Success Story Archives

Olivia
As we approach our 1 year anniversary of having Miss Olivia in our lives I wanted to share some of her musings through the year. She really is a special cat..so friendly..so cuddly..she really acts more like a dog than a cat. We love her!

Best regards,Teri and Albert


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Annie
Annie was adopted on a very warm day. She was stressed when we left your shelter and needed 3 towels to absorb her saliva!! This wonderful girl made a rapid adjustment. Our other two rescue dogs welcomed her and she followed them around the house and fenced backyard to learn their routine. Although quiet initially, she is now a supper watch dog and very interactive. I often have to remind her to act her age. She will be seven next month, but behaves much younger than she looks. Annie keeps up with her much smaller friends when playing and relaxes with them as you can see in this photo.
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Mona
I am a teacher in Newtown, CT. Last year our town suffered one of the worst tragedies imaginable. The first day back at school, we all wondered how we would make it through the day, and through the rest of the school year. Someone who was very brilliant arranged to have comfort dogs roaming our hallways that morning, and every day for the rest of the school year. I never fully appreciated the impact that an animal could have on a grieving human, but those dogs saved us, no question about it.
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Annsah
Dear all:
When my wife and I started to look for a dog to adopt 6 months ago, we searched online and visited many SoCal animal care facilities. We found not only your website was the best in terms of accuracy but also you had a simple and friendly adoption process. In addition, your staff were knowledgeable and helpful to facilitate the selection and adoption.

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Olivia
Eager to open our hearts and home to a new puppy, we wanted to go the adoptive route and save a puppy from one of our local animal shelters. When we came upon OC Animal Care, after just one visit, it was love at first sight! Olivia was in kennel number 174; 5 month-old stray found near the area, waiting for a loving home. When she became available for adoption Ron and I jumped to be one of the first ones in line to adopt.


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Tiger
I couldn’t ask for a better dog!! He can be a bit mischievous but he is the biggest and I mean the BIGGEST cuddle bug ever! He was scared of almost everything in the very beginning but he’s the happiest dog ever now! Tiger knows more than 20 sign language signs since I am deaf and only communicate with him through sign language. He’s also a service dog; he’s the most amazing baby boy! People say he’s a really smart dog. However; he needs a friend, so I’m considering adopting again. Thank you so much for Tiger! I love him more than anything!
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Sadie
When we visited, Betty, the staff member helped us a lot!! We adopted Sadie (her name at the shelter had been “Horseshoe”) that day! She needed some dental work which we took care of immediately. She loves her older sister Tiffany –that took a few months!! She has a fat tummy now!! And we love her so much! Thanks to your staff, she has a beautiful and loving home. She’s a real sweetie!!
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Hunter
The first night we brought Hunter home, he was very shy. As the days went by Hunter warmed up to me. He knows when I’m home and when he hears me hang up my keys he’ll come out from under the bed. Hunter has learned a lot in a short time and he is very good! Hunter is eating well, drinking water and knows how to use a cat litter box. I live with Debbie who is 100% disabled and I do everything to make Debbie and Hunter very happy. I am disabled also but I make sure Hunter and Debbie have a good home. We don’t have any kids which works at well and our apartment is small but Hunter doesn’t mind at all. At times he runs around and plays like a little kid! Hunter is our only cat and likes to sleep on the bed at night. He also likes playing with my beard, I look like Santa! Well thanks a lot!
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Boomer
Back in December my boyfriend and I adopted Boomer from The OC Animal Shelter. When we got him his fur was so long and ratty it had started to dred, he was owner relinquished because they said he was too hyper and was impossible to potty train. Boomer is now fully potty trained and has been for a few months. He loves walks and guarding the house while we are away. He is a playful pup but knows when mom and dad want to relax. On behalf of our little family, I would like to thank the Orange County Animal Shelter, as well as Boomer's previous owners for allowing us to have boomie brighten our day everyday. Thank you!
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Mikey
During the holiday season we stopped into the Shelter just to drop off Christmas treats for the dogs. My 11 year old son loves dogs and up until now we had never had one. We walked up and down the rows at least three times and kept stopping at the same kennel to talk to and pet “Michael.” He was a sweet Carin Terrier Mix in kennel #297, he looked sad and was the only dog not barking. He immediately stole our hearts and we asked to visit with him. He seemed very active and was happy to be out and around people. After about a second I knew this was the dog for us. After talking to the caretaker and asking a million questions about his breed and tendencies we went straight to the office to begin the adoption process. Mikey as he is better known now is such a sweet and loving little guy. He loves to be near you, loves his belly rubbed and will do just about anything for a treat. I never thought we were “dog people” but I can’t imagine our family without him!
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Nelly
When my husband and I found Nelly, she was such a blessing to our family. We had prayed that God would send us the right dog and he indeed did just that! She is a playful, spunky puppy who loves us very much. Even though we have only had her for about a month she is already very spoiled and knows that she is our only baby. We believe that she had some training previously because she was already potty trained and loves to be around people. She is such a delight to have in our home and every family member that has met her thus far cannot help but to fall in love with our baby. The day we were bringing her home, I could not stop crying because I was so blissfully happy that I would have a little someone to keep me company late at night while my husband was busy away at work. I realize that finding the right dog for your family takes time, but we were lucky with our little Nelly girl. The first shelter we tried and the first dog we played with in that playpen was just right for us!
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Gracie
I must have adopted the littlest dog out of the selections! I lost my Chihuahua/Russell on November 25, 2013 and the new one, Gracie is just like her twin! They have so many similarities its great! Gracie fits in so well, she is a great joy! Best watchdog, she loves me and my grandma who will be 89 this March. Every day she shows us more tricks: she is fast, jumps and walks on her hind legs. She even rides in the care great! I hope one day to get her a friend. I will be back again to choose another dog. Everyone was great the day I went to see her. I got to hold her, tell her I loved her and that she was going home with me! She’s gained a pound and half and is a beautiful girl!
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Pepper and Ginger
We are writing to thank you for all you do! We have adopted three dogs from you over the years. Coco was our first dog who lived happily with us for nine years before passing on.
Currently we have Pepper and Ginger...aka The Spice Girls who truly are our fur children! We got Pepper two years ago, and then last summer found Ginger who has become her friend and sister. They are together all the time, whether it's sleeping, playing or just hanging out.
I'm attaching a photo to show how happy they are together. They have found their forever home with us and we love them dearly! Thank you! Jeff and Beverly

