FAQs

What is the appropriate thing to do about my neighbor's dog that barks all night?
Speak to your neighbor. If this fails to resolve the problem, call the Operations Department at 714-796-6442 and ask to file a Barking Dog Complaint. Also, see our Web page on Barking Dogs.
How do I keep wildlife out of my yard?
Keep all sources of food and water out of the yard. Keep trash lids secure. You can also use rags soaked in ammonia, mothballs or cayenne pepper around the yard. Also, see our Web page on wildlife for more information.
What should I do about a stray, found or dead animal in my yard or on the road?
Call the Service Request Line at 714-935-6848 and OC Animal Care will pick it up.
What about cats?
We will pick up a cat that has strayed onto your property, if you have it confined. You may use a pillowcase, a box or "have a heart" trap. Call the Service Request Line at 714-935-6848 to have the animal picked up.
My child was bitten by a dog (or any other animal), what do I do?
Seek appropriate medical care if necessary. Call the Rabies Control desk at 714-796-6421, Monday through Friday or 714-935-7158 after 5:30 p.m. daily or on weekends. For more information on rabies visit our Rabies Control page.
Why do I have to report that my own dog or cat bit me?
To protect not only your own health, but others as well, by assuring that your pet remains healthy for ten days after the incident.
Will I get my friend "in trouble" if I report that their pet bit / scratched me?
No, we are a public health agency. Our goal is to protect you and other members of the public from rabies.
I am interested in getting a pet, what kind of animals do you have for adoption?
OC Animal Care has a variety of animals, including dogs, cats and exotic pets available for adoption. We encourage you to come down and select a pet to your liking. You can also check out the Adoption Page for more information.
What is the cost to adopt a dog and what is included?

The total purchase price for a dog will vary depending on the dog's age and a spay/neuter fee. All dogs receive an ID Microchip, an application of Advantage flea treatment, deworming, and vaccinations that protect them from Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Bordatella and Rabies.  Dogs over 4-months of age also receive a one-year license if the dog will reside within Orange County‚Äôs licensing jurisdiction. The spay/neuter fee is also included.

OC Animal Care strongly supports pet sterilization. Spayed females are normally healthier, live longer, and do not come into heat, which attracts un-neutered males to your property. Neutered males are better companion animals. Additional benefits include a reduced risk of cancer and a substantial reduction in your pet license fee.

What is the cost to adopt a cat and what is included?
The cost for a cat includes a Leukemia test, an application of Advantage flea treatment, deworming, an ID Microchip and applicable vaccinations depending on the cat's age, and a spay/neuter fee. All surgeries are performed on site with pick up available the next day.
Can I adopt an exotic pet such as a reptile or bird?
Yes, OC Animal Care impounds many reptiles and birds each year. Please visit our Pet Adoption Page for a listing of available exotic animals.
What is the return policy?
If a medical or behavioral problem is discovered within 30 days of the date of adoption, you may return your pet with your sales receipt to OC Animal Care. OC Animal Care does not pay for medical services after adoption. You will have 30 days to select the same kind of replacement animal. Adoption fees are not refundable.
I have lost my dog. What can I do to try and find it?
  • Put up signs in a 2 - 4 block radius of your neighborhood
  • Notify the mailman and neighbors
  • Check all animal shelters in your vicinity on a regular basis
  • If your pet was lost wearing identification, you may call us between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, however, we strongly recommend you visit the shelter every three days in the event your pet has lost its collar
  • For more information, visit tips on finding a lost pet
How do I claim my impounded pet at OC Animal Care?
To ensure that an animal is returned to its rightful owner, you may be asked to provide either vaccination history or a photograph of your pet. You will be asked to verify the city and major cross streets where your pet was lost; and the date you last saw your pet. Click here for more information.
Are low cost rabies vaccination clinics for pets available?
OC Animal Care provides low cost Vaccination Clinics on the first Tuesday of each month, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Low cost clinics may also be available at local pet retailers or at your veterinarian's office. For more information on rabies see our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Vaccine Clinic flier.
I just got a citation for not having a license for my dog. What should I do?
You need to obtain a dog license prior to the court date. Remember that your dog must be vaccinated for rabies and you must have the rabies certificate available to obtain a license. Once your dog is licensed, the licensing clerk will verify you have obtained a dog license. Show the Clerk of Court your dog license when you make your court appearance.
I have a swarm of bees in my yard. What can I do about them?
Leave the swarm alone and contact a local beekeeper that might collect them or contact a private exterminator found in your telephone book.
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