News & Announcements

January 6, 2017 
Wags & Whiskers Volume#1, Issue# 2

News ImageCheckout our Wags & Whiskers Newsletter to see what OC Animal Care has been up to from October through December 2016. If you would like to subscribe, click the
E, Newsletter link located to the left of our website homepage.

January 3, 2017 
Congratulations Stacey, our December Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageStacey has been a volunteer with OC Animal Care for more than 9 years and in that time has completed more than 815 hours of service to our shelter programs as well as fostering animals for 657 total days throughout her volunteer service with us. Stacey is a wonderful volunteer with tons of experience and she took the lead this year on our Santa Photo Booths, attending every single weekend and assisting with Santa and all his helpers to make sure member of the public and shelter pets all got photos with St. Nick! Stacey is a valuable trainer, and participates in dog socializing, cat socializing, Bark in the Park, fostering, special events and so many other areas of the shelter. We would like to thank Stacey for her years of service and her dedication last month to one of our most popular Holiday programs!

January 2, 2017 
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 71 Feral Cats in December!

News ImageDuring the Month of December, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 71 feral cats that were brought to OC Animal Care to be put into our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. This program helps feral cats live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. We Spay/Neuter, vaccinate, microchip and notch our community cats’ ears, and release them back into the environment/neighborhood they were originally brought in from through the nonprofit group we work with. Thank you Cats in Need Yorba Linda for all of your hard work and everything you do! If you are interested in helping out with this program, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at 714)998-6360.

December 29, 2016 
Attention Laguna Hills, Garden Grove and Rancho Santa Margarita Residents

News ImageAs of January 1, 2017, OC Animal Care will no longer be serving the cities of Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita and Garden Grove. Requests for Animal Control and Sheltering services will be considered Out of Jurisdiction on January 1st.

December 26, 2016 
164 Animals Adopted During Home for the Holidays Event

News ImageHome for the Holidays was a huge success! 164 animals were adopted during this amazing event. We're thrilled that 67 cats, 86 dogs, 4 rabbits and 7 other animals were given the gift of finding their loving homes during this holiday season! Thank you again Supervisor Todd Spitzer and the Los Angeles Angels for sponsoring these adoptions. Our shelter was also one of the locations to drop off toys and sports equipment during the Spark of Love Toy Donation Drive. Orange County Fire Authority, community members, staff and volunteers came together and helped donate toys to children in need for the holidays. Lastly, we would also like to give a special thank you to our awesome OC Animal Care Staff and Volunteers for working throughout this 5 day event and aiding in helping these pets' find their new families. We could not have done it without you!

December 19, 2016 
Partnership with OC Animal Care Helps Stanbridge College Student find her True Calling

News ImageOC Animal Care partnered with Stanbridge College and their California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program to help Taylor Weigand gain valuable hands on experience for her future career in working with animals. Weigand, a Vet Tech Student, had a rewarding and enlightening experience volunteering, socializing and caring for the animals here at our shelter. “One societal issue that I found was that many people don’t realize how much time and dedication it takes to love these animals,” stated Weigand. “It takes dedication, responsibility and a lot of love.” Through this partnership with OC Animal Care, Weigand was reassured of her passion for working with animals. “One thing that I learned about myself was that I’m pursing my career in something that I love, which is helping animals who are in need.” OC Animal Care would like to thank Stanbridge College and Taylor Weigand for making an impact on homeless animals’ lives and for being a part of our shelter community. We look forward to future partnerships and helping students discover their passion for helping animals while making a difference. Visit to watch a video on Taylor's experiences at OC Animal Care.

December 13, 2016 
Supervisor Todd Spitzer, OC Fire Authority and Angels Baseball Team Up for Pet Adoption

News ImageOrange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer is teaming up with OC Fire Authority and Angels Baseball to present Home for the Holidays, the first annual free pet adoption event at OC Animal Care.

All pets in need of a new home will be available for adoption from December 20th through the 24th, from 11am-5pm. All fees for the pet adoption will be waived except the microchip fee ($17) and a the dog licensing fee ($27).

"Bringing the County, OCFA, and the Angels together for this wonderful community effort demonstrates a win-win for both the pets and the families that enjoy the reward of happiness that comes from pet adoption," added Supervisor Spitzer.

The event also includes a toy collection for Spark of Love, the organization dedicated to providing gifts for underprivileged children during the holidays. Visitors considering a new pet can choose to donate new unwrapped toys at OC Animal Care.

"We not only want to help animals find new homes, but we want to help families during this special time of year," Spitzer said.

December 7, 2016 
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 144 Feral Cats in November!

News ImageDuring the Month of November, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 144 feral cats that were brought to OC Animal Care to be put into our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. After we have Spay/Neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and notched our community cats’ ears, the nonprofit group we work with releases those cats back into the environment/neighborhood they were originally brought in from. Through this amazing program, feral cats can live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. This program also helps communities by stabilizing the population of the feral colony and, over time, reducing it. We would like to thank Cats in Need Yorba Linda for all of your hard work and everything you do! If you are interested in helping out with this program, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at 714)998-6360.

December 5, 2016 
OC Animal Care Dogs find their Homes for the Holidays during Irvine Animal Care's Pet Adoption Fair!

News ImageThis weekend, OC Animal Care attended Irvine Animal Care Center’s 10th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair. We had a blast sharing information about our shelter and meeting members of the community. We are also thrilled to announce all 5 dogs who went to this wonderful event were adopted! They are so happy to have found their forever homes and we would like to thank everyone who chose to adopt. Special thanks to Irvine Animal Care for having us and for all of our awesome volunteers and staff who attended and helped these sweet dogs find loving homes!

December 1, 2016 
Congratulations MJ, Our November Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageMJ is our OC Animal Care volunteer of the month for November! MJ found his passion for grooming dogs several years ago and truly loves being able to help animals in need. MJ has become a huge part of our program in the few months he has been with us, tackling some of the most needy shelter pets for dramatic grooming makeovers. MJ’s gentle touch helps our dogs feel safe and comfortable on the grooming table and we are so lucky to have MJ be a part of our amazing volunteer grooming group! Thank you MJ for all you do for our shelter pets.

November 18, 2016 
Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Event was a Success!

News ImageThis past Veteran's Day Weekend, OC Animal Care had our Animals for Armed Forces Event honoring and thanking our Service Men and Women. We were able to offer free adoptions to active and retired members of our armed forces thanks to the amazing sponsorship we have with the Animals for Armed Forces Foundation. Overall, 70 pets found their furever homes and out of those 10 dogs, 7 cats and 1 other were adopted by a Veteran. We want to thank you for choosing to adopt and thank you for your service! We would also like to thank OC Animal Care staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication!

November 5, 2016 
Adoption Fee Waiver Ended: Over 200 Pets were Adopted

News ImageOC Animal Shelter successfully adopted 221 pets to forever homes in a two day period (11/3-11/4) during a special adoption fee waiver event, which dropped our shelter capacity below 60%. Accordingly, the fee waiver event has expired per the resolution approved by the Board of Supervisors.
From OC Animal Care Director Jennifer Hawkins, DVM:
We are very thankful for the many folks who came from all around (Riverside, LA, San Diego and Orange counties) to adopt a shelter pet. We also are very appreciative of the help from the media to get the word out and to the OC Board of Supervisors for making this possible. And let’s not forget the staff and volunteers who have been working overtime and extra shifts to help provide care for the many great shelter animals and for stepping it up one more time to process the hundreds of adoptions, totaling 221 animals over the last two days. Bravo!

November 2, 2016 
Pet Adoption Fees Waived for a Limited Time

News ImageAfter impounding 200 rabbits on October 4th, OC Animal Care has continued to receive many stray cats, dogs and other animals. Recent media attention and a reduced adoption fee for rabbits has helped many rabbits get adopted. However, over 127 rabbits are left still seeking a home.
After a resolution was approved by the OC Board of Supervisors allowing temporary fee waiver under urgent situations, OC Animal Care is waiving adoption related fees, including adoption fee, microchip, spay/neuter, vaccination and applicable veterinary services (dog license of $27 not included). This temporary fee waiver will remain in effect starting November 3rd and will remain until the animal shelter population is significantly lower.
OC Animal Care Director, Dr. Jennifer Hawkins has stated that “We have an obligation to provide temporary shelter to stray homeless animals. At this time, we are not accepting dogs surrendered to the shelter as we are experiencing high shelter volume. We are counting on community members to adopt a shelter pet. Staff and volunteers from all departments are chipping in to help provide care to the animals. However, what these animals truly need is a loving home.”

November 1, 2016 
Congratulations to Debbie our October Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageOur October Volunteer of the Month is Debbie!
Debbie has been with OC Animal Care for five years and has already contributed more than 2,587 hours. Debbie has a special talent for photography and dedicates much of her time to working with our large breed dogs. Debbie’s photos not only help our adoptable dogs but those that are promoted to rescue groups as well. Debbie has also become a guardian angel for our new PETCO Cattery where she sends back reports to our staff on which kitties have been adopted and how they are doing together. Debbie has also become an instrumental part of our play groups, assisting staff at early hours to make sure our shelter dogs get plenty of enrichment and exercise. We would like to thank Debbie for her service to OC Animal Care and look forward to many more years with her on our team.

October 26, 2016 
Attention City of Stanton Residents

News ImageAs of November 1st, OC Animal Care will no longer be servicing the city of Stanton. Please see the flyer below for the City of Stanton's new Animal Control contact information.

