For those that I haven't met yet (and let's be honest, that's almost all of you since I haven't even officially started yet!), my name is Mike Kaviani, and as of tomorrow, August 17, I am the new Director of OC Animal Care.
Like so many of you, when I learned of the tragic death of the dog Valerie, and the horrifying reports of abuse, I felt sickened. In the subsequent days, I've felt anger and frustration. Now that we've learned the abuse was not true, it feels like a roller coaster of reactions. In the wake of this event, I want to channel these emotions into something productive, which is a process I've seen many in our animal-loving community go through as I've read the heartfelt messages across social media. I want us to still honor Valerie's memory.
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August 9, 2018
Update Regarding a Dog who was Adopted from OC Animal Care
OC Animal Care staff is aware of a situation with a dog, “Valerie,” recently adopted from our shelter. Our staff and volunteers are deeply saddened to learn of her passing and the alleged circumstances involving her death. Valerie was with us for three months and was loved by many.
Although this incident occurred outside of our jurisdiction and we are not the investigating agency, we are working with the local authorities in Los Angeles regarding this case. OC Animal Care is providing them all the information we have about Valerie and will continue to assist in their ongoing investigation.
The OC Animal Care shelter does not discriminate against those wishing to adopt unless they are suspected of or have been convicted of animal offenses. We utilize information about investigations from our own animal control as well as other law enforcement agencies to make this determination. We take the safety of all animals in our care seriously and, as a result of the circumstances surrounding Valerie’s death, the individual who adopted Valerie is now ineligible for future adoptions at our shelter.
If you have any additional information regarding this case, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force at 213-486-0450.
July 18, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Free Adoptions Continue for Animals Available longer than 7 Days
Due to an abundance of dogs, cats and other animals, OC Animal Care will immediately begin waiving fees for animals available for adoption longer than seven days.
The waiver includes all regular adoption fees with the exception of a $27 charge for rabies licensing. The waiver will remain in effect through August 4 or until OC Animal Care capacity level dips below 60 percent.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the Fee Waiver Resolution in 2016, which calls to forego regular adoption costs when shelter capacity reaches above 80 percent. The resolution also applies when the shelter is expecting to see a sharp increase in numbers, such as the increase seen during the Fourth of July holiday.
OC Animal Care has been having a busy kitten season as well and has seen an increase in overall intake numbers since moving into its new facility in Tustin. Numbers have hovered around an 80 percent capacity and have now reached over 90 percent.
OC Animal Care is also encouraging animal lovers to temporarily foster a shelter pet. OC Animal Care has successfully fostered over 3500 animals and this is a great opportunity to save lives and give a little personal time and attention to these animals before they make their adoption debut!
July 4, 2018
Extreme Heat Warning & How to Keep Your Pets Safe!
There is an extreme heat warning in Orange County until Saturday, July 7th at 9 pm. Temperatures are expected to reach over 100 degrees and it's important for pet owners to be aware of how to keep your pet safe from the heat!
Click the links below for hot weather tips on how to keep your pet safe and healthy as well as what to do if you see any signs of heat stroke with them!
June 29, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: OC Animal Care will Waive Fees to Encourage Adoptions
Due to an abundance of dogs, cats and other animals, OC Animal Care will begin waiving fees for pets adopted by residents across Orange County.
The waiver includes all regular adoption fees with the exception of a $27 charge for rabies licensing and will begin on June 29. The waiver will remain in effect until the capacity at the shelter drops below 60 percent.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the Fee Waiver Resolution in 2016, which calls to forego regular adoption costs when shelter capacity reaches above 80 percent. The resolution also applies when the shelter is expecting to see a sharp increase in numbers such as that during the Fourth of July holiday.
OC Animal Care has been dealing with a busy kitten season and has seen an increase in overall intake numbers since moving into its new facility in Tustin. Numbers have hovered around an 80 percent capacity and have now reached 93 percent.
The shelter has recently been promoting adoptions to help lower the numbers by offering free cat adoptions through the "Cool Cats of Summer" promotion and free pitbull or pitbull mix adoptions through the "Pit Pit Hooray" promotion.
OC Animal Care is also encouraging animal lovers to temporarily foster a shelter pet to help ease the load during the Fourth of July holiday. The days surrounding this holiday have historically been the busiest days for OC Animal Care, with intake numbers more than doubling due to escaped and lost, frightened pets. To protect pets who may get lost, OC Animal Care is offering free pet tags every Saturday in June, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1630 Victory Road, Tustin 92782. "It’s important that pet owners know that a tag or microchip can be their pet’s ticket home" said OC Animal Care Interim Director Cymantha Atkinson.
June 19, 2018
OC Animal Care Attends Truck Adventures!
On Saturday, June 16, OC Animal Care attended the 2018 Truck Adventures at the OC Fair Grounds and the event was a huge success! We would like to give a special thank you to the hard work and dedication from our awesome Animal Control Officer team! Sergeant Alexandra Su and Animal Control Officers Edwin Espino, Adrianna Franco and Jessica Suggett had a great time meeting families in the community and showing them how OC Animal Care helps animals in need. Kids had a blast checking out the trucks, wrangling snakes, catching alligators and fishing for ducks!
OC Animal Care loves reaching out and being a resource for the community that they serve. Attending events such as the Truck Adventures helps staff reach out and connect with the public. If you are interested in having OC Animal Care come out to a community event, please call (714)796-6426.
We have an important update about a situation in the shelter.
We have identified the presence of panleukopenia and are immediately taking steps to contain the spread of this virus. Panleukopenia is a relatively common disease which can have serious consequences for unvaccinated and immune-immature cats and kittens. While panleukopenia is not unexpected in shelters this time of year, it is nonetheless concerning and we are taking the situation seriously.
We are taking a shelter-wide approach and implementing deep care and cleaning protocols with both staff and volunteers. Additionally we are limiting access to cats to in-kennel visits, and we are administering booster immunizations to all shelter cats. While dangerous to unvaccinated cats, there is no risk to the public visiting the shelter. Regardless, we continue to promote hand sanitization of all visitors as they enter and exit each cat area.
June 13, 2018
Anaheim Ducks, June Cogs for Dogs Pick: Mac!
Say hello to our Anaheim Ducks June Cogs for Dogs feature Mac! Mac is a 4-year-old, male, pit bull mix who is sweet as can be. Mac is a very easy going, independent, and gentle guy. When in the play yards, he enjoys sniffing and strolling around on his own and coming up to you for back scratches and hugs. However, what Mac loves most is his walks with our awesome volunteers! If you're looking for a dog to take on strolls through the park or go on easy hikes with, Mac is your guy! He will make a fantastic, loyal companion. Come meet him today! REMINDER: All pit bulls are free* to adopt during the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) for the month of June during our Pit Pit Hooray Promotion! Come find your new best friend! *not including microchip, licensing, or leash fees. Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support!
June 5, 2018
Bae Gives Back Helps OC Animal Care’s Shelter Pets!
Here at OC Animal Care, we are fortunate enough to receive so many great donations from the public and our partners. Bae Gives Back works to not only supply the public and their pets with dog supplies, but they also make a donation to our shelter with each purchase as well!
Bae Gives Back thought of this wonderful idea after adopting one of our Shih Tzu’s, Teddy, from our previous location in Orange. They noticed Teddy looked chilly in his kennel and though he, and all of the other dogs, would benefit from having nice, warm blankets, so Bae Gives Back was born!
Thanks to programs like Bae Gives Back, OC Animal Care is provided with fabulous donations that the staff and animals are incredibly thankful for. Make sure to check them out at www.baegivesback.com and continue making Happy Pets by Helping Pets!
June 1, 2018
Amazon Treasure Truck Donates to our Shelter Pets!
Most people look forward to Friday because the weekend, but in OC Animal Care’s case, it was the excitement of the Amazon Treasure Truck coming by! Although the Amazon Treasure Truck usually sells featured products, this special stop was to make a donation. Amazon partnered with the Purina Company and they had 1,500 cans of wet cat food, 250 cans of wet dog food, and 100 bags of treats, all of which they delivered to OC Animal Care. This donation is extremely appreciated by our staff and of course, the animals! Thank you to the Amazon Treasure Truck for recognizing the work being done at OC Animal Shelter and for a great way to start Friday! If you haven’t already, please check out the shelter’s Amazon wish list at http://a.co/b7s2NTt.
May 31, 2018
Officer Natalizio Helps Baby Hawk!
On Friday May 25, some residents reported a sick or injured baby owl on a path in the neighborhood. The path was filled with trees and adult birds hiding among them. The reporting party was advised it was most likely a healthy fledgling and to leave it be, however, an officer would be sent out to double check. Officer Natalizio reported to the location and once finding the bird, found it to be a baby raptor, possibly a hawk, not a baby owl.To be 100% sure if it was healthy and able to be left alone, Officer Natalizio took it to a doctor for further examination. The baby raptor was determined to be healthy and was returned to the wild near where it was found off the ground in a box. Thank you Officer Natalizio for your thoroughness and to the residents as well! We are thankful for our team and people in the community who care for animals as much as we do!
May 30, 2018
Animals for Armed Forces was a Huge Success!
OC Animal Care had a special adoption event honoring and thanking our service men and women on Memorial Day weekend. On May 25-27, anyone who currently served or was serving in the military, as well as their family members, were given the chance to adopt free of charge, not including the cost of licensing! A total of 21 furry friends found loving home with military families. OC Animal Care is grateful to have the opportunity to thank the people who protect our country by offering free adoptions for animals that will provide love and comfort. Special thank you to Animals for Armed Forces for sponsoring this adoption event.
May 26, 2018
Congrats 2017 Animal Control Officer of the Year and Animal Control Officer of the Quarter!
Our Animal Control Officers do amazing work everyday but today we would like to share 2017 Animal Control Officer of the Year Sergeant Su (left) and Animal Control Officer of the Quarter Officer Natalizio (right)! These two individuals were nominated by their peers.
Thank you for all that you do and making a difference!
May 18, 2018
Amazing Kitten Rescue!
You never know when you are going to get stuck in a tight situation, but you always mange to somehow get out. Sometimes you are able to get out by yourself and sometimes you need help from others like your family or friends. This doesn’t just apply to humans though; it applies to our furry friends too.
