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Animal Care Attendant

Job Description

Rancho Coastal Humane Society, https://rchumanesociety.org, is seeking upbeat individuals who are committed to making a positive difference in animal welfare. Animal Care Attendants will work both independently and as a team with a variety of animals and with the public. Ideal candidates show a genuine love of helping both humans and animals; have strong decision making skills with the ability to prioritize and multitask; and enjoy working in a fast-paced outdoor setting. 6 month experience working professionally with domestic animals is preferred, but would be willing to train the right candidate.

Physical requirements:

*Must be able to lift, move, restrain, guide or manage an animal up to 150 lbs.

*Prolonged standing, walking and/or stooping may occur

*Frequent lifting and moving of inanimate objects weighing 50+ lbs.

*Pushing and pulling of carted items weighing up to 100 lbs.

*Frequent use of hands and arms at or above shoulder level

Duties and responsibilities include:

*Clean, feed, exercise, provide care and necessary supplies to all shelter animals

*Greet and interact with the general public in a friendly, professional, and respectful manner

* Communicate effectively with supervisors, staff and shelter volunteers

* Follow directions and established standards of operation

Additional Qualifications: Must be a high school graduate (some college and animal handling experience preferred) with customer service experience, communication and computer skills. Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, have no known allergies to animals or chemicals; work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays as required, able to work 8 hour shifts starting as early as 7:45.a.m.

Please email your resume and a brief paragraph cover letter telling us why you feel you are the best candidate for this position. No Phone calls or walk in applicants please.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran’s status on the basis of age against persons who are forty years of age or over, or on the basis of any other legally impermissible reason.

Job Type: Part-time

Valid California Driver’s License required.

No phone calls or walk-ins – please email applications to Kim at [email protected]

Now appearing at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Imagine their surprise when we told our media partners at the Fox 5 Morning News that Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood would be appearing with us!

When the commotion died down we explained that Faith Hill was a 2 year old Chihuahua and Carrie Underwood was her 6 month old daughter. They arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program.

You’ve probably noticed that we go with themes when we receive a whole bunch of cats or dogs. For example, about a week ago one of our guests adopted two kittens named Pepper and Princess Puffy Pufferton.

We had a bonded pair of rabbits named Handsome and Pretty. (They were!)

Right now we have cats and dogs named after country music superstars. There’s Faith Hill’s husband…a cool cat named Tim Mc Graw.

We have cats named Keith Urban, Shania Twain, and Kenny Chesney.

Over in the kennels Dolly Parton’s kennel is right next to Willie Nelson’s.

Johnny Cash, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Martina Mc Bride dogs were adopted on Sunday.

Why do we do this? It’s fun! And we’ve been naming animals since 1960. That’s a lot of names. If we can find a theme, it helps get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve also noticed that, if you put Brad Paisley next to Luke Bryan and Reba McEntire, people look to see if the pets act like the superstars. They lean in for a closer look. Then their eyes lock.

The person looking for the unconditional love of an animal recognizes it for the first time.

Others see the pure love that they thought they would never know again.

If it’s not a good time to adopt you can make a donation or “sponsor” pets until they are adopted. https://rchumanesociety.org/give/sponsor-a-pet/

Our new Teen Foster program for kids 15 and older, working with their parents, provides hands-on experience for young animal lovers. Contact Jessica for more information. https://rchumanesociety.org/volunteer/teen-foster-program/

Visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

President’s Letter

“I’m adopted.”

Seriously, I AM adopted. Being adopted defines me and has propelled me into a career which has always included caring for others less fortunate. Here I am, now at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and it has been quite a journey to take me where I was destined to be.

My parents are wonderful people. Note, I do not say “adoptive parents” because there is no need to qualify their status. They rescued me from an orphanage when I was eight months old and welcomed me into a home which was already full of love. I had two brothers, both adopted through the same agency. My parents were told a story about my beginnings – most of which I have now learned with DNA testing not to be true – and it was romantic and full of wonderful, warm details about a mother who loved me enough to give me a better home than she could provide.

