FOCAS-Old Logo 1.5-The merger of Friends Of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) with your Rancho Coastal Humane Society was a great leap forward in our continuing efforts to better serve people and animals.

It was a natural progression. Both RCHS and FOCAS began when groups of dedicated pet lovers and friends joined together to save the lives of animals and to educate the public.

How does the merger of FOCAS with RCHS benefit the animals?

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains, “We’re continuing this partnership with the three County Animal Shelters and we’re also expanding the FOCAS Program. Now we also take dogs, cats and bunnies from Chula Vista Animal Control, El Centro Humane Society, The San Diego House Rabbit Society, and sometimes from other parts of the country or the world. When they have more animals than they can hold, we work together to help them create space. The animals deserve it.”

RCHS is a limited admission shelter, which enables us to keep adoptable animals until they can be placed with their new families. Each of the dogs, cats and bunnies is given a “second chance” for adoption, and a new opportunity to find a loving home.

Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society…with a FOCAS on the future.


Shelter Pet Transfer Program

Kauai Humane Society

We are looking for volunteers flying to Kauai/Lihue on non-stop Alaska Airlines flights from San Diego!

As an open admission shelter, the Kauai Humane Society accepts every homeless, abandoned, abused and unwanted animal in need of our help. Each year, they take in more than 4,300 homeless animals. Unfortunately, the number of homes available to abandoned pets on Kauai is limited by the size of their island community.

Our Shelter Pet Transfer Program helps save lives by sending dogs to mainland shelters with more exposure and high adoption rates. More than 400 animals have been sent to mainland shelters via Alaska Airlines since the start of the program in December 2012.

The cost of the flight for each dog flying alone is approximately $400, but if the dog is accompanied by a passenger, then the dog’s flight is FREE!  So we are always looking for Alaska Airlines travelers who are willing to escort a shelter dog traveling to the mainland.  This significantly helps us save more lives.  All you have to do is show up for your flight as scheduled, we’ll do the rest!

Contact [email protected] with your flight date & destination.  Mahalo!