Local North County Artists have collaborated to present a very creative and unusual peek into their visions of animals. Welcome to the wonderful world of wildlife! – life that is all around us all the time,yet passes by largely unnoticed, except for the occasional trip to the zoo. Zooinitas invites you to take a closer look at the animals that usually exist in the background of our worlds, bringing them to the forefront. You’ll come face to face with lions, then zebras and even sea creatures. So join us as we let the fur and feathers fly, “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Indeed .

Photo Courtesy of Francine Filsinger - "Cali and Steve", a rescue from the RCHS. For adoption information visit: https://rchumanesociety.org/?page_id=119


 Special Opening Reception 

 JULY 26, 1-4 pm 

"Join Us on a Safari"

Roaring with animal art, the Zooinitas exhibit will take the public on a safari into the jungles of Encinitas were art reigns supreme. Begin your tour into a collection of wild and unusual animals and enter if you dare, to be greeted by a magnificent life-size wooden lion name “Aldimere".


Meet the representatives from Rancho Coastal Humane Society; share and ask questions about their program.  Maybe you want to volunteer to help?


Sponsored by The Stardust Arts, the artists and several local business's, it will prove to be an exciting day for all ages.

Encinitas Community Library

540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024.


 Meet the Artists 


Seventeen local artists will join paws to help the animal victims of domestic violence during the Zooinitas Extravaganza Exhibition benefiting the Animal Safehouse Program at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. 

This is a celebration of our area's lively art scene, with a particular focus on art experiences that encouraged everyone to get involved, connect, and gather, possibilities seem endless and imagination has no limits”, states artist and curator, Cheryl Ehlers, a local artist and curator of Zoonitas. Encinitas is home to a diverse population of talented artists. During the opening reception our guests will experience all forms of artistic expression. 


Presenting an outstanding exhibition of fine art, we invite you to experience live music by Second Cousins, an opportunity to meet the artists, a silent auction, choose to donate a new toy for Toys for Pups, and enjoy delicious refreshments!   

CONGRATULATIONS to three of our artists that placed in the   2014 San Diego Del Mar Fair .

Tish Wynne    2nd Place - Toucan

Cheryl Ehlers   HM & Special Award-The  Banana

Francine Filsinger  Sponsors Award given by Michael Seewald Gallery-Rockstar Dreams


 Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Please donate today to share a gift to help animals in need.Pets

In these tough economic times, every dollar counts in feeding and caring for animals in need. Your contribution will help us feed and care for animals looking for loving homes, provide safe haven to animals who are victims of domestic violence, and provide humane education to enrich the lives of animals and people who love them.

To make a tax-deductible donation to support animals in need in our community.

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Rancho Coastal Humane Society or to make a a gift by phone,  call 760-753-6413, or gift by mail, send your check to 389 Requeza Street, Encinitas, CA 92024.

RCHS is thrilled to be a beneficiary for the Zooinitas Exhibit and appreciates the support of local artists., President and CEO, Jim Silveira, Nick Winfrey, Community Liason, Amy Heflin, Program Director, and all the wonderful group at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

 Appreciation is extended to all the participating artists ;

Bobbie Harrington, Gary Johnson, Francine Filsinger, Joan Hansen, Adele Richert, Brian Bateman, Krista Timberlake, Stephan Gary Frank, Mo McGee, Bruce Stewart, Gwenn Beope, Linda Luisi, Tish Wynne, Cheryl Ehlers, Thomas Thomas, and Terry Oshrin for their visions, talent, time and energy in promoting these worthwhile causes.