I knew I was adopted at a very early age – before I went to school. My parents worried that my classmates would make fun of me because I was adopted, so they bought a beautiful, two-volume boxed book which explained all about the wonders of adoption. I read those books over and over again, often out loud to my little brother when he was too young to understand. I thought I was “so special” because I was adopted. I never wanted for more. My parents were loving, devoted, supportive, encouraging, brave, selfless people who gave me what I needed to succeed in all aspects of my life. They taught me patience, kindness, loyalty, respect and discipline. My parents wanted more for us than they had growing up. Their love and almost-70 years of marriage shows me the power of “forever.” I never changed my name when I married as a tribute to my parents, who were so proud that high-schoolers raised a daughter who became a lawyer!

In my legal career, I searched for opportunities to represent families seeking adoption, to bring children from under-developed countries into the United States, to recognize a “parent” who raised a child of another, and to formalize legally the bonds borne of a lifetime of loving and caring. Representing adoptive parents and children simply made me happy.

Of course, my husband Mitch and I adopted – three special needs Yorkies named Gilbert, Lucy and Madeleine. For a while, our family included a RCHS adoptee named Martha, who was named “Grammy” while she was in the shelter. Martha had congestive heart disease and was given a dismal prognosis of 6-12 months. We had a glorious 2 years with Martha and have room in our hearts and home for another. Candidates need only “woof!”

So, here I am, at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, presiding over adoptions of companion animals. Could there be a more perfect position? Every day, a companion animal finds a forever home. Every day,[1] a family finds room in their hearts and their homes for a new “furbaby.” Every day, someone leaves the shelter with a grin, a sparkle in the eye, and a heart full of hope, promise and love. I have learned that adoptions take time, but that the love arrives instantly. I love my job!


[1] The lawyer in me needs to do this:  “Every day (except Tuesday, when the shelter is closed). . .”

 

Stories that save lives. The Animal Safehouse Program.

When your Rancho Coastal Humane Society created our Animal Safehouse Program in 1999 we didn’t have a model to follow. There wasn’t anybody who could teach us how to save the pets and the lives of domestic violence victims.

There were domestic violence shelters for human victims, but they weren’t equipped to provide care for pets.

Where do pets fit in for families experiencing domestic violence? In some cases, abusers harm or threaten family pets as a means of control or mental abuse. Victims know that, if they escape, but leave their pets behind, the pets will become the new targets for the abusers. Since the domestic violence shelters can’t take the pets, the victims stay and the cycle repeats….sometimes for generations.

The Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society recently received a call from a domestic violence victim who had crossed three state lines to get away from her abuser. She, her children, and their dogs lived in their car for more than three weeks before contacting ASP. She explained that they had been trying to find housing, but couldn’t find any place that would accept their dogs.

The dogs were enrolled in the Animal Safehouse Program. Once they were safe, ASP began working with a local domestic violence agency to arrange for the family to be admitted to an emergency shelter.

Now, a few weeks later, the family is preparing to move into independent housing. We’re counting the days until the dogs will be reunited with their family.  

We all know a victim of domestic violence. If it’s time to escape:

  • Have an escape plan.
  • Hide a bag at the home of a friend or someone you can trust.
  • Make copies of birth certificates, driver’s licenses, checks, and keys.
  • Pack shoes and clothing. (Victims arriving at domestic violence shelters often arrive at night in their pajamas and without shoes.)

The escape plan needs to include pets. ASP at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a safety net for pets. When victims understand that their pets will be safe, they can escape. They can break the chain of violence.

Thanks to you, not one client of ASP has ever received a bill. Thanks to you.

Learn more about the Animal Safehouse Program. Call 760-753-6413, visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to https://rchumanesociety.org/programs/animal-safehouse-program/

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Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop is Remodeled and Open for Business! Just ask Other Brian or B-3.

Last month we told you about the remodeling trials and tribulations of RCHS Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook. The day they closed the Shop to install the new floor, the “floor instally” guys didn’t show up until afternoon.  When they got there, they only had enough floor stuff to do half the floor. It was a nightmare.

Brian rescheduled, the floor was installed, the walls were painted, and the Thrift Shop was back up and running. Now that Brian is taking a well-deserved vacation, we headed over to see the results.  

