.

  • Thank you to the person who read the Wish List and donated one of the items we really need in our Medical department.
  • Thank you for the towels and blankets.
  • Thank you for the dog and cat toys and beds.
  • Thank you for the crates that we’re using on the Wings of Rescue flights.
  • Thank you for your donations to the Thrift Shop.

And, as always, we wish you would take a minute to scan the Wish List. You might already have something we need. Something that can keep a pet comfortable until it’s adopted. Something that can save a life.

https://rchumanesociety.org/give/wish-list/

Thank You.

The Flood Hounds And Cats Continue to Flood In

By now you’ve probably seen, heard, or read the stories about your Rancho Coastal Humane Society receiving another flight of cats and dogs from the disaster areas left behind by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Here’s how you responded.

  • Volunteers spent time in the kennels and cattery calming the new arrivals.
  • You made donations to help pay for expenses.
  • You opened up your homes for foster care.

This isn’t the first time that “Wings of Rescue” contacted your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. A little more than a year ago they contacted us about taking in some pets impacted by the floods in Louisiana. (That’s how we began calling them Flood Hounds.) These were pets already available for adoption…not pets whose owners would be looking for them when the disaster was over.  

When Hurricane Harvey struck the gulf coast, followed by flooding, there were thousands of lost, stray, and abandoned cats and dogs. Once again RCHS joined paws with Wings of Rescue, Greatergood.org, and some of our local rescue partners. We evacuated pets that were already available for adoption, creating room for the direct pet victims. One rescuer told us, “Every cat or dog we put on a plane and fly to Rancho Coastal Humane Society is two lives saved. We don’t have to put down that pet, and it makes room for the next one that comes in the door.”

As much as we would like to tell you that everything is back to normal in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, that’s not the case. We still need your help. RCHS and Wings of Rescue are accepting new or gently used, medium to large, plastic pet crates. You can drop them off here at the shelter.

The tests we need to run on dogs transferred from that part of the country through our FOCAS program run $600 per pet. You can make a general donation or donate directly to our Medical fund.

As RCHS President Jim Silveira has said many times over the years, no pet should die because it was born in the wrong state.

Thank you for continuing to make your Rancho Coastal Humane Society a place where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

The adoption fee for the Flood Hounds and Cats is HOW MUCH?

It was a few days after your Rancho Coastal Humane Society received the first Flood Hounds and Cats on a Wings of Rescue flight from Acadiana Animal Aid in Louisiana. The kennel area and cattery were packed. Some people were looking for pets to adopt. Others just wanted to meet these little celebrities face to furry face.

One lady said, “My son lives up in Washington. He saw the story about these dogs on the news up there and asked me to come and meet a dog he’s interested in adopting.”

She found the dog that her son wanted her to meet and asked, “How much is that one?”

The dog was two years old and could not have been calmer as it sat in the kennel watching potential adopters walk by. We told her the adoption fee was $145.

She gasped. “That much? What does that include?”

When we told Medical Manager Justin Pool about the comment he smiled. “Fortunately, when we explain what’s included, people realize that adopting a shelter pet is possibly  one of the best buys in America.”

It costs RCHS an average of more than $400 to care for every pet that arrives here. That includes:

  • Medical and behavioral evaluations
  • Updated vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter
  • Treatment for any ailments or sicknesses
  • Microchip and microchip registration (A chip means nothing if it’s not registered.)
  • Daily food, care, and socialization.

“Pets transferred to us from other parts of the country sometimes require additional testing,” says Justin. “Each of the Flood Hounds had $600 worth of tests. A $145 adoption fee for a dog that has already cost us more than $600 is a bargain.”

Please help. Visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or donate online right now at https://rchumanesociety.org/give/donate/

For those who have no voice, Thank You.

