News & Announcements

    July 31, 2020 
    Keep Your Pets Safe in Extreme Heat!

    News ImageIt's getting HOT, HOT, HOT!

    Temperatures in Tustin this weekend are up in the 90s, and it will be even hotter inland! #LetsPaws and remember to:

    • Never Leave Your Pet in the Car
    • Watch out for Hot Pavement
    • Always Provide Water and Shade
    • Limit Exercise
    • Watch out for Signs of Heat Stroke

    July 31, 2020 
    Clear the Shelters 2020

    News ImageOC Animal Care is participating in Clear the Shelters 2020 ‘adopt or donate’ campaign! Starting Saturday and through the entire month of August, we will be featuring adoptable pets and asking the community to support our efforts by donating.

    How can you Adopt?

    • OC Animal Care is currently closed to walk-in visitors. All adoptions are by appointment only.

    • To adopt please call the facility at 714-935-6848 with the animal id number (ex: A1234567) of who you are interested in. Call center hours are 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding government holidays.
    • You can find a list adoptable pets on OC Animal Care’s website at: http://petadoption.ocpetinfo.com/Adopt/

    How can you Donate?

    • Donate to OC Animal Care’s Family Fur-st Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry and help keep families together. Donations of pet food can be made through the shelter’s Amazon Wishlist at: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1RLVXG7Y9HMNV/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

    • You can also donate to OC Animal Care at ClearTheSheltersFund.org. The Great Good Foundation will be matching donations dollar to dollar during the first week of the campaign up to $100,000 to shelters across the country.


    July 23, 2020 
    Attention: Fullerton Residence Licesning Fee Change

    News ImageThe City of Fullerton increased their fees for dog licensing on July of 2020.

    • Spay/Neuter Dog- $51.00
    • Puppy (Less than 6 months)- $51.00
    • Senior (60+), Spayed/Neutered Dog- $25.50
    • Non-Spayed/Neutered Dog- $159.00

    Fullerton residents having their dog license renewal due prior to October 1st, 2020 can still pay the prior fees. (Please do not license on our website, new fees have been updated).

    You can mail in your renewal or call our Licensing Department at 714-935-6848 to pay over the phone (Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm).


    July 20, 2020 
    Congrats, July Volunteer of the Month Julie N.!

    News ImagePencils down & eyes on the board…because July’s Volunteer of the month is none other than the engaging educator herself, Ms. Nelson!

    Julie’s summer break has been spent as an intern, supporting our fast-paced foster program. In addition to that, she has used her teaching talents to help organize existing programs and create new processes to help the shelter pets. Ms. Nelson even takes on homework (in the form of foster kittens)! From singing silly songs to putting in serious service hours, no task it too below Julie - she is a delight to be around and downright pleasure to work with.

    If we had to grade this ‘teach’ she would certainly get an A+! ::class dismissed::


    July 15, 2020 
    Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day!

    News ImageToday is National Pet Fire Safety Day!

    Did you know that more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year! By making sure you are aware of your pet’s surroundings, you can help keep them safe! It’s important to educate ourselves on the 3 topics below!

    • Preventing Fires - Don’t leave candles unsupervised, secure all wires, put covers on stove knobs, etc.)
    • Preparing for a Fire – Make an emergency plan that includes your pet! You can see a list of basic emergency checklists for pets and other disaster preparedness tips on our website at: https://www.ocpetinfo.com/edu/prepare)
    • What to do During a Fire – Have a leash or carrier handy at all times!

    Click Here for more tips on how you and your pets can be prepared in the event of a fire!


    July 10, 2020 
    Pool Safety Tips for Dogs

    News ImageJuly 11th is National Swimming Pool Safety Day!

    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.

    Checkout these tips for your dogs while hanging around the pool!

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Learn Dog CPR - Being able to properly administer artificial respiration and CPR on a dog is vital in any emergency.
    • 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.
    • Have Fresh Water Available for your Dog - Do not let your dog drink the pool water and 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 harmful.

    July 3, 2020 
    Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 in Southern California

    News Image

    OC Animal Care is aware of the recent outbreak of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotype 2 (RHDV2) in the southwestern U.S. This virus is highly contagious among rabbits and causes sudden death. It is not contagious to people. RHDV2 has been confirmed to be found in at least one wild rabbit in Orange County.

