Thanks to Our Foster Care Volunteers, We’re Saving Lives that Might Be Lost.

Thanks to Our Foster Care Volunteers, We’re Saving Lives that Might Be Lost.

When the puppies and dogs arrived at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society from a Mississippi animal sanctuary in early July, a TV reporter asked us;

  • Why are these dogs better off here than they would have been in Mississippi?
  • How important are foster care volunteers to their survival?

Why are they better off here? While the sanctuary they came from does an amazing job, the fact is that it’s crowded with more pets coming in from as far as an hour away.  There are just so many homeless companion animals and resources get stretched thin.

Their transfer to RCHS isn’t just good for the pets, it’s a blessing for the volunteers and staff members at the sanctuary. It gives them hope. It proves they’re not on their own. It lets them know that someone else cares.

We believe that every pet transferred from a crowded shelter or sanctuary is two lives saved. It saves that pet and it creates room for the next pet who arrives.

Even before these pets arrived from Mississippi, RCHS foster volunteers were creating space for the new arrivals by taking home dogs who were in our kennels. We knew that the new dogs from Mississippi would be adopted soon after they were released by our medical staff. Our foster care volunteers gave us the temporary space we needed, while still keeping them available for adoption.

There were also a few of the new arrivals who needed some extra TLC. They went into foster homes. Once they settled in, they became available for adoption.

How important are foster care volunteers?

Foster care volunteers save lives.

Some of our fosters would like to have their own cats, dogs or rabbits, but now isn’t the right time. Some of them know there are changes in their future that prohibit them from making lifelong commitments to pets now. For them, foster care is ideal.

This is another example of how Together We Save Lives!

Learn more about the Foster Volunteer program. Visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to