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Roscoe
Roscoe was so scared initially that he had to be taken up the shelter ramp, he was shaking so badly! After two weeks he and his older sister have bonded and he is officially a part of the family! He has managed to tear up every dog toy including brand new ones in about 3 minutes - he loves squeakers! Roscoe has learned to sit and is working on stay. He enjoys going to the beach and has a great energy until it is time to sleep and then he knocks out. Thank you to the shelter for all you did to help this adoption go through!
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Axel
I adopted “Max” form the shelter 2/15/14. He was quiet and gentle. He has a unique mask face. He had been there for one week after being returned from a previous adoption. He has been wonderful! Hi is shy but trust came with time and patience. The adoption process was easy and help with the dogs was simple. I would definitely recommend adopting at the shelter to others!

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Kopi (Kopitar)
Day 91 of captivity or “cativity” as I say! My new mom bestowed on me, mind numbing treats and affection! I’ve been introduced to swordfish (Yay) and chicken (meh). My neighbor across the street welcomed me with two new cat toys and my mom’s BFF showed up with treats and a toy! Everyone enjoys playing with me, even the teenager! Even his buddies have time for a little playtime when they visit. I was panting during playtime my first couple of weeks, but now I can play on and on and on…
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Hiro / Bruno
We found Bruno wandering the streets and took him to the shelter to be located by his family. After no one claimed him, we knew we couldn’t leave him there to chance so we went back and adopted him. That was in September 2012. He does look quite scary but he’s the cuddliest family friendly dog we have. He also thinks he’s a lap dog at 55 pounds! He has brought so much joy to our family, we really feel lucky that he marched into our lives. Dogs from shelters are the best!
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Emma
I just wanted to let you know we LOVE Emma! She has proven to be a perfect companion for my Mom and Dad!
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Mila
We adopted Mila the day before Thanksgiving. We were also hosting Thanksgiving this year! Thank goodness Mila was so social and friendly. It was a blast and she was a hit. We take her everywhere we go. She loves her beach bum lifestyle in San Clemente. Mila enjoys running on the beach trail, chasing the waves and making friends with other doggies! She also loves her two kitty sisters! Mila has already settled into her new home and we already can’t remember life without her!
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Benjamin
My name is Benjamin. I’m a pit bull terrier. I was lost and running the streets in Anaheim. On Saturday, Sept, 21st a man stopped to help me. After spending time talking to me and trying to gain my trust he was able to get a leash on me. Even though I was very frightened I didn’t growl or bite. The man already has pets and was unable to take me home even though I knew he wanted to. Since I didn’t have a collar or name tag I had to go to the animal shelter in Orange.
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Whisper
This darling little mini pin puppy was in need of a loving home after being dumped. The adoption process was a positive experience for me. She is now 5 months old and is very smart. She has been a positive addition to my family. She is happy, healthy and goes to puppy day care twice a week and everyone tells me what a well-behaved fun loving dog I have!
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Riley
My Wife and I began dropping donations after we lost our Bulldog in May. We had such a hole in our hearts after we lost our boy. In August 2013, we were walking through the kennels and we both decided we needed to pick up a blessing; that blessing, “Riley” is truly a Godsend. When we checked his adoption paperwork, it turns out his birthdate is the 29th, we had lost our Bulldog on the 29th as well (just 3 months earlier). We think it is fate and we are beyond thrilled. Riley now lives with Hansel and Gretel, he fits in perfectly! We know he lived his earlier years somewhere else but it feels to us like he has always been here. Thank you OCAC for giving us Riley and for helping us honor our beloved Bulldog in a very affirming way.
Dan

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Vinnie
Dear Orange County Animal Care Employees!
I wanted to tell you a little story you might find interesting. In October of 1984 I came to Los Angeles and started my new life. I am an animal lover and always wanted to have a dog, but since I worked a lot it couldn’t happen. In 1998 I became sick and couldn’t work anymore. On October 27, 2000 I went with a friend to several dog shelters and I found a 3 year old Pomeranian that caught my attention. It seemed like we were communicating with each other and I was so taken that I adopted him!