October 17, 2016 
Dogs Playing for Life

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On Friday, September through Saturday, October 1st OC Animal Care staff and volunteers participated in a dog enrichment training program hosted by the Dogs Playing for Life Organization. During this training staff and volunteers learned the benefits of and how to operate large and small dog play groups. These play groups will help with socialization and provide enrichment to our dogs while they are being sheltered and cared for at OC Animal Care.
Since this training OC Animal Care Staff with the assistance of volunteers have run several play groups and have enjoyed watching the dogs play and interact with each other. Thank you to Dogs Playing for life for training us on how to implement this program safety and run the play groups effectively for our dogs!

October 6, 2016 
*Free Bunny Adoptions will have you Hopping for Joy!

News ImageThis past Tuesday, OC Animal Care took in over 200 rabbits! They're now available for *Free Adoptions (not including the cost of $17 microchip). Spay/Neuter is an additional charge. We need adopters, rescues and shelters that can help these adorable bunnies find placement and their fur-ever homes!

October 1, 2016 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for September, Monica B!

News ImageMonica has only been volunteering with us since the beginning of 2016 but has already made a huge impact on our programs. Monica has focused her efforts on our cat and rabbit areas, already becoming a Lead Volunteer who trains our newest bunny recruits! Monica stepped up when we had need for more rabbit socializers and never looked back. Monica is a wonderful asset to our program in both the cat socialization and bunny areas and we are so grateful to have her be a part of our volunteer family! Thank you Monica and congratulations!

September 28, 2016 
Notice of Earthquake Advisory for areas of Southern California:

News ImageFollowing the series of small magnitude earthquakes the California Office of Emergency Services has conferred with the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (CEPEC) and as a result the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services advises the counties of:
• Imperial
• Kern
• Los Angeles
• Orange
• Riverside
• San Bernardino
• San Diego
• Ventura
that CEPEC believes that stresses associated with this earthquake swarm may increase the probability of a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault to values between 0.03 percent and 1.0 percent of an additional earthquake as large or larger than the September 26 magnitude 4.3 earthquake occurring over the next 7 days, until Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00am.

Please read the attached Advisory from Cal OES for more information.

September 28, 2016 
World Rabies Day is September 28th

News ImageToday is World Rabies Day! This years theme is Educate, Vaccinate and Eliminate. Rabies is still a major concern worldwide, but as a pet owner there are ways you can help! Prevention and education are the keys to keeping you and your family safe from the disease. Listed below are ways to prevent exposure:
1. Vaccinate your pets. Dogs are required to be vaccinated for rabies at 4 months of age. Cats can be vaccinated as early as 8 weeks. The first rabies vaccine is effective for 1 year, then your pet should be re-vaccinated every 3 years.
2. The OC Animal Care Center provides low cost Rabies Clinics on the first Tuesday of each month, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Contact your local veterinarian who may offer low cost vaccination clinics. Low cost clinics may also be available at local pet centers.
3. Teach your children to respect wildlife by keeping a safe distance. Do not feed or provide harborage to wildlife on your property.
4. Report any bite or scratch caused by teeth from a domestic or wild animal to OC Animal Care at 714-796-6421.
5. Report dead, sick or nesting bats immediately to OC Animal Care at 714-935-6848. Do not attempt to confine the animal.
If you have any questions regarding animal bites or rabies contact your local health department or the Orange County Rabies Control Desk at (714) 796-6421 Monday through Friday or 714-935-7158 after 5:30 PM daily and on weekends.

September 20, 2016 
Drone Footage of our New Shelter

News ImageCheck out some recent drone footage of the initial stages of clearing and construction at our new animal shelter site in Tustin. The footage initially tracks over the area where the indoor/outdoor climate controlled dog housing will be and focuses in on the tarmac, which will become employee and animal control parking. At the end of the video, the view swings around and shows the entire span of the 10 acres, which includes the area where the entrance and administrative building will be (near large gravel pile). The administrative building will house phone room and animal control staff on the top floor and clinic, surgery, adoptable cats, grooming, laundry, volunteers, adoption, redemption and public education classrooms on the bottom floor.

September 19, 2016 
Our Angels Events were a Hit!

News ImageOur Animal Adoption Awareness Night at Angels Stadium and Forever Friends for Free Adoption Event were a huge success! We had a blast and 102 animals hit a home run when they were adopted and found their fur-ever homes! Thank you Los Angeles Angels Foundation, Garrett Richards and Alexis Arnoldi for stopping by to meet fans, sign autographs and collect donations! We are grateful for your support and everything you have done for our shelter. It was truly a day filled with the biggest smiles, tears of joy and happiness. As always thank you to OC Animal Care staff and volunteers for your hard work and dedication. We couldn't do any of this without you!

September 14, 2016 
OC Animal Care will be Closed on September 30th & October 1st

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OC Animal Care will be closed on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st to provide shelter staff and volunteers an in-depth, hands-on training program in enrichment for shelter dogs. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for potential adopters, but feel that it is imperative that our staff and volunteers be provided this educational opportunity to serve our dog residents during their stay at the shelter. OC Animal Care staff will still be available by phone and in person in the Customer Service office to assist with redemption of lost pets, pet licensing and questions about adoptable animals. We will be offering Adoption Partners phone sales during this closure. Thank you for your understanding and support.

September 13, 2016 
Angels Host Animal Adoption Awareness Events at Angels Stadium & OC Animal Care!

News ImageThe Angels will host an Animal Adoption Awareness Night at Angel Stadium on Friday, September 16th vs. the Toronto Blue Jays that will feature animals from the OC Animal Care eligible for adoption.

Prior to the game, Angels wives and girlfriends will showcase the animals under the Big Red Hat adjacent to Gate 3 until 6:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.00 each, fans will have the opportunity to win autographed items. OC Animal Care will be giving out pamphlets to fans to learn more about the open-admission animal shelter. The furry friends will then be walked on the field during a ceremony.

The following morning Angels pitcher Garrett Richards and fiancée Alexis will be at the OC Animal Care for the Forever Friends for Free Adoption event, Richards will be signing autographs from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for fans who donate an item from the OC Animal Care’s wish list. The free adoption event will take place from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The OC Animal Care has asked for donations to be new or gently used towels or blankets, dog treats, durable dog toys, food, and water dishes. Autographs are limited to one autographed item per person. Microchips ($17) and licensing ($27 – dogs only) will not be included with the free adoptions.

Fans can stay updated on the events through the Angels social media accounts (@Angels) and the OC Animal Care’s Instagram (@OCAnimalCare).

September 9, 2016 
OC Animal Care's Volunteer Yearbook is recognized by 3CMA

News ImageCongratulations to OC Animal Care's Volunteer Coordinator, Erica McBride. This year the Volunteer Yearbook was recognized by 3CMA with a Savvy Award in Printed Publications - Reports, Silver Circle Awards in Printed Publications - Other and Special Events - Recurring Event and an Award of Excellence in Graphic Design - Publications. The 3CMA judges described the yearbook as a, "Creative, thoughtful way to celebrate efforts of volunteers and to highlight valuable program, as recruitment tool for potential volunteers." OC Animal Care also would like to thank and congratulate all of our dedicated volunteers whose hard work and dedication was showcased in this publication and to thank the many volunteer photographs that contributed to the photos in the OC Animal Care Yearbook! For more information please visit:

September 7, 2016 
Billy the Goat finds a Home!

News ImageOur community members have been closely following the tale of Billy the Goat and his quest to find a new home. We are happy to announce that Billy was adopted by a reputable rescue on Tuesday, September 6th. He now has 400 acres to run and play on. All of our staff and volunteers wish him the best luck! Thank you to all of our concerned citizens for your support and help in finding him his home!

September 6, 2016 
204 pets adopted during Labor of Love Event!

News ImageWOW! This weekend was truly a Labor of Love as OC Animal Care watched 204 (92 cats, 83 dogs, 1 Other and 28 Rabbits) pets find their forever homes!!! We want to thank Supervisor Todd Spitzer for sponsoring this amazing event with out his support most of these animals would still be at our shelter waiting for their purrfect match. As always thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers who worked this event and made it a pawsitive experience!

August 31, 2016 
Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month, Ed!

News ImageEd has only been with us for 9 months but has already made a huge impact on our programs! Ed is quiet and calm with all of our dogs and animals that he meets and has already donated more than 110 hours of his time. Ed immediately branched out once he joined or program and can be regularly seen Walking Dogs, Greeting and helping with customer service, attending Public Education tours and leading youth to be more responsible pet owners. Ed has really excelled in the education of youth groups with tours and with our on and off site events. Ed is a tireless member of our team and we are so grateful to have him so dedicated to community education and outreach! Congratulations Ed!

August 31, 2016 
Voluntary Evacuation Notice for Holy Jim Canyon

News ImageCOMMUNITY ALERT: Individuals under voluntary evacuation in the Holy Jim Canyon area may bring their domestic animals to OC Animal Care for Shelter. Please call 714.935.6848 for more information.

August 23, 2016 
OC Animal Care's Rabbitat Grand Opening!

News ImageDuring Saturday’s Rabbitat Grand Opening everyone one was having a bunny good time! Attendees got to hop on over and check out our rabbit’s new kennels, new enrichment toys and equipment, exercise pens and new herb gardens! Guests were treated to some snacks and refreshments as they visited the Rabbitat and learned more about rabbits. A couple of our rabbits even found some bunny to love and were adopted into a furever home. We want to give a special thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers, Don Manthey, Cindy and Ken Widdall for all of their hard work and dedication that went into the building of our Rabbitat area. We would also like to thank our community members that came out to support our new Rabbitat!

