News & Announcements

March 11, 2015 
103 Bunnies Adopted during Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month

News ImageDuring the month of February, OC Animal Care celebrated Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month and 103 rabbits found their furever homes! All rabbits adopted in February received a FREE spay/neuter and Microchip. Our dedicated bunny volunteers did their best to speak with every adopter so they understood the responsibility of owning a rabbit as well as giving them helpful and fun tips about rabbits. Around mid-February OC Animal Care took in 61 rabbits in one day and our communities, volunteers and rabbit rescue organizations response was remarkable. Our rescue groups adopted about a quarter of the 103 bunnies and individuals and families from our community adopted the rest. OC Animal Care volunteers and staff turned what could have been a negative situation into a positive one and were able to find homes for these bunnies. Thank you to all who came out in support of Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month!

February 28, 2015 
OC Animal Care Celebrates Spay Day USA

News ImageLast Saturday, OC Animal Care celebrated Spay Day USA and 39 of our pets (11 cats, 26 dogs and 2 rabbits) found their new forever homes. Adopters that day received free spay/neuter for their new pets and some pet friendly giveaways! Staff and volunteers had a great time watching these pets find their perfect match while recognizing the importance of spay/neutering.
Although happy for our pets that found homes, we all recognize that there are still many homeless pets in our communities and a problem with pet overpopulation due to the lack of spay/neutering. The ASPCA estimates that there are 70 million stray cats in the United States. The average number of liters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year averaging 4-6 kittens per litter. According to findings by the ASPCA, only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed / neutered. OC Animal Care is dedicated to educating our communities and promoting positive health care for animals. For a list of low cost Spay/Neutering clinics in our area please visit:

February 3, 2015 
OC Animal Care's Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

News ImageFrom January 1st to December 31st OC Animal Care Volunteers volunteered over 20,000 hours and on Saturday, January 24th OC Animal Care Staff had the great privilege to recognize all of their hard work and dedication during our annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Our volunteers are amazing individuals who are passionate and dedicated to promoting adoption and supporting OC Animal Care.

January 30, 2015 
OC Animal Care Partners with Riverside to Promote Adoption

News ImageThis past week OC Animal Care was excited to partner with Riverside County and 38 of our dogs were able to get a second chance at adoption. We assisted Riverside Animal Care in selecting some of our dogs to participate in a couple of upcoming events, including the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, where last year almost 200 pets found their forever home. OC Animal Care is focused on promoting life, promoting adoption and being able to partner with other like-minded organizations is always our goal. We wish all of our dogs the best!

December 21, 2014 
71 Pets Find Homes During the Pawliday Adoption Event!

News ImageOur annual Pawliday Adoption Event was a huge success this year, with 71 pets (44 dogs, 24 cats and 3 rabbits) finding their forever homes! During the event, volunteers and staff were on hand to answer questions and showcase their favorite adoptable pets. Adopted pets received a discounted adoption fee and goodies to take home. At the end of the day, Santa even stopped by the shelter to deliver goodies to all of the needy shelter pets. OC Animal Care is very thankful to everyone for their generosity and support!

December 21, 2014 
Santa Spreads Holiday Cheer at OC Animal Care

News ImageOur annual Santa Photos have wrapped up for the holiday season and once again, our supporters generosity has exceeded our expectations! Each year, Santa stops by the shelter during the Saturdays leading up to Christmas and poses with both pets and people to help spread some holiday cheer. Donations are not required as each visitor receives a digital copy of their photo for free. Donations can be made to our non-profit organization, Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care to support our shelter pets. During the event this year, more than 300 photos were taken and more than $1,400 was raised. We can't say "Thank You" enough to our community for their ongoing support.

November 14, 2014 
Congratulations to Christy Crizer, Our November Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageChristy Crizer is one of our newer volunteers who has jumped into the OC Animal Care volunteer program with both feet. We are so lucky to have dedicated volunteers like Christy to support our fantastic adoption programs! Christy is an amazing asset to our Cat Socializing Program and has a special knack for talking to the public and helping visitors make responsible decisions when finding their forever friend. Christy even found her own new forever friend here at the shelter! We are so lucky to have exceptional volunteers like Christy!