On Tuesday May 15 a small kitten found himself in a tight situation-literally; he was wedged between a cinderblock wall and shed. OC Animal Care Officer Holliday responded to situation along with Anaheim Fire Captain Ryan Lazar, Engineer Brent Hirst and Fire Fighter Dave Loya. To help the kitten, the team was cut access holes in the shed so that the kitten could have more room and so that Officer Holliday cold pull it out.
Thanks to this team of heroes, the kitten was saved and brought to OC Animal Care. Thank you to Officer Holliday and to Anaheim Fire for helping to save the kitten from a tight situation. We have all been there and it is always amazing to have someone there to help you out like they did with the kitten.
May 17, 2018
77 Feral Cats Released in April! Thanks Cats in Need Yorba Linda!
During the month of April, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 77 feral cats through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. 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.
Cats in Need Yorba Linda could use your help! If you are interested in being a part of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360 or email us at: Brittany.Hayes@occr.ocgov.com
Kitten season is upon us so we will be seeing a number of kittens around the neighborhoods and here at OC Animal Care. We want to share some steps with you about kitten care and to let you know that if you would like to foster any kittens, whether they are ones you find or ones you want to pick up from the shelter, we have Kitten Kits. If they are bottle kittens we can provide kitten formula and other supplies. You can foster until they are either 2 pounds or eating on their own. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
Spring Fling was the first free adoption event at the new OC Animal Care facility in Tustin. On April 28, 2018 people lined up outside the doors waiting to be let in at 11:00 am to start adopting their new best friend!
Doors were open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm for people to have meet and greets and adopt any of the available animals. Banners and balloons decorated walkways, buildings and rooms. Outside where people picked up their dogs there was a table of brand new collars which were donated so that people could leave with one for their new pets. There were also some props for people to use to take a quick picture with their dog they adopted before they left to commemorate their new happy beginning together. As people left they could also buy some sweet treats at the bake sale table where people donated delicious baked goods for the shelter.
By the end of the day there was a total of 62 adoptions. To be exact there were 20 dogs, 29 cats, 3 rabbits, and 10 other animals who found their forever homes! The event was filled with smiles, some special memories and changed lives. Although the event is over now, OC Animal Care can’t wait to see more people at future events.
Follow our social media platforms or check out website for future events so that you can enjoy the fun or find your perfect pal!
April 25, 2018
2 Shelter Dogs Adopted During the WAND BBQ Event!
On Saturday April 21st OC Animal Care was at the 22nd Annual West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Western BBQ at Maxwell Park. From 10 am to 2pm community members could participate in a number of activities from games, competitions, demonstrations, local vendors and interact with animals through pony rides and visiting potbellied pigs.
OC Animal Care was in attendance with four volunteers, and four dogs: Julia, Anita, Claudeen and Lilly. Julia and Anita both found their fur-ever homes at the event! Julia went home with an Anaheim Chief Advisory Board Member for the Anaheim Police Department and Anita went home with an Anaheim Fire and Rescue Community Engagement Officer. Not only were OC Animal Care staff and volunteers excited to see dogs go home, but they were also excited to see a friendly face. One of the potbellied pigs that was at the event was an OC Animal Care alumni! Sir Archibald was adopted in April 2017 and has been living his best life with his forever mom ever since.
The event brought a lot of people from the Anaheim community together and happy endings.
April 19, 2018
Update 4/19/18: Phone Lines Are Down
UPDATE 4/19/18: Our phone lines are down. Our IT department is working on resolving this issue ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience.
For the time being, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any general inquiries.
If you have questions about pet licensing, please contact us at Acslicensing@occr.ocgov.com
Thank you for your patience!
April 16, 2018
UPDATE: Continuing Technical Difficulties
UPDATE: Our phone lines are now working but we continue to have technical difficulties with our database. We will not be able to accept payments at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
For Animal Control Services, please call (714)259-1122
Thank you for your patience!
April 10, 2018
Orange Turns 130 Grand Re-Opening of Yorba Park was a Fun Filled Day for Dog Lovers
On Saturday April 7, 2018, the Orange Turns 130 Grand Re-Opening of Yorba Park brought together a community of dog lovers. From pet owners and people looking to adopt a new furry family member, there were people who started arriving at 9:30 am to await the 10:00 am ribbon cutting.
While waiting for the ribbon cutting and even after, guests could walk down a path of community resources like OC Animal Care, OC Waste and Recycling, local emergency pet hospitals, ASPCA, and local pet campus that provide a range of services from grooming, boarding, training classes and carnival games.
As the park filled with happy and excited dogs big, small, short and tall, and as families filled the walkway of tents, five volunteers and three staff members from OC Animal Care promoted the upcoming Spring Fling event on April 28th. They also answered questions about the new facility, ways to get involved, and about current animals available for adoption. Not only were OC Animal Care humans there but so were Snoopy, Glen and Brit, three dogs who were ready to go home and find their new families.
By 12:00 pm the crowds had thinned and lucky Britt was adopted. Britt was adopted by the woman who had actually helped bring her in as a stray and wanted to offer her a forever home. Although Snoopy and Glen came back to the shelter that day, they too were later adopted as well.
Orange Turns 130 Grand Re-Opening was an exciting few hours that brought some resources, awareness and fun to all who attended.
April 5, 2018
Discarded Fishing Line is Dangerous to Wildlife
On Friday March 31, Sergeant Su and Officer Craig responded to Tri-City Park in response to a report of an American coot who had fishing line tangled around its left leg. Unfortunately after trying to lure other coots and the injured one, some resourceful use of Cheez-its, and creative expansions of a net, the team was unable to catch the bird. However, the public was very appreciative of the display of team effort and persistence!
Remember when you do go fishing, fishing line is potentially dangerous and harmful to wildlife so it is important to pick up all and any fishing line that you see to help create a safe home for our animals in the community!
April 4, 2018
Congratulations, March Volunteer of the Month, Margaret!
Please join us in congratulating our volunteer of the month for March, Margaret! Margaret has been with OC Animal Care for just 9 months but has already become such a huge part of our volunteer family. During our big move and all of the events associated Margaret stepped up and became a superlative Greeter for our program, working many long hours many days in a row to assist our staff in the big transition. Margaret primarily likes to socialize with our bunnies but has stepped into the role of greeter in a big way this month! We are so grateful for our dedicated volunteers like Margaret who happens to have volunteered 6 out of the last 7 days! You can see her and our other amazing greeter volunteers at the front desk of our new facility where they are always happy to assist you! Thank you Margaret for all you do, and congratulations on being our March 2018 volunteer of the month!
April 4, 2018
Animal Control Team Attended the 2018 Spring Fling Eco-Fun Faire!
It's Wildlife Wednesday! Members of our Animal Control team attended the 2018 Spring Fling Eco-Fun Faire this past weekend! Over 500 families were in attendance and had a blast learning more about OC Animal Care and the wildlife in the community. Thank you Officer Chung and Sergeant Detki for all of your hard work!
CLICK HERE to learn more about wildlife in the OC.
April 3, 2018
Cats in Need Re-released 86 cats in March!
During the month of March, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 86 feral cats through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. 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.
Cats in Need Yorba Linda could use your help! If you are interested in being a part of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
On Sunday March 24th OC Animal Care had its Grand Opening for the public to come and visit the new campus, animals and some fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even though the doors wouldn’t open until 11 a.m. visitors were eagerly waiting a few hours before then.
As the hours turned to minutes, and minutes into seconds, both staff and visitors alike had contagious smiles which set the tone for the event. Once the doors were finally opened, a sea of visitors were greeted by two lines of staff members cheering them on saying “Welcome!”.
Passing through the lobby out into the courtyard visitors were greeted by a number of vendors and esteemed guests. Among the tents of guests were representatives from 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer and 4th District Supervisor Shawn Nelson’s office greeting people as they began to walk out the lobby doors. Continuing down the path were OC Animal Care partners such as the Anaheim Ducks, Pet Prescription Team, OC Parks, Cell Dogs Inc., OC Shelter Partners, and Pet Adoption Center of Orange County.
March 21, 2018
Animal Control Team Rescues Cat from Storm Drain!
On Friday, March 9, 2018, Sergeant Onkka and Officer Elisa Hernandez responded to a call of a cat stuck in a storm drain under a freeway. There was no gate on the drain and the cat could be heard approximately 12 to 15 feet away. They attempted to lure the cat with a can of fresh cat food and by placing its mother inside the drain in a carrier. The two cats started communicating and finally the cat was able to follow the food odor and its moms calls and walked out of the opening where it had been! Round of applause for this happily ever after!
March 15, 2018
OC Animal Care's New Facility Soft Opening is on Monday, March 19th
We are excited to announce that OC Animal Care's new facility's soft opening will be on Monday, March 19th from 1-4 p.m.
Our facility will stay closed through Sunday evening while we work out all of the new processes, but we will continue to assist customers in the redemption of their animals, purchasing a license or taking in strays. Due to the work being completed at the data center, our computer and phone services may also be impacted.
We are very much looking forward to sharing this beautiful campus with the community.
1630 Victory RoadTustin, CA 92782
Directions to our Facility:
I-5: I-5 to Redhill, turn south toward Newport Beach, then turn left on Victory Road.
SR-55: SR-55 to Dyer, turn east toward Tustin, turn left on Redhill and turn right on Victory Road
March 14, 2018
March 12-16 is National Wildlife Week
March 12-16 is National Wildlife Week! Orange County is a beautiful home not only to us and our pets, but to wildlife too. Now that Spring is around the corner, wildlife may be integrating itself into our lives a little more as it is peek breeding season for most of these animals. Here are some tips on how to share our homes with these wildlife animals to help ensure safety for us and our pets, as well as discouraging destructive behavior.
• Cats and small dogs can be easy prey for predators and should be supervised as closely as possible or kept indoors. • Keep pet food indoors and do not leave food of any kind outside at night. Food left out at night will be taken as a welcome invitation by wildlife, and may prompt a future visit. • Remove any fruit which has fallen to the ground. • Store trash in covered, heavy-duty containers. • Keep yards free from potential shelter such as thick brush and weeds, and enclose the bottoms of porches and decks. • Eliminate garbage, debris, lumber piles, etc. • Check fencing and try to eliminate access points to roof tops. • Change automatic sprinkler settings regularly.