August 2, 2016 
Community Outreach Committee Quartly Meeting

News ImageOn Wednesday, July 27th OC Animal Care's Community Outreach Team met with the Community Outreach Committee whose appointees represent the Supervisor's districts in Orange County. During this meeting, the Adoption Partner Program shared that, "OC Animal Care Adoption Partners and local veterinarians adopted 907 animals (242 dogs, 182 cats and 34 exotic/other animals). In addition, 441 cats were released through the shelter’s SNR partnership with Cats in Need Yorba Linda. OC Animal Care appreciates all the efforts of our active adoption partners." Our Public Education program began printing flyers in English and Spanish; hosted 21 tours, 16 offsite events and 5 shelter events which led to a total of 593 pet adoptions. Our volunteer program reported that " in shelter volunteers contributed over 45,000 hours to OC Animal Care! A total of 289 volunteers who assist at the shelter contributed 4,059 hours to exercising, handling, grooming, and training available animals, cleaning and socializing kittens in the nursery, providing customer service, and assisting at on and off-site events. A total of 85 foster caretakers, who provide food, shelter, handling, and affection to underage, orphaned, and injured animals at their home, contributed an additional 43,776 hours or 1824 days."

August 1, 2016 
ME-WOW! 691 Cats/Kittens Adopted during Crazy About Cats Promotion

News ImageME-WOW! 691 Cats/Kittens were adopted during the months of June and July during our Crazy About Cats adoption promotion! We are delighted to announce that we have surpassed last year’s number of 433 cat/kitten adoptions. We are completely overjoyed that so many cats were able to find the purrrfect home to call their own! Thank you to everyone who chose to adopt a new best kitty friend into their family!

August 1, 2016 
Congratulations to Dona, Our July Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageOur Volunteer of the Month for July is the amazing and wonderful Dona Murray! Dona has become a fixture at our shelter and is well loved by all of our staff and fellow volunteers. This summer Dona has stepped up to take on dozens of extra kitten nursery shifts, completing more than 30 hours in just the month of July alone. Dona is especially dedicated to helping our special needs kitties get adopted and works incredibly hard at every special event. Dona is happy to come in after double shifts at work and cares for our adorable foster kittens tirelessly. Dona also fosters kittens in our program and has had some special needs kitties this quarter that have needed nearly 2 months of specialized care. In her short 2 years with our program Dona has completed more than 750 hours and fostered our animals for 454 days. We would like to express our continued gratitude and love for this amazing volunteer!

July 29, 2016 
OC Animal Care's Groundbreaking Celebration

News ImageOver 200 Orange County staff, volunteers and community members joined the groundbreaking celebration this morning at what will be the site of OC Animal Care’s new shelter. The Orange County Board of Supervisors spoke during this happy event each one recognizing the hard work, dedication and community effort that came together to make this day possible. This groundbreaking day is the result of partnerships between OC Animal Care, contract cities, Orange County Board of Supervisors, South Orange County Community College District, Snyder Langston and other community partners and Project Partners. OC Animal Care Staff and volunteers sat among county officials, rescue organizations and community members cheering as Dr. Jennifer Hawkins described various aspects of the new shelter such as grooming rooms, a dedicated volunteer center, community cat rooms, “catios”, and climate controlled dog kennels. Many of our media partners including The LA Times, OC Register, Voice of OC and NBC4 attended to document this momentous occasion. OC Animal Care would like to thank everyone who attended and who made this day possible. We are looking forward to the grand opening of the new animal shelter which will provide a positive, educational and engaging environment for animals, visitors and the community as a whole.

July 26, 2016 
Bubba's Happily Ever After

News ImageWe are so excited for Bubba! He was recently adopted and found his perfect match after a tumultuous start in his young life. This little guy is finally getting the happily ever after he deserves! OC Animal Care staff will miss you but we are so excited for the wonderful life you have ahead of you. We would like to share a sweet letter we recently received from Bubba who is having a great time in his new home! Congratulations to Bubba and his new forever family!

To everyone out there who has helped me along, and for the thousands who have been following my life in the media, I would like to say thank you. I just turned seven months old on July 22. As you know, I was rescued from a motel by the Tustin Police Department. Officer Laurich saved my life, and the entire staff at Orange County Animal Care took great care of me for four months.

So here’s what’s going on. I was adopted on Wednesday, July 20. My new mom and dad seem great so far. I have my own room, and a new older sister named Stella (she has to sleep in the hallway)

I have a big backyard with lots of grass. Even though there is a high fence, my mom or dad always go out with me. My dad calls me, “Coyote Bait”, (not sure what that means.)

Stella, my sister is great. She’s bigger than me, and says she will protect me. I haven’t seen the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” but my sister says I remind her of the little white bunny in the movie. Is that a good thing?

I went to see my new doctor yesterday. She says I’m doing great, but that my baby teeth never fell out before my big teeth came in. She says I look like a little shark. Bummer for me, I have to have all my baby teeth pulled out in a couple of weeks.

That’s about all for now. Will write more after I get settle in.

Love to all of you,

July 25, 2016 
106 Animals Adopted During Clear the Shelters at OC Animal Care

News ImageThe turnout for Clear the Shelters this past weekend was great! OC Animal kicked off the nationwide adoption event with our very own Kennel Staff Street Drumming Team, leaving the crowd that had already formed eager and excited to step inside and find their new furry friend. We are thrilled to announce that a total of 106 animals found their forever homes! 69 Dogs, 27 Cats and 10 Rabbits found loving families to call their very own. We are grateful we once again had the opportunity to partner with NBC4 Southern California / KNBC and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA for this amazing Adoption Event. We would like to give a special thanks to the VCA Animal Hospital, Petco and Eagle Scout Troop 723 for their generous adoption giveaways and support for our shelter. As always we would like to thank our amazing OC Animal Care Staff and Volunteers. This event would not have been possible without all of your hard work and dedication! Finally, we would like to thank the community for their involvement and for choosing to adopt and giving a shelter animal a chance at finding happiness.

July 19, 2016 
OC Animal Care Phone System Update

News ImageOC Animal Care will be switching to a new phone system. As a result, our phone lines may be affected between. We apologize for the inconvenience and we would encourage you to call again if you are met with a fast busy signal. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

July 15, 2016 
National Pet Fire Safety Day!

News ImageToday is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Thousands of house fires are started every year that are attributed to animal-related causes. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council approximately half a million pets are affected each year by fires in the home. In order to protect your pets and your home please take the following precautions:

1. Use flameless candles that have a light bulb instead of a wick.

2. Remove stove knobs whenever you leave the house. The National Fire Protection Association says a stove or cook-top is the number-one cause of fires started by pets.

3. Use stainless steel or ceramic pet water dishes on your wooden deck. Filtered and heated through glass and water, the sun’s rays can ignite the wood beneath the bowl.

4. Check your home for potential hazards such as loose wires, stove knobs, and piles of paper or other rubbish.

Ways to Keep pets safe in the event of a fire:

1. Keep collars on pets and place leashes near the door so first responders can use them to lead pets to safety.

2. Provide animals with an escape route in the form of a pet door. If it’s necessary to confine them, keep them in a room or area near an entry door so firefighters can find them easily.

3. If you live in a fire-prone area or are concerned about a fire potentially starting, consider installing monitored smoke detectors so firefighters will be notified of and can respond to a fire even if you’re not home.

4. Alert firefighters to the presence of pets with window stickers that note the number and types of pets inside, and make sure the stickers are up to date.

July 15, 2016 
Clear the Shelters Nationwide Adoption Event

News ImageClear the Shelters Adoption Event is right around the corner! OC Animal Care is once again excited to be a part of this nationwide event on Saturday, July 23rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our shelter will be offering $17 Adoptions (not including the cost of microchip) and FREE Giveaways* with Adoptions (While Supplies last)!

NBC4 Southern California / KNBC and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA will partner with more than 55 animal shelters in hundreds of cities and communities throughout Southern California for its annual Clear the Shelters (Desocupar los Albergues) pet adoption campaign.

This year’s Clear the Shelters event comes after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in over 2,500 pets finding new homes. NBC4 and Telemundo 52, along with several anchors and reporters, will visit select shelters to celebrate with those who adopt. Additionally, local sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals will have their expert veterinarians and healthcare teams on-site, and all pets adopted during the event will receive a limited health guarantee and a gift bag filled with pet essentials.

“I’m proud that our stations are working with so many local animal shelters throughout the Southland to help rescue thousands of animals,” said NBC4 President and General Manager Steve Carlston. “This initiative supports an important community cause and mobilizes millions of people who can give a forever home to an animal from a neighborhood shelter.”
The public is encouraged to follow the effort and post pet photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #ClearTheShelters @NBCLA and #DesocuparLosAlbergues @Telemundo52.

June 30, 2016 
"Get ME-OWTTA Here!" Free Cat Adoptions Extended Through July at OC Animal Care

News Image OC Animal Care hosted its first annual “Get ME-OWTTA Here!” cat adoption promotion in June, which offered free cat adoptions on all shelter cats for the entire month. The response to the promotion was incredible and resulted in 301 cat adoptions, 100 more than last June and a record number for monthly cat adoptions at OC Animal Care! To continue to help more homeless cats through the busy summer months, OC Animal Care has decided to extend the “Get ME-OWTTA Here!” free cat adoption promotion through July.

Free cat adoptions include all services (FVRCP and Rabies vaccinations, de-worming, flea-treatment, FIV/FELV testing and spay/neuter) except microchip ($17). Adoption discounts are covered by donations from generous community members.

There are currently more than 70 cats and kittens available for adoption at the shelter and new arrivals come in daily. Available cats and kittens can be viewed on our website at or in person at the shelter.

