How old does my Little Animal Lover need to be to Volunteer?

It’s a question we hear almost every day at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It might come from the parent of an animal loving high school student working to fill their community service hours. It can also come from a dad or mom whose 8 year old is head over paws in love with animals and can’t stop talking about them.

Starting in April, just a few days from now, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will be launching the all new Teen Foster Program!

Now teenagers 15 and older can work hands-on with homeless animals while they earn service hours for their school or other organization.

Let’s make this clear. The program is designed for teens, but it’s going to require parental participation and supervision.

We’re looking for teens and families who care about animals and would be willing and able to provide foster care for pets in their homes. The average length of stay in foster care is 4 to 6 weeks. Fosters commit to a 4 week minimum unless a shorter stay is arranged ahead of time.

We’re not just going to hand you a litter of puppies or kittens and say, “See ya in a month.” Training and parent approval are required. Participants must have reliable transportation to RCHS for veterinary appointments and meetings with the foster care coordinator.

That’s the nuts and bolts of it. If this sounds right for your teen and your family, call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to

Thanks you for being a part of Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®