photos provided by Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Celebration of Second Chances

More than 350 animal lovers gathered at Cape Rey Resort in Carlsbad for Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s (RCHS) Celebration of Second Chances, themed “Sapphire Night – When the Animals Shine.” The evening began with a VIP reception hosted by RCHS President Judi Sanzo, followed by a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music, caricaturists, chocolate and gelato tasting, silent auction, and a wine grab for general admission guests. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors also issued a proclamation naming Saturday, Sept. 2019 as “Celebration of Second Chances Day” throughout the county.

KFMB-TV CBS News 8 reporter Kelly Hessedal emceed the event, which included videos about RCHS’s Animal Safehouse program and shelter highlights from the past year. Judi Sanzo shared that the shelter has once again earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and is one of only five animal shelters in the United States to earn a perfect score of 100 points. Speed painter Paul Naylor created a work of art that was sold during the live auction and, finally, auctioneer Clint Bell gave guests opportunities to “Fund a Need” by paying for equipment, supplies, and medical needs for animals.

Proceeds from the celebration fund RCHS’s Pet Adoption, Humane Education, Animal Safehouse, Pet Assisted Therapy, and Pet Food Bank programs. Learn more at or visit the shelter at 389 Requeza St. in Encinitas.