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Maddie
Dear Orange County Animal Care:
We wish to thank you for allowing us to adopt Maddie last year. She is very sweet, so smart and has been nothing but pure joy. We named her “Maddie” as a play on the word “matted” which was the condition of her coat when we met her. Upon coming home, we gently trimmed two pounds of matted hair off a dog only weighing 14 pounds. Groomed and cleaned up she seemed very relieved and was even cuter. We met Maddie only one week after we lost our two amazing dogs. She helped in our grieving and licked the tears away for many months and then again upon my mom’s passing in April. She helped save us during a very dark period.

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Oliver
I used to live there at OC Pet Care with you in kennel 104. My number was A1066851. Thank you for taking care of me for two years, until my forever family could find me. I live in Madison, Wisconsin, now, with my two furry sisters, two furry brothers, my human boy, and his parents. I moved here yesterday, when my boy and his dad flew to Nebraska to pick me up from the lady who was keeping me, Mary Stickney.
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Callie
My name is "Callie". I originally was name Madilyn. I had a sister named Sheila and a super nice foster mommy that took good care of me. I went to the OC Animal shelter and one day this pretty lady comes up to me with a huge smile on her face and I was instantly in love. She felt like my real mommy. She brought me home and there was tons of toys just for me! I made friends with a 3 year old cat and felt at home. I knew just then this is the family I want to be with for the rest of my life. I have so much fun at my new home and love my family lots and lots. I couldn't ask for a better home. Thanks OC Animal Shelter for giving me a chance!
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Gabby and Oscar
We are coming up on our one year anniversary since we adopted Gabby and Oscar. They were named for the 2012 Olympic participants who fired our imagination, stirred our inspiration and ultimately captured our hearts. Our beautiful little caramel and vanilla Shih-tzu, Gabby, is small but mighty, holding her own with the much larger, more active, handsome black cocker, Oscar.

We are having such an adventure with these two. I didn't expect 35 pound Oscar to be a lap dog - 11 pound Gabby was supposed to be! Gabby prefers to be at my feet while Oscar curls up in my lap. Gabby sleeps in her bed on the floor while Oscar manages to find a place on our bed. If my husband can't sleep, Gabby follows him to his recliner in our living room. Then she comes in the bedroom at first light to wake Oscar and I by talking to us and jumping up on my side of the bed.

I recommend pet adoption to anyone willing to share their love and home. It truly make a house a home!
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Cooper
I find it hard to believe that we have had Cooper with us for almost one year. We took him Home on 4/26/12. He adjusted very rapidly and investigated our home room by room. Cooper was soon to sleep with me at night on my bed and became very protective of me. We hope that Cooper will be with us for many years to come.
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Darby
On January 28, 2013 a lady came to the shelter and now I have a new home with a nice years, new toys, new beds and a kind and loving home. I call the lady "mom" and she named me Darby. I'm happy and safe. Bottom line: She Adopted me! Love to all - Darby and Mom
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Cannoli

We regularly try to make trips to the OC Shelter to take treats, greet and help network dogs on Facebook. We are usually interested in the older dogs and have previously rescued 4 seniors from Boxer rescue. After we lost our dog "Bugsy" to cancer at Christmas, he left behind his best friend "Valentino", who was very heartbroken. We hesitated for a while to let Valentino grieve, however we began to notice he was lonely and stopped playing as much, so one day we were making a local shelter trip, we came across a very sad female boxer - Mercedes - now Cannoli.


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Cali
We adopted Cali from the OC Animal Shelter. The entire staff of the OC Animal Care Center were all so gracious in helping us find the perfect dog for our family! Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who dedicate their time to taking care of all the animals at the OC Animal Care center!
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Jackson Norbert Dalley
I'm 9 years old and I was born in 2003. I adopted my dog 4 months ago. He is very cute and fun to play with. I just can't believe I got him from the pound. Even though he sometimes barks, I still love him. START or KEEP adopting!
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Dante
Dante joined me, my husband and our dog shadow's family on December 3, 2011. Not only have they become the best of friends, but Shadow and Dante are utterly inseparable. Dante is the most delightful, loving, easy to train and fun dog we could ever have hoped for. Dante wakes up the whole family every morning with kisses just so he can cuddle in the middle of us. We couldn't be more grateful for such a wonderful dog and we thank you for keeping him safe and caring for him until we could.
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Pinot Meow
Thank you so much! I was able to adopt Pino Meow just over a year ago from the OC Animal Shelter! You guys definitely helped in puting us together! Pinot is a great cat! She cuddles, chats with me and is very playful. I could not have asked for a better cat! She is growing and is healthy and happy - she has doubled her weight since adoption! She is a very friendly cat and purrs all the time! You guys do amazing work! Keep it up! And thank you again for helping me to find my "furry" child!
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Molly - A Beautiful Friend!
We adopted Molly, a beautiful one year old female pit bull about two months ago. At first, we were hesitant about adopting a pit bull, due to all the negative publicity but after talking to some of the staff and a volunteer, we felt comfortable adopting Molly.
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Annie & Katie
I had to put my precious dog Hannagh to sleep in February. I was sad to have to let her go, but I found comfort in the fact that I was able to open my heart and home to another shelter dog in need of a good home. I was able to adopt a wire-haired Dachshund mix from OC Animal Care in March. She looks like a cross between a Dachshund and a Norfolk Terrier. She is adorable and I named her Annie because she looks like a little ragamuffin and she was sort of an orphan since she was homeless. Weighing in at just 14 pounds, this makes her the smalles dog I ever adopted. While Annie isn't very big in size, her Terrier-like temperament has made her a challenge at times. She seems to think that she is bigger than she is, sometimes to her detriment and for the most part has gotten along well with my other dog Katie (adopted in 2000). Thanks for letting me adopt these precious pups!
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Cindy
Cindy is a cat. She is over 7 years old. She is fat. She is black. Talk about having everything against her on top of being in a shelter. Yesterday we adopted her. First, we applaud OC Animal Care for keeping their cats as long as possible in their facility. Because of your program, 3 months later and this senior kitty found a home! Senior cats are so much better than kittens. She is potty trained, behaviorally appropriate, climbs and claws at nothing. She's in her prime mellow life, just looking for love! A fabulous new addition to our family made possilbe by your extended program! Thank you!
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Jonsee & Fritz
I just wanted to first of all say thank you for all that you do for these animals. They deserve to be safe and loved. I’ve had two successful adoptions so far from your facility and I wanted to share my story in hopes that it will encourage somebody else to realize what wonderful dogs you can find in a shelter.
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Found My Lost Lola
I just wanted to send an email to express my gratitude to OC Animal Care. I know most people are not happy to see the "dog catcher." In fact, in the past, I've not always appreciated seeing the trucks driving around but I definitely have a different viewpoint now.