“We receive so many cats during this time of year and we anticipate a continued steady intake of cats and kittens throughout the summer. We hope that this promotion encourages our feline friendly residents to consider giving a deserving homeless cat a loving, forever home. Shelter cats make wonderful pets!”

For more information on this event or available pets, call 714-935-6848 or visit our website at

June 27, 2016 
Congratulations to our June Volunteer of the Month, Linda!

News ImageLinda has been with us for just a year and half but has already made a huge impact on our programs! Linda has already donated 297 hours in that short amount of time and we are so lucky to have her! Linda is trained as a Cat Socializer, Dog Walker, Greeter & Customer Service, Kitten Nursery Attendant, Special Events and our Pawtography club! Somehow she manages to split her many volunteer hours evenly among all of her favorite assignments and give each part of our shelter its own special attention. Linda is incredibly active in our special events (having already volunteered at SIX this year so far) and is fabulous at promoting our adoptable animals. We would like to thank Linda for her gentle hand with the animals and exceptional dedication to our shelter and programs. We are so lucky to have Linda as a part of our volunteer family.

June 27, 2016 
Fun in the Sun Pet Fair was a Huge Success!

News ImageOur Fun in the Sun Pet Fair this past weekend was a huge success! Everyone had a great time visiting over 50 different animal rescue groups and pet related vendors, spinning our prize wheel and winning pet care items, watching awesome demonstrations, getting delicious food from Kona Ice and Classic Tacos food trucks and more! We are ecstatic to announce we surpassed our original adoption goal and 114 animals found their furever homes! 22 Cats, 84 Dogs, 5 Guinea Pigs and 4 Rabbits found loving families! Thank you to the community members who came out to this event and for choosing to adopt a furry friend. Thank you to all staff and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication, without you this event would not be possible! Lastly, special thanks to Supervisor Shawn Nelson for sponsoring this event. We couldn’t have done it without you and we appreciate all of your hard work, support and everything you do for our shelter!

June 24, 2016 
Have Some Fun in the Sun at OC Animal Care's Pet Fair

News ImageOC Animal Care will be hosting its annual Pet Fair event this Saturday, June 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at 561 The City Drive South, Orange. The event, which is sponsored by Supervisor Shawn Nelson and 4th District, will feature free adoptions for all pets adopted from OC Animal Care. The free adoption does not include the cost of the microchip or licensing. In 2015, 87 shelter pets found their new forever home during Pet Fair. This year, we aim to adopt more than 100!
In addition to discounted adoptions, visitors of all ages will enjoy the following:

• Visit more than 50 animal rescue groups and pet related vendors
• Spin and Win great pet care prizes
• Tour the SCVVC Mutt Medics Mobile Spay/Neuter Vehicle
• Meet Therapy dogs and learn about responsible pet ownership during the Katy Cares presentation
• Watch trainers demonstrate positive reinforcement techniques that work on a variety of pets
• Meet exotic reptiles during a So Cal Herp Association and Rescue demonstration
• Fuel up and cool down at the Classic Taco and Kona Ice food trucks
• Take a free “Fun in the Sun” photo with your family and/or furry friends

“We invite animal lovers of all ages to celebrate this wonderful day with us,” said Shawn Nelson, 4th District Supervisor. “Pet Fair 2016 will be a great opportunity for us to welcome our community, promote responsible pet ownership, highlight the many services we provide, and most importantly, find loving homes for the many animals in our care.”

For more information on this event or available pets, call 714-935-6848

June 4, 2016 
OC Animal Care is Crazy about Cats!

News ImageIn honor of National Adopt-a-Cat Month OC Animal Care has gone Crazy for Cats!!! Every day in June we will be offering FREE (excluding the $17.00 cost of the microchip) cat/kitten adoptions! Its the purrfect time to find your newest fluffy companion!

June 2, 2016 
Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageWe would like to congratulate our volunteer of the month for May, Debbie!
Debbie has been a volunteer with us for over 7 years and in that time has donated more than 1,180 hours to our adoptable dogs and cats. Debbie is an instrumental part of our program, assisting us at special events and educational programs like Katy Cares, training new volunteers and providing dozens of educational tours to members of the public. This May alone Debbie led 6 tours and 3 trainings with new volunteers as well as fostering two bottle baby kittens that she spends nearly 5 hours per day feeding and socializing so they can come back for adoption to find their furever homes. Please join us in congratulating Debbie, our May Volunteer of the Month!

May 31, 2016 
Animals for Armed Forces at OC Animal Care

News ImageOC Animal Care would like to thank everyone who came in this weekend to adopt, especially our brave men and women who participated in the Animals for Armed Forces weekend. We had 10 cats and 12 dogs find their furever homes through the special event with a total of 26 cats and 29 dogs adopted through the weekend! We want to especially thank Animals for Armed Forces for sponsoring this great event!

May 31, 2016 
RESCHEDULED - June Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchip Clinic

Due to the Primary Election scheduled for June 7th, our monthly low-cost vaccine clinic has been rescheduled for June 14th from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 24, 2016 
OC Board of Supervisors Honors Emmy's Hope

News ImageToday Orange County Supervisors recognized Emmy and the charitable work she has done for Orange County Animal shelters. Through Emmy’s Hope, Emmy actively networks animals, donates supplies on shelters wish lists, helps special needs dogs and promote pet adoption events. Emmy’s family has worked with OC Animal Care in the past and last year donated $10,000 to OC Animal Care’s pets. Emmy will collect donations for our shelter, hand deliver them and spend time visiting the animals. Although she is only 11 years old she knows that she can make a difference in these animals’ lives by spreading awareness and helping them find their furever home. In Emmy’s speech to the Board of Supervisors she spoke about her charity, Emmy’s Hope and how we all can help animals in need. She closed her speech by referencing the Starfish Story reminding us that although there are so many that need help, we all can make a difference by helping one at a time. Everyone at OC Animal Care would like to thank Emmy for her passion and dedication to the homeless pets of Orange County.To learn more about Emmy's Hope please visit

May 24, 2016 
Bubba On His Way To Recovery!

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We have received many inquiries about Bubba, the dog impounded during an arrest in Tustin in March. We wanted to provide everyone an update on his case. This is an open investigation so we cannot release exact or identifying details but we can confirm that Bubba was impounded from a person (arrested for unrelated charges) in March. It was alleged that Bubba had been intentionally exposed to drugs by another person or persons. OC Animal Care conducted an investigation into the matter and has submitted the findings to the District Attorney for case consideration. Bubba has been treated by OC Animal Care and is recovering well. He is not available for adoption yet but we will keep everyone posted when he is being made available.

Staff has been playing with and exercising Bubba daily. Check out his video at and to see how well he is doing.

May 18, 2016 
112 Pets Adopted During Our Spring Fling Weekend!

News ImageOur Spring Fling Adoption Weekend sponsored by Supervisor Lisa Bartlett was a huge success! In total, 112 animals were adopted! 41 cats, 55 dogs, 2 chickens and 14 rabbits found their furever homes. We would like to give special thanks to Samueli Academy for hosting the bake sale table and raising money for our shelter. We would also like to recognize Emmy, and thank her for her service to the animals of OC Animal Care. We could not have done this without all of our amazing staff and volunteers that spent their time working this event! Thank you again staff, volunteers and everyone in our community who came out and chose to adopt and help all of these wonderful animals find their furever loving homes!

May 14, 2016 
Thank you Snyder Langston!

News ImageThe new shelter architects from Snyder Langston wanted to give back to the animals at OC Animal Care. Their employees ran a donation drive and delivered toys, blankets, beds and more at our Spring Fling adoption event. OC Animal Care staff and pets appreciate all of the wonderful items! Thank you!

May 12, 2016 
Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinics at OC Animal Care

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OC Animal Care is proud to host S.C.V.V.C ‘s low-cost spay and neuter clinics every 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. Spay and Neuter services are by appointment only. This service is offered to all pet owners (no residency requirements) unless designated as a specially sponsored event. See flyer for details. Please help reduce over pet population and schedule to have your pet spay or neutered. S.C.V.V.C is providing pet owners with high quality care at a low-cost price. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 714.9939193 or email

May 9, 2016 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Bobbi!

News ImageCongratulations to our April Volunteer of the Month, Bobbi! This dedicated volunteer has been with us since 2013 and has volunteered over 210 hours! Not only that Bobbi has fostered for more than 140 days, saving 13 kittens as their foster Momma! Bobbi is a huge part of our community outreach team as she works nearly every event on site at the shelter and jumps in to work as many off site events as well educating the public about our many amazing programs! Bobbi also loves socializing cats in our trailers and spends most of our adoption events helping families find the purrrfect match! Please give a shout out to Bobbi our April Volunteer of the Month!

April 29, 2016 
Have You Used Our New OC PetTrack Mobile App Yet?

News ImageHave you used our new OC PetTrack mobile app yet? OC Animal Care would love to hear from you if you have found your missing pet or found your new forever friend through OC PetTrack! Please message us directly or call our Public Education Officer at 714.796-6426.

April 25, 2016 
Successful Fetch a New Friend Event Weekend!

News ImageThanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers we had a successful weekend for adoptions at our Fetch a New Friend event. We were happy to see 44 pets find their furever homes, including 15 cats, 1 rabbit, and 28 dogs that left with wagging tails. Along with the opportunity to spend some quality time with our pets, we also had a bake sale to raise money for the shelter. Thank you to everyone who donated, attended the event and chose to adopt!

Thank you also to those who took their time to stop by and spend some quality time with our volunteers at our booth at the America's Family Pet Expo!

April 16, 2016 
Thank You Ty for Your Generous Donation!