WOW! The floor looks amazing. And it’s level. The dining room table with chairs and a full set of plates, dishes, cups, and saucers didn’t wobble whenever anyone touched it.

While they had to move everything around anyway, they rearranged some of the women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing. It makes your shopping easier.

Other Brian and a new guy were unloading newly donated living room furniture that they had just picked up. They had a sofa with two matching chairs, coffee table, end tables, and lamps. They arranged it in the Furniture department. It looked great!

 

We asked Other Brian, “Since Brian is on vacation, do you get to be Brian?”

As he put a vase on the coffee table, then changed his mind and put it on a night stand that was part of a bedroom suite across the aisle, he explained, “Brian is still Brian and I’m still Other Brian.” Then he turned around and introduced the new guy who had been helping him unload. “This is Bryan….with a Y.”

You gotta be kidding. Now there are three Brian / Bryans at the Thrift Shop? What do they call the new guy? Is he Bryan with a Y? Or is he Other-Other Brian?

“Sean came up with B-3 and we all liked it. So now we have Brian, Other Brian, and B-3. By the way, have you seen Sean’s new clothes? He’s going with a German theme.”

Oh good gosh. Time to leave. We strolled by the Jewelry section before heading through Sporting Goods and out to the parking lot. Stop by soon. It looks great!

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.  

As Brian reminds us, the money raised at the Thrift Shop helps people and animals when they need it most. We have to be successful. Every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®

Events Calendar

There’s ALWAYS something going on at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Here are some upcoming events.

June:
          Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – 50% off adoption fees until the 30th.

30:     Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

July:
4:       Independence Day (RCHS closed)
6:       International Kissing Day (Smooch your Pooch)
7:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
8:       RCHS Pet Adoption event at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas
15-21: Rabbit Week (Visit the Rabbitat at RCHS.)
16:     Hug Your Kid Day (Furry kids included.)
20:     Paws with the President. Meet Judi Sanzo at the Wildlife Center.
21:     Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
          “Kittens 101: How to raise Cool Cats” at RCHS
          No Pet Store Puppies Day (EVER!)
22:     Parents’ Day (For pet parents, too.)
29:     Visit the RCHS booth at Petco Park Adoption Sunday
31:     National Mutt Day (the first of two)

August:
4:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
8:       International Cat Day
12:     Visit the RCHS booth at the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
12-18: Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week (Donate to the pet food bank.)
15:     Best Friends Day (Some best friends have fur and paws.)
17:     Black Cat Appreciation Day
18:     Visit RCHS for “NBC Clear the Shelters Day”
          Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
          International Homeless Animals Day
24:     Last day of Summer Animal Camp
25:     National Secondhand Wardrobe Day (Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop.)
26:     National Dog Day

September:

    Happy Cat Month
    National Pet Memorial Month
    National Service Dog Month
    World Animal Remembrance Month – Buy a brick in honor of your pet.

 

Come See Us July 2018

Summer Animal Camp 2018 is underway at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and it continues through August 24th. Campers have a great time while they learn through hands-on experiences with animals. For more information about year round opportunities in our Humane Education program call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org

Wednesday, July 4. Independence Day. RCHS closed. Don’t worry. There will still be staff members and volunteers here taking care of the critters.
A reminder: More pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Keep your best friends indoors and safe.

On Sunday, July 8th you can meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at the Heritage Ranch at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. 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.

“Paws With The New President” of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Friday, July 20th  from 3:00 to 4:30 at the San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad. Join RCHS President Judi Sanzo for refreshments and a look behind the scenes at the Wildlife Center. Space is limited. RSVP by July 10th to [email protected].

Join us at Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 to 11:30 AM for “Kittens 101: How to Raise Cool Cats.” We’ll talk about behavior problems, and how to raise well-adjusted cats. This is for people. Leave your kittens home. It’s free, but space is limited. RSVP to [email protected].  For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, July 29th during Petco Park Adoption Sunday at 100 Park Blvd in San Diego. The San Diego Padres play the Arizona Diamondbacks starting at 1:10 PM. Visit the RCHS booth on the sidewalk next to Park at the Park. 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.