Kiska
I got a cat a couple years ago from the OC Animal Care shelter, named Buffy, who I absolutely loved. She was fancy, fussy, and the best cat in the world. Last year, my poor Buffy got spinal cancer and passed away. It was harder than I ever imagined it would be to lose her.
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Lexi
This is a story of my adoption in April 2006. I went to the shelter in April, 2006 to help my sister look for a pup. I already had two dogs and was not looking for another.
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Tyton
Just a little over four months ago, I came into your facilities looking for a dog for my house in Manhattan Beach. After about 15 minutes of walking around, I happened to pass by kennel #342, where a seven month old male Pit Bull puppy caught my eye.
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Sebastian
I adopted my beautiful cat, Sebastian, from the Orange County Animal Shelter in July 1993 and I can’t imagine my life without him. I fell in love with him the minute I saw him at the shelter and spontaneously started calling him Sebastian—the name just came to me on the spot and suits him perfectly.
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Derby
On August 31, 2006, there were two dogs at the animal shelter that our family was interested in. We didn't want an older dog or a male dog. Both dogs were 15 months old and males.

As we were visiting a tri-color Australian shepherd mix, the other German shepherd was being adopted. Well, what a blessing that was. Our dog, now named Derby, has been a joy.


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Sasha
I adopted my 1 year old cat named Sasha from the O.C. Animal Shelter on 1/8/08. She is truly a delight and the best pet I have ever had.
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Matty
In October, I adopted a very matted Maltese female thought to be about five years old. Well, we got off to a little bit of a rocky start as she had not been properly housebroken and did not know how to use a doggie door.
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Buddy

About six months after our LuLu had passed, we decided our Annie needed a brother/sister. I wanted to rescue a dog, so one Saturday about a year and a half ago, I went over to the OC Animal Shelter.

We fell in love with a little six year old terrier mix we named Buddy. He has become the apple of my eye.


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Bailey
It was love at first site when I visited the Orange County shelter and saw little Bailey.
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SweetPea & Binky
I would like to share my story of adopting two dogs from your shelter. “Lucky” and “Katie” had been adopted by a woman from Fullerton and she unexpectedly passed away in October leaving the dogs homeless. A caring friend rescued them and brought them back to your shelter where they stayed for over one month pending notification of relatives.
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Maltese Puppy
Back in Aug. 2007, the county had confiscated 80 different pets from a pet shop in Santa Ana. One of them was an eight week old Maltese that was dehydrated, very sick and probably would have died if the shelter didn't take him away from the pet store owner.
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Dakota
After losing our dear black lab, "Molly," I didn't feel the love would ever come back for another pet. I was fortunate to have Molly for 15 years and her last six months she was fighting cancer but everyday with us was a blessing.
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Brutus
It was Christmas 2006, and I knew all I wanted was a dog, to save a life. Our "family" had grown to include a rabbit, cat, bird, two lizards, and even a tarantula. We knew the right dog would complete our family. But it had to be the RIGHT dog, not just any old shelter dog. We were hesitant to go to the shelter because we knew once there, we would feel obligated to take one home and we could not take the risk of it being the wrong dog.
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Cecile & Sadie
We were happy to find these two sisters from the same litter at Animal Care Services. It didn’t take very long for them to adopt us as their new home and loving owners.
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Patch
I’ve had Patch for over two months now and things have been great! My husband is currently deployed and I wanted a companion while he’s away. I was hesitant to adopt a cat because I’ve never owned a cat. My impression of sheltered cats was that they are very anti-social because most are feral. Not to mention, there are two dogs in our house that belong to my brother. Despite all that, I went for it anyway.
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Hazel
We adopted Hazel as a Christmas present, but she's so much more! She has become a part of our family and her sweet-but-silly personality comes out more each day.
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Chip
It was pretty difficult for our family to adopt a new dog. We lost our Schnauzer, Gizmo, after having him for sixteen years. We decided to try again with a new dog and were pleasantly surprised with our new little friend, Chip.
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Casper
When we decided to move forward with adopting a kitten, I was convinced we had to rescue one through the animal shelter. As I walked through all the cages, my heart was drawn to this little white kitten, scared and needing a home. I was told he was going to need a lot of patience at the beginning as he did not adapt well to the shelter environment… I knew we had to adopt him and get him out of the shelter environment and into our home!
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Gracie
We adopted Gracie from the OC Animal Shelter in April of 2006. She was very timid the first few weeks; dealing with new surroundings, people, and a respiratory infection (she could not smell her food and was becoming dangerously underweight). After antibiotics, gaining weight, and becoming acclimated with her environment, she has become a wonderful addition to our family.
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Angel
Well, if anyone had told me I could love a dog so much I would have laughed! I have never had a dog and I did not want one, more so because I feel if you have a dog it has to be part of the family and loved like a family member. My girls have begged me for years to get a dog; they are eight and ten years old. For the past four months I have been taking care of my niece form England who has cancer, and has been staying with me. She is the one that said “Let’s go to the pound!”
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Tootsi
Abbey, our five year old daughter, was asking for a dog for a very long time. She decided that she wanted a Chihuahua because they are small enough for her to carry. We found the animal shelter in Orange County. Abbey looked at all of the dogs and chose Tootsi (Gypsy in the shelter).