News ImageTy is a student at Linda Vista Elementary who has a big heart and a passion for helping animals. In an effort to help homeless pets in the community, Ty decided to collect much-needed donations for animals at our shelter.

A couple of weeks ago, Ty stopped by our shelter to deliver his donations and visit with our shelter animals. Ty ended up making over 100 blankets for our shelter dogs as well as delivering dozens of towels. He even brought cookies for our shelter staff! Ty personally delivered blankets to several shelter dogs and took some time to visit with them.

We are so appreciative for his efforts and thoughtfulness. He is a great example of our caring community. His generosity is greatly appreciated!

April 13, 2016 
PRESS RELEASE: Design- Builder, Land Swap Approved for New OC Animal Shelter

News ImageThe Board of Supervisors selected a designer-builder and took other actions Tuesday to fast-track construction beginning in July on a new $35 million Orange County Animal Shelter to be built on 10 acres of land at the former Tustin Marine base. Supervisors awarded a contract with Snyder Langston LP for design and construction of the facility, which is expected to cost up to $32.8 million. Additional costs for roadway improvements, utilities and other upgrades will boost the project to $35 million. The County’s contribution is providing the land and $5 million, with the remainder covered by cities that contract for animal care services based on average percentage of shelter use.

April 13, 2016 
OC Animal Care Joins Shelter Animals Count: The National Database Project

News ImageOC Animal Care has recently joined Shelter Animals Count: The National Database, a nationwide effort, comprised of animal welfare professionals from across the county to provide monthly quarterly and yearly data for our shelter. Our 2015 statistics will soon be reported on our website using this new tool and our 2016 statistics will be reported on a monthly basis to the Shelter Animals Count database.

April 12, 2016 
PRESS RELEASE: OC Animal Care Releases Free OC PetTrack Mobile APP to Help Save Shelter Pets

News Image(Orange, CA) OC Animal Care launched a new application for iPhone, iPad and Android this week that will change the way pet owners in Orange County search for their lost pets and connect with adoptable pets. The OC PetTrack app provides a simple and easy to use tool for mobile users to access real time information for pets at OC Animal Care. This free app is available on the App Store for Apple users and Google play for Android users.

March 28, 2016 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Sue Westover!

News ImageCongratulations to our volunteer of the month for March, Sue Westover!
Sue has been with us for 3 years now at OC Animal Care and in that time has donated more than 440 hours of service and fostered more than 590 days. In that time she has fostered and helped 92 cats and kittens find their furever homes. Sue acts as a promoter of all of our shelter kitties and works as a tireless liaison between our local rescue groups and the shelter. Sue photographs our available cats and kittens, promotes them on special event days and helps community members find the perfect match when they come to adopt. Sue also works as a networker online, showing off her excellent photography and collage skills in promoting needy cats and kittens in our shelter to outside rescue groups and adoption partners. Thank you Sue for everything you do for OC Animal Care! You’re the purrrrrfect match for our cats and kittens!

March 17, 2016 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Christy Crizer!

News ImageChristy has been with us for about a year and a half and has truly exemplified everything we love about our volunteer program! Christy has donated over 200 hours in her time with us and not only is an incredible volunteer by herself but also trains our new and incoming volunteers to be as fantastic as she is! Christy volunteers with our cats and dogs and trains for these sections as well. In the first months of 2016 Christy participated in every single special shelter event we had including our Ducks Weekend, special grooming day and so many others. Christy regularly goes offsite for special events and presentations at schools, gives tours to members of our communities and works hard to be sure every customer finds their perfect furever friend. We are so lucky to have an exceptional volunteer like Christy at our shelter. Congratulations!

February 28, 2016 
Hollywood Grooming Doggie Makeover Day

News ImageThe amazing team from Hollywood Rescue Grooming Foundation and the Hollywood Mobile Pet Grooming donated their time again on Saturday, February 27th to help get shelter dogs ready for adoption. For four hours, Hollywood Grooming staff and OC Animal Care volunteers worked tirelessly to get as many dogs bathed and groomed as possible to help them look beautiful for adoption. During the day, 35 dogs were groomed in under 4 hours! Thank you to this very special team of groomers for making our day so amazing! Many of our groomed pets have already been adopted today!

February 27, 2016 
2015 Shelter Accomplishments

News Image2015 has been a very busy year for the staff and volunteers at OC Animal Care. This year, we completed a variety of facility repairs and upgrades, developed several new programs, won awards for our Medical Pets Program and Katy Cares About Responsible Pet Ownership program, reduced our intake and increased our live release rate for our shelter pets. Through these creative programs, we have saved more lives and provided a better quality of services to our community.

We look forward to doing even more in 2016! We already have low cost spay/neuter clinics set up to be at the shelter twice a month, several low cost pet adoption events scheduled and exciting work to do to plan the design and building of the new shelter. We can't thank your community, adopters, rescues, volunteers and staff enough for your ongoing support! Thank you for everything you do!

February 26, 2016 
Anaheim Ducks & OC Animal Care Partner for Ducks Weekend!

News ImageOC Animal Care was thrilled to have partnered with the Anaheim Ducks once again this year to host some incredible pet adoption events! February 20th and 21st was Ducks Weekend at the shelter, with two special events hosted to celebrate our partnership. On February 20th, OC Animal Care and Andrew Cogliano hosted Cogs for Dogs day where all adopted pets were offered for a $7 adoption fee. On Sunday the 21st, OC Animal Care joined the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and the Cogs for Dogs team for our annual Animal Shelter Night at Honda Center. We look forward to future partnerships with the Anaheim Ducks and the Cogs for Dogs foundation!

February 25, 2016 

News Image(Orange, CA) The Orange County Board of Supervisors has enlisted the help of JVR Shelter Strategies, LLC, for veterinary and operational consulting services at OC Animal Care to make recommendations for best practices at the current shelter as well as at a new shelter that will be built in Tustin.

February 25, 2016 
Feline Fix-A-Thon! Low-Cost Cat Spay/Neuter Clinics for Cats.

News ImageOC Animal Care and SCVVC (Southern California Veterinary and Vaccine Care) will be hosting a series of low-cost spay/neuter clinics in 2016. The first of these clinics is scheduled for this Sunday, February 28th and offers $10 spay/neuter for cats in our communities. There is still space available so sign up now! Contact SCVVC at 714-993-9193 or for more details.

February 14, 2016 
Happy Valentines Day from The Ducks and OC Animal Care

News ImageThe Ducks and their players are in puppy love with the adorable dogs that are available for adoption at OC animal Care. They can't wait until our special Ducks weekend at the shelter on February 20th and 21st.

Stop by on February 20th for $7 adoptions on all shelter pets sponsored by the Ducks and Andrew Cogliano. Also, from 12:30 - 2 pm, Andrew Cogliano will be on-site at the shelter for photos and autographs.

Head on over to Honda Center on February 21st for Animal Shelter Night at Honda Center. Stop by the OC Animal Care booth from 2 pm - 4 pm to meet adoptable dogs and learn about shelter programs.

February 11, 2016 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Cindy Stuetzel!

News ImageWe would like to congratulate our first volunteer of the month for 2016. Cindy Stuetzel! Cindy has been with us for 2.5 years and while she loves giving time to our cats and dogs during special events as an in shelter volunteer Cindy truly shines as one of our most valuable fosters. In her time with us Cindy has fostered for 497 days and received the Outstanding Foster Caretaker award for two years straight. Cindy dedicates herself to our adorable neonatal kittens but also is extremely committed to assisting our Medical Program pets, having taken on 3 medical pups in the last few months, including Mojave with a broken leg, Bo with an injured knee and little Oliver with his own broken leg that is still healing. In her short time with us Cindy has helped raise an amazing FIFTY FIVE animals including full litters of puppies and kittens that have all found their furever homes thanks to her excellent care, loving training and fantastic socialization. We are so honored to have you as our Volunteer of the Month for January! Thank you Cindy!

January 31, 2016 
2015 OC Animal Care Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

News ImageOC Animal Care recognized their exceptional volunteers at their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on January 31st. The volunteers enjoyed delicious tacos from Tacos Zapata for lunch, speeches from Director, Jennifer Hawkins and Assistant Director, Katie Ingram and a video and photo presentation featuring their hard work. Volunteers were also presented with awards and raffle prizes. The volunteers of OC Animal Care contributed 19,384 hours from September 2014 through August 2015 and fostered neonatal and medically needy animals for 3,789 days in their homes. Volunteers also reached out to our local communities by hosting 153 tours, presentations and events, including 25 on-site events, 40 off-site events, 43 Katy Cares about Responsible Pet Ownership presentations and 45 public tours.

December 31, 2015 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Stacey Miller!

News ImageStacey Miller has been with us for 8 years at OC Animal Care. In her long years of service she has contributed over 665 hours of service and more than 560 days of fostering both puppies and kittens in her home. Stacey is one of our most prolific trainers of new volunteers, providing them with the skills and know how to successfully socialize our adoptable dogs. Stacey has a unique talent with our ‘big dogs’ and is always at every adoption event on or off site assisting them in finding forever homes. While Stacey is working tirelessly with our big dogs, she also makes it a point to take on the massive task of running our Photos with Santa Booth each year. Stacey took the lead this year on all of our December events and was incredibly helpful this entire month in working with new volunteers at the booth and helping us stay organized week after week. We would like to express all of our gratitude to Stacey for her tireless work promoting our shelter dogs, her enthusiasm and energy at our special events and her continued service to our shelter pets.

December 29, 2015 
PRESS RELEASE - Bat Found at Irvine Regiounal Park Tests Positive for Rabies

News Image(Santa Ana) - A bat found near the lake at Irvine Regional Park at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies.

