Success Stories

News ImageMrs. PicklesJust over 4 years ago to the day, my wife Ava (cc’d here) and I came to the pound on a chilly January morning to line up and hopefully pick up a dog we’d been following on line - waiting for her to have her necessary shots and surgery etc. We were told she was around a year old, a Lhasa Apsa Mini Poodle mix. Nothing else was known about her. Many of the dogs there were lively that day, but this one was all the way at the back of the kennel, still sleepy from her operation the day before. She looked sad. Well, 4 years later she’s a bouncy little character called Mrs. Pickles! After numerous attempts at training, she still barks incessantly if we leave her alone and will randomly choose someone to growl at for no obvious (to us) reason. She has calmed down over the years though and everyone says she’s so much mellower than when she first came home with us. Frankly though - we don’t care. We love her so very much - she’s been a total blessing in our lives. She loves to play, chase a ball, have a tickle… you know. She goes to our local, Laguna Beach dog park most days, where she has a regular pack of doggy friends to chase around - we have made close human friends there too. Recently we took her on a long road trip. She’s happiest when the 3 of us are together. Anyway - I just wanted to write to you to thank you for the work you do. I’m sure most people are like us: we arrive, take an animal and never return (why would we/they?), but it’s Mrs P’s “birthday” week and I was just thinking of you guys. You have made a little dog and two people immensely happy. I honestly don’t know what the 3 of us would do without each other. She has changed our lives. Mrs. Pickles, Ava & I couldn’t be more grateful. Attached is a “before and after” shot, from her kennel at the shelter to last week at home, with us.
Thank you.



News ImageKataraOne year ago today I adopted a 1 year old "Owner surrendered" Husky/Cattledog mix from your shelter. It was the BEST thing that's ever happened for either of us, so we're writing to say THANK YOU!!! Her name there was "Becky", but I gave her the name of "Katara" (named after my last dog's favorite toy) to start her new life. Her previous owners said she had "too much energy & was destructive". I think she just wanted more attention because I work from home & I've never had a single problem with her since the day I brought her home...she's PERFECT! She hasn't chewed a single thing & is very well behaved. We do lots of fun things together & go to the park almost every day. She never leaves my side, is my best friend & I'm so thankful that we found each other. It was the perfect match, so again.... THANK YOU, not only for bringing her in my life, but for ALL everyone there does for the animals in need! I've attached a few photos of "Katara" living her new life & some of the fun things we've done over the past year. Feel free to share them on your website or social media as references/testimonials, etc if desired.
Forever grateful,
Kathy (& Katara!)


News ImageAnnie and LuckyTo the Staff at OC Animal Care,
My two "adoptees" are doing well Annie, (aka Lily), is over five now and is the love of my life. Lucky, is two and a half years old and is Mr. Personality and so sweet. Thank you for allowing me to adopt them and bless you for the work you do for homeless animals.

News ImageBoomerIt’s ME – Boomer! I don’t know if you remember me or not but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year and send on a great big thank you for taking care of me at the OC Animal Care facility. This Christmas is surely the best I’ve ever had – I wanted to send you this now and tell you what’s been happening in my life since September when I found myself at the shelter! Even asked my mom if she would print up some pictures so you can see what a handsome dude I’ve become!
I now live in a home in Lake Forest with my “sister,” a black lab mix, Jetta, a gal also adopted from the OC Animal Care facility 5 years ago……… She’s very nice, prefers to stay by herself most of the time, but still tolerates me with some of my enthusiastic ways! But this letter is about ME!
My mom takes very good care of me – I eat 2 cups of Wellness senior dog food with some canned meat added 2 times a day – I’m now 82 lbs., definitely handsome, but then maybe distinguished is a better word with my grey muzzle! Probably should weigh much more, but my mom says with my hip/spine problems, I’m just about right. Don’t want too much weight on the old bones! I’m on Tramadol and Rimadyl after each meal, and boy do I like the cream cheese the Tramadol is hidden in….. Every morning we take a walk around a big block in the neighborhood where I can check my “business cards” left the day before by other dogs…. Gosh I sure do like doing that!
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News ImageNelsonI first met Nelson on a Thursday. I saw him on the app. Listing available dogs. I drove down from Anaheim, excited to meet my new BFF. I waited in the meet/greet area. The Volunteer brought him to meet me, as she opened the gate to let him thru, I noticed he had not much hair on this body from his waist down, he had lots of freckles, but no hair!
So I tried to look past this, I called him, hoping he would be thrilled to meet his new guardian.
He looked at me, sneezed and proceeded to smell all the areas that other dogs had been! I finally got to him, picked him up and tried to give him love. He turned his face away, really wanting nothing to do with me!
I decided I didn't want to waste my one adoption on a dog that had no interest in me. So I said no thank you, proceeded to look around at all the others and see if there was another that I felt connected with. I left with no new friend.
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