October 31, 2014 
Coyote Information for Orange County Residents

News ImageMany residents of Orange County have expressed concerns about coyote sightings and the consequences of predator animals within the urban environment. Several residents have lost their pets to these skilled hunters because they were not aware of recent coyote activity in the area.

Coyotes are found in all areas of Orange County. Contrary to popular belief, these animals do not require open space or "wild areas" to survive. In fact, most coyotes within the urban setting are the offspring of generations of coyotes who lived and flourished in the urban areas of Orange County. Many steps can be taken to protect you, your pets and your property from nuisance animals like coyotes. Click the link for more information.

October 31, 2014 
OC Animal Care Officer Rescues Tiny Kitten on Freeway!

News ImageOC Animal Care receives many calls each day about stray pets running loose in our communities. These calls are a priority for our officers as the safety of pets is a top concern. We recencly received a call of a tiny kitten laying on a divider on one of our busy freeways. An Animal Control Officer responded and was able to safely capture her before she was seriously injured. This lucky kitten was then taken to the shelter and examined by the veterinarian. Thankfully, the only injuries she suffered were a minor abrasion to her lip and worn paw pads. She was given a bath, her injuries were treated and she was placed on a comfortable bed in the shelter's kitten nursery. She has not been placed into a temporary foster home unitl she is old enough for adoption. We will keep you posted when she returns for adoption.

Thank you to our dedicated Animal Control Officers, shelter staff and foster homes for everything that you do each day to save the pets in need of help in our community. Your hard work is appreciated!

October 31, 2014 
Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageCongratulations to our October Volunteer of the month Bronwyn! Bronwyn has volunteered for 3 years with OC Animal Care. She donates her time to our kitten nursery, dog walking and by doing shelter laundry to keep our shelter pets comfortable. Bronwyn also recently adopted a dog from the shelter that fits right in with her pack at home. She is has a positive attitude and is a wonderful resource at our shelter not only to our adoptable animals but to the staff and the public. She has contributed more than 500 hours to our volunteer program. Join us in congratulating her!

September 25, 2014 
Mona's Story

News ImageIt’s always such a true joy when we get to read the success stories our community shares with us about their adopted pets from OC Animal Care. We also understand the positive impact a pet can have on our lives, they are our family. The following story genuinely touched our hearts and reminded us that the love of an animal can ease some of life’s greatest sadness. Thank you Karen for sharing the following story:

September 23, 2014 
Thank You JT & Ava!

News ImageJT & Ava sold popscicles for three days last week to help our shelter pets. They stopped by the shelter to deliver two new dog beds and over $200 in donations. The dog beds were delivered to two deserving shelter dogs and the donation money will be used to purchase supplies for our shelter pets. Thank you both for taking the time to give back to our shelter. You are the best!

September 19, 2014 
September 28th is World Rabies Day

News ImageOn 28th September every year, the world unites in the fight against rabies. World Rabies Day is a day of activism and awareness. Please stop by our shelter to learn how you can prevent rabies and what to do if you are exposed.

September 17, 2014 
Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageEileen is a veteran volunteer at OC Animal Care. She devotes her many hours of service to our cats and kittens. Eileen is a wonderful photographer, and dedicates a great deal of her time taking gorgeous headshots of our adoptable cats and kittens. Eileen is also a dedicated foster mom, who raises fantastic well socialized kittens that are adopted almost the moment they get their kennel! Eileen has donated over 177 foster days and 2,400 hours in volunteer service. Thank you Eileen for your dedication to OC Animal Care!

September 16, 2014 
84 Pets Adopted at M.V.P Adoption Event

News ImageOn Saturday, September 13th OC Animal Care hosted our M.V.P. adoption event in celebration of our Many Varieties of Pets at the shelter. It was quite the celebration with a line starting before the shelter even opened and it ended with 84 of our pets (23 cats, 58 dogs and 2 rabbits) finding their forever home. We offered free Spay/neuter and Microchip to all pets adopted that day. It was amazing to see the community come out on an incredibly hot day in search for their new forever friend! OC Animal Care Staff and Volunteers wish all of our new adoptees all of the joy and happiness their new furry friend can bring them!

September 4, 2014 
Thank you Orange County Libraries and Communities!