 

Come see us in October

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Friday, October 6th  at Fashion Week San Diego. The dogs will accompany the models down the “cat walk.”
To buy tickets to Fashion Week San Diego: https://tickets.sandiego.org/e/fashion-week-san-diego-2017-runway-week
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 Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival on Girard Avenue between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street. The event is free and open to the public. The RCHS booth will be at Ark Antiques at 7620 Girard Avenue.
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 host the annual Celebration of Second Chances on Saturday, October 21st at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. This year’s theme is, “It’s All About The Animals.” For more information, to learn about sponsorship, or to make a donation call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Fall Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society runs October 23rd – 27th and October 30th through November 3rd. Campers take part in games, arts and crafts, and hands-on experiences with animals. Animal Camp fills up fast. 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.

“Understanding Cat Relationships: How to Promote Harmony in a Multi-Cat Household” will be the topic when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society hosts a training class for cat owners on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. The class is free, but space is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or e-mail volunteer@sdpets.org.

Don’t miss Hyatt Hound’s second (in dog years…14th) Birthday Party on Sunday, October 29th from 1 to 4 PM at Sally’s Fish House and Bar at 1 Market Place in San Diego.  Two years ago a puppy was found on the10th floor of the Grand Hyatt. When nobody claimed him he came to Rancho Coastal Humane Society where he was adopted by Kirk & Jarrod, owners of Detour Salon in Hillcrest and Encinitas. Yappy Hour pricing and activities for dogs. Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Come Celebrate With Us!

It’s that one special night of the year. It’s when San Diego’s animal lovers gather for a party that saves lives. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is once again hosting the “Celebration of Second Chances.” This year’s theme is “It’s All About The Animals.” The Celebration will be on Saturday evening, October 21st at the Del Mar Country Club at 6001 Country Club Drive in Rancho Santa Fe.

“We make no bones about it. This is a fundraiser,” says RCHS President Jim Silveira. “We don’t beg. We’ll show how RCHS is serving people and animals when they need us most. We’ll point out that our Charity Navigator rating of 4 stars and 99.93 out of 100 possible points makes RCHS one of the most trustworthy animal welfare organizations in the entire United States.”
The Celebration of Second Chances begins with a cocktail reception followed by a buffet dinner, music, entertainment, and some exciting raffle and auction items.

Jeff Zevely, host of the “Zevely Zone” on CBS News 8, will return as co-host along with his wife, Heather. The Celebration of Second Chances will also include the world premiere of a video created by Emmy Award winner Zoya Popova.

Jim says that this year’s Celebration theme, “It’s All About The Animals,” isn’t just an event title. “It’s what we do every day. During the last 57 years RCHS has watched a community grow up around us. Whether it’s cats, dogs, rabbits, or local wildlife, it’s all about the animals. At the Celebration of Second Chances we celebrate our past and share our hopes for the future.”
Tickets for the Celebration of Second Chances will sell out in advance. VIP level tickets at $300 include a cocktail reception with RCHS President Jim Silveira. Tickets for the Premier level reception beginning at 5:30 are $200.

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

The caller compared your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop to WHAT?

We stopped by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea to check out a flat screen TV that had been donated the day before. Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook said it wouldn’t last long once they put a price tag on it and set it out in the Electronics department.

Brian was on the phone. We asked John if Other Brian was around. John said, “Other Brian or Other-Other Brian?”

How many Brian’s do you have?

John continued, “Other Brian is out picking up donations. Other-Other Brian is arranging the living room furniture that came in this morning. It’s a couch, two matching chairs, coffee table, end tables, and lamps. When he’s done we’re going to hang up the new donations of men’s and women’s clothing and back to school clothes for kids.”

We just want to talk to Brian. You know. Brian C.

“All three of them are Brian C. That’s why we call them Brian, Other Brian, and Other-Other Brian. I’m sorry. I forgot. Which one was it who you wanted to talk to?”

Just as the conversation was about to transition in Larry and his Brother Darrel and his Other Brother Darrel, Brian Cook (also known as “Brian”) hung up the phone.

“That was one of the most amazing calls I’ve ever taken,” said Brian. “The gentleman has been a Thrift Shop customer for years. He called to ask about our Thrift Shop item of the week. When I thanked him for calling he said, ‘I tell everyone I know that I go to the Thrift Shop first, and then I go to Amazon.’ He really said that!”