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March 12, 2018
We’re Moving Adoption Event Helped 69 Shelter Pets Find a Home!
OC Animal Care hosted its last event at the City Drive location, and we had a great turnout! On Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th, the shelter’s “We’re Moving Adoption Event” helped 69 shelter pets find a home! 22 cats, 35 dogs, 10 rabbits and 2 exotic pets were adopted. OC Animal Care is excited to close this chapter and move to our brand new state of the art facility. Thank you to everyone who came to our final event, shared their love and support and adopted a shelter pet.
The County of Orange celebrated the completion of OC Animal Care’s new shelter with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 7.
The new, modern OC Animal Care shelter at 1630 Victory Road replaces the aging OC Animal Care shelter in Orange built in the 1940s.
“We are here to resolve a critical need in Orange County,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, whose Third District is home to the new facility. “This facility will be the hub of education, setting the standard for ethical and transparent animal care for the entire country. The humane treatment in this facility is designed to raise live adoptability rates that currently stand at 96 percent for dogs and 57 percent for cats. The goal is 100 percent responsible adoption for all pets.”
Officials from some of the contract cities, including Tustin, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Villa Park and Yorba Linda, were in attendance to take self-guided tours of the new facility. On behalf of his City Council colleagues and staff, Tustin Mayor Al Murray presented the County of Orange with a Certificate of Recognition, stating he looks forward to continuing the partnership.
March 8, 2018
Animal Control Officers Rescue Barn Owl
Our Animal Control Officers are awesome! On Tuesday, February 27, Officer Staveley and Officer Vazquez responded to a residence where a Barn owl had been stuck inside a fireplace for a couple of days. Our officers were able to reach and safely remove the owl who was later transported to a licensed rehabber. Thank you for helping this beautiful animal!
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March 5, 2018
Dogs have a Blast at OC Animal Care Night at Honda Center!
On Sunday, March 4th, we attended OC Animal Care Night at Honda Center. Staff, volunteers and pups went to the Hockey Spot where they rooted for the Ducks, listened to music and met with the Power Players. They won the game, and OC Animal Care won big with all of the donations brought by Ducks fans! It was a day to remember, and all of the doggos who attended the event were adopted! We’d like to give special thanks to our amazing partners, the Anaheim Ducks, for all of their support.
March 1, 2018
Congratulations February Volunteer of the Month, Tim and Ann!
Please join us in congratulating our February volunteers of the month, the amazing husband and wife team Tim and Ann! This pair of perfect volunteers are retired groomers who bring years of experience and love to our shelter pets. Tim and Ann are exceptionally patient and in just 4 months of volunteering with us have helped groom and beautify more than 30 dogs! Some of the pets they groom are very fearful, uncomfortable or have never been groomed before so it takes them many dedicated hours to help some of our shelter pups become their most beautiful selves. We are so appreciative of Tim & Ann for their incredible efforts to help our shelter dogs look their best and find their forever homes more quickly.
February 27, 2018
34 Shelter Pets Adopted During Spay Day USA!
Today is Spay Day USA! In recognition of helping reduce and bring awareness to this cause, OC Animal Care hosted a Spay Day USA discount event last Saturday! All dogs, cats and bunnies adopted from our shelter on Saturday, February 24th received a free spay/neuter. A total of 34 shelter pets (21 dogs, 11 cats and 3 rabbits) were adopted into loving homes! Special thanks to Pet Qwerks Toys also stopped by to join in the festivities, and brought treats for all of our shelter dogs and goodie bags for all who adopted. Here at OC Animal Care we would like to thank staff, volunteers and everyone who adopted a shelter pet during Spay Day USA!
February 9, 2018
Officer Ramirez Rescues Injured Red-Tailed Hawk
On Tuesday, February 6th, Animal Control Officer Ramirez rescued an injured Red-Tailed Hawk at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The injured bird was laying on its side unable to fly, and was later transferred to an avian specialist. Great job Officer Ramirez!
Click Here to learn more about the wildlife in Orange County!
February 7, 2018
Congratulations to our January Volunteer of the Month, Barbara!
We would like to congratulate Barbara as our January volunteer of the month. Barbara has long been a well-loved fixture at OC Animal Care, assisting with rescue pets and the shelter intervention program as well as extraordinary networking of animals in need to adoption partners. Just a few months ago Barbara decided to branch out and become a volunteer as well at OC Animal Care and specifically in our Greeting assignment. Our Greeters are such an important part of our shelter experience for visitors, and we are so lucky to have Barbara’s smiling face up front to say hello to community members and guide them where they need to go. Despite her busy schedule Barbara has already donated nearly 40 hours to making the shelter experience better for everyone! Let’s all congratulate Barbara as Volunteer of the Month for her extraordinary service to our shelter pets and community! Thank you Barbara!
February 2, 2018
20 Bunnies Adopted During Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month!
During the month of February, OC Animal Care held their annual Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month. We encourage everyone to hop on down and find some bunny to love! All floppy eared friends adopted during February received a free spay/neuter and microchip. Month long event was a success, and a total of 20 bunnies found their forever homes!
February 1, 2018
103 Cats Re-released in January!
During the month of January, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 103 feral cats through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. 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.
Cats in Need Yorba Linda could use your help! If you are interested in being a part of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
January 30, 2018
OC Animal Care's Animal Control Team Works With Local Fire Department to Make an Incredible Rescue
On Saturday, January 13th, Sergeant Detki and Officer Staveley responded to a loose dog that was scared and being evasive. The dog ended up running underneath a very low to the ground sedan and couldn’t get out from underneath it. Anytime the officers tried to help him, he would panic and crawl more into the wheel well. Fire Department was called out to assist and using air bags, the Firemen were able to jack up the vehicle and the dog was safely removed without injury. This little guy, now known as Ink, has joined the shelter’s TLC program. Through this program, trained and experienced volunteers work with dogs to help them break out of their shell. When Ink came into the shelter, he was very fearful, overwhelmed and would not walk on the leash. Some extra TLC has really made a difference! Ink is doing better on the leash each day, loves to give lots of kisses and enjoys getting cuddles from you. We can’t thank all of the amazing people who have helped Ink along the way. You have made such a difference in his life!
Follow these helpful tips to stay safe and happy while walking your pet:
1. Leash and Harness -For everyone's safety, always walk your animal on a leash and make sure they are wearing a collar that suits them. There are a variety of different harnesses and collars that would be appropriate for your pet depending on their size and breed. Choose a leash and collar that is appropriate for your animal with the help of your trainer or vet.
2. Be Prepared -You should always be prepared and bring waste bags to clean up after your pet. Cleaning up your pet’s messes keeps the surrounding community clean and residents happy. -Teach your pets proper street manners and walking etiquette. On long walks you should always bring water and a water bowl to keep your pet hydrated. -Adjust your animals walking needs to the weather conditions for that day. -Change your walking distance to what’s appropriate for your animal’s fitness level. -On longer walks, be prepared by bringing an animal first aid kit.
3. Have Fun! -Let your animal have fun and explore! Enjoy this time to bond and really learn about their unique and individual personalities. Always encourage your pets and don’t rush through these simple moments. Your pet will love and appreciate this special time together!
The National Weather Service is anticipating a cold temperatures throughout the weekend. Checkout these tips below to keep you pets warm and cozy!
•Like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather and adjust accordingly.
• Shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather, and be aware of arthritic and elderly pets who may have difficulty walking. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because they are closer to the cold ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.
• Pets change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some safe options to allow them to vary their sleeping place. If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat.
• Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in extreme cold weather.
On Wednesday, December 27th, Animal Control Officer Vosburg responded to pick up a screeching owl from a good Samaritan who was holding onto it. Upon arrival, Officer Vosburg learned the owl had fallen from a tree while it was being trimmed. The owl was taken to a rehabilitator and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife was notified. Thank you for all of your hard work Officer Vosburg!
January 2, 2018
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 91 cats in December!
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 91 cats in December through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program! This brought the feral release totals for 2017 to a whopping 1,302 cats! We can't thank Cats in Need Yorba Linda, staff and volunteers for helping make this possible!
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.
This lifesaving rescue group is always looking for people who can help and make a difference with Orange County's community cats! If you are interested in being a part of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
January 2, 2018
Congratulations Ed, December Volunteer of the Month!
Please join us in congratulating Ed on being our volunteer of the month for December 2017. Ed has been with OC Animal Care for just over 2 years and has made a huge impact on our programs. Ed is our lead trainer for all Greeting volunteers, teaching them how to help members of the public arriving to the shelter for the first time. Ed has served more than 265 hours in 2 years and is probably most known for being our super patient Santa Claus for our yearly photo booth! Ed is incredibly gentle and kind to all of the animals he meets and we are so grateful to have him as a part of our volunteer family.
Fireworks, noisemakers, loud music and all the commotion on New Year's Eve can be frightening and even dangerous for your furry friends. Checkout some of these safety tips to make sure you and four-legged family members have a safe and happy night. From everyone at OC Animal Care, we wish you a happy and safe New Years!
Keep Your Pet Indoors -New Year's Eve and the days following are some of the busiest times at OC Animal Care. Pets escape from their homes because they’re afraid of loud noises from fireworks. The best way to keep your pets safe is to keep them indoors and in their own room if possible. -If you allow your pet outside to go to the bathroom, make sure your yard is secure or your pet stays on a leash. Noises from fireworks can be intimidating and cause a scared dog to find the smallest opening in a fence and escape. -Even if your pet doesn't seem upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets if burned or if they accidentally ingest them.
Create a Safe and Calm Environment -If you’re having guests over or throwing a party, create a “safe” place for your pet to go if they feel overwhelmed such as a room that is off-limits or a familiar crate with their favorite toys or blanket. Play calming music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds. -While celebrating, it’s easy to forget that loud noises and celebratory poppers or noisemakers can scare your furry friends.
Keep Toxic Foods, Drinks and Decorations out of Reach -Alcoholic beverages are very toxic to pets. Some people won’t know this and may leave a cup in a place where your pet can get to it. Many rich foods are not good for your pet and can be toxic, such as chocolate.
