It’s Better to Begin at the End of this Story and Work Our Way Back

Denali and her puppies are all going to be fine.

Our best guess is that Denali is a 2-1/2 year-old, 34-pound, Border Collie mix. Her black and white face frames her bright blue eyes. She was stray on the streets of Mexicali along with her four newborn puppies. The little family was taken to a rescue then transferred to RCHS through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program.

Sadly, Denali is missing half of one hind leg and the other is too badly mangled for her to walk very far. It’s obvious that Denali suffered some sort of trauma. One of her hind legs is a painful, bone-on-skin stump, and the other misaligned from an injury that was never treated.

As soon as they were old enough, all four of Denali’s puppies were adopted immediately. For Denali, it’s going to take longer. But, with your help, it will happen.

Medical Director Kathy Zerkle took Denali to Veterinary Specialist Hospital for evaluation. Denali will need surgery to correctly set the mangled leg. As for that other leg…the leg that’s only a stump….Denali needs a prosthesis. She needs something to protect the bone if she bumps it. After surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation, Denali will be ready for her happy ending. It will happen.

You might wonder why we go through so much trouble to save the life of a dog that someone else probably dumped on the street… a dog thrown away.

We do this because it’s what you trust us to do. It’s why you support your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It’s why you volunteer here. It’s why you make donations.

Veterinary Specialty Hospital is generous when it comes to surgery expenses for our animals. But, even at that, Denali’s medical expenses could run as high as $4,300. As a non-profit animal shelter, we don’t have that much money lying around. We need your help.

Please make a donation to our Medical fund. This is exactly how we show that Together We Save Lives!

Learn how you can help. Visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to Click on “Programs” then “Animal Safehouse Program.”