Redwood Coast Humane Society

About Us

Redwood Coast Humane Society is a 100% volunteer 501-C3 (non-profit) organization located on the Redwood Coast of Northern California serving the needs of local animals and pet owners.

Redwood Coast Humane Society Mission Statement

The mission of the Redwood Coast Humane Society is to advocate for the welfare, rights, respect and protection of all animals through care, intervention and education.

Our Purpose & Goals

  • To provide foster and medical care of animals that are surrendered, abandoned, injured or rescued.
  • To locate permanent homes for companion animals through adoption programs.
  • To control dog and cat populations by providing financial assistance for and education about spay/neuter services.
  • To act as an information resource for a variety of animal related issues, including lost and found, real cat management, referrals and counseling.
  • To educate the public on animal related issues through workshops, special events and publication's activities.
  • To develop and sustain a skilled volunteer network to support the organization's activities.
  • To attain financial resources through fundraising activities to support our, mission and goals

Our Story

The Redwood Coast Humane Society (RCHS) was begun in 1987 when a small number of coast residents, concerned about the overpopulation of feral cats, and the treatment of unwanted dogs and cats, founded the Mendocino Coast Humane Society consisting of a Fort Bragg Chapter and a South Coast Chapter which covered the area in and adjacent to Gualala. The Fort Bragg Chapter soon after started a modest shelter operation.

In 2000, several residents of Gualala and The Sea Ranch filed as a non-profit organization (501-C3) separate from the Mendocino Coast Humane Society and became the Redwood Coast Humane Society. The five founding members are Jackie Gardener, Mary Moore, Lisa Scott, Carol McQuarrie and Dagmar Moseley.

Today the RCHS includes the coastal area from Elk at the north end to Timber Cove in the south.

Visit Us

The Redwood Coast Humane Society's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is located at 39151 S. Highway 1 in Gualala (across from the Seacliff Center). The shelter will be open on Saturdays from 12-3pm. All visitors (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) will be required to wear masks when in the shelter and our volunteers will manage social distancing guidelines during your visit.


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