December 23, 2015 
An OC Animal Care Holiday Poem

News ImageOne of our shelter kennel attendants wrote this beautiful poem about the shelter staff, pets and adoptions during this holiday season. Check out the photos for the original poem, a version you can share and the shelter pet stars, Junior and Mikey Jr. Also, there are so many wonderful shelter pets still looking for a home during the holidays! Check them out at

Full text of the poem below... click the image or "Read More." Enjoy!

December 21, 2015 
Our Pawliday Adoption Event was a Huge Success!

News ImageOC Animal Care’s special Pawliday Adoption Event this past weekend was a huge success! More than 60% of the shelter’s animals found their furever homes for the holidays. Of the 91 adopted pets, 47 were dogs, 38 were cats and 6 were bunnies. A wonderful donation from Elaine Perry made it possible for the animals to receive an even larger discount, and gave them another chance at finding happiness with a loving family. The event had free giveaways, a bake sale table and the opportunity to take a photo with jolly Santa Claus. With help from our volunteers, our Photos with Santa booth raised over $2,000 in donations. Before the day was over, Operation Santa Paws stopped by with a massive donation including food, treats, shampoo, toys and more for our shelter! Thank you to all of the rescue groups, businesses and individuals who work with OC Animal Care to improve and better the lives of our shelter animals. We would also like to give a special thanks to all of the staff and volunteers who made this amazing event possible! Lastly, Congratulations to all of the new owners who found their furry companions through this event and thank you for choosing to adopt and change the life of a shelter animal.

December 19, 2015 
Supervisors Approve Land Swap for New OC Animal Shelter

News ImageA new Orange County Animal Shelter will be built on 10 acres of land at the former Tustin Marine base currently earmarked for the South Orange County Community College District under a concept approved unanimously Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors approved in concept a letter of intent with the college district to expedite a swap of its property for a similarly sized parcel of nearby base land slated for eventual ownership by the County. The college district Board of Trustees approved the letter of intent on Monday.

December 15, 2015 
New Shelter Hours Begin January 2, 2016

Beginning on January 2, 2016, OC Animal Care will be open the following hours.
Please mark your calendars.
Daily: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesdays: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

December 8, 2015 
Community Member Donates to Homeless Pets in Lieu of Birthday Gifts

News ImageElaine arrived this morning to celebrate her birthday with a special donation that will help shelter pets. In lieu of birthday gifts Elaine, her husband and her daughter Emmy collected donations to benefit our shelter pets including dozens of blankets, beds, sweaters treats and toys. Additionally, they made a monetary donation to help 40 dogs find their forever homes and update our dog exercise yards with new equipment. Elaine received our "Friends of OC Animal Care Award" with a group of staff and her closest family and friends in attendance.

Thank you Elaine! It is partnerships with members of our community that warm our hearts and improve and enrich the lives of our adoptable pets! Check out the video of Elaine's special day.

December 7, 2015 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Celesta Peterson!

News ImageOur volunteer of the month for November is Celesta Peterson. Celesta has been volunteering with OC Animal Care for over 8 years now. Celesta focuses most of her efforts on our adoptable cats and fostering neonatal and ill kittens and cats. Celesta has donated over 4,800 hours of service in her years with us as well as 570 days fostering animals in her home. Celesta is a dedicated trainer of new volunteers and is deeply trusted by our staff. Celesta can be found most days out in the cat trailer socializing our sweet adoptable kitties but also spends countless hours per week off site working as the main organizer of the Trap and Release program for our feral cats. Celesta and the team that she organizes have released over 4,400 cats back into the community to live out their lives as spayed or neutered and vaccinated feral cat citizens. We would like to congratulate Celesta on being awarded volunteer of the month for November 2015!

November 23, 2015 
"Purrmoting Pawsitive" Health for the Holidays Adoption Event

News ImageOC Animal Care’s special “Purrmoting Pawsitive” Health for the Holidays Adoption Event took place this past weekend on November 21-22. With this special adoption event, our shelter conveyed the message of giving and becoming more active with your new furry friend during the holiday season. We had an amazing turnout and 62 animals were adopted and found loving families. Thank you to everyone who attended and gave the gift of a new home to a shelter pet. OC Animal Care is truly thankful for everyone who chooses to adopt and give shelter animals a chance at finding happiness.

November 17, 2015 
Hemlock's New Life

News ImageHemlock was born just weeks before my husband and I got married, he truly is meant to be a part of our family. The love we have for him is indescribable, and the happiness he gives us makes us know we were meant to walk into that shelter that day. I will be forever head over heals for this little black cat.

November 16, 2015 
Animals For Armed Forces Special Adoption Event!

News ImageOn November 14th and 15th, OC Animal Care hosted a special Animals for Armed Forces Adoption Event to thank our Service Men and Women! A total of 14 cats and 13 dogs found their forever and loving homes with members of the Armed Forces. The percentage of our adoptions also increased with this weekend’s affair, and an additional 28 cats, 41 dogs and 1 rabbit found caring families. Special thanks to Animals for Armed Forces Foundation for sponsoring this event, and Hollywood Mobile Pet Grooming for donating their time to help many of our shelter pets! With their assistance, 63 shelter dogs were groomed and bathed, and several were adopted thanks to the special groom. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event and for choosing to adopt a shelter pet!

November 6, 2015 

News ImageThis past October, OC Animal Care encouraged community members, staff and volunteers to send us spooktacular photographs of their pets dressed up in their Halloween costumes! Everybody who participated had a chance to be featured on our community Facebook page. We were thrilled to receive such a large response, and our page generated over a thousand likes on all of the photos! Many of the photographs shared came with genuine and heartfelt adoption stories that touched the community and our shelter. OC Animal Care would like to thank everyone for sending us their festive pictures and sharing their amazing adoption stories with us during this Howl-o-ween event!

November 5, 2015 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Kristen Comer!

News ImageKristen Comer is our October volunteer of the month! Kristen has been a volunteer with OC Animal Care for just 10 months and has already donated over 216 hours to our adoptable animals. Kristen is talented with our big dogs and attends our in shelter and off site adoption events to help promote them as well. In the month of October Kristen donated a whopping 26 hours to our adoptable dogs, not only walking and socializing them but also giving baths and unconditional love. Kristen’s positive attitude and bright smile are a welcome site to both staff other volunteers and the community when she is out walking our pups! Thank you Kristen for your hard work, our staff and pets appreciate you so much! If you see Kristen around this shelter this month please feel free to congratulate her!

November 2, 2015 
Race for the Rescues

News ImageOn Saturday, October 24th, OC Animal Care was thrilled to participate in the 10th annual Race for the Rescues adoption event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The event included a 5K, a 10K, a Kid’s Fun Run and a 1K Dog Walk that raised $426 thousand for the 37 animal welfare organizations who participated.

October 9, 2015 
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Amy Sherbanee!

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Amy Sherbanee is a fabulous volunteer. She has been with our team for about 4 months and has already donated 66 hours to our adoptable dogs. Amy has thrown herself whole heartedly into our special events and makes it her personal goal to be sure the dog she is promoting gets adopted. Amy is great with our customers and members of the community seeking more information about dogs or our programs. Amy makes sure that all of the dogs she exercises have cheerful comments showing off their great personalities and provides them hours of care and unconditional love. Join us in congratulating Amy!

October 7, 2015 
Join us in Participating in The Great California ShakeOut

News ImageOn October 15 at 10:15 a.m., millions of Californians will participate in the largest earthquake drill ever! Register for free at Then learn what you can do to get prepared. Receive ShakeOut news and other earthquake information. Be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever and set an example that motivates others to participate! When an earthquake strikes, we only have a few seconds to take quake-safe actions and we’re all in this together. Join now!

Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, government agencies and organizations are all invited to join in 10:15 a.m. at 10/15.

October 4, 2015 
Karma, the Wolf-Hybrid Declared Vicious Released to Full Moon Sanctuary

We have received many calls and emails regarding Karma, the wolf-hybrid declared vicious. We are happy to report that Karma was released to Full Moon Sanctuary on October 4th and is on her way to their facility in North Carolina.

September 30, 2015 
OC Animal Care Officers Rescue Injured Cormorant

News ImageThis past Labor Day at Huntington Lake in Huntington Beach’s Central Park, a double-crested cormorant, now named “Coco” by the locals found himself in a precarious situation. He was tangled in fishing line and stuck on a low-hanging branch. Good Samaritans Betsy Morris and Chris Ganz did all they could to free the bird and managed to cut the fishing line but the bird still wouldn’t fly away. By the next morning Coco was still there and the two neighbors called OC Animal Care.

Sgt. Werner arrived and attempted to reach the bird using waist-high waders; however the water proved too deep. Another neighbor brought out their kayak and Sgt. Werner, a skilled kayaker hopped in and paddled out to the bird where he saw that the bird had a fishing hook caught in his neck. Sgt. Werner retrieved the bird and quickly got it to a wildlife rescue for rehab. Good Samaritan Betsy Morris writes, “Those Orange County animal-control officers are my heroes! They did not shrug off this poor bird's plight but went above and beyond the call of duty to save a member of our precious and diminishing waterfowl population. Thank you.” To read the full article published on the Huntington Beach Independent click on "Read More".

September 30, 2015 
Information Regarding Karma, the Wolf-Hybrid Declared Vicious

OC Animal Care has received many phone and email requests asking for information on the status of Karma, the Wolf-Hybrid dog that was declared vicious. The following .pdf is a copy of the judges order from this morning's hearing regarding the disposition of Karma.

