Rescue. Care. HOPE. Safety.


Advocating for “Adopt Don’t Shop”

While October is “National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog” month, it’s EVERY month and EVERY day at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS). Pets adopted from RCHS bring our 61+ years of experience to their new homes. RCHS matches the needs of the animal with the desires of the family.

Your support provides the HOPE for a future filled with love. It helps bust the most common Animal Shelter myths, like…

Don’t Animal Shelters only have mutts?

  • Shelters have dogs and cats of all types including purebreds and mixed breeds.
    Sometimes you can find breeds not common to your area. What is a “purebred?” Some people pay thousands of dollars for a purebred Golden Doodle puppy. A Golden Doodle is a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle. It’s a mutt. RCHS had a “Purebred Doodle” in our kennels, available for $195.

Animal Shelters only have old animals. No puppies or kittens. Right?

  • You’ll find dogs and cats of all ages, from puppies and kittens to seniors. As we’re preparing this issue of Fetch, we have 8-week-old puppies and lots of kittens. Puppies and kittens are super cute, but they’re not perfect for everyone. They’re a lot of work! Many adult dogs come housebroken and trained. Some of our senior dogs and cats are as energetic as 2-year olds!

If a pet is in a shelter, isn’t there something wrong with it?

  • Not true! Pets arrive at shelters for many reasons. Some families realize that owning a pet is more responsibility than they can handle. Some pets arrive because their owners died or moved. We receive pets whose owners no longer were able to physically or financially care for them.

Thanks to your donations, every pet that arrives here is given HOPE. Hope for a future. Hope for a family. Hope for a life that was nearly missed.

If this isn’t the right time to adopt a pet, you can become a virtual pet foster by making a monthly commitment. Your tax-deductible donation helps an adoptable pet get started on the right paw. For more information, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, log on to, or call 760-753-6413. 

“There are so many reasons I have chosen to support RCHS. I am forever grateful to RCHS for taking in the two kitties belonging to my niece who was killed in a car accident. I was unable to keep them myself so RCHS assisted my family at a time of great need. I also witnessed first-hand the incredible programs available through RCHS to the homeless pets in our community.” 

-Marianne Cardwell, Fur-Ever Circle Member