December 27, 2017
79 Shelter Pets Found Homes During Pawliday 2017!
79 shelter pets found their forever homes during Pawliday! This past Saturday, December 23rd, 37 cats, 34 dogs and 8 rabbits were adopted into their new families. Attendees were in for a treat with delicious baked goods made by shelter volunteers, as well as goody bags for all who adopted. We also had some special guests who attended this year’s event. OC Public Libraries hosted a booth and shared information on their adult literacy program, and the potential to use their new furry friend as a study buddy. Girl Scout Troop #3433 also joined OC Animal Care and brought additional giveaways for cats and dogs that consisted of handmade toys, cozy blankets and more. The turnout for this year’s Pawliday was amazing and we were thrilled to see all the support from the community. Special thanks to staff and volunteers for all of their hard work during the event. Thank you to everyone who chose to adopt, and we hope everyone had a very happy holidays!
Click Here to checkout photos on our Facebook page from the event!
December 21, 2017
Little Finds her Furever Home During Home for the Pawlidayz!
Little was adopted during our Home for the Pawlidayz event on December 9th. This sweet girl was very shy at our shelter, so she joined our TLC program to help her break out of her shell. She's doing great, and absolutely loves her new home! Home for the Pawlidayz was sponsored by Zappos for Good, and free adoptions were offered to members of the community on December 9th, to help our shelter pets find loving homes this holiday season. A total of 67 furry friends (43 cats, 20 dogs and 4 rabbits) were adopted! Thank you Zappos.com for supporting OC Animal Care and for helping give our shelter pets the gift of a loving home!
December 19, 2017
Animal Control Team Rescues Injured Egret!
Shout out to our awesome Animal Control Team! Last week, Officer Chung and Lt. Ayala rescued an injured Egret. The Egret was sent over to Wetlands Rescue where it could distress and relax from it's injuries, which included some scrapes on it's leg. Thank you for ensuring the safety and well-being of animals in our community!
OC Animal Care frequently receives animals other than dogs, cats and rabbits that become available for adoption.
These exotic animals, such as non-venomous reptiles and exotic birds, are held for a minimum of seven (7) days to allow owner redemptions. Please be advised that not all exotic pets will be made available for public adoption as some of them require permits to own.
-OC Animal Care holds a drawing every Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 PM for those exotic animals that have become available for adoption. -Interested parties 18 years of age and older wishing to adopt must arrive at the Care Center by 5:00 PM to place your name in the drawing. -You must be present at the drawing to be eligible for the adoption. -Should your name be drawn for the animal that you are interested in, you will be required to pay all fees at the time of adoption. -Please bring your own cage or kennel for larger exotic animals. -Pets are a lifetime commitment. We strongly encourage anyone wishing to adopt an exotic animal to do their research and ensure they are ready for this commitment before bringing one of these animals home.
To view all exotic animals, please visit the Search Adoptable Pets page and see “Other". Please contact 714-935-6848 for information as to which exotics will participate in the current drawing for adoption.
Please click below to ready additional information on the exotic animal adoption process.
December 14, 2017
Thanks Officer Chung for Helping Ripken find his Way Home!
Last Wednesday, December 6th, Officer Chung responded to assist a good Samaritan that was holding on to a stray dog. Upon arrival, Officer Chung discovered that the dog was wearing a current OC license tag and was able to take it home. The owner advised that workers at his house left the door open allowing his dog, Ripken, to escape. He had been looking for Ripken, all morning and was on his way to OCAC. The owner immediately returned to his home while Officer Chung waited for him, and Ripken was returned to the owner under the “Take Me Home” program. Thanks Officer Chung for all of your hard work! You rock!
December 13, 2017
Congratulations Debbie! Our November Volunteer of the Month!
Please join us in congratulating our Volunteer of the Month for November Debbie Barba. Debbie is always willing to take on our most needy single kittens who require force feeding, weaning or special behavioral help. Debbie is a valued member of our volunteer family and has been for more than 9 years now. She has fostered more than 515 days and donated more than 1,300 hours of her time to serving our communities. Debbie is a well-known tour guide and lead volunteer and many new volunteers have been guided by her gentle hand and kind heart while learning their way around the shelter. We are so grateful to have Debbie be a part of our volunteer family!
This just in! OC Animal Care has been selected to partner with Zappos.com during their annual Home for the Pawlidayz! Join us this Saturday, December 9th for *Free Adoptions (not including licensing)! Spread the word and help our furry friends find their fur-ever homes this holiday season!
December 6, 2017
HIGH WINDS WARNINGS FOR OC RESIDENTS
Attention Orange County Residents. High Wind Warnings are expected to continue through Friday. It's important to prepare for any scenario, as high winds and loud noises can cause anxiety and stress out your furry friends. Checkout some of these tips below to keep your pets happy and safe during these extreme windy weather conditions.
1. If possible, keep your four-legged friends inside to prevent any injury that may be caused by loose or falling debris. If your pet needs to be kept outside, make sure they have an adequate and secure shelter to protect them. 2. Make sure your pets have proper identification. High winds can blow open gates or blow down sections of fences and dogs can escape. Microchips and ID tags will help your lost pets find their way home. 3. Provide your pet with a calm and quiet area inside your household where they can be undisturbed to help them distress and relax. 4. The best way to keep you and your pet safe in any disaster is to be prepared. Visit http://www.ocpetinfo.com/edu/prepare for helpful resources on how to prepare your pet in the case of an emergency.
In the event of any emergency, follow OC Animal Care on all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for disaster updates and important information.
December 5, 2017
ATTENTION! Tonight's Low Cost Clinic is CANCELLED!
ATTENTION! Our Low Cost Clinic is cancelled tonight due to weather conditions. Please keep checking the website for information on future clinics. Thank you for your understanding!
December 1, 2017
Wow! 84 Cats Re-released in December!
Cats in Need Yorba Linda could use your help! Did you know, during the month of November, they re-released 84 feral cats through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. 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.
If you are interested in being a part of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
November 21, 2017
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
On behalf of everyone at OC Animal Care, We'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday shared with family, friends and your pets too! During the holiday season, be aware of foods, plants and other hazards that need to be kept away from your pets.
Click Here to visit the ASPCA's website to learn more Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips!
November 17, 2017
Mountain Lion Cub Saved
On Thursday, November 9, animal control officer Kaiser responded to a call in Silverado regarding a bob cat stuck in someone's backyard and unable to get out. Upon arrival, Kaiser discovered the animal was not a bob cat, but a mountain lion cub. Lt. Morgan and Lt. Evans responded to assist Kaiser with the situation. Together they transported the cub to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for evaluation. There, the cub was deemed too young to be released back into the wild. And per call history, a deceased female mountain lion that had been struck by a vehicle was recently impounded. Due to the high possibility of the cub being an orphan, the licensed wildlife rehabilitator reached out to a zoo who are gladly adopting the cub to give it the necessary care it needs. Thanks ACO Kaiser, Lt. Morgan and Lt. Evans for all the hard work and dedication to helping animals.
November 10, 2017
New Shelter Drone Footage!
We are excited to share our new shelter developments!
Click Hereto watch the drone footage of all the progress that's been made!
ATTENTION! Our Low Cost Clinic was cancelled last night due to unexpected circumstances. It will be rescheduled for next Tuesday, November 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding!
November 7, 2017
Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month, Mary!
Mary has been with OC Animal Care for just a few short months but has already made a huge impact as a foster caretaker and nursery attendant. Mary is a talented foster momma for our smallest and most fragile kittens, taking on challenging bottle babies and medically needy fosters. Mary has also joined our kitten nursery team and is a gentle and loving caretaker for our neonatal kittens. Mary is always thrilled to see our kitties get adopted and is constantly promoting our shelter programs. We are so grateful to have Mary and her endless kitten expertise in our volunteer family! Thank you Mary!
November 7, 2017
67 Dogs and Cats find Homes During So Much Left to Give Adoption Event!
67 shelter pets were adopted during our So Much Left to Give event that offered *free dog and cat adoptions (not including licensing, microchip, leash or carrier). 36 cats and 31 dogs found the loving families they have been waiting for. Staff hosted a licensing table and helped inform/direct the public on how to protect your pet with proper identification. Volunteers hosted an information booth and event goers were in for a special treat when they received a Buddy Crate, which was donated to whomever adopted a shelter dog. It was an exciting and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Special thank you to Supervisor Shawn Nelson's office for sponsoring and attending this wonderful event that helped so many animals find their fur-ever homes!
November 2, 2017
Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs November pick, Verne!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs November pick, Verne (A1530639)! This sweet guy is very friendly, lovable and has a great personality! He would love to go to training where he can learn and bond with you. Verne absolutely loves to get belly rubs and back scratches! He’s an active boy who would love to find an active family that can keep up with him. Please help this 3 year old bundle of love find the fur-ever home he’s been waiting for! Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support!
October 23, 2017
102 Animals Adopted During Fall in Love!
102 shelter pets were adopted during our Fall in Love adoption event this past Saturday, October 21st. 51 cats, 47 dogs, 1 rabbit and 3 exotic pets found their fur-ever homes. Attendees started lining up at 4:30 am and by 11 am the line wrapped around the corner! Attendees of this special event enjoyed delicious baked goods made by volunteers. Thank you to everyone who joined us, chose to adopt and found their new best friend on this special day. Special thanks to staff and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication that made this event possible!
October 23, 2017
Heat Warning/Advisory for Orange County is in effect for the entire week (Monday, 10/23/2017-Friday, 10/27/2017)
Please be advised that an Excessive Heat Warning/Advisory for Orange County is in effect for the entire week (Monday, 10/23/2017-Friday, 10/27/2017) with many inland communities expecting to reach high temperatures above 95 degrees. The link to the cooling centers to access the 211 database is http://www.211oc.org/211oc-database-search.html
The Orange County SPCA will be hosting Feral Fix Day on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 for those interested in having an OC feral/community/stray/un-owned cat to be brought in to receive a spay/neuter surgery, ear tipping, 2 vaccines, and a microchip all FOR FREE!
ORANGE COUNTY OPERATIONAL AREA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 10/9/17 Time: 21:45 p.m.
