Since February 2013, Susan Westover-Giali has been incredibly active as a Cat Socializer, Kitten Nursery Attendant and Foster Caretaker. Susan works hard to take attractive photographs of the animals and works to build positive, constructive relationships with some of our Adoption Partners. Congrats for being selected as the November Volunteer of the Month!
Our 5th annual Meet Your Mature Match adoption event was on Saturday, October 26. Hundreds of potential adopters visited the shelter in hopes of finding a new forever friend. During the event, pets ages 4 and older had a special reduced adoption fee to help them find their homes much faster. Older pets are often harder to place even though they often are much easier to care for than puppies and kittens. This event helped to showcase many of our favorite older pets and gave them a special chance to find a new home. During the event, 34 pets ages 4 and older were adopted, many of which were seniors that had been at the shelter for several months. It was a great day for our staff, volunteers and animals!
Join Animals for Armed Forces® and OC Animal Care for the first time ever hosting FREE pet adoptions* for our dedicated service men and women during Veteran’s Day Weekend. This will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th, from 10:00am – 5:00pm, at OC Animal Care – 561 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868.
*Free adoption does not include licensing or microchip. Discount applies to the first 50 animal adoptions. Limit one animal per household. See discount restrictions below.
The adoption discount applies to active duty, Reserve and Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, and/or immediate family members. Please bring your photo ID and one of the following to receive the adoption discount: A copy of your Military ID; A copy of your DD-214 and Driver’s License; or a copy of your NGB Form 22.
For more information please visit our website at ocpetinfo.com or call (714)935-6848.
Thank you to Animals for Armed Forces Foundation® for sponsoring this event!
Stacy Williams has been with OC Animal Care’s volunteer program since Spring of 2011. Since that time, Stacy has shown remarkable dedication toward spending quality time with the adoptable dogs. Stacy consistently puts in long hours at the shelter. Her passion and love for the animals has led her fellow volunteers to nominate her for October’s Volunteer of the Month!
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Saturday’s Many Varieties of Pets (MVP) Event went great! A total of 16 cats, 29 dogs and 2 bunnies were adopted - which makes for a grand total of 47 pets that found their forever homes! All of us here at OC Animal Care were thrilled to see some of our long term cats and dogs that have been here for a few months get adopted! It was a wonderful day filled with fun for all! Thank you to everybody who showed your support and joined us at this special event!
Shauna has been with OC Animal Care’s volunteer program since January 2012. Shauna’s fellow volunteers have nominated her because of her gentle nature with the adoptable dogs and her friendly, outgoing disposition with shelter visitors. Congratulations Shauna!
OC Animal Care has partnered up with www.shelterme.com to help more of our available shelter pets find their forever home. Shelter staff and volunteer have been busy adding profiles, photos and videos of some of our favorite shelter pets to this new website in hopes that someone will find their new forever friend. The site is easy to to use and provides a ton of great information on some of our favorite furry friends. Animals that are promoted on the site are identified in the shelter so that visitors can go online and see more photos, videos and comments left by shelter volunteers and staff. We are so excited to have another way for our shelter to help available pets find new homes!
This is the Amazing Cosette! She recently had a birthday party and instead of collecting gifts for herself, she collected supplies for our shelter pets. During her party, beds, towels, food, treats, toys and other supplies were gathered up for the homeless pets at our shelter. Cossete delivered all of the items to the shelter for our pets to enjoy. These much needed items were greatly appreciated by the shelter animals and staff.
Rusty is an 8-year-old, neutered male cat, ID# A1251293, kennel A-11. He is now available for adoption! He is such a sweet and social cat, not to mention good looking! He sure is handsome! He also has such a great attitude and is an inspiration to us all. Our Field Services Department has requested that we share Rusty’s story, which can be found by clicking on the "read more" link below.
Remember Yoda? This sweet little 6 pound Chihuahua/Min Pin was provided emergency surgery to remove 9 sewing needles that had migrated from his stomach throughout his body.
He is fully recovered and through our partnership with Found Animals Foundation is available to adopt at the Adopt & Shop in Mission Viejo. 184 Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 - 949-364-8400.
If you are looking for a sweet and loving companion, Yoda is the perfect little guy for you! You can even arrange to visit him with your four legged family members at the store too!