September 23, 2015 
Information Regarding Karma, the Wolf-Hybrid Dog Declared Vicious

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OC Animal Care has received many phone and email requests asking for information on the status of Karma, the Wolf-Hybrid dog that was declared vicious. The following statement provides an update on Karma's status.

The County is under a court order regarding the disposition of Karma. As a courtesy to Karma's owners, OC Animal Care had temporarily delayed carrying out the order to allow them the opportunity to pursue any potential legal options. We have not yet determined when the court's order will be implemented.

For information on the Food and Ag codes regarding this case, please read the rest of the posting.

September 11, 2015 
OC Animal Care receives two SAVVY awards for "Katy Cares" Program

News ImageOC Animal Care's "Katy Cares" About Responsible Ownership program won two SAVVY awards at this year's 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association) conference and award ceremony The Savvy Awards, held in conjunction with 3CMA’s annual conference, recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city, county, agency or district professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations in communications and marketing.
OC Animal Care received the top SAVVY awards in the categories of "Printed Publications - Other" Judges comments were, "Well done and effective piece - like the bilingual aspect. " and the award for "Marketing and Tools - Best Use of a Promotional Item" with the comments, "This item hit the target audience spot on. Well produced piece with a long shelf-life. Love the use of programming in educational settings." Thank you to OC Animal Care volunteers and staff that came together to create such a meaningful program!

September 2, 2015 
Tammy Osborn recognized by Orange County Board of Supervisors

News Image On Tuesday, September 1st, Chairman Todd Spitzer, 3rd District Supervisor, presented OC Animal Care staff Tammy Osborn with a resolution at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting commending her work with OC Animal Care’s medical pets program and her recent Meritorious Service Award from the California Veterinary Medical Association. Tammy, the shelter’s Adoption Partner Coordinator founded the program in order to give pets that would otherwise be put up for adoption if not for a medical condition. She partners with Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care, and community members to help raise funds for the specialized surgeries these pets need. To date, approximately 171 pets have gone through the medical program and have been adopted into their forever homes after they have healed.

September 1, 2015 
Congratulations to Cindy, our Volunteer of the Month!

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Cindy has been volunteering at OC Animal Care for sixmonths, in that short period of time she has given 92 hours of service to ouradoptable animals and especially to our off site events. Cindy has taken on themission of OC Animal Care to help educate members of our community onresponsible pet ownership and Cindy takes particular joy from participating inoff site informational events where she can provide information to the public.Cindy also thoroughly enjoys volunteering with Rabbits and Cats when on site atthe shelter. Join us in thanking Cindy for her dedication to education and ouradoptable animals!

August 27, 2015 
FREE Rabies Vaccinations at OC Animal Care on September 1st!

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September 28 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance that seeks to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts.
This year, Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care, a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the ongoing support and improvement of OC Animal Care, and the Society for California Veterinary and Vaccine Care who provides vaccination services at our monthly vaccine clinics, have partnered with OC Animal Care to provide 150 free rabies vaccinations at our September 1, 2015 Vaccine Clinic.
One free rabies vaccination will be given to each family in attendance while supplies last. The coupon will be good only for the rabies vaccine and valid only at the September 1, 2015 Vaccine Clinic being held at 7:00 p.m. at OC Animal Care located at 561 The City Drive South in Orange, CA 92868.

August 26, 2015 
OC Animal Care is looking for a Public Relations & Marketing Intern

OC Animal Care is looking for a Public Relations & Marketing Intern. If you or someone you know is a student studying Public Relations, Communications, Advertising, or Marketing and looking for experience in these fields this might be a great opportunity! The position would be 3-6 months and would be a beneficial learning experience. If you or anyone you know is interested please go to: for details and position requirements.

August 22, 2015 
147 Pets Adopted During Clear the Shelters Adoption Event

News ImageOn Saturday, August 15th OC Animal Care was proud to team up with NBC4, Telemundo52 and nearly 50 other animal shelters in Southern California for the nationwide “Clear the Shelters” event. The event was opened with a welcoming speech and ribbon cutting by Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. During this event adopters only paid $17.00 to adopt their new forever friend, this charge included the spay/neuter, vaccinations and adoption fee. The VCA was also a sponsor of this event and was on hand to answer questions pertaining to the health and care of our visitors new pets. OC Animal Care staff would like to thank NBC and Telemundo for teaming up with our shelter as well as others across the country for the first "Clear the Shelters" Adoption Event. It was an amazing day as people from our communities came to support this event and give a homeless pet the home and love they deserve!

August 11, 2015 
OC Animal Care's Katy Cares about Responsible Pet Ownership Program

News ImageIt's always a special day when OC Animal Care Staff and Volunteers go out into the community and teach responsible pet ownership through our Katy Cares Program and our book, Katy to the Rescue which features OC Animal Care. This particular visit was not only special because we got to interact with over a 100 children at the Orange Coast Children's Center but because of all the amazing people that were able to join us that day! Starting from left to right, author of Katy to the Rescue, Ace Mask and his pediatric therapy dog Kane the Collie; Kim Kane OC Animal Care volunteers and Katy to the Rescue creative consultant; in the center sitting pet photographer and photographer for Katy to the Rescue, Lisa Scarsi; center standing Enya Graham cat rescuer and "Katy" in Katy to the Rescue; Ron Jacobs with his therapy dog Breck and Pat Thomas with her therapy dog Shannon. These individuals saw a need and volunteered to create Katy to the Rescue in order to reach younger audiences and impart on them the importance of responsible pet ownership. They continue to volunteer their time by partnering with OC Animal Care and visiting these schools and allowing the children to interact with these amazing dogs.Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do. If you are interested in us coming out to your school or library, please contact our Public Education Officer at 714.796.6426

August 8, 2015 
$17 Adoptions During Clear the Shelters Adoption Event!

News ImageOC Animal Care invites you to adopt your new forever friend during the nationawide "Clear the Shelters" Adoption Event! NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 are teaming up with nearly 50 animal shelters in more than 400 cities and regions throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties on a first-of-its-kind pet adoption initiative — Clear the Shelters — on Saturday, August 15.
On this day of action, OC Animal Care will offer a reduced adoption fee of $17 (includes spay/neuter, vaccines, flea treatment and deworming) from 10 am to 5 pm and have hundreds of dogs, cats and bunnies available for adoption.
OC Animal Care Director Dr. Jennifer Hawkins said “We are very excited to be included in this campaign promoting adoption of shelter pets. Our goal is for more than 100 of our homeless pets to find a new home during this event and we call upon our community to help us achieve this!”
Local sponsor, VCA Animal Hospitals will have their expert veterinarians and health care teams on-site, and all pets adopted during the event will receive a limited health guarantee and a gift bag filled with pet essentials.
The public is encouraged to begin posting photos with their pets on social media using the hashtag #CleartheShelters and #DesocuparAlbergues. Photos will be posted on photo galleries at and through August 15.

August 7, 2015 
Skip the Service Dog

News ImageOC Animal Care partners with numerous rescue organizations in our communities, one of those organizations that we work with is Pathways to Hope. Skip was an OC Animal Care dog in search of a home and was chosen for Pathways to Hope's Cell Dogs Training Program at the beginning of the year. He was trained for Autism service work by inmate handlers at the California Institution for Women. Once he was placed with his new family (parents Yuliya and Dauren and 7 year old Sarah, Pathways worked with them for several weeks on training. A few weeks ago, they passed the Public Access Test (required for all service dogs)! Sarah, the 7 year old who has autism spectrum disorder, has bonded incredibly well with him and Skip has become a steady (and fun) companion at her various therapy appointments throughout the week. Yuliya and Dauren, the parents, are fabulous people. Skip couldn't have landed in a better home! A member of Pathways to Hope stated that “it's gratifying that he's doing great work with his new family and we're beyond happy that he's doing great work with his new family….Hopefully it (Skip’s story) will make more people aware of how terrific shelter dogs are!” Everyone here at OC Animal Care want to wish Skip and his new family the best and thank you to Pathways to Hope for all of the great work they do with shelter dogs!

August 5, 2015 
Congratulations to Kim, July's Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageCongratulations to our Volunteer of the Month Kim! Kim has been a volunteer with OC Animal Care since 2009. She serves as not only a very talented groomer but is an integral part of our public education team. Since 2009 Kim has donated over 2,900 hours to grooming our pets to make them more adoptable, leading tours for schools and community groups, and assisting in the Katy Cares About Responsible Pet Ownership. Kim is a resource to our community through her work in libraries and schools playing interactive games and educating local youth about responsible pet ownership at home with the assistance of the Pet Prescription Team. We would like to thank Kim for her years of service to our programs and congratulate her as the July Volunteer of the Month.

July 29, 2015 
Me-wow! 80 Cats/Kittens adopted during Catopia!

News ImageThis past Saturday we had our most successful Catopia event where 80 of our cats/kittens found their purrfect forever homes! Catopia was a huge success!!! Thank you to all of the families who came out to find their forever kitties today and OC Animal Care Staff and Volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication. It was a pawsitively amazing event!

July 11, 2015 
A Happy Ending for Olivia

News ImageOur officer's encounter a variety of situations in the field. Here is one of their Happily Ever Afters

Olivia is a Blue Fronted Amazon. She was impounded by OC Animal Care after Orange Police Department served a Search Warrant at the former owner’s home. The owner was unable to care for Olivia. Olivia had obviously been neglected for a long period of time, the living conditions were deplorable.