I wish you guys would update your doggone Wish List

It’s true. While your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Wish List is ever-changing, there are some items on there that never change.

We can pretty much guarantee that blankets and towels will always be on Wish List. We can always use paper and office supplies, laundry soap, and medical equipment. Pretty much anything in your house that you don’t use can be donated to the Thrift Shop.

The guy who told us to update the Wish List made a good point. So we went through every item on the list. There were a few items on there that we took off. They don’t need to be there all the time. Maybe some seasonal items that we should specifically ask you for when we need them.

As we whittled down the list, it reminded us of a few things that we had been intending to add to the list, but never did.

A couple weeks ago one of our friends asked if we needed a particular piece of veterinary medical equipment. (It’s super expensive.) When we recovered from the shock enough to talk, we asked what she meant. As the old saying goes, “I know a guy who knows a guy who has one he’s not using. Ya want it?”

All this being said, you’re still going to see blankets and towels and paper on the Wish List. But there are some new things on there. You might see something that reminds you of something you have…that we need…to help people and animals.

It’ll just take you a minute. Thank you for checking out our updated doggone Wish List.

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Pet of the Month – Mahindra

As much as we would like to tell you how hard our photographer, the amazing Jodi, worked to create this cute picture…the fact is that Mahindra carries a toy or a ball in her mouth whenever paw-sible.

Mahindra is the Fetch Pet of the Month at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She’s a 1 year old, 53 pound, female, Doberman Pinscher goofball.

She’s still very young and she has so much puppy energy. We asked one of the volunteers to pick three words that describe Mahindra. They came up with, “Playful, Loving, and Active.”

She’s as cute as she can be. While she loves to snuggle, her new family will need to make sure she gets plenty of physical and mental exercise.

Mahindra has had some training. Her new family will want to reinforce the training she’s had and maybe go back and do it again so they get started on the right paw.

Mahindra was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter through the FOCAS program.

The $145 adoption fee for Mahindra 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.

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. ®

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She Gave us All She Had…and More… to Help Tessa

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s 4-star Charity Navigator rating is proof that you can trust us. We’re rated in the top 5 animal shelters in the United States. We don’t say that to brag. We want you to know that you can trust us. When you make a donation to RCHS, we will use it wisely and the way you intended.

That could not have been more obvious than it was a few weeks ago when we told the story of Tessa, a sick puppy who needed a liver shunt repaired. When her heart pumped, instead of the blood flowing through her liver, the blood vessel expanded. Unless she had surgery, she would be dead in a few months.

We went on TV and told her story. You responded. We were contacted by a lady who told us she saw the story on the news and she wanted to send us ten dollars. She wanted to….but she wouldn’t have ten dollars until her social security check arrived the next week. Then she would send her donation to help Tessa.

We thought about suggesting that she might need the money for herself, but she wanted to help Tessa. She wanted to be a part of this lifesaving surgery.

RCHS President Judi Sanzo watched the mail every day. A week later, there it was. Her donation for not ten, but fifteen dollars.

While Judi had been part of RCHS for many years as a member of the board of directors, this was her first time actually witnessing something like this as President. As she walked through the shelter sharing the news with the staff, you would have thought it was a million bucks.

For that wonderful lady, it may as well have been a million dollars. She saw a puppy in need and came to the rescue. She didn’t just donate all that she had. She gave more than she had. In return, we got to tell her she saved a life.

She and Judi are in contact now. We’re hoping to get her to she shelter sometime soon to have lunch with Judi, meet some of the staff and volunteers, and pet as many animals as she can.

We’re hoping Tessa’s family can bring her to the shelter to meet this generous lady.

This lady who helped to save Tessa’s life.

Please Plan to “Paws with the President”

We’ve been introducing you to Judi Sanzo, the new President of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

You know how you get that feeling that you’ve met someone, but can’t remember where or when? That’s how it’s been for some of our supporters since Judi joined us.