LARGE ANIMALS CAN BE EVACUATED TO LOS ALAMITOS RACETRACK
(Orange, CA) – Large animal owners under mandatory evacuation orders may take their animals to Los Alamitos Racetrack, 4961 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630, contact (714) 995-1234. The Orange County Fairgrounds is approaching capacity and may not be able to accept additional animals. Animal owners should call (714) 708-1588 before bringing animals to the fairgrounds. Animal owners who are under evacuation orders are strongly encouraged to evacuate with their pets as the emergency may prevent resources from entering impacted areas to assist with animals due to safety concerns. Owners are responsible for providing items for the care of their animals. Animal owners with disabilities, access or functional needs can call OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and (714) 935-7158 (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) or dial 911 for assistance. Animal owners can call the fire information line at (714) 765-4333. General information about OC Animal Care is available on their web site at www.ocpetinfo.com or by calling (714) 935-6848. Residents are encouraged to stay informed of the most current information by monitoring @AnaheimFire on Twitter and local media, #CanyonFire2.
The City of Anaheim and the County of Orange has proclaimed a local emergency. Checkout this list of road closures in the area provided by Anaheim Fire & Rescue, and read below for more information on Mass Care Sites and Animal Shelters in the area. Please be safe and aware of your surroundings.
MASS CARE SITES
24 hour Red Cross shelter is set up at Katella High School (2200 E. Wagner Ave. Anaheim). There are currently 1 occupant. They have capacity for 300.
24 hour Red Cross shelter is set up at El Modena High School (3920. E. Spring Street, Orange, CA). There are currently 15 occupants. They have capacity for 250. Red Cross is considering consolidation of shelters.
ANIMAL SHELTERS OC Animal Care (561 The City Drive, Orange, CA) accepting small animals. Katella High School (2200 E. Wagner Ave. Anaheim) and El Modena High School (3920. E. Spring Street, Orange, CA) are accepting small animals. SCART is assisting with animal sheltering at the Katella High School and El Modena High School shelter sites. All animals sheltered outside unless service animals.
Orange County Fair Grounds is at capacity for large animals
Los Alamitos Racetrack (4961 Katella Ave., Cypress, CA 90630) is accepting large animals and can be contact at 714-995-1234. Owners will need to provide care for their animals.
Animal owners with disabilities, access or functional needs can call OC Animal Care for assistance. Call (714) 935-6848 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and (714) 935-7158 (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) or dial 911 for assistance. $0 $0 Animal owners can call the fire information line at (714) 765-4333. General information about OC Animal Care is available on their website: www.ocpetinfo.com or by dialing 714-935-6848.
October 6, 2017
Congratulations September Volunteer of the Month, Julie!
Please join us in congratulating Julie as our September volunteer of the month! Julie has been a foster with OC Animal Care for several years and has saved 38 kittens just in the last 12 months! Julie is always willing to take the most needy, frightened or sick kitties as fosters. Julie also is instrumental in helping fundraise to help with our medical program that provides for animals in need of extensive surgeries. Julie is also a talented networker for our special needs animals and is well known as an asset to our Adoption Partners, providing videos and photos to assist animals in finding their furever homes! Thank you Julie!
October 5, 2017
Anaheim Ducks September Cogs for Dogs: Bandit!
Meet the Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs pick for the month of October, Bandit (A1461380)! This sweet, 11 year old Chihuahua, has a great personality and is full of life. He gets lonely sometimes, so a house with another small dog or someone who can hang out with him all day would be perfect! He really enjoys going for walks and cuddling up in your lap! Back scratches are his absolute favorite, and he enjoys a good treat from time to time. He’s a senior guy with so much love left to give! Help Bandit find his fur-ever home! Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support!
October 4, 2017
130 Cats Re-released during the Month of September!
Cats in Need Yorba Linda could use your help! Did you know, during the month of September, they re-released 130 feral cats through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. 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.
This lifesaving rescue group is always looking for people who can help and make a difference with Orange County's community cats! If you are interested in being a part of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
October 2, 2017
OC Animal Care's ACO Helps Dog Find Family Through Shelter's Take Me Home Program!
Last week, a citizen saw a dog roaming the streets and called our Animal Control. ACO H. Hernandez picked up the dog, scanned it and found out it was microchipped! He ran the microchip in his computer and found the dog’s current license and owner’s information, so he was able to take Helo home right away. Helo had no prior impounds, so Hector was able to return him under the “Take Me Home” program, at no cost to the owner. Special thanks to ACO H. Hernandez for helping Helo return safely to his family!
Click Here to learn more about the importance of licensing and microchipping your pet!
September 29, 2017
Staff Were a Hit at Bite Prevention Training!
Sgt. Moon and ACO E. Hernandez went out to the Southern California Gas Company's south county base yesterday for a fantastic Bite Prevention training. The staff were thrilled! After the training, several staff members spoke with Sgt. Moon and ACO Hernandez to convey how captivated they were, with this being one of the best training classes they have experienced. The staff expressed that they would like to use OCAC Field services for additional staff training in the future. Thank you Sgt. Moon and ACO Hernandez for all that you do!
September 28, 2017
Today is World Rabies Day!
September 28th is World Rabies Day! This year's theme is "Rabies: Zero by 30." This reflects the global goal and framework to reach zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030. Did you know, rabies is still present in over 150 countries. It 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. To learn more about the rabies virus or how to report an animal bite, visit: www.ocpetinfo.com/edu/disease/rabies
Click Here to learn 10 essential things about the rabies virus!
September is National Preparedness Month! As you and your family make plans for a natural disaster or emergency don't forget about your pets.
-Get a rescue alert sticker for your door/window. -DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. If it’s not safe for you it’s not safe for your pets. -Create a disaster kit for your pet that includes supplies they will need -Ensure that they are microchipped and that all the information is current
Click here to learn the basics on preparing your furry friends in the event of an emergency.
For more information on pet disaster prep, visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/about/departments/disaster_preparedness.html
The latest drone footage of OC Animal Care's new shelter is here!
Click Here to checkout the latest developments that have been made.
September 9, 2017
OC Animal Care's Rabies Awareness Event was a Success!
On September 5th, OC Animal Care held our annual Rabies Awareness Event. This event is held each year to help educate the community on the rabies virus and its impact on the County of Orange. We had a great time meeting everyone who attended, and the first 100 attendees received a free rabies vaccination for their cat or dog. Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic, Vector Control and the OCAC Emergency Management Program joined in and hosted informational booths and passed out giveaways for event goers. Thank you Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care for sponsoring this event. Special thanks to all of the community members who participated and made this a successful event!
September 8, 2017
83 Animals Adopted During Labor of Love!
83 shelter pets were adopted during our Labor of Love event this past Saturday, September 2nd. 41 dogs, 20 cats, 5 rabbits and 17 birds found their fur-ever homes. Attendees of this special event enjoyed delicious baked goods made by volunteers and all adopters were given goodie bags full of treats, shampoo, toys and other necessities to start them off in their new homes. Thank you to everyone who joined us on this special day and found their furry friend. Special thanks to staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication that made this event possible.
Click Here to see more photos on our Facebook page from the event!
September 7, 2017
September Cogs for Dogs: Trixie!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks September Cogs for Dogs pick, Trixie! This sweet Staffordshire mix has a friendly and energetic personality. She would love to find an active family with older children who will play with her. Trixie loves to jump around she can jump pretty high; she would love to have a secure yard with a taller fence to play in. Fetch is one of her favorite games to play, and she just loves chin scratches; she can’t get enough of them. She would really enjoy going to training with her new owners so she can learn and bond with her new best friends. Help adorable Trixie find the fur-ever home she deserves. Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for your support!
September 6, 2017
Congratulations August Volunteer of the Month, Sandy!
Please join OC Animal Care in congratulating our August volunteer of the month Sandy L.! Sandy (shown here in photos with fellow Super Greeter Pat) has contributed so much to our shelter in the short time she has been here. In just 4 months Sandy has already dedicated 91 hours to greeting visitors to our shelter and providing help to community members as well as socializing our shelter pups. We are so grateful to have Sandy be a part of our volunteer family, won’t you join us in giving her a big shout out for her service?
September 2, 2017
MEOWZA! 582 Cats Adopted during July & August
MEOWZA! We are excited to announce that during the month of August, 285 cats were adopted! This brings July and August cat/kitten adoption totals to 582. We can’t thank staff, volunteers and everyone who came out to adopt a feline friend this summer.
Special shout out to Chairwoman Michelle Steel for continuing our Crazy About Cats event by sponsoring this wonderful promotion throughout the month of August. OC Animal Care and our shelter cats can’t thank you enough!
September 1, 2017
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 165 Cats Last Month!
Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 165 feral cats during the month of August through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program. 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. If you are interested in being apart of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
August 25, 2017
113 Animals Adopted During Clear the Shelters!
Clear the Shelters recap! On Saturday, August 19th, 113 shelter pets found their forever homes! 79 dogs, 24 cats, 2 rabbits, 5 turtles and 2 guinea pigs were adopted. We would like to thank NBC LA, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles, staff and volunteers for coming out and dedicating their time to help so many of our shelter animals find their new family. We would also like to give a special shout out and thank you to Supervisor Shawn Nelson for sponsoring this year’s Clear the Shelters!
Click Here to checkout some photos on our Facebook page from the event!
Help us help animals in times of a disaster! OC Animal Care is partnering with the American Kennel Club and their pet disaster relief program to raise money for a disaster trailer. Your participation will help us raise the funds necessary to get two trailers that will support the community. Any donation helps! Thank you for support our shelter animals. $0$0The offer from AKC Reunite is so amazing. In Southern California So Cal Animal Response Team (SCART), San Diego County Animal Care, Chula Vista Animal Care and Ventura County Animal Care already have raised funds and have their trailers ready to help in an emergency. Please help OC Animal Care be prepared to help in case a disaster (fire, flood, earthquake) happens in Orange County.$0$0In an ongoing effort to monitor the effectiveness and appropriateness of [OCCR Program’s] fundraising/marketing efforts, please feel free to provide any relevant comments, feedback, or critiques at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YGVBRH
August 5, 2017
Summer Lovin' at OC Animal Care was a Hit!
Our Summer Lovin’ promotion during July was full of sunshine and happiness. The community had a chance to stop by OC Animal Care for $17 cat adoptions during ‘Get Meow-tta Here.’ During the entire month, 343 cats found their purrr-ever homes! We also had a special reduced adoption fee during our ‘Pittie Paw-ty,’ which resulted in 42 pit bull like and pit bull like mixes getting adopted. That’s paw-mazing! Special thanks to everyone who made this summertime promotion one to remember!