The Thrift Shop has one-of-a-kind items, antiques, collectibles, and things that most people look for first on Amazon. But at the Thrift Shop they get the same items at lower prices, they see what they’re buying before they pay, and the money supports Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs for people and animals.”

Brian continued, “Everybody wins. Every animal deserves a tomorrow. That’s not just a slogan. It’s a way of life.”

Just then a lady walked up to the cash register carrying a trombone, two pairs of shoes, and a boogie board. “Other-Other Brian told me he would help carry this to my car. Is he done arranging the living room furniture?”

Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop.

Free Class for new (or future) Kitten Parents Saturday, Sept. 23rd

Kittens 101: How to Raise Cool Cats

  • How to prevent common behavioral problems
  • Introducing your kitten to her new home and to other pets
  • How to raise a well-adjusted cat
  • Answers to your questions about kitten and cat behavior

(Class is for humans only: kittens should remain safely at home)

 

Saturday, September 23

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

389 Requeza Street

Encinitas, CA 92024

(Class will be held in the Education Center at the rear of the property)

R.S.V.P to volunteer@sdpets.org or 760-753-6413

 

Orson with new family

Orson is Home

Once in a while, we have a story that gets more attention than we ever thought it would. That was not the case with Orson. We had a feeling from the beginning that this little dog would reach out his paw and touch the heart of everyone who heard his story or saw his face.
Orson captured the hearts of Rancho Coastal Humane Society supporters and animal lovers across the country when his story was released to the news media a few months ago. Now he’s living the life he nearly missed.

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

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

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

Kathy says, “He’s able to use the leg, but because of the damage before the surgery, Orson will have a slight limp. His family will need to be watchful for arthritis. Even with these minor issues, Orson’s life is so much better. The pain is gone. He won the lottery.”

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

For more information about RCHS programs for people and animals or to make a donation visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org, or “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Facebook.

We’re Keeping an Eye on the Calendar to Celebrate!

Even with all the excitement surrounding the Flood Hounds and Cats these past few weeks, we’re keeping a close eye on the calendar. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Celebration of Second Chances is coming up on October 21st.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society is one of the highest rated animal shelters in America according to Charity Navigator. Here’s what you’re doing when you buy your tickets to the Celebration of Second Chances, make a donation, or become a sponsor:

  • You support the safety net for animal victims of domestic violence.
  • You help us find a home for nearly 1000 dogs, cats, and rabbits each year.
  • You support the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program in rescuing pets from crowded shelters and rescues where they have no future.
  • You teach lessons in humanity during Animal Camp.
  • You provide Pet Assisted Therapy visits to extended care facilities, schools, and others who just need to feel some fur.
  • You feed the pets of families struggling financially, keeping them together.

When you buy your ticket to the Celebration of Second Chances you’re saving lives today and making dreams come true for people and animals who have no hope.

Premier tickets are $200 per person. Become a VIP for $300. That’s only $8 more per month over the course of a year.

Buy VIP tickets to the 2017 Celebration by September 15th and you can submit two, high-quality photo files of your pet. Names will be entered into a drawing. Artist Amy Burkman will paint the winner’s pet’s 36 X 36 portrait “Live” at the Celebration. All VIP guests who submit photos will see their pet’s photos on the Celebration slide show.

Your tickets make a difference.
For more information visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413 or buy your tickets right now at https://rchumanesociety.org/2017-celebration-tickets/

Oliver Pet of the Month

If you get close you might get kissed.

Oliver is the Fetch pet of the month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He’s a 2-1/2 year old, 57 pound, male, American Pit Bull mix.

If you like larger dogs who don’t seem to realize that they’re larger dogs, Oliver could be your perfect match. He doesn’t mind sitting on your lap.

One of the volunteers describes him as “kind of a goof ball.” If Oliver does something that makes you laugh or pet him or rub his tummy, he’ll do it again and again and again.

He’s a talker. It’s not that he barks at every little thing that happens. With Oliver, it’s more like he wants to get your attention so he gives a soft woof to get you to look at him. He’s not loud. Just enough to get you to ask him what he wants.