Before moving into the big office Judi served on the RCHS Board of Directors. You may have seen her and her husband at fundraising (and fun-raising) events. If you watched the news stories with the Wings of Rescue flights landing in San Diego, that was Judi and Mitch right there in the middle of it, carrying crates and comforting the new arrivals.

Here are some opportunities to really get to know Judi and learn more about what’s going on at RCHS. We’re calling them “Paws With the New President.”

The first “Paws With the New President” will be held on Friday afternoon, July 20th from 3:00 to 4:30 at Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad. Join Judi for refreshments and a look behind the scenes at the Wildlife Center. Space is limited. Check your calendar. If you can make it, RSVP by July 10th to Kelly at [email protected].

Our second “Paws With the New President” will be on Friday, August 24th from 3:00 to 4:30 at your RCHS Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. Join Judi for refreshments and 15% off purchases in the newly renovated Thrift Shop. Again, space is limited. RSVP by August 14th to Kelly at [email protected].

If you can’t make it to either of the first two, or you want to come again and bring friends, you can “Paws With the New President” on Friday, September 14th from 3:00 to 4:30 in the RCHS Education yard here at the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. You’ll meet Judi, enjoy some refreshments, and talk to other RCHS supporters. We’ll also introduce you to some of the dogs available for adoption! The Education yard is pretty big, but space is limited in the Humane Education center. RSVP to Kelly by September 14th to [email protected].

That’s all there is to it. Just let us know the day that works best for you to Paws With the New President of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

This Year our Party has Legs. And it’s cheaper if you buy tickets by Saturday.

Maybe you’ve heard the term “This Party has Legs.” When somebody thinks a fun party can move to a different location and keep going, that’s a party with legs.

This fall the Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 13th at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort. Here it is: https://www.caperey.com/

  • VIP Cocktail Reception with RCHS President Judi Sanzo starts at 5:00.
  • From 5:30 to 7:00 there will be Music, Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Raffle and Silent Auction, Grab Bags, and more.
  • Dinner and Program with a plated vegetarian dinner, wine, coffee, and dessert starts at 7:00. (Thank You to CBS News 8’s Jeff Zevely and his lovely wife, Heather, for returning as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies!)
    We’ll have some fun, let you know what’s going on at RCHS, and show a short video about the shelter. Here’s the video from last year. https://www.dropbox.com/s/umpb6l468zwohix/RCHS-2017%5E.mov?dl=0

Tickets are $350 for a limited number of VIP spots and $225 for regular seating.

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

The Celebration of Second Chances is a fundraiser. There are plenty of ways you can lend a helping paw.

  • Donate a week at your time share as an auction item.
  • Travel miles or time on your plane or boat make great auction items.
  • Offer services that can help raise funds to help animals.

Mark your calendar, buy your tickets, and plan to join at the party that grew legs.

Take a minute to view photos from last year’s Celebration.

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If you have questions or need more information visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, log on to www.sdpets.org, or call 760-753-6413.

Thank Goodness we Don’t Have to Count Sheep at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center

When we count all the animals that have been helped since your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) opened on April 2nd, we’re glad that we don’t have any sheep. We would have counted ourselves to sleep by now.

SDWC Director Trish Jackman reports that 305 patients came through the doors between opening day on April 2nd and June 12th.

When SDWC opened we had a pretty good idea of what kind of patients to expect. That is, until the second day, when our first patient, a chipmunk, showed up. While San Diego County has more squirrels than anyone could ever count, we don’t have chipmunks. Yet, there she was. A 3 week old baby chipmunk. We wonder if someone found her in a nearby county and took her home before realizing they had a wildlife creature they couldn’t care for. Fortunately, they dropped her off at the Department of Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad. They transferred her to SDWC.

Trish says there has been a steady stream of patients since then. “All aviaries are at capacity with patients, and the center is backing up with mallards that need a flight cage.”

“We have successfully released ducks, squirrels, songbirds, and doves back into the wild,” says Trish. “We have added cottontails to the list of species we now care for through release.”

It was no mistake that SDWC opened in April. It’s wildlife baby season! Trish points out, “As the season continues, patients come in with more critical injuries.”

