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Rancho Coastal Humane Society News

It’s a Promise Kept by a San Diego Animal Rescuer Three Weeks Ago
Hurricane Hounds From Florence arriving in San Diego.

Encinitas, CA – A San Diego woman vowed to return to pick up a dog that was left behind after a Wings of Rescue flight carrying homeless pets from Hurricane Florence was packed full three weeks ago, Three adult dogs and a puppy will arrive at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas late Thursday evening thanks to the generosity of and the woman who kept her promise.

Erin Boyd Robbins was part of a group loading dogs onto a plane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana three weeks ago. The plane was full and there was no room for the dogs, including Brody, who had touched her heart. Erin made a promise to Brody that she would come back for him.

When heard about Brody, a 7 year old, black, Labrador Retriever mix, and the three others who needed to be transported out of the area, they volunteered to pay for the dogs to be flown to Los Angeles aboard a commercial flight. Representatives from RCHS drove to LAX this afternoon to pick up Brody, Jarvis the Beagle, a Labrador-mix named Susan, and a 3 month old Dachshund puppy named Valerya. 

Once the dogs were safely loaded on the plane, Robbins returned to Baton Rouge to help other dogs. Valerya puppy made the flight in the cabin of the plane with one of Erin’s co-workers. The other dogs flew as cargo. 

When the Hurricane Hounds arrive in Encinitas late Thursday evening, they will be settled into their kennels for the night. On Friday they’ll receive medical and behavioral exams. If all goes according to plan, some of these new arrivals could become available for adoption as early as next week.

There’s a $50 Training Deposit with puppies less than 6 months. Adoption fees are $195 for puppies six months or less, $145 for adult dogs, and $75 for dogs more than seven years old. The adoption fee includes current medical exams, spay or neuter, up to date vaccinations, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation call RCHS at 760-753-6413, log on to, or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society is at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Kennels are open 11 – 5 every day but Tuesda

Budgeting for Your New Pet

How much is that doggy in the window? There are many costs to consider, beyond the initial investment, when adding a pet to your family. On average, households in the U.S. spend more than $500 a year on their pets. With that in mind, here are some costs to keep in mind to ensure you and your new pet will be off to a great start: 

Initial costs for your new best friend: Adoption fees and the essentials like a leash and collar, food, water bowls, a bed and a crate. There will also be a fee for licensing your new pet with the animal service agency in your jurisdiction. Your new pet may also need to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped (animals adopted from San Diego Humane Society already include these care basics).

Ongoing costs: Food, treats, toys, pet insurance and flea medication for your pet.

The little “extra” costs that may occasionally arise: Medication, grooming, pet sitting and ‘the puppy ate my glasses’ expenses your new family member could cost you in the long run.

For more information on planning financially for your new pet, visit these useful resources: 

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