It’s OC Animal Care’s policy that, because of the large number of interested parties, the adoption of all exotic animals is raffled out. On the day of the adoption, the line of families that were interested in taking Olivia home was unusually long. Lucky for both, an OC Animal Care Animal Control Officer won. Her green feathers were a little faded at time of impound, she gained a lot of weight and her feathers started getting more color as soon as she was put on a high-protein organic diet. Olivia has her own 4x2x6 feet condo cage, and she’s free to roam around her home during the day. Olivia has been living happily with her new family since 2011.

July 10, 2015 
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.

July 1, 2015 
Congratulations to Annette Van Rijsbergen our June Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageAnnette is one of our newest volunteers but has thrown herself whole heartedly into our programs. In just her first month since being trained she has already donated 63 hours of her time. Annette has taken the initiative to participate in a great deal of special projects including a massive shelter gardening and beautification with a team of volunteers. Annette excels as a dog socializer and can always be seen giving a bit of extra comfort to our adoptable pets, even branching out to train in the kitten nursery and wherever she is needed most. Annette is a wonderful example of the fantastic volunteers we have here at OC Animal Care.

June 30, 2015 
July 5th is the Busiest Day of the Year at Animal Shelters

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:

* If your pet is typically kept outside, consider bringing them indoors or in the garage
* Provide a comfortable place for your pet, such as a room with the blinds or curtains closed, the lights turned off, and a place for the animal to hide
* Consider staying with your pet to reassure them during the fireworks show
* Board your pet at a veterinary or boarding facility
* Hire a pet sitter to stay with your pet
* If your pet is extremely sensitive to loud noises, your veterinarian may prescribe a mild sedative
* Make sure your pet has a collar with your current contact information and a microchip in case they run away
* In the event your pet does manage to escape, check your animal care center and the shelters in the surrounding areas. Remember your pet was frightened and may have fled beyond its normal, familiar territory.

July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters nationwide and we want to ensure that your furry friends do not become a statistic. If you pet gets out on 4th of July and is brought into the shelter that day. Lost dogs and cats that are currently licensed and are up to date on their rabies vaccinations may be redeemed on the 4th of July from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM when the shelter is normally closed to the rest of the public. OC Animal Care wishes you all a fun and safe 4th of July!

June 24, 2015 
OC Animal Care Staff Member receives CVMA Award

News ImageOn June, 19th OC Animal Care’s Tammy Osborn was honored with a CVMA (California Veterinary Medical Association) Award for Meritorious Service for the work she does for OC Animal Care’s Medical program. Tammy works around the clock to save pets and give them the second chance that they deserve. In addition to being the Adoption Partner Coordinator for OC Animal Care, she began and oversees the Medical Pets Program which provides, “medical and surgical care for seriously ill or injured animals who, if not for their injuries, would be wonderful companions and highly adoptable.” Saving animals is a lifelong passion for Tammy, who identifies animals in need and works diligently to get them medical attention and secure their foster care and adoption. Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care helps organize the funding for the pets in this program. In addition to Tammy’s own efforts, she has partnered with several rescue organizations and individuals who have also helped fundraise for these pets.
Tammy has worked for OC Animal Care for over 20 years. It’s typical for her to work seven days a week to place animals in permanent homes. Her tireless efforts to facilitate the care and placement of animals with medical needs make her very deserving of the CVMA Meritorious Service Award.

June 19, 2015 
A Happily Ever After for Chencho

News ImageOur officers face a variety of situations everyday. Here is one of their happily ever after stories.
This little guy was rescued by OC Animal Care’s Animal Control Department in March of 2014. His previous owner was seen by witnesses abusing him. At the time of impound Animal Control Officers found the 3 month old puppy inside a bag, completely zipped shut, and filled with trash. The local Police Department arrested the former owner and charged him with animal cruelty; he was sentenced with serving jail time, formal probation, and fines.
Fortunately, the puppy didn’t have any major injuries and was immediately place under foster care. His Foster family was able to find a loving forever home for him. His new family named him Chencho and they love him to pieces!

June 12, 2015 
Congratulations to Sharron Warren, Our May Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageThere aren't too many people here at OC Animal who don't know and appreciate May's Volunteer of the Month, Sharron Warren. Sharron is always going out of her way to provide care and fresh bedding to our shelter dogs. She has gone particularly out of her way to assist the team the last month, providing assistance on preparing for a dog transport to Washington, making sure our dogs are on the grooming board if need be, and helping with the deep disinfection of all the kitten nursery laundry in the last month during a cleaning spree. We would like to thank Sharon from the bottom of our hearts and paws for all of her hard work and continued dedication. Sharon just received her lifetime service award last year for over 4,000 hours of donated service in January 2015.

June 11, 2015 
Congratulations to Sarah Tu, Our April Volunteer of the Month!

News ImageSarah has proved an incredibly valuable volunteer in her first six months here alone. She has thrown herself passionately into handling our adoptable dogs and making sure that each one has a cheerful comment to greet their potential adopters with. Sarah is exceptionally generous with her time, contributing to nearly every Special Event we have had available since she joined including Pet Expo, our own Pet Fair and several other special events that she has taken on with short notice. The staff here at OC Animal Care would like to extend our thanks to Sarah.

June 10, 2015 
June 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 June to receive your free tag!
In 2014, only 6% of the 26,050 animals impounded at OC Animal Care had some form of identification (pet license, microchip, etc.). 68% of those animals with a form of ID were returned to their owners compared to only 9% of animals without identification.
During the summer holidays, especially 4th of July we see your largest intake of pets our first priority is to try and reunited those pets with their owners. Please help your pet find their way home to you if they get lost. A license, microchip or tag could be your pet's ticket home!

May 9, 2015 
88 Pets Adopted at OC Animal Care's Petapalooza & Pet Fair

News ImageLast Saturday’s Petapalooza and Pet Fair was a great success! Thank you to all of the animal organizations and pet friendly vendors that participated in our pet fair and demonstrations! 88 pets found their forever home which was approximately 67% of our available population!!
We had our most diverse animal organizations represented so far! So. Cal. Herpetology Assistance and Rescue, Rats and Mice Club of America, Parrot Education Center, OC Cavy Haven and a variety of cat and dog rescue groups attend and brought their animals to help educate and promote adoption. In addition to these animal groups, we also hosted Banfield Hospital, Petco, The Lucy Pet Foundation, Courteous Canines and several other pet friendly vendors and pet health care organizations.
Our guests not only enjoyed visiting with these organizations but there were a variety of pet demonstrations and shows throughout the day. Overall, it was a beautiful day where pet lovers got to learn about different animal organizations in their community and celebrate adoption!

May 9, 2015 
Low/Cost Spay & Neuter at OC Animal Care

News ImageOC Animal is once again excited to partner with The Lucy Pet Foundation and offer a place for pet owners to come to have their pets Spayed/Neutered at a reasonable price.
On Friday, May 15th The Lucy Pet Foundation will be at OC Animal Care to provide FREE Spay & Neutering thanks to the sponsorship by Lovebugs Rescue. Pets whose owners make an appointment will receive a physical exam by a licensed vet, surgery, pain meds, follow-up phone call and Rabies vaccine.
If you are unable to make this date, Lucy Pet Foundation will be back at OC Animal Care on Friday, May 22nd offering Low cost Spay & Neuter. Cats will be $60.00 and Dogs (up to 75lbs) will be $100. Price includes all of the above mentioned services.
Please call 1-955-499-LUCY or email to schedule an appointment today!

April 28, 2015 
4th Quarter Cruelty Convictions Report

News ImageEvery week, OC Animal Care receives calls from concerned community members who witness animal cruelty in their neighborhoods. These calls are a priority for Animal Control Officers as one of their missions is to protect helpless animals from willful injury or harm. OC Animal Care Animal Control Officers investigate these incidents and work with the District Attorney to prosecute those responsible for this cruelty/neglect to the fullest extent of the law.

This quarter, OC Animal Care closed several high profile cases resulting in probation, jail time and restitution for the perpetrators. It is our hope that by sharing this information, we can raise awareness in our community about the help that OC Animal Control Officers are providing for these helpless pets and invite our community to join forces with us to stop these crimes against animals in our neighborhoods.

Please visit the link for the full report.

April 16, 2015 
Egyptian Goose with Arrow Lodged in Neck

We are sorry to report that the Egyptian Goose with the arrow lodged in its neck succumbed to its injuries after surgery yesterday evening. After being caught by an employee near the Anaheim Hills Car Wash yesterday morning, the goose was transported by OC Animal Care Animal Control Officers directly to a local wildlife veterinary specialist in South Orange County. After an assessment, the veterinarian scheduled the goose for surgery yesterday afternoon. Surgery was performed and the goose seemed to be recovering well, however he suddenly crashed and was unable to be revived. The exact cause of death is unknown at this time. OC Animal Care suspects that the injury caused to this goose was intentional. If anyone has information regarding the perpetrator of the injury or the incident that caused the injury, they are encouraged to call 714-935-6848 and make a report. Callers may remain anonymous.

April 7, 2015 
RESCHEDULED - Low-cost Vaccine & Microchip Clinic

Due to tonight's forecast of rain, our monthly low-cost vaccine clinic has been canncelled and is rescuedule for next Tuesday, April 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March 30, 2015 
OC Animal Care Needs Public Assistance Locating Dog and Owner

OC Animal Care is investigating a dog involved in an attack on two horses in O'Neill Regional Park on March 27, 2015. The dog reportedly was being walked off-leash by its owner at the time of the attack. Anyone with information on the dog, the owner or the attack is encouraged to contact OC Animal Care Operations at (714) 796-6460.

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 
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 recently 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 until 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 popsicles 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!

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.

Click the "Read More" link below to be redirected to the featured article on

“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!

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