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By John Lamb

RANCHO COASTAL HUMANE SOCIETY has become a popular stop for wannabe pet owners. It’s not unusual for out-of-towners to take the trek from Los Angeles or Palm Springs to check out the diverse array of adoptable pets at the spiffy confines of North County’s pioneer animal shelter.

For over 40 years, RANCHO COASTAL HUMANE SOCIETY has been dedicated to placing unwanted animals in loving, permanent homes. Last year alone, RCHS was able to give nearly 1500 animals a second chance at life. Their goal is to assist both the animals and people in the community through their innovative programs.

  • Adoptions: The adoption process is designed to find the best possible match between pets and people. Staff members assist adopters with finding a dog, cat or rabbit that is appropriate for their family and lifestyle, while counseling on such topics as health care, nutrition, grooming, exercise, training and behavioral concerns. All animals at the shelter are vaccinated and microchipped, and are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes.
  • Second Chance Program: Through their Second Chance Program, RCHS takes adoptable animals from municipal shelters that may not have space for them, and gives them a second chance at finding a new home.
  • Humane Education: RCHS offers educational programs for children and adults, featuring presentations on subjects like dog bite prevention, the importance of spaying and neutering, and responsible pet ownership.
  • Animal Safehouse Program: Since 1997, RCHS has provided temporary shelter and care for the pets of domestic violence victims. Because of this valuable resource, women and their children are able to seek the help they need, knowing their pets are safe.
  • Cricket’s Corner: In 2003, RCHS was proud to open Cricket’s Corner, their community off-leash dog park. The park is located on the shelter grounds and offers dogs (and their owners) a place to exercise and socialize. Please call the shelter at (760) 753-6413 for park hours.
  • Thrift Shop: Located in Cardiff, the RCHS Thrift Shop accepts donations of gently used items such as furniture, clothing, books and household items. All proceeds benefit the animals at the shelter. For more information, please call (760) 753-0970.
RANCHO COASTAL HUMANE SOCIETY is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. They are not tax supported and do not receive any government funding. For more information on volunteering or making a donation, please visit their website at www.rchumanesociety.org, or call (760) 753-6413. RANCHO COASTAL HUMANE SOCIETY is located at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, and is open seven days a week between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (except Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

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