Paula Allen has been with OC Animal Care’s volunteer program since May 2013. Since joining the program as a Kitten Nursery Attendant, Paula has proven to be a star! Her positive attitiude and smile are infectious. Without hesitation, Paula welcomes both routine and special tasks! Congratulations Paula!
Our latest event, Catopia, was amazing! It brings great joy to OC Animal Care to announce that 72 cats were adopted this past Saturday! We are so happy for all of the lucky kitties that found a special home, and for all of the individuals that now have a new family member. A great big thank you to everyone that came to help or to adopt. You make it all possible!
Patricia recently joined OC Animal Care’s volunteer program in May of 2013. As one of our newest additions, Patricia has quickly proven to be a star! Patricia goes above and beyond, often offering assistance to staff and fellow volunteers. Because of her can-do attitude and outgoing nature, Patricia Steck has been selected for the July Volunteer of the Month!
As the 4th of July rapidly approaches, OC Animal Care would like to remind our community pet owners about some safety tips to keep in mind during this holiday. Loud noises from fireworks and other celebrations can cause our pets to become very frightened and lose control. It is important to pay extra attention to the safety and comfort of their pets before, during and after any 4th of July celebrations.
A few precautions a pet owner can take to ensure that the celebration will be a happy one for both pet and owner are as follows:
Yoda, a brown Min-Pin, was recently turned into the shelter as a stray. It became apparent that there might be something medically wrong with him. After our shelter vet took some x-rays, we were shocked to find nine sewing needles and two screws throughout Yoda’s body.
We immediately sent Yoda to a local surgical specialist. The surgical vet did a CT scan and believes that Yoda likely ingested the sewing needles when he was a puppy and the needles have been gradually migrating through his body for several years. Unfortunately, several of the needles are now on a path to pierce vital organs and without immediate surgery, Yoda is living on borrowed time. As for the screws, Yoda has passed those, so the main concern right now is the needles.
Surgery is the only way to ensure that Yoda is able to live a long and healthy life. We are desperately trying to raise funds to save Yoda’s life. The surgery will cost between $2,800 and $3,500 and has already been discounted by the vet. Yoda is super sweet and loving and really deserves this chance for survival!
If you are able to help in any way, please make an online donation to our non-profit organization, Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care at www.noblefriendsfoundation.org. No donation is too small!
Thank you all for your care and support at this time. We couldn’t do it without you.
Jasmine, a four year old Golden Retriever, is a graduate from the Pups and Wards (PAW) prison dog training program that teaches vocational and life skills to juvenile wards at correctional facilities. Jasmine’s story is a truly heartwarming and inspiring success story here at OC Animal Care about second chances. She was rescued from our shelter by Janette Tomas, one of our volunteers who recruits dogs to train for the PAW program. In April 2012, when Jasmine finished her 10 weeks of training with the boys at the correctional facility, she was adopted by Denier Vandergon and her 10-year-old son Desmon, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Jasmine is now a significant part of their family, helping out the both of them in more ways than they could have imagined. The story is going to appear in the July issue of “Dog Fancy” magazine on pages 26 and 44. Trust me, it will be well worth the read.
Click the "Read More" link below to be redirected to the featured article on Dogchannel.com.
“Finding the best purpose for a dog is key to a successful adoption, and this is where fate intervened” (Slone).
Saturday’s Forever Friends For Free event was a booming success! With the help of everybody combined, we adopted out a total of 137 pets! 73 dogs, 55 cats, and 9 birds, bunnies and other small pets! We would like to extend a gracious “thank you!” to The Angels Baseball Foundation, Paws For A Cause, all of our volunteers, staff, adopters and anyone else who came to support! This could not have happened without you all!
OC Animal Care was recently the lucky recipient of 400 Home Again microchips to be used for the Feral FREE program. The microchips were donated by SCVMA The SCVMA donated by Dr. Peter Weinstein, Executive Director of SCVMA and Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, President of SCVMA. These donated microchips will not only provide a valuable resource for a new shelter program, but will help us identify cats that have participated in the program. Thank You SCVMA!
