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Eighteen Dogs Make 1,847 Mile Journey

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) recently welcomed the arrival of 18 dogs from St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) in Tylertown, Mississippi. The new arrivals are expected to pass through health and temperament exams and become available for adoption soon.

According to John Van Zante, RCHS spokesman, the rescue program between SFAS and Southern California started in 2005 when SFAS President Pam Perez was flooded with pets displaced by Hurricane Katrina. “Pam, supported by Texas oil executive T. Boone Pickens and animal shelters across the country, began relocating pets that no longer had homes,” says Van Zante. “In California, the Katrina disaster is a memory, but for Pam Perez it is still very much alive.”

“Our recent arrivals include various mixes like retrievers, hounds and Catahoula Leopard dogs,” Perez says. “It’s often hard to tell exactly what breeds they are but it doesn’t matter. They all need families and this is the time of year more people bring new pets into their homes than any other time. If your family is considering adopting a pet, this is the perfect time to visit RCHS.”

All pets adopted from RCHS are spayed and neutered, have passed health and temperament exams, have up-to-date vaccinations and come with microchip identifications.

Adoption hours: 11am-5pm, Wednesday through Monday. Location: 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, CA 92024. For additional information, call 760-753-6413 or visit