Fetch – November 2018 – Safehouse


When owners can’t care for their pets, the Animal Safehouse Program is the safety net


We often refer to the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society as the “Safety Net” for the pets of domestic violence victims, veterans, seniors, active duty military, and families in crisis. This could not have been more evident than when a dog named Roxy came to stay with us recently.


When she arrived at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, “Roxy” was confused and anxious. Her owner, “Martha”, had suffered a medical emergency that resulted in her being taken to the hospital by ambulance.


San Diego Humane Society Animal Control took Roxy to its shelter for safe keeping, then contacted the Animal Safehouse Program at RCHS. Martha was going to be in the hospital longer than SDHS would be able to care for Roxy. Her date to reclaim Roxy would come and go. She would be put up for adoption unless RCHS took her into the Animal Safehouse Program.


We were able to get Roxy transferred into our care. While she was here, we updated her vaccinations and ran a series of tests to identify any medical conditions that might be common in a 12 year old Shepherd mix dog.

Once we were confident that she was okay, we placed Roxy in foster care with a RCHS volunteer. How did that go? Well, it took Roxy about two minutes to find out where the couch was and make herself right at home.


Safehouse Coordinator Justina Kirkland says, “Roxy warmed our hearts for 21 days until she was able to reunite with her family.  By taking her dog into our care, we were able to decrease Martha’s stress because she no longer had to worry about possibly losing her beloved pet during her medical crisis. The increase in Oxycontin and decrease in stress hormone levels ultimately gave Martha a better chance for recovery. This is another example of how RCHS shows their support for the overall physical and mental health of all people and their pets.”


There is never a charge for the services provided by the Animal Safehouse Program. We rely on you and your generosity to keep this program running.


Find out how you can help. Visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 765-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.