Oliver was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through the FOCAS program.

The $145 adoption fee for Oliver includes the medical exam, vaccinations, neuter, 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.

Oliver from RCHS on Vimeo.

We’re Flooded with Flood Hounds And Cats

You’ve probably been following this story on the news, on your Rancho Coastal Humane Society website, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or just conversations at work or the coffee shop. It’s been everywhere!

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying 130 cats and dogs arrived at Circle Air Group at  Gillespie Field in El Cajon on Tuesday, September 5th. It was the second plane load of pets transferred to San Diego from Acadiana Animal Aid in Louisiana to create space for pets who are being evacuated from Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The rescue was a joint effort of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Labradors and Friends Rescue, and San Diego Humane Society.

The pets were loaded onto the plane early in the morning. When the plane doors opened in San Diego almost 7 hours later the pets were unloaded then transported to the waiting shelters and foster homes.

As much as we would like to end this story right now, it could be far from over.

  • Labradors and Friends Rescue and Rancho Coastal Humane Society need foster care providers.
  • 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 three San Diego Humane Society shelters in Mission Valley, Oceanside, or Escondido.
  • The five participating organizations are accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment for the new arrivals. RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says that the cost of the tests is about $600 for each dog.

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains that the incoming pets are indirect victims of Hurricane Harvey. “These are highly adoptable dogs and cats who have been in animal shelters. They are being transferred to San Diego to create room for pets who have been lost, strayed, or abandoned because of Harvey. These pets do not have owners searching for them.”

As we’re writing this recap, Wings of Rescue is already gearing up and ready to take action, if necessary, as a result of Hurricane Irma. If the pets need them, they need us. We’ll be there for them.

We really need your help. More important….these pets need your help.

Find out how you can lend a helping paw. 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.

The Wish List is a little different this month

Every month we try to find something clever or thought provoking to persuade you to click on the link and scan your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Wish List.

These past two weeks have pretty much revolved around the cats and dogs that have been transferred to RCHS from Louisiana and Texas through our FOCAS program. They were already in shelters and available for adoption. They do not have families who will be looking for them when they are able to return to their homes.

By taking in these indirect victims of Hurricane Harvey we opened up space in the shelters so they could take in the direct pet victims and make it possible for their families to reclaim them. Each of them who came to RCHS is two lives saved.

There are some special needs this month.

  • Jessica needs to add some foster care volunteers. If you’ve thought about becoming a foster or if you just want more information, now is the to time stop thinking about it and start doing it. Labradors and Friends Rescue also needs to add foster care providers.
  • Wings of Rescue is flying pets out of Louisiana. They need new or gently used plastic pet crates. Even if your crate doesn’t have the bolts that hold the top to the bottom, that’s okay. You can drop it off at RCHS or any of the three San Diego Humane Society locations.
    Wings of Rescue is already gearing up to help pets from Hurricane Irma. That’s going to need more crates.
  • Even though Greatergood.org is paying for the flights, it’s just the beginning. When these Flood Hounds and Cats arrive we pick them up at the airport. The care providers get them all settled in at the shelter then the Medical team starts the exams, vaccinations, spay or neuter, and testing for any possible ailments that are common in Texas, Louisiana, or California. The tests cost about $600 per dog. Our maximum adoption fee is $195. You see the problem. We need financial donations. You can make a general donation or earmark it for our Medical program.

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

Just one more thing. We wish you would click on the link and take a minute to scan the Wish List.

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Hurricane Harvey Flood Hounds

We’re Flooded with Flood Hounds And Cats

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying 130 cats and dogs arrived at Circle Air Group at Gillespie Field in El Cajon early Tuesday afternoon. This is the second plane load of pets transferred to San Diego from Acadiana Animal Aid to create space for pets who are being evacuated from Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The rescue was a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Labradors and Friends Rescue, and San Diego Humane Society

The pets were loaded onto the plane in Lafayette, LA early Tuesday morning. When the plane doors opened in San Diego almost 7 hours later the pets were unloaded then transported to the waiting shelters and foster homes.