News ImageThis past Summer OC Animal Care was excited to partner with various Orange County Libraries and their Paws to Read Summer programs. This was a great opportunity to not only encourage the love of reading in our communities but to also teach an important message about Responsible Pet Ownership. OC Animal Care volunteers attended several libraries and were able to share books and activities that help our youth understand the importance of Responsible Pet Ownership and adopting. In addition, to promoting their Paws to Read program, our libraries also ran a Paws to Give and Pet Drive for OC Animal Care. We are so grateful for the generosity and response from our community during these donation drives. These donations will greatly benefit our animals and help provide comfort to them during what we hope is a brief stay at our shelter. Thank you for supporting OC Animal Care!

August 20, 2014 
Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageValerie is a long time Volunteer at OC Animal Care, she can usually be found in the kitten nursery, walking dogs, and now has added laundry to her list of responsibilities! Her passion for the kitten nursery and in honor of her own kitten Tai, Valerie created her own charity called Tai’s ToyBox. She has received donations of snuggly toys and nursery blankets from more than 9 states in the US totaling in several hundred toys and dozens of blankets for our nursery. Thank you Valerie for your commitment to our animals!

August 14, 2014 
A Letter from the Director Regarding OC Animal Care's Statistics

News ImageOur 2013 statistics are posted on our website. In addition to providing comprehensive statistics for 2013, 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 2013, it decreased by almost 1,400 animals. 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. Due to the implementation of our Feral FREE TNR program as well as continued emphasis on fostering and rescue, our cat euthanasia rate dropped by 24%. Our dog euthanasia rate was at an all-time low in 2013, at 10% this is a significant decrease from 19% in 2012! Another positive is that 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.

August 6, 2014 
19 Dogs flown to Washington for Adoption

News ImageOn Wednesday, July 30th OC Animal Care was once again excited to partner with com and send 19 available dogs to Washington to find their forever homes., Bark Avenue Foundation and Wings of Rescue which make up worked with Los Angeles and Orange county shelters to send almost 150 shelter animals to new homes in the Pacific Northwest.

July 25, 2014 
Thank you Bark & Meow Foundation!

News ImageOn Saturday, July 19th, the Bark & Meow Foundation hosted a very special "Kitten Shower" to benefit the many underage kittens that OC Animal Care provides care for each year. During the event, donations for the shelter's kittens were collected and refreshments were served. Dozens of beds, toys, treats and cans of food were collected and have already been given out to the needy shelter pets. Thank you to the Bark & Meow Foundation as well as our community for your generosity and support!

July 22, 2014 
54 Cats adopted During OC Animal Care’s Catopia Event!

News ImageIt was great to have the community come out in loving support of all things feline! By the end of the day fifty-four cats/kittens found their forever home.

July 3, 2014 
4th of July Pet Safety Tips

News ImageAs 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 your pets before, during and after any 4th of July celebrations.

July 2, 2014 
July is Pet Tag Awareness Month at OC Animal Care!

News ImageOC Animal care wants to help protect your pet. Please visit our booth near the shelter entrance every Saturday from 10am to 12pm during the month July to receive your free tag!

July 1, 2014 
New Programs, Reduced Fees & More

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OC Animal Care has several new programs, reduced fees and more that go into effect today. These include reduced adoption fees, discounts for military members, free pet redemption for licensed pets, low-cost pet tags & senior licensing discounts. Check out the flier for more information!

June 26, 2014 
Crazy about Cats Weekend Adoption Event

News ImageThis weekend OC Animal Care is excited to announce our Adopt One Get One Free Cat Promotion. This adoption discount will run from Friday, June 27th to Sunday, June 29th We hope you will be as “crazy about cats” as we are and come adopt your own dynamic duo!

June 24, 2014 
“Paws to Read" Library Summer Reading Program and OC Animal Care

News ImageOC Animal Care is very proud and excited to partner with the Orange Public Libraries' and Orange County Public Libraries' “Paws to Read” Summer Reading Club. During the Paws to Read Summer Reading Club children earn prizes when they read or are read to, by a participating in this free program! Throughout the summer the different library branches will be hosting not only OC Animal Care but a variety of animal themed events.

June 3, 2014 
Wild West Adoption Fest & Pet Fair

News ImageOne of our main objectives of Pet Fair is to find loving, forever homes for our animals and this year 124 OC Animal Care pets (92 Dogs, 31 Cats and 1 Bunny) found their forever homes during our annual Pet Fair.