    OC Animal Care is actively monitoring the outbreak and reviewing processes to prevent the spread of RHDV2. There are no additional restrictions at this time, but all rabbit owners are encouraged to use the resources linked below to implement safety processes to keep their rabbits safe.

    For more information about RDHDV2 including symptoms and how to help control the spread of the virus check out the CDFA Website and CDFA RHDV2 Factsheet

    For information about how to keep your rabbits safe check out the CDFA Biosecurity Recommendations

    For updated information about the affected areas visit the dedicated USDA Map


    June 19, 2020 
    Congratulations, June Volunteer of the Month Alex!

    News ImageFor the past 3 years, one young Jedi has risen to become a master of her empire. There’s no denying that the force is strong with … Alex W.!

    Like any good galactical guardian, Alex has trained many areas but one place that she shines brightest is with her pals in our small dog play group! Giving these ‘littles’ the love and attention they deserve is at the top of her list -and Alex herself, is at the top of ours! Thank you for using your powers for good Alex & congratulations on being June’s Volunteer of the Month!



    June 16, 2020 
    Family Fur-st Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry Helps 118 Families!

    News ImageOC Animal Care kicked off the Family Fur-st Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry on Saturday, June 13th! We received over 3,000 lbs of pet food donations and we were able to support 118 families during this challenging time!

    We are so grateful to everyone who made this event possible. Special thanks to our partners Animal Assistance League of Orange County, Scart, and Shamrock Rescue Foundation!

    We are looking forward to helping even more families next month! Keep following us on all our social media platforms or visit www.ocpetinfo.com for updates!


    June 3, 2020 
    OC Animal Care to Host the Family Fur-st Pet Food Pantry

    News ImageTUSTIN, Calif. (June 3, 2020) – OC Animal Care will be kicking off the Family Fur-st Drive Thru Pet Pantry to support Orange County families in need of pet food. The Family Fur-st Pet Food Pantry events will take place on the second Saturday of every month while food is available, and the need is still present in the community.

    In collaboration with the Animal Assistance League of Orange County, SoCal Animal Rescue Team, and The Shamrock Rescue Foundation, the first event will take place on Saturday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the OC Animal Care facility located at 1630 Victory Road in Tustin.

    “This event will provide a helping hand to families with pets who are experiencing financial strain during these challenging times,” said Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor.
    Pet owners will get a bag of food for their dog, cat, or rabbit while supplies last.

    “The financial burden suffered by many people because of COVID-19 has made it very difficult for people to feed and provide for their pets,” said Vice Chairman Andrew Do, First District Supervisor. “The goal of the drive-thru pantry is to support Orange County residents and make it easier for them to hopefully keep their pets and not give them up for financial reasons.”
    The event will follow public health recommendations and allow attendees to remain in their vehicle while volunteers load the food. Families are asked to leave their pets at home to make this event run as efficiently as possible.


    May 29, 2020 
    Congratulations, May’s Volunteer of the Month Susan!

    During these trying times, one person prevails… conquering daily laundry and donation overflow – Susan M. is truly OCAC Royalty!
    We are so thankful for Susan’s commitment to the terry cloth, cotton and other such fabrics that keep our shelter guests comfy and cozy. Things would literally STINK without her!

    Congratulations on being May’s Volunteer of the Month Susan!


    May 29, 2020 
    Protect Your Pets this Summer!

    News ImageLets' Paws and protect your pet this summer from Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm Disease!

    Consult with your Veterinarian to learn about the different preventative medication available for your pet. To learn more about mosquitoes in Orange County, visit www.ocvector.org


    May 24, 2020 
    Update: PHONE LINES ARE BACK UP

    News ImageUPDATE: Our phone lines are back up. Thank you for your patience.

    Our phone lines are down. Our IT department is working on resolving this issue ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please use our after hours number at: (714)259-1122

    You can also contact us via email at occrocpetinfo@occr.ocgov.com with any general inquiries. If you have questions about pet licensing, please contact us at Acslicensing@occr.ocgov.com

    Thank you for your patience!


    May 11, 2020 
    Pet Food Services

    News ImageDo you need help providing food for your pets?? Checkout the list of food pantries below in Orange County that can help!