Celesta Peterson has been a volunteer with OC Animal Care for almost 6 years. During that time, she has been a Cat Socializer, Kitten Nursery Attendant, Foster Caretaker and has even recently begun working with our TNR program. Celesta is incredibly knowledgeable about cats and has an upbeat and positive attitude. Her efforts have assisted in helping hundreds of cats find their forever homes!
Our 3rd Annual Animals for Armed Forces adoption event was a huge success! During the event, current, former and retired military men and women and their families flocked to the shelter in search of a new forever friend. Animals adopted during the event were free (excluding licensing and microchip) with proof of military service. We are so thankful for everything that our Armed Forces members do for us every day. The least we can do is to help them find the perfect pet!
Thank you to the Animals for Armed Forces Foundation for making this event possible!
Are you between the ages of 14 and 21 and interested in an exciting career that involves the handling of animals? If so, then our Explorer Post may be just the thing to get you started. Explorer Post 538 focuses on the fields of animal care and control, animal handling and training, and law enforcement, just to name a few!
OC Animal Care has partnered with Found Animals Foundation to provide animals for Orange County's first Adopt & Shop store. Located on the lower level of The Shops at Mission Viejo, this unique pet store only adopts out animals from local shelters. So far, OC Animal Care has placed more than 30 animals at the store and in only a few days, several have been adopted. May 21st marked the grand opening of the store and the Mayor of Mission Viejo as well as staff and volunteer from Found Animals Foundation and OC Animal Care were in attendance. We are very excited to be a part of this wonderful opportunity for our shelter pets and to showcase our pets in the Southern parts of Orange County. Please stop by and check Adopt & Shop out!
Don't miss our 3rd annual Animals for Armed Forces adoption event this Saturday, May 25th. During this special event, current, former and retired military members will receive FREE* adoption on dogs, cats and bunnies.
*Free adoption does not include the cost of the microchip ($15) or dog license ($24).
Amanda Evans has been a volunteer at OC Animal Care since 2011. During that time, she has become an invaluable Rabbit Socializer and trainer for incoming Rabbit Volunteers. In addition to these duties, Amanda has become well known for her delicious cupcakes that she makes for the bake sales at shelter events. These cupcakes have helped to raise money for shelter animals and are enjoyed by all!
Our Annual Pet Fair event last Saturday was a huge success! Lots of folks came down to the shelter to visit with pet related vendors, rescue groups and meet adoptable pets. The weather was awesome and the visitors were great! At the end ...of the day, 48 shelter pets (12 cats, 35 dogs and 1 bunny) found their forever homes. In addition, the spinning wheel booth and bake sale raised over $700, which will be used to reduce adoptions at our Catopia event in July. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and adopted!See More
Last weekend's Pet Expo was a huge success. Thank you to everyone that came out and adopted as well as to our dedicated volunteers who helped so many animals find their new homes. At the end of the weekend, 21 dogs and 3 cats found their new forever homes. This photo features little "Bubbles", who came to us as part of an abuse case. After months of recovery, she found her new family at the Pet Expo on Sunday!
Alan Miller began volunteering with OC Animal Care as a Dog Walker in May, 2011. It didn’t take long for him to begin seeking out new opportunities in the shelter and he soon became a Greeter and a Public Education/Outreach Volunteer. It is not unusual for Alan and his dog Beignet to attend several off-site events each month to promote OC Animal Care and shelter adoption. Beignet acts as a shelter ambassador and collects donations on behalf of the shelter. To date, Alan and Beignet have collected more than $1,000 in donations for the shelter and assisted in placing dozens of animals in forever homes. Please join us in congratulating Alan Beignet as Volunteers of the Month for April 2013!
The event at Honda Center on March 24th was AMAZING! Ducks fans, OC Animal Care Volunteers & Staff and the player's wives were on hand to showcase adoptable dogs, shelter services and collect donations. More than $2,500 was donated to shelter pets as well as a van load of food, towels, blankets and supplies. More than half of the featured dogs have already been adopted too. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. We appreciate it!
Diana Rodgers has proven to be one of our most active volunteers. Most recently, Diana’s fellow volunteers have recognized her for her efforts in creating warm poncho-like sweaters for the adoptable dogs. These sweaters are bright, colorful, and help to keep the dogs cozy!
Please join us in congratulating Diana Rodgers as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2013!