While it’s true that we can’t save every patient, SDWC’s recovery rate is running about 12% higher than the average for wildlife centers.

What’s next? We’ll see who walks in and what they’re carrying. It could be baby bunnies. Maybe a hawk with a broken wing or another baby chipmunk.

Whatever it is, we need your help save it. Together we save lives. ®

For more information call 760-621-6888, visit the San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad, log on to https://sdwildlife.org/, or follow San Diego Wildlife Center on Facebook at fb.com/SDWildlifeCenter.

Timeshare Donation

Here’s the deal. If you have a timeshare that you’re not going to use for a week, donate it to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and take the tax write-off. Same with airline travel miles and Air BnB.

A condo on the beach. A cabin in the woods. Donate a vacation for a week. You get the deduction. RCHS generates funds to help pay for surgeries, wildlife rescue, humane education materials, and pet food. For more information contact Judi Sanzo at [email protected].

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Adopt a Cat – 50% off adoption fees through June 30th 2018

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. It’s also when Kitten Season arrives in full force. Now through June 30th, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is cutting cat and kitten adoption fees 50%!

We have lots of cats and kittens with more in private foster care until they’re old enough to be adopted and we have space for them in the cattery.

Visit RCHS to meet your new furry feline friend. https://rchumanesociety.org/animals/cats/

The Lawyer in Blue Jeans is lending a Paw to Help You Help Animals

There’s hardly a day that goes by without someone asking if there’s a way they can continue helping the animals at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society after they’re gone. In fact, we’ve had so many requests that RCHS President Judi Sanzo and the RCHS Legacy Society hosted a free workshop on May 30th featuring Jeff Isaac, “The Lawyer in Blue Jeans.”

Jeff is a certified estate planning attorney and Judi’s longtime friend. She says that Jeff’s “Blue Jeans Law” philosophy made him the perfect choice to conduct the workshop. He focused on legacy giving, pet trusts, and other estate planning needs. (That’s another question that we get every day. “How can I make sure my pet will be taken care of if it outlives me?”)

The RCHS Legacy Society honors those who are remembering the shelter by leaving a bequest or making a planned gift directly to RCHS or to the endowment fund.

It’s pretty casual. We had bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice. A couple people even brought their dogs along. Dogs that they adopted from RCHS! Take a look.

 

Might not sound exciting, it this is good stuff!! Jeff Isaac from The Lawyer in Blue Jeans is here helping us understand estate planning! Lawyer in Blue Jeans

Posted by Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

 

Afterward, guests were invited to take a tour of the shelter. Judi and longtime Board member Sylvia Steding-Thieme personally conducted tours.

This first seminar went so well, by the time it was over people were already asking when we’ll hold the next one and whether they can bring their friends.

We plan to hold the seminars every two or three months. Seating is limited, so you’ll want to reserve a seat in advance. To make a reservation send an e-mail to [email protected] or you can call Kelly at 760-519-8721.

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

Be careful what you wish for

Every few months we look at Wish Lists on the internet to see what people are wishing for. It’s fascinating.

We saw one Wish List that said newlyweds want electric mixers. We asked staff members and volunteers if they would put electric mixers on their wedding registries. How many said they would? Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Not a one! No Siree Bob.

There was a Wish List made by people who admit that they’re hard to buy for. Items on that list included a tea infuser shaped like an octopus, a throw pillow with a picture of a llama on it, a neon sign shaped like a pizza, and an alarm clock that wakes you up by shining a bright light in your face. There must be some eternal punishment for anyone who would give you an alarm clock with a bright light that starts the day by blinding you.

We found an animal shelter in another state that didn’t have access to a Wish List when you logged on. No animals. No happy families. Just a “Donate Here” button. Hmmm.

There’s an organization in Florida that helps families overcoming crisis situations. Their Wish List included items they need every day like clothing and movies for the kids to watch while their families are being cared for. They were also asking for artwork, collectibles, and other items that could be sold to help generate funds. That was a pretty cool Wish List. Every item on it was something useful that helped the people they serve.