    Friendly reminder, please call in advance or visit the listed organization's websites to confirm that pet food services will be available on that day.

    Thank you!


    May 8, 2020 
    Guidelines to Follow for Your Adoption Appointment

    News ImageWe want to provide you with the safest and best service possible. Please read and follow these guidelines while at OC Animal Care to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

    • Practice social distancing. Maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people.
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after you interact with any OC Animal Care staff, volunteers or pets.
    • OC Animal Care is following the guidelines of the OC Health Care Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We strongly encourage those who are experiencing symptoms, have knowingly been exposed, or are considered high-risk at contracting COVID-19 to postpone any adoptions at this time. Please alert staff if you are experiencing any symptoms.
    • We recommend you wear a mask when entering our facility per CDC guidelines.

    Thank you for your cooperation. For shelter updates, visit www.ocpetinfo.com. For information about COVID-19 in Orange County visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.


    May 5, 2020 
    Help Donate to Bottle Kittens in Need!

    News ImageSave the Date! Join us tomorrow, May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow!

    Neonatal bottle kittens are coming into OC Animal Care every day, and we NEED supplies! Kitten Milk Replacement, Miracle Nipples, Heating Pads, Toys and more! Anything helps!

    Click the link below to checkout the special Amazon Wishlist created just for our Bottle Kittens!

    Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/DG3XO0KCHFI5?ref_=wl_share

    If you are interested in learning more about joining OC Animal Care's life-saving foster program, visit http://media.ocgov.com/gov/occr/animal/involve/foster.asp

    Friendly reminder, OC Animal Care is currently closed to walk-in visitors. To learn more visit www.ocpetinfo.com


    April 23, 2020 
    Basic Hot Weather Tips!

    News ImageIt's heatin' up outside! Temperatures tomorrow are going to be above 90 degrees! Let's Paws and make sure our pets are protected from the rising temperatures.

    Checkout the basic hot weather tips below to make sure your pets are happy and safe in warmer weather.

    Friendly reminder! If you do leave your house this weekend, remember to continue to practice social distancing while out and about!


    April 16, 2020 
    Dog Bite Prevention Week!

    News ImageIt's National Dog Bite Prevention Week

    Any dog can bite: big or small, male or female, young or old. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked. The AVMA reports that more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and children are most likely to be injured. Before approaching any dog, always:


    Ask First - "May I pet your dog?"
    Get Permission
    Don't Touch - Any dog who is sleeping, eating or chewing a toy
    Stay Away - Don't approach any dog who is barking or growling.


    Visit https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/dog-bite-prevention to learn more about dog bite prevention!


    April 9, 2020 
    Help Us Reunite Pets!

    News ImageDo you have extra time on your hands?

    Checkout these tips on how to reunite pets with their families from home!


    March 31, 2020 
    OC Animal Care is NOT Accepting In-Person Donations

    OC Animal Care is currently not accepting any in-person donations at this time.

    We are still accepting items donated through our Amazon Wishlist and through OCAC's website.

    Thank you for your understanding.


    March 28, 2020 
    OC Animal Care's Services During Covid-19

    News ImageCan dogs or cats get COVID-19?
    There is no evidence that animals can contract or spread COVID-19. Please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) webpage for information on pets & COVID-19.

    Is OC Animal Care closed to the public?
    OCAC is closed to walk-in visitors but continues to provide essential services to the public. OCAC has temporarily moved to an appointment-based system to limit visitors and continue to safely serve our community.


    March 18, 2020 
    OCAC Info/Updates - COVID-19

    News ImageOC Residents:

    We'd like to give everyone a quick update on actions we’re taking at OCAC to prepare for possible impacts of coronavirus and how you can help support the continued care of our shelter or community pets.

    For information about local impacts of coronavirus on humans and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow the dedicated page on the OC Health Care Agency website: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus


    March 16, 2020 
    OC Animal Care - Update COVID-19

    OC Animal Care Will Be Closed March 16 Through March 31, 2020

    TUSTIN, Calif. (March 16, 2020) – In light of the recent guidelines issued by the Governor of the state of California and to protect the health and wellness of staff and customers, OC Animal Care is temporarily closing the animal shelter to the public effective immediately. This action will limit the number of people in the animal shelter and help curtail further spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

    At this time, adoptions and redemptions will continue by appointment only. Additionally, all events and programming at the shelter have been canceled through the end of March. To make an appointment to adopt or redeem an animal, please refer OC Animal Care’s website at www.ocpetinfo.com for more information.