Penelope
Almost a year ago, my Chihuahua named Peppy, who I had for seven years was hit by an approaching car and died. This was a great loss for my husband and I. Even though we knew we couldn’t replace Peppy, we decided shortly after that we wanted to get another dog. This time instead of going out to the pet store and buying one, we chose to adopt one.
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Baci
About a year ago I found myself lost. I couldn't find anyone I knew anywhere. Then a very nice person invited me into their truck and took me to jail. Jail isn't so bad. There are lots of nice people to talk to and lots of other dogs there. I even saw some chickens and heard some cats. But still, I was looking for someone to take me home.

Jane Fonda
One week after our beautiful Akita Shepherd mix was hit and killed, we were determined not to let the sorrow we felt over losing her overwhelm us. We realized that the best way to honor her was to save another animal in need. So on March 11, 2007, we made our way to the shelter to do just that.
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Fisher
On October 24th I adopted Fisher, a young female Jindo and German shepherd mix. She is such a great dog; I must say the joy of my life. I can’t wait to get home everyday to be with her.
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Sophie Girl
After adopting another dog less than a year ago, the Lovchik Family was back unexpectedly. We were at the right place at the right time when we adopted Sophie Girl. Sophie was in a kennel with two other siblings. The puppies were only 12 weeks old.
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Louis
For as far back as I can remember, all my life I have prayed to have my very own dog, and thanks to Orange County Animal Care Shelter my prayers have been answered. After searching through rescue organizations without luck, my uncle suggested that we take some time to visit your shelter.
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Sunny
We adopted a beautiful Pit bull mix a month ago and couldn't be happier with our new puppy, Sunny! She has the sweetest, happiest personality and has become a real joy in our lives.
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Toby
Thank you. Toby is an absolutely delightful little guy. He is full of curiosity and playfulness and, given room, he can reach 50 miles and hour faster than a bullet.
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Sally
Our son and his family adopted Sally on July 31, 2007.
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Ramona
I was not planning on getting a black cat but after passing this little black cat, so scrawny and hairless where she shouldn't be hairless. I noticed she seemed especially alert, munching on her vittles, and not really dismayed by her sad surroundings. I put my finger in the cage and she immediately went to lick it and I thought to myself this is the cat for me.
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Mack
Mack (was known as Ricky at the shelter) has been a great companion. We have had him for a month and a half and have already house trained him on his own. He has a lot of energy and loves attention. There were so many other dogs that I would have loved to taken home, but Mack seemed to be the right size and breed to live comfortably with us.
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Annie
After losing our beloved Bailey, our dog, Hana, was lost and so lonely. I asked my husband to go and find a dog from your facility. I had two children under age three and had no desire for a puppy. My husband found Annie and she has been the perfect addition to our family.
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Grisley & Bosley
In 2000, I was ready to adopt a new dog and I knew I'd find my new friend at the Orange County shelter—so many nice dogs to choose from! I found the one for me and, oddly enough, my boyfriend picked him without knowing which one I'd selected on the website the night before! The 5-month old pup, black, grungy, and matted from the lack of love, selected us. We named him "Grizzly" due to his large size and bear-like walk..
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Boo & Bella
In Oct. of 2006, I rescued a 3-month old kitten from the OC Animal Shelter that I named Boo. He was one of three brothers who were brought in as strays.
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Papercut
My roommate and I adopted a cat from your shelter and we immediately fell in love with her.

