ENCINITAS–Rancho Coastal Humane Society received a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation on Saturday at the Petco store in Encinitas.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society Community Liaison Nick Winfrey says the grant will change the future for some animals.
“About 90% of the pets adopted from RCHS have been transferred from other animal shelters through our FOCAS program,” Winfrey said. “This grant will provide them with a healthy diet, making them even more adoptable and creating space for us to take in more animals. In some cases, that could save the lives of dogs and cats that might not be so fortunate otherwise.”
“This money will buy food for the dogs and cats while they’re waiting to be adopted,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “Thanks to the Petco Foundation, Rancho Coastal Humane Society will not only be able to feed all the pets in our Adoption kennels and cattery, but possibly even bring in more pets through our Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program.”
Van Zante adds that the grant from the Petco Foundation frees up funds to support other Rancho Humane Society programs and services for people and animals.
“The $30,000 that we won’t have to spend for dog and cat food can now be used to provide veterinary medical care, support our Humane Education programs for children, help fund out Pet Assisted Therapy visits, and keep families and their pets together thanks to the RCHS Community Pet Food Bank,” Van Zante said. “The people and animals that will benefit from this will never be able to say how much they appreciate it. So, for those who have no voice, we’re offering our sincerest ‘Thank You’ to the Petco Foundation.”
For more information about the programs and services that Rancho Humane Society provides for people and animals. Visit www.sdpet.org.