A recent blog post of mine mentioned that we adopted our cats from Rancho Coastal Humane Society in 2001. Eleven years later I found myself with time to dedicate to volunteering. I love animals so much and due to my husband’s allergies we are not able to have a dog companion so I found a perfect fit volunteering at RCHS with the dogs!
I call RCHS my happy place. It might be like gardening for others in that when you immerse yourself in it you forget about everything else. It is not just the animals that make me happy when I am there spending time with them. It is the people. The small staff and large volunteer base are so welcoming and we all know where our hearts are with helping the animals feel as comfortable and loved as possible until they can find their forever (or as some say furever) homes. Some people tell me they couldn’t volunteer at a shelter as it would make them too sad but for me being there and knowing how much the staff and volunteers care for the animals makes it easier. I’ve shed many happy tears for dogs I fall head over heals in love with when they find their family but the tears are worth the love I got in return from the dogs while I got to know them.
RCHS makes it so easy to volunteer with their one orientation meeting and follow up mentor volunteer session. After that you are empowered to come and go based on when it fits into your schedule. They also provide volunteers with continuing ed opportunities to learn more tools on working with the animals.
I mainly spend time with new dogs in their kennels or walk dogs off site but have also brought dogs to events that RCHS has been part of. They do so much more than taking in and finding the right homes for cats, dogs and rabbits. Here’s a list of other services they offer to the community. So many ways to get involved!
- Shelter Pet Transfer Program with Kauai Humane Society
Pets for Patriots
- Better with a Buddy Program
- Humane Education and Workshops
- Animal Safe House Program
- Second Chances Program
- Foster Program
- Animal Camps
- Pet Assisted Therapy
- Pet Food Bank
More information about Rancho Coastal Humane Society from their website:
Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) was formed in 1960 by a group of hardworking volunteers, led by animal lover Maria K. Lloyd. The goal was and continues to be to care for the homeless animal population of San Diego County and to educate the public about pet over-population and responsible companion animal care.
In the nearly 55 years since our inception, RCHS has grown from a small facility run by volunteers to a professionally managed humane society that provides quality shelter care, adoption services, education programs and an animal safehouse program for the survivors of domestic violence.
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a non-profit, 501(c)3, charitable organization. We are not tax supported, nor are we funded by any government agency. Please consider making a donation today!