Oreo
I adopted Oreo in January of 2007. She only has 3 legs, but sometimes she is stronger than me.
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Slider
My son and I took quite a long time trying to find the perfect dog. We looked for a year before we finally found Lucky Girl. She was a sweet and very timid Chihuahua mix at Orange County Animal Care Shelter. Unfortunately, Lucky Girl decided that no one would be allowed near us. We had to take her back on Easter Sunday. My son's heart was broken and he cried the entire way to OCACS. I sent him to look at the dogs while I took care of Lucky Girls paperwork and made sure that she was given an opportunity to try and find another home.
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Winston
Me and my husband went to the pound just to visit the dogs that were their and look around.
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Bubbles
We had recently lost our beautiful little Buster, our 6 year old Tabby cat, who was truly a member of our family. After exhausting our search for Buster, we sent out over 400 flyers and putt a full page ad in a local paper (I know pretty crazy!)
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Suzy Q
Adopting a dog from the shelter is not always the easiest way to acquire an animal, but I've adopted two now in the last five years and I’ve been very happy with both.

Heff
I got this wonderful cat (Heff) March 7, 2007. I was told he didn't like being held, which in fact he does.

Xena
Hi, my name is Xena. I came to the shelter as a very skinny stray puppy. On Valentine's Day I met my new family.
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Baxter
It had been 2 months since my beloved red tabby Christopher was missing. So after much thought, I went to Petco and bought cat toys, food, treats, a litter box, dishes, a brush, scratching posts; the whole 9 yards.
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Mayday
We came to the shelter on May 1st. So we named our 6 month old Labrador retriever mix puppy Mayday! We had lost 2 of our beloved pets in the last 3 months- one to lymphoma and one to congestive heart failure.

Jade
This is the best kitty in the whole wide world! We came to the shelter to look for a kitten, although we were a bit early for "kitten season." We had previously put our cat (Rudy) to sleep because he had cancer.
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Sophie
I came to the Animal Care Services Center to find a new dog after my very old dog had passed away.

Boss
My husband's much loved 10 year old dog passed away last year and I have never owned a dog. We were originally all set on a small dog a pug or a Boston terrier and ended up falling in love with a 2yr old black chowchow.
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Dixie
We adopted Dixie from the Shelter on March 19, 2006 and we cannot believe how much of a part of our lives she has become. I say we, but really she was adopted by my 18 year old son, Ryan. I fell in love with her in minutes even though I didn't want to; we cannot imagine our life without her.
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King Lear
We adopted our King Lear Bubbaz on 12/27/2006 from the shelter. He was the first furry child we adopted as a couple, and he remains the King of our hearts to this day. Since we adopted him, we have adopted another male cat and two female puppies, all of which he reigns over.
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Stormy
If the adage about cats and nine lives holds true, this lucky feline is on round 2. The black-and-white male kitten was rescued unhurt after it got trapped in a storm drain near El Camino Real and West Drive in Tustin. Firefighters used power saws and drills borrowed from a nearby Home Depot to open a manhole cover to gain access to the animal.
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Roscoe
My son and I are amazed at our recent adoption from the OC Animal Care Center, Roscoe. This little pit mix boy is just an angel- I mean PERFECT manners.
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Rosie
Hello. My name is Rosie. It's taken me awhile to get around to this, but I was adopted on April 29th, 2006, the four month anniversary of my stay at the shelter.
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Tiger
Dear Amanda (foster mommy),
I am doing great and I love my new home. I have lots of room to run around and hunt for my mice.
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Toby
We adopted Toby in Jan 2005 at the Orange animal Shelter. I had been looking for about 2 months for our new addition, but had not found our special one! We walked by Toby's kennel but he stayed huddled in the back scared to death. We called to him and he slowly came and greeted us.
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Buster
We adopted Hoppity (now Buster) almost a year ago as a companion to our girl Toby.

Pickle
I would just like to take a moment to share our story. My fiancée and I adopted Pickle in October.


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Darla
In April of 2006 my husband and I were moving and we had just adopted a dog named Petie. Petie was terrified of our cat Bonkers so we decided to go and find him a companion that could keep him company. I visited shelters after shelters but couldn't find a dog that I had a connection to. After about a month I was starting to give up until I happen to walk past a little white pit bull puppy.

