They’re Tiny and Helpless and They Need You

Spring is an exciting time at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It’s a time of new beginnings. It’s a time when new lives begin. It’s also a time when we need your help.

“Kitten season is about to hit us hard,” says Kathy Zerkle, Vice President of Adoption Services. “It varies a little bit from year to year. This year we’re pretty much on track.”

Kathy says, “We already have kittens in our foster care program transferred to us from our rescue partners through our FOCAS program. Whenever possible we keep them together with their moms until they’re old enough to be adopted. When that’s not possible, our staff and foster care providers occasionally find themselves bottle feeding these babies until they’re old enough to eat on their own.”

“This spring, it’s not just kittens. We’re receiving more litters of puppies than usual. Last week we had a litter of six Labrador mix puppies. There was so much interest in them and they were adopted right away when they hit eight weeks old. Just as those puppies were leaving to start their new lives with their families, we received Coco Chanel and her litter of nine puppies.”

Kathy says that, since the nine puppies got here with their mom, she was still nursing them when they arrived. “It was fascinating to see this beautiful, dedicated dog standing in her kennel with all of her puppies around her, trying to eat. As beautiful and natural as it was, Coco was thin and just plain tired. We were able to continue transitioning the puppies to solid food and give her a break. She’s in the kennel right next to them so she can keep an eye on them and make sure we’re caring for the puppies she loves.”

Spring is a time when we really need your help.

  • Check our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates about pets available for adoption. Then share that information with your family and friends.
  • If this is new to you, we’ll train you. It can include providing foster care in your home, spending time socializing cats, dogs, and rabbits here at the shelter, or coming in to help with the laundry. Trust us. We do a ton of laundry!
  • If this isn’t the right time for you to adopt a new pet, you can sponsor a pet until it’s adopted. That’s really easy and it’s so rewarding when that pet is adopted.

“More than 90% of the pets at RCHS have been transferred to us from other shelters and rescues. Some would not have had much of a future if they hadn’t come here. Now they’re one step away from home. One step from a future they nearly missed.”

Find out how you can help. Come see us at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, and check the website at Thank you for supporting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®