    For information about COVID-19 and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow the dedicated page on the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) website: www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus

    We look forward to resuming full services as soon as possible and apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.


    March 12, 2020 
    Kitten Shower Recap

    News ImageOC Animal Care’s Kitten Shower is held annually to help teach the community about bottle fed kittens. During the classes, attendees learned about the Foster Program as a whole, what it takes to foster bottle kittens, and get to see up close a demonstration of a foster bottle-feeding kittens. This event is always exciting and this past one had a variety of people.

    In total, about 30 people came to the two classes and left with new knowledge about fostering and bottle-feeding kittens. There was also a table set up for donations, and by the end of the day the table was filled with wet and dry food, toys, baby wipes and other essential items needed during kitten season. We also launched our new foster application and a new manual. We also passed out Wait! Watch! WIN! Flyers before they left.

    Overall, the Kitten Shower on March 7th went smoothly and had a great turn out. We are excited for our next Kitten Shower coming up in May!


    March 7, 2020 
    OC Animal Care Night at Honda Center

    News ImageOn Sunday, March 1st, 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. OC Animal Care won big with all of the donations brought by Ducks fans and received over a $500 donation! It was a day to remember, and all the doggos who attended were adopted!

    We’d like to give special thanks to our amazing partners, the Anaheim Ducks, for all their support.


    March 6, 2020 
    Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month Helps 170 Rabbits Find Homes!

    News ImageDuring the month of February, OC Animal Care held their annual Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month. This year’s event began early after the shelter took in over 300 rabbits from a hoarding situation. We encouraged 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. This month-long event was a success, and a total of 170 rabbits were adopted!


    February 4, 2020 
    COLD WEATHER TIPS

    Temperatures are down!

    Check out our cold weather tips and help keep all of our four-legged friends safe.


    January 11, 2020 
    $14 Bunny Adoptions Begin Today!

    News ImageHop on down to OC Animal Care and FIND SOME BUNNY TO LOVE!

    Beginning January 11th through the month of February, we are having $14 bunny adoptions.

    Please help all of our floppy eared friends find the homes they've been waiting for!


    January 8, 2020 
    We Need YOUR HELP!

    News ImageINCOMING!

    We need YOUR HELP! OC Animal Care is bringing in a large impound of rabbits TODAY. We've hopped into action and already brought in almost ONE HUNDRED rabbits and expect at least ONE HUNDRED more. Please DONATE or SHARE! Check out the list below of the supplies we need the most for our new friends.

    • Timothy Hay
    • Rabbit Pellets(Kruses brand)
    • rabbit bowls
    • resting boards(peg board)
    • Timothy Hay manger
    • rabbit Chews
    • Plastic rabbit tubes
    • salt lick
    • small pet carriers

    These items have also been added to our amazon wishlist! Check it out at: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1RLVXG7Y9HMNV?ref_=wl_share

    January 2, 2020 
    Pepe Is Still Looking For His Forever Home

    News ImagePepe is playful and enjoys going to small dog playgroups and running zoomies around the yard! Pepe was seized during a field animal cruelty investigation so he needs patience and extra loving care. Because of this, Pepe will only be adoptable through an application and interview process to ensure the best possible home for him.

    Better hurry! We will be closing the link soon!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3ZP8P7K


    January 2, 2020 
    Congratulations to our December Volunteer of the Month, Jona!

    News ImageJona has been an active participant in several new programs the shelter has started over the year. Jona is an active dog walk and has been attending TLC dog walking training class. He is always willing to say yes to running dogs for our large dog playgroup even if he only has fifteen minutes to spare. He is also a part of our long stay task force and actively participate by taking his assigned dog out on field trips. If Jona is not in playgroup or walking dogs he is assisting with bathing medical dogs, cleaning kennels and a variety of other duties. Keep up the great work Jona!


    December 26, 2019 
    December Events at OC Animal Care Helped 141 Pets Find a Home for the Pawlidays!

