Animal Safehouse Emergencies Don’t Always Happen in Daylight

When Carly took over as Coordinator of the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society she already knew that ASP is not a job patterned around convenience.

Her training and years of experience in Social Work and helping families and individuals during the lowest points of their lives have taught her that even the usual can quickly become unusual for Safehouse.

A few weeks ago, as she sat typing away on her laptop, she reached up to rub her eyes. When we asked if she was tired, Carly explained that the previous evening had turned into the middle of the night for her and another RCHS staff member.

The call came from someone who was helping an older gentleman who had been hospitalized. With all the commotion of being transported from his home to the hospital, then emergency treatment, it had gone unmentioned that he had a cat at home! When the man was finally aware of what was happening he asked about his cat.

Carly got the call in the evening. She and a RCHS co-worker drove to the hospital to get the man’s house keys and other information they would need to rescue his cat.  

Carly told us that going into someone else’s home when they’re not there, even with their permission, requires special care. They began outside, shooting video of every step they took. They went room to room, looking for the frightened cat. They couldn’t even divide up to search the house. They needed a record of every step they took.

When they finally found the cat, it seemed relieved. Carly says it was as if the cat knew it was in good hands. It even purred as they picked it up and began the drive to safety…the drive that would eventually reunite the cat with its owner….thanks to the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

No matter whether it’s a senior in crisis, a victim of domestic violence, a veteran, an active duty military family, or someone at the end of their rope who just needs help with their pet while they pull things together…there is never a charge for the care of ASP pets.

For that, we need your help.

To learn more about the Animal Safehouse Program created by Rancho Coastal Humane Society log on to, call 760-753-6413, or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, CA where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®