August 2, 2017
Congratulations, Volunteer of the Month Jeanne G.!
Jeanne has been with our shelter for just over a year but has already made a tremendous impact on our programs. Jeanne has already devoted 320+ hours since joining and has also fostered dogs for our shelter programs for more than 70 days! Jeanne is a lead volunteer in our Kong Enrichment program, devotes a great deal of her time to socializing and walking our dogs as well as assisting at special events. Most recently Jeanne has become a member of our TLC Team who socialize some of our more fearful pups to help them find their furever homes. Please congratulate Jeanne on her first Volunteer of the Month award!
August 1, 2017
100 Cats Re-releasd in July!
Thank you Cats in Need Yorba Linda for all of your hard work and dedication to the feral cats of the community! During the month of July, they re-released 100 cats that were brought to OC Animal Care through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program!
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.
If you are interested in being apart of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
Animal shelters throughout Southern California to reduce adoption fees
New social media campaign #LoveMyPet/#AmoAMiMascota kicks off on @NBCLA and @Telemundo52
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – (July 31, 2017) – NBC4 Southern California / KNBC and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA announced today the return of its pet adoption drive, Clear the Shelters (Desocupar los Albergues). Part of a nationwide campaign, Clear the Shelters involves more than 60 animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout Southern California, offering a reduced adoption fee of $20 on Saturday, August 19.
Clear the Shelters raises awareness about the benefits of pet adoption and aims to reduce the animal overpopulation at local shelters. During the month-long campaign, the stations will cover news stories to spotlight the issue, including the importance of spaying/neutering, the benefits of micro-chipping, and helping families find the right pet for their homes.
The campaign culminates on August 19 when the stations broadcast live on NBC4’s Today in LA at 7 a.m. and Telemundo 52 at shelters throughout the Southland, and continue the coverage all day. News anchors and reporters will be present at several shelters to celebrate with families and their new pets. The evening newscasts will recap the day with success stories and highlights. Additionally, VCA Animal Hospitals health teams will be at the shelters to offer a limited health guarantee and a certificate for a free first exam to all new pet owners to ensure a healthy start.
To further ease shelter overcrowding, the public can adopt animals for $20 in advance on Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr. in Los Angeles, and on Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Dr. in Los Angeles.
It’s National Pet Fire Safety Day! This nationwide awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone. Read the tips below provided by the American Kennel Club to learn more about how to keep your pets safe from house fires.
"National Pet Fire Safety Day" Tips to Keep Pets Safe from House Fires:
• Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
• Pet Proof the Home - Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.
• Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
• Keep Pets Near Entrances – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
• Practicing Escape Routes with Pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
• Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Use monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center, providing an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
OC Animal Care will be hosting a Low-cost pet wellness clinic with services provided by HEART. Pet owners from all of Orange County are welcome to attend. Clinics are held on a first-come, first- serve basis for all services other than anesthetic procedures which require an appointment. Please contact HEART for prices or additional information. www.Heart4Pets.org - 714-993-9193 - email@example.com
On Sunday, July 23rd stop by Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge in Orange and 20% of all food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be donated to OC Animal Care. You must bring the flyer attached below into Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge to be a part of this promotion. You may also show the flyer to your server on any smart phone. This fundraiser will take place all day, so come on by and enjoy your favorite meal and help support the shelter. We hope to see you there!
The cat's have crashed this month's Pittie Paw-ty and are saying "Get Meowtta here!" Beginning today and through the rest of July, there will be *FREE CAT ADOPTIONS! (not including $17 microchip). Stop on by today and find your new best friend!
July 7, 2017
Latest Drone Footage of OC Animal Care's New Shelter!
Everything's coming along great with our new shelter. Click here to checkout the latest drone footage of what developments have been made!
July 5, 2017
July Cogs for Dogs pick: Rocky!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs pick for the month of July: Rocky! This sweet 7 year old german shepherd is very friendly, affectionate and has a mellow personality! He loves to hang out with you and walks great on the leash. He absolutely loves back scratches and chin scratches! Rocky just wants to be loved by you! He’s ready to find the fur-ever home of his dreams. Will you be this handsome guy’s new best friend? Thank you Anaheim Ducks foundation for all of your support!
July 5, 2017
Congrats June Volunteer of the Month, Jen P.!
Jen has been with our organization more than 8 years now and in that time has fostered more than 755 days, and donated 564 hours of her time to special events, kitten nursery, cat socializing and so much more. Just this year Jen has fostered 111 days and has fostered 12 kitties that have found their furever homes. Jen’s positive attitude and in depth knowledge of our programs makes her an amazing trainer for our new volunteers as well! We are so grateful to have Jen in our volunteer family, won’t you join us in giving her a big shout out?
June 30, 2017
243 Pet Tags Made During Pet Tag Awareness Month!
OC Animal Care’s Pet Tag Awareness this month was a huge hit! During this month long promotion throughout June, we encouraged community members to make sure their pets are properly tagged with updated information. In 2016, only 9% of the 17,389 animals impounded at OC Animal Care had some form of proper identification (i.e. Pet License, Microchip, Name Tag). We offered Free Pet Tags every Saturday in June to help local pets, and we got a great response! During the entire month, we made 243 pet tags! Thank you to our staff and volunteers for all of their help with making sure pets have proper identification! Remember, having proper identification can be your pet’s ticket home!
As 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.
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.
As the weather warms up, its time to cool off in the swimming pool. Backyard pools provide lots of family fun and entertainment. However, they also come with their share of hazards for our pets.
1. Teach your Dog to Swim -In addition to teaching your dog to swim, make sure they know how to get OUT of the pool. If you need to, enlist the help of a dog trainer. They can handle your dog’s fear of water and teach him/her swimming basics.
2. Buy a Dog Life Vest -Life vests are great for dogs that will never be great swimmers. Vests provide extra safety so that your dog can stay afloat and remain highly visible. Even with a life vest NEVER leave your dog unattended.
3. Learn Dog CPR -Being able to properly administer artificial respiration and CPR on a dog is vital in any pet emergency .
4. Fence Your Pool -A pool fence/enclosure is a great option if you have a dog that spends most of his/her time in the backyard. There are fencing options that keep your pool looking spectacular and your pets safe.
5. Have Fresh Water Available for your Dog -Do not let your dog drink the pool water, have fresh water available to keep your dog hydrated. After your dog is done swimming rinse him/her off with fresh water. This removes chlorine and other chemicals that can be unpleasant and harmful.
June 22, 2017
Happily Ever After Pet Fair 2017 was Magical!
OC Animal Care’s Happily Ever After Pet Fair 2017 was an event to remember! 95 of our shelter pets (53 cats, 35 dogs, 4 exotic and 3 rabbits) found their fur-ever homes this past Saturday. Attendees of our annual pet fair took a look around at booths hosted by animal rescue groups, pet and other vendors within the community. In our play area we had amazing pet related demonstrations throughout the day! Children took a break and participated in a Katy Cares about Responsible Pet Ownership Storytime, people learned that Chickens make great pets too, adoptable dogs strutted their stuff during a parade and Twinkie the mini horse and friends wooed everyone with their tricks taught through positive reinforcement! Classic Taco and Mustache Mikes Italian Ice also provided food and an icy treat on that hit the spot on that summer day. Thank you to staff and volunteers who helped make this an unforgettable event! We’d also like to thank everyone within the community who stopped by and chose to adopt a shelter pet!
Summer's here! Follow these tips to guarantee that when you and your dog go on adventures you'll be a bunch of happy campers!
BEFORE YOU LEAVE -Check to see if the camping area allows dogs, and familiarize yourself with the rules for pets at the site. Plan activities you and your dog can do together. Your dog should not be unattended or left in a tent.
-Before you head off on your outside adventure with your furry friend check with your Vet! Is your dog’s vaccinations all updated? Ask your vet whether your dog should be vaccinated against Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease. Discuss appropriate flea and tick control.
-Make sure your dog has a collar with current contact information. Microchipping your dog is her/his best chance at being returned to you if they get lost.
-Training is a must! There are lots of dangers and distractions when you are camping. Please make sure your dog is responsive to your commands. Specifically Stay, Come and Leave it.
WHAT TO PACK -Bring water for your dog to drink if a water supply is not available at the campsite. Do not allow your dog to drink out of standing bodies of water.
-Take a copy of your dog’s health records and vaccination reports.
-Other items to include are bedding, toys, a leash and collar, a carrier or other means to confine your dog when necessary, bags to pick up your dog’s waste, and a first aid kit.
June 2, 2017
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs June Pick, Angel!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs pick: Angel! This adorable 5 year old Staffordshire mix is a member of our shelters TLC Program and is a volunteer’s favorite! He has awesome personality, he’s very friendly and affectionate. He loves to play and the rope toy is his favorite! He’s a bit overweight, but he walks great on the leash and he’s on his way to a healthier lifestyle. He would love to go to training with you, and would do best in a quiet home that has older children. A loving family would be this little guy’s dream come true! Stop on by and visit Angel today. Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support! (pet id# A1512813) CLICK HERE to watch his special video!
June 2, 2017
133 Cats Re-released During the Month of May!
Thank you Cats in Need Yorba Linda for all of your hard work and dedication to the feral cats of the community! During the month of May, they re-released 133 cats that were brought to OC Animal Care through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program!
This amazing 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.
If you are interested in being apart of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
Due to the hot weather expected through September we will be extending the summer protocol for trapped cats until 9/30/2017.
OC Animal Care will not pick up trapped cats except when the cat is injured, sick, has been involved in a bite or there are other special circumstances.
The intent of the summer protocol is to limit the number of feral cats sitting in traps during the hot summer months. We encourage citizens to focus trapping efforts during the cooler months of the year. Thank you OC citizens for your cooperation!
June 1, 2017
Congratulations to our Volunteer for the Month of May, Jackie!
OC Animal Care is proud to announce our volunteer of the month for May is Jackie T.! Jackie has only been with the shelter since February but has already contributed more than 50 hours to our shelter pets. Jackie has an amazing positive impact on our program as a greeter and welcomes shelter visitors with a smile. Jackie is also a talented dog socializer and her love for animals shines through whenever she is here. Jackie has made a huge contribution to our Kong Enrichment Program which is one of the messiest jobs in the shelter! We are so proud to have Jackie as a part of our volunteer family, won’t you join us in congratulating her on her hard work and devotion to our shelter pets?
