RCHS Yesterday and Today
Maria Kulakova Lloyd was a familiar sight in the rural hills of North County, more than 50 years ago, patrolling on a solitary mission to rescue any stray
Maria and her husband, Dr. Paul Lloyd, donated 5.5 acres on Requeza Street in Encinitas, and construction began on Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Today, RCHS is a private, non-profit organization that is dependent upon community contributions to support
RCHS does not hold animal control contracts, and has handled only animals that have been relinquished by their owners or that have been
RCHS is a member of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition (SDAWC) consisting of seven local shelters in San Diego County who work in cooperation to save animals’ lives. Members of the SDAWC include:
As part of a long-range planning effort, RCHS’s board of directors approved an expansion of its facilities with plans to add a veterinary medical center, an educational learning center, increase its pet food and pet supplies storage capacity, and add some much needed office space.
Some noteworthy facts about RCHS
RCHS has been
serving the San Diego community for 57 years, offering programs and services for animals and people in need.
RCHS is an
independent organization and is not corporately affiliated with any other local humane society or with any national organization.
RCHS is a
private, not-for-profit organization that does not receive public or government funding through animal control contracts, nor does it receive funding from any national organization. Its annual operating budget of $3.5 million is funded primarily through charitable contributions, corporate and foundation grants, some investment income, proceeds from its thrift store, and some fees for service.
governed by a ten-member volunteer board of directors made up of community leaders and business and financial executives.
RCHS does not maintain ‘time limits’ for animals in its care.
RCHS does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals.
spays or neuters all animals prior to adoption.
15,000 children and adults participate in RCHS’s programs each year.
Last year, RCHS
placed 951 animals and returned 34 animals reclaimed by their owners. RCHS’s ‘live release rate’ of 98 percent for animals coming into its care is one of the highest in the country.
Each year, more than
300 active volunteers contribute their time and talents across all programs to help animals and people in need.