    News ImageOC Animal Care hosted their annual Pawliday Adoption Event and Santa Photos every Saturday during the month of December! The shelter's Pawliday event was a huge success! 141 pets (105 cats, 25 dogs, 6 bunnies and 5 exotic animals) were adopted and found fur-ever homes on Saturday, December 21. OC Libraries joined in the festivities and hosted a booth to raise awareness about their organization. The shelter volunteers also hosted a spinning wheel giveaway booth, bake sale table and even gave away free pets tags to event attendees! We cannot thank everyone enough for adopting and coming out to support OC Animal Care!

    The shelter also hosted Santa Photos every Saturday in December until Christmas! OC Animal Care offered the public to bring their furry friend down to take a photo with jolly St. Nick to raise funds for the shelter’s medical pets program. A total of $1,344 was raised to help our shelter pets through the Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care! Special thanks to all who came out to take a photo with Santa, and for OC Animal Care’s amazing volunteers who ran the Santa Photo booth!


    December 23, 2019 
    OC Animal Care Director's Transition

    We would like to announce the resignation of Mike Kaviani, current Director of OC Animal Care. Mr. Kaviani has accepted the position of Chief Program Officer for a national non-profit organization and will transition from his role at the County by the end of the year.

    Mr. Kaviani joined OC Animal Care in August 2018 and has been a valuable member of the County’s team, sharing his animal welfare expertise. His work and contributions have been instrumental in initiating the implementation of OC Animal Care’s Strategic Plan. As a result, OC Animal Care has seen positive outcomes such as an increase in live release rates, expansion of the kitten foster program, and initiation of dog play groups to provide animal enrichment.

    A recruitment will begin immediately for a permanent replacement. In the interim, OC Animal Care will continue to be guided by its strategic plan, and we are confident the progress and good work will continue.

    We thank Mr. Kaviani for his service to the County, and we wish him well in his new endeavor.


    December 14, 2019 
    Read to the Kittens at Orange Public Library!

    News ImageOn Friday, December 13th, OC Animal Care attended reading to the Kittens at the Orange Public Library and History Center. Children of all ages had the opportunity to read their favorite books to some feline friends and learn more about OC Animal Care! The kittens who attended also had a blast getting extra love from the community and volunteers. The Orange Library also collected donation for our furry friends during the event.

    Afterwards, all the kittens who attended to the library event went up for adoption at the Petco Cattery in Orange. All of them were adopted and found loving homes for the holidays! Thank you OC Public Libraries for your continued support and for helping us raise awareness about OC Animal Care!


    December 13, 2019 
    Congratulations, November Volunteer of the Month Cathy!

    News ImageCathy has been supporting OC Animal Care as a volunteer for 16 wonderful years! She always comes in ready to help in any way she can. She sure knows how to stay busy and whether she is socializing cats, feeding kittens in the nursery, helping at our Petco adoption location, going to events or decorating, she does everything with a smile! Cathy is super creative and crafty and always helps decorate for our events and the holidays. She is also a wonderful foster caretaker who does everything she can to find the purrfect home for her foster kittens. We appreciate everything that she does, which is why Cathy is our November volunteer of the month!

    Thank you Cathy!


    November 30, 2019 
    Special Partners Make This Thanksgiving One To Remember!

    News ImageWe would like to give a huge shout out and big thank you to some very special partners outside of our community who helped pull over 150 cats/kittens from OC Animal Care. Our kitties made the trip to Riverside County Department of Animal Services and with assistance from ASPCA and Wings of Rescue some went on a recent flight transport to the Bay area to ARF, Berkeley Humane and Marin Humane! These kitties hopped on a jet plane to find their loving fur-ever homes for the holidays up north!

    Last week we also worked with Lionel's Legacy and Second Chance Dog Rescue to who pulled 24 dogs, and today the Kris Kelley Foundation rescued 14 of our slider turtles! We are so grateful to have amazing partnerships with these organizations who have helped so many of our pets!


    November 27, 2019 
    Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

    News ImageIt's almost time for Thanksgiving! Don't forget about your four-legged family members while you celebrate with your two-legged ones! Here's a few Thanksgiving safety tips to keep your pets healthy and happy during the holiday.