June 1, 2017
Animals for Armed Forces Celebration!
Animals for Armed Forces this past weekend and was a huge success! On May 26-28, a total of 20 military adoptions took place (10 dogs and 10 cats) as well as 52 public adoptions (21 dogs, 26 cats, 3 rabbits and 2 roosters). Bringing the weekend totals to 72 adoptions! We truly cannot thank Animals for Armed Forces Foundation enough for their partnership and support with this shelter favorite event. Lastly, thank you to everyone who came out and adopted their new best furry friend!
1. It's the Law - It's against the law for you to have your dog off leash, no matter how well-behaved you think your dog is. You could face fines for breaking this law.
2. Irresistible, Unpredictable Temptations! - Think SQUIRREL! You might have never had a problem before but you cannot predict what you might come across during an outing with your dog.
3. Protect Your Dog - Your dog could quickly become the cause or the victim of a dog fight, they could become startled and run into the street or go exploring and get lost. Dog leash laws protect both the dog and the dog owner from unexpected accidents.
4. Set a Good Example - As good pet owners we should set a good example and keep our dogs on leash. People think it's okay to let their dogs off leash because they see other people doing it too, but inappropriately trained dogs running loose aren't good for anyone.
5. Safety/Liability - You are liable for your dog's actions. beyond your dog possibly hurting someone or another pet, what if your off-leash dog approaches a child with a life threatening dog allergy. You could face a lawsuit, a court may feel your dog off leash shows a reckless lack of concern for those around you. A leash provides emergency control over your pet.
May 6, 2017
Jenga's the Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs for the Month of May!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs pick for the month of May, Jenga! This sweet, spayed female pitbull has an awesome personality! She is a staff and volunteer favorite who already knows how to sit, stay and is housebroken! Jenga is very mellow and loves just hanging out next to you. She is curious, walks great on the leash and would love to go on adventures with you. Won't you be this sweet girls new best friend? Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support! CLICK HERE to watch Jenga's special video!
May 5, 2017
Congratulations April Volunteer of the Month, Terri!
Terri has been with us for just 2 years and 4 months and has contributed more than 287 hours to our programs. Terri is a wonderful asset to many of our programs including Dog Walking, Greeting and Special Events. Terri shines when she is showing off her favorite dogs for adoption and is a wonderful bright presence in the shelter. Terri is incredible with our visitors and is a shining example of volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty every time they are at the shelter. Please join us in thanking Terri for her years of service and hard work on behalf of our shelter pets, you are sure to see her at a special event!
May 4, 2017
82 Cats Re-Released in April!
Thank you Cats in Need Yorba Linda! During the month of April they re-released 82 cats that were brought to OC Animal Care through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program!
If you are interested in being apart of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
May 3, 2017
Round of Appaws for our Spring Fling Event!
Our Spring Fling event this past weekend was a success! We had an awesome time and a total of 52 animals (18 cats, 31 dogs, 2 rabbits and 1 bird) found their fur-ever homes! Special thanks to actor and animal lover Steele Stebbins for attending this event and collecting donations. We'd also like to thank staff and volunteers for all of their hard work during this event, we could not have done it without you! Lastly, thank to all who adopted a #shelterpet! We're truly grateful and we know your new furry friend is too!
Spring is here and with that comes warmer weather. It may seem like common sense, but too often we see people leaving their dogs or other pets inside of a hot vehicle. Did you know that on a 78-degree day, temperatures can rise to over 100-degrees in minutes? It only takes around 15 minutes for an animal to suffer from brain damage or die from heatstroke. Hot pavement can also pose a threat. If it’s too hot for you to walk around barefoot, it’s too hot for your dog too! Hot pavement can cause sores, burns and leave your dog in pain and discomfort. Walking your pets during the early morning and late evening can help. Do your part and educate friends and family on the dangers that come with warmer weather for your pets. Remember, if you ever see a dog or any animal left alone in a hot car, call the local police or OC Animal Care immediately. *Click here to learn more about what happens to pets' paws when walking on hot pavement! *Click here to learn more hot weather safety tips for pets!
(Santa Ana, CA)–A bat found on a picnic bench adjacent to the lake and near a restroom at William Mason Regional Park in the City of Irvine on April 15, 2017 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 (HCA) 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.
April 3, 2017
Anaheim Ducks April Cogs for Dogs pick: Richard!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs April pick: Richard! This sweet, 7 year old #GermanShepherd mix is very friendly and affectionate. He knows how to sit, shake and he loves treats. He's a staff and volunteer favorite, and just an all around happy guy! He walks great on a leash and he's ready to find someone to go on adventures with! Who wouldn't want to wake up to that adorable face in the morning!? Come visit Richard and make him your fur-ever friend today! Special thank you to the Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support.(Pet ID# A1511020). Click here to watch his special video!
April 2, 2017
Congratulations March Volunteer of the Month, Jody!
Our volunteer of the month for March is the amazing and brilliant Jody! Jody has been with us for just over 7 years now and has contributed more than 1,979 hours in that time! Jody is an invaluable part of our training program for new volunteers, our Furry Friday Feature videos, our TLC program working with fearful or unsocial dogs. Jody also participates in our public education and outreach areas by participating in our Katy Cares responsible pet ownership presentations as well as providing tours to visiting community members. Jody is a leader among our volunteers and we are so grateful to have her be a part of our program. Please join us in congratulating Jody for her Volunteer Month award!
April 1, 2017
Thank You Cats in Need Yorba Linda! 105 Cats Re-Released in March through our Shelter SNR Program!
Thank you Cats in Need Yorba Linda! During the month of March they re-released 105 cats that were brought to OC Animal Care through our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program! ME-WOW that's PAW-MAZING! We couldn't help all of these kitties without you.
If you are interested in being apart of this program for local feral kitties, please contact Cats in Need Yorba Linda at (714) 998-6360.
March 31, 2017
What should you do if you find Newborn Kittens?
Kitten season is here and there are ways you can help these adorable babies! Many times people bring kittens to the shelter because they think they have been abandoned by their mom, but in reality the mom might just be looking for food or in the process of moving her family. If you find kittens, always observe them from a distance to see if their mother returns. This could take several hours. If the mother comes back help out by feeding them from a distance. If the mother does not return, remove the kittens to a safe environment. Their best chance is for you to bottle feed the kittens until they are big enough for adoption. There are many resources online that teach how to properly feed and care for your bottle kittens. If you are unable to care for them, reach out to a local cat rescue group or bring them to your local shelter. Please click this link to our flyer and learn more on what to do if you find newborn kittens.
We are seeking foster homes for dogs and cats who need a place to grow up, heal or simply need a break from the stressful shelter environment. If you would like to sign up to become a lifesaving foster home, please visit our website at: http://www.ocpetinfo.com/involve/volunteer/adult/foster
March 29, 2017
OC Animal Care Night at Honda Center was a Blast!
We had a great time at OC Animal Care Night at Honda Center with the Anaheim Ducks this past Sunday! Staff, volunteers and our shelter dogs had a great time meeting Ducks fans, the Power Players and Wild Wing. We cannot thank the Anaheim Ducks Foundation enough for everything they have done for our shelter. We would also like to give a big thank you to all of the hockey fans who stopped by to say hello and give lots of love to our shelter dogs. We received an enormous amount of donations from fans consisting of numerous bags of pet food, pet toys, blankets and more! It was a memorable experience and we can tell that Ducks fans truly love animals. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Anaheim Ducks and cannot wait for future events with this awesome organization!
March 8, 2017
Congratulations Sharon! Our February Volunteer of the Month!
Our volunteer of the Month for February is the wonderful Sharon. Sharon has been with OC Animal Care for just over six years and is a well-known member of our team. Sharon has already received her lifetime service award for more than 4,000 hours of community service in her short time with us. As of today Sharon has contributed 8,716 hours of service to our shelter pets making sure that they have warm cozy beds in every kennel. Sharon specifically has been contributing a great deal of her time to our new TLC program where advanced volunteers work with our more frightened and sensitive shelter dogs to help bring them out of their shells. Sharon’s detailed notes about our shelter pets assist other volunteers, staff and their future adopters. We are so proud to have Sharon be a member of our team, please join us in congratulating her on her award for Volunteer of the Month!
March 5, 2017
27 Bunnies found their Hop-pily Ever After during Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month!
During the month of February, OC Animal Care celebrated Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month. Throughout the month, bunnies were given free spay/neuter and microchip. We are happy to announce that 27 rabbits found some bunny to love! Special thanks to everyone who chose to adopt a fluffy new friend, and to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment.
March 4, 2017
Anaheim Ducks March Cogs for Dogs pick, Oscar (A1504568)!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs pick for the month of March: Oscar (A1504568)! This sweet, older guy is very friendly and loves getting affection from you. He has a very playful personality and enjoys running around and exploring. He walks great on the leash, and would love to go on lots of adventures with you. He has some dental issues that come with his age, but he has so much love left to give! He is looking for a family that will love him unconditionally! Help this wonderful senior Chihuahua with the biggest heart find the furever home of his dreams! Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support! Click Here to watch Oscar's special video!
March 1, 2017
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 125 Feral Cats in February!
During the Month of February, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 125 feral cats that were brought to OC Animal Care to be put into our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program! 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. Click here for exciting information on a special feral cat trapping class and demonstration that will be held on Tuesday, March 14th!
February 27, 2017
29 Shelter Animals Adopted During Spay Day USA!
Spay Day USA was this past Saturday, and 29 animals found their fur-ever homes! 9 cats, 18 dogs and 2 rabbits were adopted during this special discount day. Did you know, getting your pets spayed and neutered not only decreases the homeless pet population, but it helps your furry friend by reducing the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. Thank you to all community members, staff and volunteers who came out and joined in the festivities. Here at OC Animal Care we would like to thank everyone who adopted a shelter pet and for giving them the love they deserve!
February 16, 2017
Petco Cattery in Orange is Helping Cats find their Purrr-ever Homes!
