Success Stories

News ImageAngesOn March 27th of this year a dog attacked my horse in O’Neil Park. It was a terrifying experience for me and I was one day at a time when 2 weeks later my 17 ½ year old cat passed away. I was at a very low point.
A few days after my cat died I went on the OC Animal Care website. There was only 1 cat I was interested in-Tabitha. I went to meet her. She was in her kennel lying there and would not open her eyes. The shelter helper took her out and we went into the meeting room. Tabitha hid the entire time, I went home and “slept on it.” I wanted to be sure I was ready for a new cat and not trying to replace my old cat. In the morning I called OC Animal Care and said I would be coming to pick her up.
Tabitha (now Agnes) didn’t make a peep the entire 30 minute drive home. She spent 10 minutes checking the new place out, then ran up to me and started purring and snuggling and she hasn’t stopped purring since! She is the sweetest, friendliest cat! My husband liked her right away and my 2 grown children liked her also when they came for Mother’s Day, Agnes has been my life-saver! Thank you for all you do for the animals of Orange County.

News ImageJacksonIn December of 2014, Sean and I lost our 12 year old Beagle/Harrier cross, Berkley to B-cell lymphoma, while the loss was crushing to us, we could not explain to our cat Mr. Kitty why Berkley did not come home. After, noticing that Mr. Kitty was experiencing stress from being an only pet, we decided that we needed another dog. However, living in a apartment meant that we were on the search for a dog that was an apartment friendly size but could still keep up with us on hikes and outdoor adventures.

Jackson, stepped into our lives to fill that void, a 2 year old Miniature Pinscher/Manchester Terrier cross. When Jackson came to Orange County Animal Care and Control with an injury to his left front elbow, luckily Jackson was able to get surgery on his leg with the assistance of Noble Friends Foundation. Jackson has been attending physical therapy at Muller Veterinary Hospital (Walnut Creek, CA) to get back the strength in his leg and is now doing superbly! He enjoys his friendship with Mr. Kitty, going on long walks, chasing squirrels and riding in the car. He is a ham and charms all those who meet him!

News ImageHarleyI adopted the tiniest, skinniest and saddest kitten I saw. Her fur was so rough. Now she is soft, healthy and loves attention. She has toys everywhere, cat trees and even an older brother that loves her. Its like she’s another kitten! She is the princess of the house and is loved and adored by us all. I’m so glad I adopted her. She has helped my broken heart after losing my Ragdoll of 6 years. If it wasn’t for her I would be depressed and my home would feel empty.

News ImageKendallI went to the adoption fair not really knowing what to expect. I met and considered several options before meeting my Kenny. All the other choices always had something that just didn’t quite fit what I wanted. One needed a buddy, another barked too much and yet another jumped too high for my 63 inch fence! Then I saw him, sitting on one of the volunteer’s laps, my Kenny. She placed him on my lap and he looked up at me, sniffed and sighed as if he were already home. In the end, I’m not quite sure who picked who, but he was mine from that minute on. I could not be any happier!! Going home to him is the best part of my day!

News ImageLincolnWhen I brought Lincoln home from OC Animal Care 5 years ago he had no name, no manners, no commands, no potty training. Did I mentioned he howled like a beagle on steroids?? He was clearly someone's neglected backyard dog. We went through a lot. Lots of expensive training, several moves, a few heartbreaks...I even studied abroad for a year without him. Today, things have calmed down and we have a wonderful life together. He's truly my best friend. We hike and camp together, he loves long bike rides. He's so sweet and well behaved, it's like he can read my mind. I love him so much. Thank you for saving a dog who has changed my life forever.