June 2, 2014 
Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Event

News ImageOn Memorial Weekend, thanks to the generosity of Animals for Armed Forces Foundation 42 pets ( 23 Dogs, 16 Cats and 3 Bunnies) found their forever homes. OC Animal Care offered free adoptions honoring and thanking our dedicated service men and women.

May 16, 2014 
Hot Weather Tips for Your Pet

News ImageWith the days getting warmer, many of us along with our furry best friends find ourselves outdoors a lot more. Although there is a lot of fun to be had in the sun, there are also many dangers facing our pets as the days get warmer. However; there are simple precautions you can take to prevent overheating in your pets.

April 29, 2014 
18 Dogs Flown to Idaho for Adoption

News ImageOn Monday, April 28th, OC Animal Care participated in a large transport of animals to the Idaho Humane Society! Staff arrived at the shelter early to meet the transport van that was driving the dogs to the airport for their three hour flight. 18 of our adorable small dogs were sent on their way to find their new forever home at an upcoming adoption event in Idaho. Thank you to Wings of Rescue, Idaho Humane Society, Shelter Me, Bark Avenue Foundation, and Operation Blankets of Love for making this possible for our shelter pets!

Click the story to view see the Idaho media coverage of the transport!

April 28, 2014 
69 Animals Adopted at Spring Adoption Event!

News ImageSaturday's Spring Adoption Event was a great success as 69 (53 dogs, 12 cats and 4 bunnies) of our animals found their forever homes. OC Animal Care Staff and Volunteers were kept busy helping families find just the right pet for their home. Local Girl Scouts also attended the event giving specially made “goody bags” for newly adopting families. Overall it was an exciting day and it was wonderful watching so many of our animals find homes.

April 24, 2014 
Adopt a Shelter Dog from the Cell Dogs Training Program

News ImageMeet “Munchkin”
ID# A1302729 * 1 year-old
Neutered Male * Papillion/Doxie Mix

“Munchkin” is potty and crate trained and will know all his basic obedience commands by the time he graduates from our program on Friday, May 2nd. He is current on all his vaccinations and has an AVID Microchip. If you’re looking for a loving little companion, who will make you smile, then “Munchkin” will do what he can to warm you heart!
If you’d like more information, please contact Donna Shawver at or 714-474-4823

April 10, 2014 
Congratulations to our April Volunteers of the Month!

News ImagePeg & Pax have volunteered at OC Animal Care for almost four years! During their time with the shelter, they have contributed more than 900 hours to walking dogs and assisting at special events and mobile adoptions. They are always friendly and helpful to other volunteers, shelter staff and customers. Please join us in congratulating them!

April 1, 2014 
In Memoriam

News ImageRecently Orange County Animal Care was the recipient of a new shelter bench and over 5,000 in donations. The bench was given in memoriam of Marilyn S. Thibodeau who adopted her dog from O.C. Animal Care. Her boyfriend, Robert Serota shared how the dog gave her comfort and joy during the last months of her life and after her death the dog continues to give him comfort and helps him remember the joy that Marilyn felt with the dog. If you are visiting the shelter stop by this bench and take a moment to remember how much enjoyment and hope animals bring to our lives.

March 31, 2014 
Santiago Middle School gives to OC Animal Care

News ImageThe drive to make a difference in their community and their love of animals motivated two students from Santiago Middle School to initiate a fundraiser for OC Animal Care. They successfully raised $535 to donate to the Orange County Animal Shelter and collected boxes of blankets, dog treats, and food.

March 2, 2014 
Congratulations to Alex Gallo - March Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageAlex is a dedicated Dog Walker at OC Animal Care. She spends a lot of time getting to know the available dogs and taking new photos to help promote them for adoption. Her beautiful photos grab the attention of potential adopters on the shelter’s website and have helped many dogs find new forever homes. Alex has been a shelter volunteer since July 2013. Congrats on being selected as the March Volunteer of the Month!

March 1, 2014 
Adopt a Bunny Month a Huge Success!