OC Animal Care’s partnership with the Petco Cattery in Orange continues to be a huge success! Since the beginning of October, over 50 cats and kittens have found their forever families. Cats at the cattery have a spacious area with lots of toys, plenty of cat trees and comfy beds to lounge around in. We are thankful to be a part of the Petco community in Orange and looking forward to future adoptions of our shelter cats. Also, we would like to give a special thanks to all of our awesome volunteers who come on a daily basis to visit and care for the cats. Kitties are there available for adoption right now and they cannot wait to meet you. We hope you stop by the Petco on Katella and say hello to our Cattery cats!
County of Orange public safety officials have issued a voluntary evacuation set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday February 17th 2017 for the Silverado Canyon burn area due to potential flooding and debris flow. The voluntary evacuation is for homes east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road. The voluntary evacuation has the potential to be upgraded to a mandatory evacuation as the storm progresses.
Please see attached for more information
**OC Animal Care will provide boarding at no charge to residents of the evacuation area with proof of address. We will be accepting dogs, cats, and other small animals**
**Residents with large animals should follow their personal plans to move their animals before the rainfall tomorrow morning. Those needing assisting with shelter horses, goats, pigs and cows can contact Connie Nelson at (714) 649-3331**
For the most current information please follow @OCFA_PIO, @OCpublicworks, @OrangecountyEOC and @OCSD on Twitter
February 3, 2017
Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 54 Feral Cats in January!
During the Month of January, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 54 feral cats! They were brought to OC Animal Care to be put into our SNR (Spay-Neuter-Release) Program, which 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.
February 2, 2017
Anaheim Ducks February Cogs for Dogs: Spike (A1138061) and Bella (A1290301)!
Meet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs picks for the month of February: Spike (A1138061) and Bella (A1290301)! These two are a very affectionate bonded pair who have lots of cuddles ready to give to their new family. They love to play and go for walks, but most of all they just love being loved by you! They would both enjoy going to training where they can learn and bond with you. They are very friendly, social and affectionate dogs that would be a great addition to an active family. Help Spike and Bella find the fur-ever loving home they deserve together! Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support. Click here to watch Spike and Bella's special video!
February 1, 2017
Meet our January Volunteer of the Month, Bronwyn!
OC Animal Care is proud to announce our volunteer of the month for January 2017, Bronwyn! Bronwyn has been with our shelter since 2011 and has made herself a part of nearly all of our programs. She works not only in our kitten nursery during kitten season but is also a trainer, teaching new volunteers our care procedures. She is a driving force in our KONG Enrichment Program and can be found walking our TLC Program dogs or snuggling them in their kennels. In her 6 years of service Bronwyn has dedicated more than 1,300 hours to our shelter pets. Bronwyn’s can-do attitude and great personality make her an integral part of our volunteer family. Please join us in congratulating her as our Volunteer of the Month!
January 31, 2017
OC Animal Care's Volunteer Recognition Ceremony was a Celebration of Service!
On January 29th OC Animal Care staff, volunteers and their families gathered for our annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon. More than 175 people gathered at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana to enjoy a catered lunch of street tacos and to celebrate the service of our volunteers. Our Volunteer of the Year was Christy C., and Foster Caretaker of the year was Cindy S. with more than 349 days fostering animals in her home. We also awarded volunteers with Bronze (100+ Hours) Silver (250+ Hours) and Gold (500+ Hours) for their hours of service, Outstanding Foster Awards for those who foster animals more than 100 days in a year as well as the top service hours in Dog Walking (Sue K.), Cat Socializing (Celesta P.), Kitten Nursery (Valerie G.), Public Education (Debbie B.), Rabbit Socializing (Cindy W.) and Grooming (Kim K.). We also honored five exceptional volunteers who have made huge impacts in our programs including Linda L., Rhonda G., Heather M., Ray H.. and Amy S. as well as our Rookie of the Year MJ! We also recognized a very special volunteer with the Orange County Excellence in Volunteerism Award which was given to Dona M. for her incredible dedication to our shelter cats and foster programs. Volunteers and guests received goodie bags and volunteers were eligible for 27 amazing door prizes. We are so proud of our incredible volunteer family and were thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments at their annual luncheon.
**UPDATE: Voluntary Evacuation has been cancelled**
At 9:00 a.m. today, a voluntary evacuation for the Silverado Canyon burn area was issued by County of Orange public safety officials due to potential flooding and debris flows. The voluntary evacuation is for homes east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road. The voluntary evacuation has the potential to be upgraded to a mandatory evacuation as the storm progresses.
Please see attached for more information
**OC Animal Care will provide boarding at no charge to residents of the evacuation area with proof of address. We will be accepting dogs, cats, and other small animals**
January 19, 2017
Partnership with Pathways To Hope Helps Blossom Find Her Job and a Special Forever Home!
Gorgeous Blossom came to our shelter young, smart and looking for a job! She was united with Pathways to Hope's Cell Dog Training program and went to the James A. Musick facility learning basic obedience from the inmates for 10 weeks. Once graduated, the Cell Dog Team could tell Blossom was special and they began training her intensively to be an Advanced Mobility Assistance dog for 3 months. Blossom was partnered with her mom Erin in September, and passed her public access test with flying colors. Before having Blossom to help her, Erin was receiving chiropractic care every other day from issues caused by bending over in her wheel chair. Since having her service dog, she only has to go every other week. Blossom is a great example of the amazing partnerships that OC Animal Care has in the community! Thank you Pathways To Hope for sharing all of the wonderful videos of Blossom in training! Click here to watch Blossoms special video!
Checkout 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!
Stacey 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!
During 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.
As 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
Home 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
OC 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 http://tinyurl.com/hjcguct to watch a video on Taylor's experiences at OC Animal Care.
Orange 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!
During 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!
This 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!
MJ 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!
This 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
OC 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!
After 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!
Our 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.
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!
This 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!
Monica 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!
Following 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
Today 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.
Check 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.
Our 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!
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.
The 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
Congratulations 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: www.3cma.org/savvy.
September 7, 2016
Billy the Goat finds a Home!
Our 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!
WOW! 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!
Ed 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
COMMUNITY 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!
During 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!
On 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
ME-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!
Our 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
Over 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
We 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, Bubba
July 25, 2016
106 Animals Adopted During Clear the Shelters at OC Animal Care
The 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
OC 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!
Today 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.
Clear 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
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 www.ocpetinfo.com 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 www.ocpetinfo.com.
June 27, 2016
Congratulations to our June Volunteer of the Month, Linda!
Linda 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!
Our 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
OC 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!
In 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!
We 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
OC 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.
Today 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 http://www.emmyshope.com/about-emmy.
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.
May 18, 2016
112 Pets Adopted During Our Spring Fling Weekend!
Our 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!
The 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 9, 2016
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Bobbi!
Congratulations 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?
Have 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!
Thanks 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!
Ty 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!
The 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.
OC 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.
(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!
Congratulations 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!
Christy 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!
The 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!
2015 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!
OC 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!
(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.
OC 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 email@example.com for more details.
The 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!
We 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!
OC 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!
Stacey 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.
(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.
One 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 http://petadoption.ocpetinfo.com/Adopt/
Full text of the poem below... click the image or "Read More." Enjoy!
December 21, 2015
Our Pawliday Adoption Event was a Huge Success!
OC 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.
A 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.
Elaine 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.
December 7, 2015
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Celesta Peterson!
Our 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
OC 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.
Hemlock 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!
On 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
This 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!
Kristen 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!
On 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!
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!
On October 15 at 10:15 a.m., millions of Californians will participate in the largest earthquake drill ever! Register for free at www.ShakeOut.org/california/register. 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.
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.
This 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".
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.
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
OC 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
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, http://www.noblefriendsfoundation.org/ 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!
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!
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: http://media.ocgov.com/gov/volunteer/internships/college/public_relations_n_marketing_intern.asp for details and position requirements.
August 22, 2015
147 Pets Adopted During Clear the Shelters Adoption Event
On 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
It'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!
OC 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 www.NBCLA.com and www.Telemundo52.com through August 15.
August 7, 2015
Skip the Service Dog
OC 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!
Congratulations 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!
This 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
Our 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.
Many 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!
Annette 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
As 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
On 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
Our 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!
There 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!
Sarah 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!
OC 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
Last 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
OC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment today!
Every 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.
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.
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
During 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
Last 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: http://ocpetinfo.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=6191
From 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
This 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!
Our 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!
Our 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.
Christy 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!
OC 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!
Congratulations 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!
It’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:
JT & 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!
On 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!
Eileen 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
On 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!
This 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!
Valerie 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!
Our 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.
On Wednesday, July 30th OC Animal Care was once again excited to partner with Shelter.me com and send 19 available dogs to Washington to find their forever homes. ShelterMe.com, Bark Avenue Foundation and Wings of Rescue which make up FlyMeHome.org worked with Los Angeles and Orange county shelters to send almost 150 shelter animals to new homes in the Pacific Northwest.
On 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!
As 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.
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!
This 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!
OC 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.
One 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.
On 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.
With 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.
On 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!
Saturday'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.
“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 email@example.com or 714-474-4823
Peg & 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!
Recently 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.
The 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.
Alex 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!
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!
The 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.
Theo 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.
Nancy 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!
Cindy 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!
A 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!
OC 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!
Sabrina 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!
Since 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!
On 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!
Our 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!
Join 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 ocpetinfo.com or call (714)935-6848.
Thank you to Animals for Armed Forces Foundation® for sponsoring this event!
Stacy 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!
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Saturday’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!
Shauna 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!
OC Animal Care has partnered up with https://shelterme.tv/ 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!
This 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.
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.
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!
Paula 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!
Our 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!
Patricia 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!
As 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:
Yoda, 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 www.noblefriendsfoundation.org. No donation is too small!
Thank you all for your care and support at this time. We couldn’t do it without you.
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 Dogchannel.com.
“Finding the best purpose for a dog is key to a successful adoption, and this is where fate intervened” (Slone).
Saturday’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!
OC 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!
Celesta 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!
Our 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!
Are 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!
OC 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!
Don'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).
Amanda 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!
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
Last 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!
Alan 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!
The 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!
Diana 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!
Thank 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.
Our 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.
OC 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.
Since 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!
OC 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.
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!
Since 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!
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!
UPDATE - 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.
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