    FOOD:
    Many Thanksgiving feast staples are toxic to pets. Turkey skin, onions, raisins, grapes, chocolate, artificial sweetener (xylitol), yeast dough, and particularly fatty foods are toxic to dogs and cats, and can cause potentially fatal health conditions. Keep furry friends away from the table!

    PARTIES AND GUESTS:
    If you know your pet gets anxious or over-excited around guests, consider keeping them in a separate room with food, water, and their favorite toy for the duration of the party. Even if your pet is comfortable with guests, make sure you watch the exits as doors open and close. Your furry friend might try to bolt while the front door is open as you greet your guests! Please be sure all of your microchip and licensing information is up-to-date!

    TRAVEL:
    If your holiday plans involve traveling elsewhere for multiple days, make sure you'v e made proper accommodations for your pet. Consider boarding them at a pet hotel/boarding house, or hiring a trusted friend to feed and spend time with your pet everyday while you're gone.


    November 15, 2019 
    Adoption Event November 16-24!

    News ImageSugar, Spice, and Everything Nice!

    We are excited to announce that we will be having a Fall Adoption promotion for our senior Pup-kin Spice Lattes, Cat-puccinos and Long Eared Espressos. Adoptions are *$14 (for senior dogs ages 5+ years old, cats/kittens and bunnies of all ages. Not including leash, carrier, or dog licensing fee. Discount does not apply to animals with prior reservation deposits).

    We will also be hosting a Cat-Puccino Cafe in our Learning and Training Center from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, November 23rd! Stop on by and meet adorable foster kittens available for adoption!

    Please see the flyer for additional details.


    November 9, 2019 
    Waiving Cat Adoption Fees 11/8-11/10/2019!

    News ImageIf you’ve been waiting for the right time to open your home, now is the time.

    We currently have over 530 cats onsite who need homes.

    This year we have already taken in over 8,500 cats – that’s almost 1,500 more cats and kittens than at this point in 2018! – and that number goes up every.single.day.

    In the last week alone, we brought in 143 cats who needed our help. Now we’re asking you for help.

    Starting today 11/8 through Sunday 11/10 we are waiving cat adoption fees ($14 microchip fee still applies). Please tell your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and anyone else who might be looking for a new family member.

    With your support we can continue to help the cats in our community find the homes they’ve been dreaming of.


    November 9, 2019 
    Congratulations, October Volunteer of the Month Steve!

    News ImageMeet our October Volunteer of the Month, Steve! Steve has been a volunteer since April 2019, and he’s already a huge asset to our team. When he’s not helping customers at the greeter desk, he’s either helping us organize donations or attending offsite events for the shelter. He’s always very welcoming to everyone he meets, and he goes above and beyond to help those in need. We are so grateful to have Steve as a member of the OC Animal Care Volunteer crew! Congrats again to our Volunteer of the Month, Steve!


    October 18, 2019 
    MVP ADOPTION EVENT!

    News ImageJoin us for the OC Animal Care 2019 World Series!

    The shelter is full, and bases are loaded! Hit a home run out of the park and adopt an MVP (MOST VALUABLE PET)! Beginning October 19 until the end of the 2019 Baseball World Series, there will be *$14 adoptions (Not including dog licensing, leash or carrier. Discount will not apply to puppies under 6 months of age and animals with prior reservation deposits).

    Step up to the plate and be the MVP to one of our furry friends!


    October 15, 2019 
    38 Kittens find Homes through Partnership with OC Public Libraries

    News ImageOC Animal Care partnered with OC Public Libraries to help adorable kittens find loving homes. These “OC Tails and Tales” kitten adoption events encouraged the public to come to the library to adopt, read to the kittens and learn more about OC Animal Care. Irvine Heritage Library, Cypress Library and Tustin Library were among the venues that hosted these kitten adoptions, and it was a huge success! Over the span of 3 events, a total of 38 kittens were adopted into loving homes! Event goers also had the opportunity to learn more about the shelter’s foster program that saves hundreds of kittens each year! The shelter is grateful to have the opportunity to co-host these events and provide an additional resource for kittens who are waiting to be adopted.
    OC Animal Care is excited to partner with OC Public Libraries for additional events in the future to help more feline friends find loving homes!