  • Labradors and Friends Rescue and Rancho Coastal Humane Society need foster care providers.
  • Wings of Rescue needs new or gently used, medium to large, plastic pet crates. A Wings of Rescue spokesperson says that it’s okay if the crates are missing the bolts. Crates can be dropped off at Rancho Coastal Humane Society or the three San Diego Humane Society shelters in Mission Valley, Oceanside, or Escondido.
  • The five participating organizations are accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment for the new arrivals. RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says that the cost of the tests is about $600 for each dog.

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains that the incoming pets are indirect victims of Hurricane Harvey. “These are highly adoptable dogs and cats who have been in animal shelters. They are being transferred to San Diego to create room for pets who have been lost, strayed, or abandoned because of Harvey. These pets do not have owners searching for them.”

We really need your help. More important….these pets need your help.

Find out how you can lend a helping paw. 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.

More “Flood Hounds” And Cats Are Coming From Louisiana on Tuesday

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying 100 to 120 cats and dogs is scheduled to arrive at Circle Air Group at Gillespie Field at 681 Kenney Street in El Cajon between 1:30 and 2:00 Tuesday afternoon. This is the second plane load of pets being transferred to San Diego from Acadiana Animal Aid to create space for pets who are being evacuated from Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The rescue is a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Labradors and Friends Rescue, and San Diego Humane Society.

Weather permitting, the pets will begin loading onto the plane in Lafayette, LA starting at 7:00 Central time on Tuesday morning. After a stop in Laramie, Texas to re-fuel, arrival in El Cajon is expected between 1:30 and 2:00 Pacific time. The pets will be unloaded from the plane then transported to the shelters and foster homes.

Labradors and Friends and Rancho Coastal Humane Society need foster care providers. Wings of Rescue needs gently used, medium to large, plastic pet crates. A Wings of Rescue spokesperson says that it’s okay if the crates are missing the bolts. Crates can be dropped off at Rancho Coastal Humane Society or the three San Diego Humane Society shelters in Mission Valley, Oceanside, or Escondido.

The five participating organizations are accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment for the new arrivals. A RCHS spokesman says that the cost of the tests is about $600 for each dog.

The incoming pets are indirect victims of Hurricane Harvey. These are highly adoptable dogs and cats who have been in animal shelters. They are being transferred to San Diego to create room for pets who have been lost, strayed, or abandoned because of Harvey. These pets do not have owners searching for them.

The First “Flood Hounds” And Cats Are Coming From Louisiana on Monday

Update – More cats and dogs expected to arrive on Tuesday 9/5: https://rchumanesociety.org/more-flood-hounds-cats-coming-from-louisiana-tuesday/

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying an expected 85 dogs/puppies and 20 cats/kittens is scheduled to arrive at Circle Air Group at  Gillespie Field at 681 Kenney Street in El Cajon between 1:30 and 2:00 Monday afternoon. The pets are being transferred from Acadiana Animal Aid to create space for pets who are being evacuated from Texas and Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey.

The rescue of the pets is a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society, and Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This is the first rescue flight of pets due Hurricane Harvey.

Weather permitting, the pets will begin loading onto the plane in Lafayette, LA starting at 7:00 Central time on Monday morning. After a stop in Texas to re-fuel, arrival in El Cajon is expected between 1:30 and 2:00 Pacific time.

After their arrival, the cats and kittens, dogs and puppies will be unloaded from the plane then transported to the shelters and foster homes. Labradors and Friends is in need of in-home foster care providers to assist with the incoming dogs. For more information contact Lauren Dube at 619-990-7455 or dogs@labradorsandfriends.org.

The five participating organizations are accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment of the animals after they arrive.

Wings of Rescue emphasizes that the incoming pets are not direct victims of Hurricane Harvey. These are highly adoptable cats and dogs who have been in animal shelters in the Lafayette area. They are being transferred to San Diego to create room for the victim pets that have been lost, strayed, or abandoned because of the hurricane. These pets do not have owners who will be searching for them when the weather improves.