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Lolli
I used to be known as A0743537 when I was in your care earlier in 2006. Luckily for me, I was adopted and have a proper name now; Lolli! I also have two parents who love me to death and a new husband, Gonzo!
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Curly-Sue
My husband and I had been looking for a chocolate Cocker Spaniel for 6 months. We checked out pet shops and online websites for available puppies. Unfortunately, not only were they expensive, but buying a puppy required much more time than we could give.
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Umeda
We adopted our puppy from Orange County Animal Care in the summer of 2006. She has been an absolute joy to our family. Our granddaughter named her Umeda, which means Japanese Plum Flower.
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Max
I had wanted a dog for a very long time. However, I traveled a lot and didn't think that my husband and I could take care of a dog. One weekend I decided to go to the shelters again to see some lovely dogs not thinking that I was going to go home with one. I had checked out the available pets on line the day before. I saw a frightened yellow lab that is later named "Max."
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Whiskie
I received an adopted pet from your shelter as a gift and he has turned out to be an amazing friend and a huge part of my family. I received Whiskie the mini schnauzer back in August from my best friend. She called me at work and told me to come home immediately. When I did there was this little man in the bathroom waiting for me. I bent down to pick him up and got a million kisses!
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Moya
Hi OC Animal Shelter!
This is Moya ( the larger shepherd, from OC shelter ) with her new puppy friend Luna (from GSROC), do you remember Moya from 2004 (A639615)? I spotted her in your shelter and just couldn't believe my eyes. She leaned into the cage door and when I reached in to pat her with a few fingers she shuttered with delight, then I asked her about her tennis ball someone left in her cage and she immediately ran to give it to me.
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Buster
In March of 2006 we lost our beloved bunny to old age. My three girls were heart-broken, as was I. Since we had rescued our sweet bunny from the streets, we knew that our next bunny would be one that needed rescuing, too.
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Lukka
I adopted this rat, Lukka, from the animal shelter as a cage mate for my other rat. I originally saw the rat on the website and noticed he was pointed like a Himalayan (a color pattern I'd been looking for) and couldn't pass it up.
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Ginny Mae
My adoption story happened 5 years ago, when I went to the shelter (the ONLY place to find a pet) to find a dog after I had to have my sealyham terrier (also from a shelter in San Diego) put down.
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Wally
We recently purchased a dog from the animal shelter in August of 2006. We had another dog and felt he may get lonely outside and need a friend and that is exactly what Wally is!
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Chloe & Cosmo
First, thank you to the animal shelter for rescuing us and keeping us safe until our new parents found us! Our names are "Chloe" and "Cosmo Kramer" (Cosmo is on the right in the picture) and we were rescued on June 1st, 2006 by our loving new parents.
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Jindow
About three months ago we adopted a dog from Animal Care Services. A Jindo mix that we named "Jindow." I wanted to thank you for this precious gift and let you know that he is a joyand all the happiness he has brought into our home is indescribable!
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Missy
Hi Everyone!

My wife, Linda, and I adopted Missy, a 5-year-old Black Lab mix, from the ACC on Aug. 27, 2002. Linda had been asking for about a year if we could get a dog and I finally agreed.


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Sergeant
Remember us? We adopted Buddy around April 1st, 2006… We wanted to thank you for all the care you showed to us and especially to Buddy. Since we brought him home, we have renamed him "Sergeant." We wanted to give all of you an update on how he is doing. We brought Sergeant home on a Thursday and noticed that he was not feeling so well.
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Skipper
My three children – ages 17, 9 and 4 - have wanted a pet as long as I can remember, but my husband didn't want the "mess or inconvenience" of having a pet. After visiting the Animal Shelter one day, I went home and told my husband that I’d found the perfect dog and listed all of her positive attributes: small, short-haired, affectionate, happy, energetic. He then listed all of the reasons he didn’t want a dog: a dog will bark all night, dig up the flowerbeds, the kids will ignore it, and “it will just be more work for me.” So we took a vote.
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Waldo
Thank you for taking care of me while I was there at the shelter. I am a red Miniature Pinscher and was adopted on April 30, 2003. I recently celebrated my 5th birthday with a cake from Three Dog Bakery.
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Gypsy
A brief update on Gypsy, adopted April 4, 2006. We just wanted to let you know that Gypsy is a dream pet.
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Charlie
Two weeks into the New Year (2006) our beloved dog passed away due to several health issues. I am a caregiver for a wonderful senior citizen, who has loved and cared for animals all her life. The emptiness in our hearts and in the house was huge.
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Cicero
My name is Cicero. I had been under the OC Animal Shelter's care back in November of 2005; at that time I was about 7 months old. I don’t remember much of my time that was spent there, but I can try to catch you up to speed on what has happened since I was adopted!
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Diva
On October 20, 2005, I brought Diva home from the Orange County Animal Care Center. This 5-year-old Belgian Sheepdog (mix) immediately became the alpha dog of the yard and my 10-year-old yellow Labrador still doesn't know what to make of her.
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Gomez & Twitch
My kids and I had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Stanley. We loved him so much. One day, when he was only four years old, he literally coughed once or twice, then rolled over and passed away. The vet said that he must have had a heart abnormality and had a massive heart attack. We were really devastated, especially as he was so young and it was so sudden.
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Jake
My grandmother and I both had an empty space in our hearts after recently losing our beloved "Tekla" a beautiful black Labrador Retriever. We finally made the decision to bring another friend home to become a part of our family, so we headed on down to Orange County Animal Care.
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Jake
My grandmother and I both had an empty space in our hearts after recently losing our beloved "Tekla" a beautiful black Labrador Retriever. We finally made the decision to bring another friend home to become a part of our family, so we headed on down to Orange County Animal Care.
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Laci
We adopted a Border Collie mix named "Tubbs" from a rescue organization when he was just 4 months old in December of 2004. Tubbs was extremely lonely after his friend “Reese” had to leave us, so we figured we needed to get him a friend, and thought that there would be no better place than the OC Animal Shelter!
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Spike
I am writing to thank you for Spike who I adopted on December 11, 2005. I absolutely love this guy! He is so beautiful and has a lovely temperament. Spike is well mannered, social, and very gentle. I feel so lucky to have been able to bring him into my home and provide a warm bed for him to sleep on.
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Mr. Tumnus
Dear Friends,
If you had a choice between a dog and $500 which would you choose?
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Beatrix
My husband and I lost our cat of 15 years on Christmas day. The vet we took her to made us promise we would come to the shelter and at least look and some of the cats. I am really glad we did.
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Beauregard
Dear OCAC,

I want to thank you for finding me a new home… it is just perfect. I now live in the country with lots of room to play. I have enclosed some pictures so you can see for yourselves.