    October 9, 2019 
    Update: PHONE LINES ARE BACK UP

    News ImageUpdate: Phone lines are back up. Thank you for your patience!

    Our phone lines are down. Our IT department is working on resolving this issue ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Please use our after hours number at: (714)259-1122

    You can also contact us via email at occrocpetinfo@occr.ocgov.com with any general inquiries.

    If you have questions about pet licensing, please contact us at Acslicensing@occr.ocgov.com


    Thank you for your patience!


    October 4, 2019 
    BLACK AND WHITE AFFAIR CAT/KITTEN ADOPTION EVENT!

    News ImageIt’s homecoming season and OC Animal Care cordially invites you to a Black and White Affair! Come on down Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th for *14 Black cat and Black and White cat adoptions! Please see attached flyers for this weekend’s cat and kitten adoption event.

    We have around 180 black and black/white cats and kittens at the shelter waiting for homes and we’re hoping many will be adopted during this event.


    September 24, 2019 
    Low-Cost Clinic Date Changes

    News ImageAttention! OC Animal Care's Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchip clinic is changing from our regular schedule to the first Thursday of the following Months: October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.

    Please see the flyer for more details and visit www.heart4pets.org for future dates.

    Thank you.


    September 24, 2019 
    128 Animals Adopted During Fall for a Friend!

    News ImageOn September 21st, OC Animal Care hosted it’s Fall for a Friend adoption event sponsored by District 4 Supervisor, Doug Chaffee. Event goers had the opportunity to come down to the shelter and adopt an animal for free, not including licensing or microchip. Adopters waiting in line for the shelter to open their doors were welcomed with delicious donuts and a meet and greet with the District 4 Supervisor who said words of gratitude and appreciation to guests waiting to find their new furry friend!

    The event was a huge success and 128 animals (84 cats, 36 dogs, 5 exotics, 3 rabbits) found loving homes. Attendees visited booths hosted by staff from District 4 Supervisor Chaffee’s office and District 3 Supervisor Wagner’s office. The OC District Attorney’s office, OC Sheriff’s Department, OC Mosquito and Vector Control and Teens 4 Training were among the other vendors in present. OC Animal Care volunteers also hosted a bake sale table, free pet tag and spinning wheel booth. Guests also had the opportunity to cool down with a sweet treat from the Kona Ice Truck of Central Tustin.

    Thank you to everyone who adopted and made this special Fall for a Friend event one to remember!


    September 11, 2019 
    5th Annual Rabies Day at OC Animal Care

    News ImageOn September 3, the County of Orange Rabies Control Program administered by OC Animal Care staff held its 5th annual Rabies Awareness Event. This event is held each year in observance of World Rabies Day which began to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention. World Rabies Day is observed on September 28 of each year, and while rabies is a 100% preventable disease, nearly 60,000 people die from the disease around the world each year. OC Animal Care has joined Global Alliance for Rabies Control in their Zero by 30 campaign which aims to end human deaths from dog rabies around the world by 2030.

    We would like to thank Noble Friends Foundation for providing the funding necessary to make this event a success. With their assistance, 59 dogs and cats received free or discounted rabies vaccinations. In addition to providing rabies vaccinations, Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control was in attendance to help educate attendees on the importance of mosquito abatement. Since the month of September is also National Preparedness Month, OC Animal Care provided emergency preparedness information for pets, including pet evacuation kit handouts, watertight “go-bags”, and collapsible bowls to help pet owners start the planning process.

    While the United States generally no longer experiences some of the challenges other countries do with respect to rabies control, it’s important for the community to know that rabies is still found in It has been decades since rabies was last found in a domestic dog or cat, however, Orange County does see rabies in wildlife, particularly bats. To date in 2019, there have been 9 rabid bats found in Orange County. If you encounter a wild animal that appears to be ill or acting abnormally, please contact your local animal control agency for assistance.



    September 6, 2019 
    Fee Waiver Event!

    News ImageUPDATE: EVENT HAS CONCLUDED SEPTEMBER 8TH

    WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Our kennels are COMPLETELY FULL and we need to make space for incoming animals. We currently have over 800 animals in our facility!

    Beginning today through Sunday, we are waiving fees* for the next 100 dog adoptions, 200 cat adoptions and all bunny adoptions! (See the flyer for additional details)


    August 23, 2019 
    177 Animals From OC Animal Care Find Homes During Clear the Shelters!