The Wish List for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society won’t ask you anything that we can’t use to help people and animals. So you can forget it if you planned to donate (actual items from Wish Lists) a bronze kangaroo, a set of broken marble bookends, a bundle of asparagus, or a hurricane evacuation kit.

Right now our greatest wish is that you take a minute to scan this month’s Wish List. You might already have something we need at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society….where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

Click Here for this month’s Wish List

 

We’ve had some Lifesaving “firsts” lately

Two months ago we told you about Edgar, a cat who needed a surgery to repair his luxating patella. (That’s Doctor speak for a floating kneecap.) It was the first time in the 58 year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society to perform this surgery on a cat. You responded with donations, Edgar had his surgery, and he’s been adopted!

Now we have another “first” to report.

A Miniature Schnauzer puppy named “Tessa” was just one month old when she went home with her new owner. (That’s way too young.) When the woman noticed that her puppy seemed lethargic she took her in for tests that revealed poor liver function. The puppy was surrendered to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and, after three months in private foster care with a volunteer, she was scheduled to have surgery to repair a Liver shunt. Even with the discount the surgeon offered, our cost could still run up to $4,500.

“She was 4 months old,” says RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool. “The blood vessel leading into her liver was not providing blood to the liver. Without the surgery, Tessa would probably live less than a year. With the surgery, she can live a normal life.”

We shared her story and the donations began to trickle in. One that really touched our hearts was from a wonderful, retired, lady who told us she didn’t have ten dollars, but she would send ten dollars the following week when she got her social security check. We wanted to tell her to use the money for herself, but she was adamant.

We didn’t have enough to pay for the surgery, but Tessa’s life was at stake. We took a leap of faith and scheduled her procedure, hoping RCHS supporters would respond.

Even the surgeon had to admit that Tessa did great and her recovery was ahead of schedule. She was expected to recover in the hospital for two or three days, but she was able to return to her foster home the day after surgery!

We’re still taking donations to the Medical fund to help pay for Tessa’s surgery. Please help. If there’s anything left over, it will go on to help other pets with medical needs.

As for Tessa….She’s still in foster care. When she’s released by her doctor, we have several people who want to take her home. The home where she will live a long, normal life…thanks to you.

To make a donation call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®

 

 

Events Calendar

There’s ALWAYS something going on at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Here are some upcoming events.

June:

1:       Hug Your Cat Day (Every day is a good day for this.)
2:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
Join RCHS at the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival

3-9:    Pet Appreciation Week
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)
22:     Take your Dog to Work Day (So cool!)
25:     Summer Animal Camp begins
30:     Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM

July:
4:       Independence Day (RCHS closed)
6:       International Kissing Day (Smooch your Pooch)
8:       RCHS Pet Adoption event at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas
7:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
15-21: Rabbit Week (Visit the Rabbitat at RCHS.)
16:     Hug Your Kid Day (This includes your furry kids.)
21:     Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
22:     Parents’ Day (For pet parents, too.)
29:     Visit the RCHS booth at Petco Park Adoption Sunday

August:
4:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
8:       International Cat Day
11:      Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
12:     Visit the RCHS booth at the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
12-18: Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week (Donate to the pet food bank.)
15:     Best Friends Have Fur Day (Some best friends has fur and paws.)
17:     Black Cat Appreciation Day
18:     Visit RCHS for “NBC Clear the Shelters Day”
Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
International Homeless Animals Day
24:     Last day of Summer Animal Camp
25:     National Secondhand Wardrobe Day (Visit the RCHS Thrift Shop.)
26:     National Dog Day

September:
1:       Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
2:       Visit the RCHS booth at Petco Park Adoption Sunday
3:       Labor Day (RCHS Closed)
4:       National Wildlife Day (Learn about the SD Wildlife Center.)
9:       National Hug Your Hound Day (Every day!)
National Pet Memorial Day
11:     Pet Rock Day (Rocks need love, too)
13:     Scooby Doo Day (Ruh Roh.)
15:     Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM
19:     Talk like a Pirate Day (Arrf, says I.)
22:     Visit the RCHS booth at Salt Dog Classic in Solana Beach
23-29: National Dog Week
29:     Pet Food Bank open 9 – 11 AM