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Ivory and Cali
Two years ago I adopted two six-month-old kittens from your shelter. They are the best of friends and play every day together.
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Roxanne Marie
I have had the pleasure of this dog's company for over a year after picking her up from the OC shelter on City Drive last September. I could not believe such a beautiful, intelligent and sweet dog was just discarded by someone.
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Jack
I adopted Jack a month ago from your shelter and wanted to let you know how much fun we are having together! He is the smartest, sweetest, friendliest, and most trainable dog I could have ever hoped for.
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Brandy
I am so very happy that I decided to take "Brandy" home with me. I had been doing research for about two years, trying to make a decision on getting a dog. I had been reading a lot about how much exercise and attention dogs require, and I wanted to be sure my husband and I would be able to devote the time needed.
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Star
Star came into the Care Center as a stray. She had a terrible skin infection. We had to shave her to treat her. Golden Retriever Rescue of Greater LA adopted her. After two months of treatment, she found a forever home
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Barkley
I wanted to take the time to write you all and update you on the status of my little Maltese mix that I adopted from you guys on March 5th, 2005. As you can see from his before photo, he was terribly neglected. I owe a great deal to your on site veterinarian, Dr. Manclark who went to great lengths to test him and talk to me before agreeing that he get adopted out to the public.
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Daisy May
We found "Daisy May" all alone on the streets dirty, hungry, and thirsty back in August 2005. She did not have any visible identification, nor were there any signs posted in or around the neighborhood in which we found her.We held on to her for three days before deciding to contact the county shelter.
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Chester
Dear OC Animal Care,
I just wanted to take a few moments to share with you a lovely success story. Last June, my brother-in-law was flitting through a newspaper when he saw a picture of "Luther", an Airedale mix. What caught his eye was the dogs face was very reminiscent of another dog, my 17-year old Airedale mix, Eddie Valentino. My beloved friend I have cherished since he was 6-weeks old.
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Bailey
We had no plans of getting a dog when we found and adopted Bailey, a 6-month old chocolate Lab and German Shorthair Pointer mix in march 2002. Jennifer, who works at UCI medical center, saw her picture on the web site one day, and decided to walk over to the Animal Care Center to see her in person. She immediately impressed us, she was so sweet and energetic at the shelter, and we just had to take her home.
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Molly & Chloe Find a Home
My husband and I had recently lost one of our two cats. We missed her terribly. A friend, and fellow pet-lover, said something that got us to thinking. She said, "You know you can never replace her, but there are so many animals out there that need your special kind of love." She had adopted a dog herself that was nearing the date for euthanasia at a local humane society. She had also earlier adopted a cat at the same facility. We weren't sure we were ready to get another cat. But, she had been talking about the benefits of a dog, as had a neighbor. We had always owned just two or three cats at a time. After a few weeks, I went on the Internet web site recommended by this friend to see what animals were available. I looked at both cats and dogs and saw this adorable llaso apso.
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Layback
It was about 8-9 years ago that I visited your adoption center. My purpose was to see if I could find a cat. I spent a couple of hours looking around and didn't really see what I wanted. Then I saw this cage sitting off by itself. It was labeled "available now". I must have walked by it several times and didn't notice it.
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Brodie
We adopted a one year old husky mix from your facility two weeks ago and could not be happier. He is so sweet and such a ray of sunshine around the house.
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Maggie
I just wanted to let you know Hunter named the puppy Maggie. She shook the whole way home. I felt so bad for her being away from her siblings for the first time. As soon as she saw Zach (my yellow lab) her tail wagged and she stopped shaking. They kissed a couple of times and she has been fine ever since. She slept part of the night in the bathroom and part in bed
with Hunter. No indoor accidents. She lets us know when she wants to go out. Incredible little girl. Very smart!
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Kacey is Online, Again
"I would like to thank OC Animal Care for their assistance in finding a lost pet. In December 2000 my neighbor's dog, Kacey, got out and we searched around the neighborhood. We all went home in disappointment after not being able to find Kacey. I went home that night wishing there was a way to find her.
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Gibi's Big Adventure
(Orange, CA) Animal Care Center officials say the number of pets they've been able to return has risen over the past year. Gibi flew home Tuesday, the lucky dog. A big, 11-year-old, terrier- style mutt from Oregon, Gibi got lost last week while vacationing with his family in Anaheim.
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Mikie
Hi Everybody,
I wanted to write you a letter to say "Thank-You" and let you know "Mikie" aka Solomon is doing great. He is a blessing, and I am very thankful to have been the one who got the chance to bring him home.
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Lucy Loves Her New Big Backyard
"We just wanted to thank you for our wonderful new dog. We named her Lucy and she loves her new big back yard. She sleeps with the boys every night."
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Lady Alone
I just wanted to update you on the last dog that CARE brought down to San Juan from your facility. You helped me photograph her so that we could find her a foster home, "Lady Alone" (right photo). It sure worked, we found her one right away.
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