President’s Letter

President’s Letter

Dear RCHS Friends and Family,

We are “KRAZY” busy at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS)!  For some, summer is a quiet time – lazy mornings, picnics, travel, beach sunsets. Not here!

Two days before the 4th of July, a van full of Mississippi dogs arrived for their second chance at happy homes.  This meant dozens of vet checks and quick adoptions.  Summer camp is in full swing so there are children here to learn about caring for animals while we get to enjoy the laughter that fills the kennels.

The project to rebuild the south yards is ongoing, which means power tools and lots of hard, back-bending work. The Thrift Shop is getting a makeover – some painting and primping to make your shopping experience the best it can be. Our yards got some shade, and we have a new storage shed for dog equipment and puzzles.

A weekend of estate sales, a store grand opening and the Padres adoption event all kept staff and volunteers so busy that we needed to map out who’s going where. . . and when????  Our volunteers are like a cool breeze from the ocean after a quick dip, refreshing and invigorating.

With a grant from Petco Foundation, we’re creating an outdoor “Catio Café” for our felines, staff and volunteers to interact and enjoy. There’s a short timetable and a long list of tasks to accomplish before its debut on August 13th.  But we will get it done!

Cardiff’s Dog Days of Summer is coming up quick on August 11th, and Rescue Row will have lots of adoptable companion animals.  And, let’s not forget Clear the Shelters Day on August 17th.

We are in the process of closing the San Diego Wildlife Center. We’re treating the remaining wildlife in our care  so that they will be healthy enough for transfer to satellite rehabbers and other wildlife centers or for release back to the community. All that, with the melancholy that comes with the decision to curtail a program.

What about our building project?  Well, it seems that’s where summer vacations have impacted RCHS the hardest. By the time you read this, I will have met finally with the City of Encinitas and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. I am focused on the prize and keen to make progress, just cannot tell you today what might happen tomorrow.  Send all your good karma our way, please!

Enjoy the summer, wear lots of sunscreen, and keep coming to Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Together We Save Lives!