Adoptions: RCHS serves the community by providing a personalized adoption process that equally considers the needs of the pet with the desires of the family. About one-thousand animals each year/ninety per month are adopted from the shelter. In FY17-FY18 1,079 animals were adopted, including 610 dogs, 441 cats and 28 rabbits.
Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) and Shelter-to-Shelter Transfer Programs: Many RCHS animals are transferred in from other shelters that are over or nearing capacity. A total of 924 animals were taken in through the FOCAS and Shelter-to-Shelter programs in FY17-FY18.
Foster Care Program: By providing foster homes, RCHS can care for more animals at any one time. Animals in need of hands-on-care, like puppy and kitten litters, can also be rescued through fostering. In FY17-FY18 100 volunteers fostered 328 animals.
Veterinary Care and Behavior: Every animal RCHS takes in is examined, treated and vaccinated by our veterinary team, as well as assessed by our animal behaviorist. Animals are not released to adopters unless they have been spayed or neutered. In FY17-FY18 RCHS completed 588 spay/neuter surgeries.
Animal Safehouse Program (ASP): For pet parents in crisis due to domestic violence or military veterans undergoing medical treatment, RCHS offers temporary boarding or foster care. This allows pets and people to stay together for the long term. In FY17-FY18 a total of 47 animals were cared for through the ASP for a total of 1,474 total days.
Humane Education: RCHS helps teach children the importance of proper care and compassion toward animals. A total of 183 kids attended our 2017/2018 spring and fall animal camps. Additionally, 281 students volunteered at the shelter. RCHS hosted 21 birthday parties (420 children total) and made eight elementary school presentations.
Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT): In FY17-FY18 RCHS’s team of 11 volunteers and 13 therapy certified pets visited several assisted living facilities and schools promoting the benefit of spending time with animals.
Pet Food Banks: RCHS provided pet food and supplies to nine community and military food banks each month in FY17-FY18. These food banks distributed 2,155 pounds of dry dog food, 865 pounds of dry cat food and 74 cases of wet cat food. More than 1,000 people were served through these community food banks.
In addition, RCHS served as a distribution point for tens of thousands of pounds of pet food donated through GreaterGood.org.
Community Outreach: RCHS either participated in or hosted 39 community focused events in FY17-FY18 for an average of three events per month. This included everything from street festivals to onsite adoptions and the annual Celebration of Second Chances gala.
San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC): Since April 2018 when the SDWC opened its doors, nearly 700 species of injured, sick or orphaned wildlife have been taken in to the center and when possible released back to their neighborhoods.
Volunteers: RCHS is supported by more than 400 volunteers who help operate our many programs and services. Collectively, RCHS volunteers donated about 3,000 hours of time per month across all programs.
Based on the California State Value of Volunteer Time ($29.09) this equals $87,270.00 per month. This cost efficiency is thanks to our dedicated volunteers.