Thank you to our staff, volunteers, rescues and community for making our annual Spay Day USA event a huge success! At the end of the event, 62 pets were adopted from the shelter, including 39 dogs 18 cats and 5 bunnies.
Our 2012 statistics are now posted on our website. In addition to providing comprehensive statistics for 2012, we are also providing a breakdown for each city that we serve. We are happy to report that our overall intake continues to decrease! In 2012, it decreased by almost 1,500 animals. In fact, if you look at just cats and dogs (our primary intake), it decreased by almost 1,600. Although our Return to Owner statistics may not show it, we believe that the lower intake, particularly with dogs, has been reduced because of the greater awareness and efforts related to Dog Licensing and pet ID, and more spay/neuter education. Another positive is our Adoptions/Live Release numbers held pretty steady across the board. Given that we had a lower intake, this would actually indicate that rates (percentages) were higher! For more information, please click read more.
OC Animal Care and the PAW program will be featured in a PBS documentary airing this spring called “Shelter Me.” The special will be seen nationwide and will document the progress of three shelter dogs as they go through the program at the Orange County Juvenile Hall Detention Center. During the months of December through February, a crew filmed OC Animal Care staff and volunteers as well as staff and incarcerated youth (wards) at the juvenile facility as they participated in the program.
Since 2010, Sharon has been an active participant in OC Animal Care’s volunteer program. She not only consistently serves more than 60 hours per month (sometimes more than 100 hours per month), she looks for creative new ways to improve the shelter and the volunteer program. With her hard work and dedication, Sharon has made a visible impact on the daily function of our facility. Sharon’s ability to go above and beyond is why she has been selected as February’s Volunteer of the Month!
OC Animal Care celebrated our amazing volunteers at a special recognition event on Saturday, January 12 at Irvine Regional Park. Volunteers were treated to a lunch, awards cerimony and several prizes. Congratulations to all of the volunteers that received awards and thank you for all that you do for our shelter pets!
Featured in this photo are the Excellence in Volunteerism Award winners from OC Animal Care, Pat Highfill and Lynda Weisman along with the the OC Parks Award winners Allee Eckert, Russ Onkka and the Laguna Canyon Foundation. Several OC Animal Care, OC Parks and OC Community Resources staff were in attendance to express their appreciation as well.
Alex Grant completed his Eagle Scout project today by building beautiful new benches for the shelter courtyard. They look wonderful and are very comfortable too! We know our shelter visitors and volunteers will love hanging out on these benches during their visits to the shelter. Thank you, Alex, for your support!
January 2, 2013
OC Animal Care Debuts New Website!
Welcome to the new and improved OC Animal Care website. We designed this site to be user friendly and easy to navigate. We also wanted to showcase all of the wonderful animals and services our shelter offers. Take a look around and see what you think! We hope you like it as much as we do. Enjoy!
Since August 2011, Debbie has been a unique member of the OC Animal Care volunteer team. Not only is Debbie dedicated to exercising and socializing the dogs at our shelter, she also utilizes her photography skills to ensure the dogs have gorgeous pictures posted on our website. While serving approximately 60 hours per month, Debbie is able to promote some of her favorite large breed dogs for adoption, greatly increasing their chances of finding a forever home! Debbie’s outstanding service has lead her fellow volunteers to nominate her as January’s Volunteer of the Month! Congratulations!
On Saturday, December 22nd, OC Animal Care held it's most successful Pawliday Adoption Event ever. At the end of the day, 93 animals had been adopted (57 dogs, 35 cats and 1 bunny). Thank you to Desperate Paws of Orange County Dog Club for your donation of $1,000 towards the first 20 dog adoptions. Thank you, as well, to our community supporters whose generous donations allowed for additional discounts during the event!
UPDATE - Hook has been adopted by a local animal rescue group!
OC Animal Care Field Staff is investigating a possible case of animal cruelty. If anyone has information relating to this dog or witnessed someone dropping off or handling him near Malden Avenue, in the city of Fullerton, on Saturday, December 8, 2012 please call the Operations Department at 714-796-6460 to provide the information.
The keys to keeping your pet safe are thoughtful preparation, safe confinement, and a watchful eye. Following these guidelines will keep Halloween safe and fun, instead of being a night of unwanted fright