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During February, OC Animal Care showcased its many adorable bunnies that are up for adoption during the annual Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month. Throughout the month, all rabbit adopters received a $20 discount on adoption and a bag full of bunny treats for their new pet. This year’s event was a huge success, finding homes for 33 rabbits, a 150% increase over the same month in 2013. OC Animal Care is so thankful to our wonderful adopters for hopping down to the shelter in February and finding “some bunny” to love!

February 14, 2014 
Shelter Me - Second Chances Premiers on PBS!

News ImageThe PBS Documentary, Shelter Me – Second Chances, premiered this week on stations across the US. For those of you that are not familiar, this documentary follows shelter dogs selected from OC Animal Care through their training journey with the PAW (Pups and Wards) Program at Juvenile Hall. The documentary highlights OC Animal Care staff and dogs, PAW Program trainers, Juvenile Hall staff and the youth trainers. It is a touching and uplifting documentary and something that we are very proud of. The documentary will be airing through this weekend and hopefully beyond. Please take some time to watch it and learn about this life-saving program. Upcoming dates are listed on the attached flyer.

February 5, 2014 
"Jails to Tails" at Theo Lacy

News ImageTheo Lacy’s Jail Sustainability Team have come up with many innovative ways to “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle” over the past year. This past month the team started working with OC Animal Care on a new way to provide bedding supplies for their shelter dogs.

February 1, 2014 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month - Nancy Wickens!

News ImageNancy is a dedicated dog walker/socializer. She frequently can be seen throughout our dog kennels working to identify dogs that have not been exercised recently or perhaps need a little special attention. Nancy works cooperatively with the other volunteers to ensure the dogs reap the greatest benefit from their time together. Congratulations to Nancy, our February Volunteer of the Month!

January 1, 2014 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month - Cindy Widall!

News ImageCindy is one of our newest volunteers and has already proven to be a go-getter! Always a champion for our rabbits, Cindy takes beautiful photos of the bunnies and stars in some fun videos featuring some special adoptable bunnies for OC Animal Care’s website and Facebook page! In just under 2 months, Cindy has already contributed over 40 hours!
Congrats on being selected as the January Volunteer of the Month!

December 22, 2013 
Santa Photos Raise Nearly $1,400 for Shelter Pets!

News ImageA huge "Thank You" goes out to our community of pet owners for making our Santa Photos this year the most successful ever! During four busy weekend days, Santa took photos with more than 150 pets and their owners which brought in almost $1,400 in donations for the shelter's pets. A great big "Thanks" goes out to the OC Animal Care volunteers for setting up and running this wonderful event!

December 21, 2013 
54 Pets Adopted at the Pawliday Adoption Event!

News ImageOC Animal Care hosted the annual Pawliday Adoption Event on Saturday, December 21, 2013. During the event, volunteers and staff were on hand to showcase their favorite pets, provide information to shelter visitors and hand out free give aways. At the end of the day, 54 pets (45 dogs, 7 cats and 2 bunnies) were adopted into new homes. In addition, during the event Santa stopped by with the Operation Santa Paws program and delivered hundreds of donated pet related items to the shelter. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support!

December 1, 2013 
Congratulations to our December Volunteer of the Month - Sabrina Melton!

News ImageSabrina has been an active volunteer with OC Animal Care since 2006! Her fellow volunteers have nominated her because she is so frequently seen throughout the shelter, most notably helping in the kitten nursery and socializing adoptable cats. Sabrina is a champion for the cats and an all around pleasant person to be working with! Congratulations to our December Volunteer of the Month!

November 25, 2013 
Purrmoting Pawsitive Health for the Holiday Adoption Event a Huge Success!

News ImageThe Purrmoting Pawsitive Health for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event last weekend was a huge success!

Thank you to the Marketing and Public Relations students at Cal State Fullerton for developing, promoting and hosting this fabulous event!

November 13, 2013 
Congratulations to Susan Westover-Giali, our November Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageSince 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!

November 11, 2013 
77 Pets Adopted at the Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Weekend!

News ImageOn November 9th & 10th, OC Animal Care hosted a second Animals for Armed for Armed Forces event for 2013. During the event, current, former and retired military members and their families were able to adopt a shelter pet for free. This event is sponsored by the Animals for Armed Forces Foundation, who covers the cost of the adoption discount. During the event, 77 pets were adopted with 27 of them going to military members and their families!

