By John Lamb
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
More: Rancho Coastal Humane Society Dog Park
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