Coronado CARES is proud to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets in the Southbay. Our signature TNR Program has been run by a small number of very talented ladies. Despite the relatively few number of program volunteers, these ladies have made a huge impact in the community- reducing the number of feral cats by trapping and neutering; pulling feral kittens from their neighborhoods and preparing them for adoption; and fostering and bottle feeding the many kittens which come through our program. Following is our kitty tally for the years we have been in existence:
“This March, with your help, we're creating the world's largest mosaic mural of adopted pets and their people both online and in New York City!”
Petco Foundation wants to celebrate adoption! Any person who has adopted a pet can submit up to three photo entries to the mosaic. Adopters can submit photos March 3 – 25.
Starting March 3, with Snap Love, submit your photos at
showing how Love Changes Everything!
Share using these hashtags: #petcofamily and #allforlove,
and you'll have the chance to win prizes:
$100 Petco gift card
a signed print from MUTTS
a Foundation Logo Apparel Item
a coupon for a bag of WholeHearted Pet Food!
Add the name of Coronado Community Animal Rescue & Education Society, and Coronado CARES will have a chance to receive grant awards, $500 daily to support our lifesaving work!
The photo with the most “likes” will win a year of WholeHearted dog or cat food, a $500 Petco gift card and the chance to have your pet painted by the award-winning MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell!
The Animal Welfare Organization with the most entries will be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant award from the Petco Foundation and 1,000 pounds of WholeHearted dry dog or cat food.
Rock Cat was a beautiful brown and white, male cat that lived in the rocks at the beach between the Shores and the Amphib Base. A very kind lady that worked at the Amphib Base trapped him as a young, feral kitten and had him neutered. Then she released him back to where she found him. He lived quietly on his rocks at the beach for 17 years. He was well known by the locals. He sunned himself on the rocks and watched surfers as they passed by on their way to the ocean to ride the waves.
He watched gleeful families as they took their chairs, beach balls, umbrellas and picnic baskets to their favorite spots on the beach for the day. He watched runners and dog walkers as they went by him. He saw many classes of young men participating in Navy Seal Training as they ran past. At night he watched the fishermen as they put their lines into the water in hopes of getting a good catch. He saw beautiful sunsets and sunrises. He heard the helicopters and jets fly over and the fireworks from the Hotel Del Coronado. For many years on a daily basis Miss Ellie fed Rock Cat. When Miss Ellie couldn’t feed him any more Mr. Ed took over. Then Claudene became the substitute feeder when others were unavailable to do so. In January of 2016 Coronado had some very bad winter storms. There were crashing waves and lots of beach erosion and king tides.
It was during one of the king tides that the sand started washing away from his rocks and it became apparent very quickly that Rock Cat would soon have no home. It was at this point that Claudene took Rock Cat home with her. For ten months he lived in her garage and backyard. He was very content in his new home where he was safe and dry and warm no matter what the weather was. He became good friends with Claudene’s cat named Charlie. When Charlie took his walks on a leash around the neighborhood, Rock Cat followed along. Rock Cat loved his new buddy Charlie. Even though Rock Cat was feral and most people could not touch him, he learned to trust a few people. He enjoyed being petted and even took long naps on the lap of his most trusted friend, Claudene.
In November of 2016 Rock Cat passed away at 18 years old. His friends had a memorial service for him and spread his ashes at his home on the rocks at the beach. They shared wonderful stories about him and left red roses on his rocks. Rock Cat is missed by all that ever had the privilege of knowing him.
On Sunday, July 16, Coronado CARES held its third successful microchip clinic in Imperial Beach. To date, Coronado CARES, in conjunction with IB Pet and the San Diego Humane Society has chipped over 400 dogs, cats and bunnies in Coronado and Imperial Beach. It is our hope that with this totally free service, beloved pets in the South Bay will have their best chance at being reunited with their owners if lost. When a lost pet is found, one of the first thing a shelter or veterinary clinic will do is scan it for a microchip. If a microchip is found, they can quickly find the pets owner and reunite the two. In a recent study of stray dogs, it was found that dogs without microchips were reunited with their owners 21.9% of the time, while dogs with microchips were reunited 52.2% of the time. For the microchipped dogs which were not reunited with their owners, it was most often due to incorrect owner information in the microchip registry database- so don’t forget to register your pet’s microchip and keep it updated! If your pet is not microchipped, please visit the San Diego Humane Society which offers low-cost microchips or attend Coronado CARES next free microchip clinic in 2018!
Over 10 million pets are lost each year, according to the National Humane Society. One out of every three pets gets lost during its lifetime, and only one in ten lost pets is found. Microchipping is a proven way to successfully recover your pet should it become lost.