October 30, 2013 
65 Pets Adopted at the Meet Your Mature Match Adoption Event!

News ImageOur 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!

October 30, 2013 
Animals for Armed Forces - Veteran's Day Weekend

News ImageJoin 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 or call (714)935-6848.

Thank you to Animals for Armed Forces Foundation® for sponsoring this event!

October 7, 2013 
Congratulations to Stacy Williams, our October Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageStacy 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!

October 2, 2013 
The Great California Shake Out!

News ImageAre you really prepared? What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. Register for the Great California ShakeOut at to learn more and be a part of the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history.

September 23, 2013 
A Grand Total of 47 Pets Found Their Forever Homes at Our MVP Event!

News ImageSaturday’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!

September 3, 2013 
Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageShauna 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!

August 28, 2013 
Help a Shelter Pet Get Adopted!

News ImageOC Animal Care has partnered up with 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!

August 28, 2013 
Cossete's Birthday Party Helps Shelter Pets!

News ImageThis 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.

Thank you Cosette! You are the best!

August 12, 2013 
Rusty's Story

News ImageUPDATE - Rusty was adopted!

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.

August 10, 2013 
Update - Yoda Has Been Adopted!

News ImageUPDATE - Yoda Has Been ADOPTED!!!

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!

UPDATE - Yoda Has Been ADOPTED!!!

August 5, 2013 
Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month, Paula Allen!

News ImagePaula 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 attitude and smile are infectious. Without hesitation, Paula welcomes both routine and special tasks! Congratulations Paula!

July 29, 2013 
72 Cats and Kittens Adopted at Catopia!

News ImageOur 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!

July 2, 2013 
Congratulations to our July Volunteer of the Month!

News ImagePatricia 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!

July 1, 2013 
4th of July Pet Safety Tips

News ImageAs 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:

July 1, 2013 
Yoda Needs Help

News ImageYoda, 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 No donation is too small!

Thank you all for your care and support at this time. We couldn’t do it without you.

June 19, 2013 
A Heartwarming Success Story about Prison Pups

News Image 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.

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“Finding the best purpose for a dog is key to a successful adoption, and this is where fate intervened” (Slone).

June 19, 2013 
137 Total Adoptions on Saturday!

News ImageSaturday’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!

June 12, 2013 
SCVMA Donates 400 Microchips to the Feral FREE Program!

News ImageOC 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!

May 31, 2013 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month - Celesta Peterson!

News ImageCelesta 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!

May 29, 2013 
58 Pets Adopted at the Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Event!

News ImageOur 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!

May 25, 2013 
OC Animal Care Explorer Program is Now Recruiting!

News ImageAre 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!

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May 22, 2013 
Adopt & Shop Mission Viejo Grand Opening!

News ImageOC 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!

May 21, 2013 
3rd Annual Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Event - This Saturday!

News ImageDon'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).

May 7, 2013 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for May!

News ImageAmanda 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!

May 6, 2013 
48 Pets Adopted at the Furry Friends Fiesta!

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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

April 24, 2013 
24 Pets Adopted at Pet Expo!

News ImageLast 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!

April 1, 2013 
Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month Alan & Beignet Miller

News ImageAlan 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!

March 25, 2013 
Anaheim Ducks Host 1st Animal Shelter Night at Honda Center!

News ImageThe 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!

March 2, 2013 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month Diana Rodgers!

News ImageDiana 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!

February 24, 2013 
62 Pets Adopted at Spay Day USA!

News ImageThank 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.

February 19, 2013 
A Letter from the Director Regarding the 2012 OC Animal Care Statistics

News ImageOur 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.

February 14, 2013 
PBS "Shelter Me" Documentary Completes Filming

News ImageOC 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.

February 4, 2013 
Congratulations to our February 2013 Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageSince 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!


January 16, 2013 
Congratulations to our AMAZING Volunteers!

News ImageOC 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 ceremony 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.

January 16, 2013 
Thank you Alex Grant!

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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!

January 1, 2013 
Congratulations to our January 2013 Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageSince 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!

December 23, 2012 
93 Animals Adopted at the Pawliday Adoption Event!

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!

December 14, 2012 
OC Animal Care Needs Your Help!

News ImageUPDATE - 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.

September 26, 2012 
Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

News ImageThe 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