Microchipping is safe, simple, permanent and is designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is injected beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
San Diego Humane Society in conjunction with Coronado CARES is offering a microchipping clinic on September 19th from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Orange Ave. by Walgreens for dogs and cats for $15.00 per animal. However, Coronado CARES wants to help you microchip and has pledged to pay the cost for the first 10 dogs and 10 cats. AND you can purchase great bargains at the same time at the annual Barking Lot of Bargains sale outside of Walgreen’s. The Barking Lot sale will be from 9:00 to 2:00. Coronado CARES has been able to reunite several cats found in feral cat colonies because their owners microchipped. We know microchipping helps make happy reunion stories. Coronado CARES will cover the cost of microchipping for the first 10 cats microchipped between 11:30 and 1:30 – the first 10 dogs to be microchipped between 9:00 and 11:00 are also FREE! If you need more information about microchipping, visit www.coronadocares.org or the San Diego Humane Society website at www.sdhumane.org. And be sure to visit the Barking Lot of Bargains Sale!
Bella has been adopted!! Her adoptive family shares with us, "Hi Coronado Cares!!! Do you remember Bella? We found her at the SPCA on Gaines Street, we fell in love with her. We were lucky enough to be able to adopted her and give her a forever loving home. She is such a smart and very sweet dog with a naturally loving heart despite her very troubled past. A big thanks for your organization for having such a huge heart and helping these wonderful animals."
Because of our recent partnership with the San Diego Humane Society, Bella has been transferred to the SDHS' Behavior Center to further prepare her for adoption. Once she completes the process there, the Humane Society will be placing her on their adoption floor.
Great news for our girl!!
Introducing our beautiful Bella! Prior to finding herself with Coronado CARES, Bella lived among feral dogs at the California/Mexico border. When a concerned pet lover discovered her pregnant, she was taken to the only shelter that would accept her in Baja, Mexico. It was there where Bella gave birth to eight beautiful babies, all which found loving homes of their own. Now it’s Bella’s turn to find her own loving home!
Coronado CARES coordinated Bella’s transfer to San Diego and into a home with a dog family. This is the first time Bella has experienced even the most basic things: living inside, a regular routine that includes living with other dogs, a bed and toys. Bella didn’t understand any of it, including wearing a collar and being walked on a leash. Most of us rarely hear about a dog so under-socialized.
But Bella transformed! Her foster humans and foster dog family have helped her to face the world with more confidence. To continue to build her confidence, Bella has been evaluated by Whole Dog Training and has graduated from a training class which has taught her to handle situations with other dogs and to help Bella navigate this new world.
Bella is now ready for her forever home. Her perfect family would be one which has no young children and a larger canine playmate to show her the ropes. She also requires a dog savvy owner who is patient, will allow Bella to experience life at her own pace, and will give Bella slow, proper introductions to new dogs, people and situations.
If you would love this sweet, gentle girl to join your family, please contact Leslie at 619-867-4515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walgreens in Coronado and Coronado CARES are establishing a partnership to benefit the homeless animals of our community. Fred Radtke, Walgreens District Manager, has agreed to begin by allowing Coronado CARES the use of a section of the store's parking lot to showcase animals that are available for adoption through the Coronado Veterinary Hospital or the CCARES Dog Foster Program on alternating Saturday mornings beginning in April. In addition, discussions are under way about other ways in which both organizations will work together to provide service to the community
We are now in kitten season and many litters of kittens are from feral cats. A feral cat is a homeless cat that is not accustomed to human contact and is too fearful to be handled. CoronadoCARES' free Trap-Neuter-Return Program for feral cats is available to Coronado residents. If you know of any feral cats around town, please call 619-365-5337 to discuss the Trap-Neuter-Return Program.
Frequently both feral and domesticated kittens get separated from their moms. When that happens someone needs to rescue and raise them. CoronadoCARES has a Foster Preemie Kitten Program that provides the service of feeding and socializing the kittens in preparation for their adoption. Yes, if exposed to humans at an early age, feral kittens can be socialized and will become excellent pets. If you find abandoned kittens, please don't hesitate to contact us.
There is a new animal welfare group based in Coronado, serving that community and neighboring communities in the South Bay. The Coronado Community Animal Rescue and Education Society held a launch party on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. Invited dignitaries, friends and family numbered over 100 and were treated to hosted appetizers and celebratory drinks presented by CCARES. Dozens of local businesses showed their support by donating raffle prizes to help raise funds for the new group’s programs. Prior to the raffle drawing, Coronado CARES President Gloria Aberasturi introduced the founding members and shared the mission and goals of the group.
Coronado CARES Mission Statement & Goals
The Coronado Community Animal Rescue & Education Society has been founded to promote animal welfare, to provide resources for proper animal care and to reduce the number of homeless animals by implementing programs currently not being carried out in the community.
Some specific goals are stated as follows:
In response, Sgt. Eric Hima of the Coronado Police Department said, “There will be some overlap, but I don’t think there is going to be a power struggle. For all of us it's matter of getting the animals into a good home and the more people we have working towards that goal, the more animals we will save. Sgt. Hima oversees the city’s Animal Care Facility.
Gloria Aberasturi invited everyone to attend the first monthly open meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6:00pm in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library.
She added that “There are many ways you can contribute to Coronado CARES including volunteering, attending the monthly open meetings, making a donation and spreading the word.”