    News ImageSaturday, August 17 was National Clear the Shelters Day, an event organized by NBC and Telemundo television stations to promote adoptions in our communities. OC Animal Care was able to place 177 animals (112, cats, 59 dogs, 4 hamsters, 2 rabbits) into loving homes! During the event, attendees visited booths from the VCA Animal Hospital, Hills Pet Nutrition, The City of Orange Public Library, Cell Dogs Program, Pet Adoption Center of Orange County, OC Shelter Partners and OC Libraries. OC Animal Care volunteers also held a bake sale with delicious treats and made free pet tags for the public!

    NBC LA and Telemundo 52 Los Angles made this an extra special event and featuring some of the shelter animals on live television! Long-Term resident and staff favorite, Fenway, made his television debut and can now add ‘actor’ to his list of accomplishments!

    Thank you to everyone who adopted and came out to support OC Animal Care made this Clear the Shelters one to remember!


    August 9, 2019 
    Adopt a Study Buddy Adoption Event!

    News ImageCATS ARE COOL FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!

    We're kicking off #InternationalCatDay with $14* Feline Study Buddy Adoptions! (not including carrier. Discount does not apply to cats/kittens with prior deposit holds). Please see the flyer for additional details.

    Discount only valid August 8th-August 11th 2019.


    July 31, 2019 
    An Open Letter from Director Mike Kaviani

    News ImageAn open letter to our community,

    August will mark my one-year anniversary as the Director of OC Animal Care. As is often the case for anyone approaching an important annual milestone in their life, the upcoming arrival of this one-year mark evokes a variety of thoughts and actions. Anniversaries can be a time for reflection, a time to be reminded of what drove you to make the original commitment, a time to celebrate the wins, and a time to look forward to the future and what may be needed to make the next year even more successful. Anniversaries are about coming together to honor a shared commitment, and to bolstering that commitment for years to come. As August draws near, I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I’d like to let you all in on these thoughts.

    What drove me to OC Animal Care? When I applied for the Director position, I had a vision. A vision of leading the staff and the community to implement programs that benefit pets and people. A vision of supporting staff to create a shelter that can successfully achieve quality of life, lifesaving, and public safety and refuses to accept that these are mutually exclusive concepts. A vision of OCAC becoming a shelter where every pet gets a fair chance of a live outcome. A vision that would ultimately result in OCAC becoming a regional and national model for high-volume municipal animal sheltering. During the interview process I learned that I was not alone in this vision.


    July 23, 2019 
    FREE CAT ADOPTIONS 7/23 - 7/29

    Starting today, July 23rd, we will be holding Almost Free Cat Adoptions ($14 Microchip fee still applies).

    WE HAVE OVER 600 CATS ON SITE. Just in July so far we've had 750 cats arrive at our facility.

    THIS IS THE TIME TO ADOPT, THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES!

    July 16, 2019 
    Congratulations June Volunteer of the Month, Beth!

    News ImageBeth helps tirelessly in the Kitten Nursery and treatment rooms EVERY WEEK!!

    She is always smiling even when the task takes hours and hours to complete.

    Beth is hardworking, dependable and reliable. She always has time to give the sick kitties a little extra TLC.

    It’s not uncommon to see her cuddling a scared sick little kitten in the treatment room. We love having Beth as part of our team!!

    Thank You Beth!!


    July 8, 2019 
    OC Animal Care 2019 Mid-Year Report

    THE NUMBERS ARE IN!

    We are excited to share our progress so far for 2019. Check out our Mid-Year Report linked below. Thank you to our community for your ongoing support!




    Visit our Stats Page for more information on how data included is calculated.


    July 1, 2019 
    4th of July Pet Safety!

    News ImageAs the 4th of July rapidly approaches, OC Animal Care would like to remind our community pet owners about some safety tips to keep in mind during this holiday. Loud noises from fireworks and other celebrations can cause our pets to become very frightened and lose control. It is important to pay extra attention to the safety and comfort of their pets before, during and after any 4th of July celebrations.

    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.

    Share this information to help pets in your area!


    June 30, 2019 
    302 Pet Tags Made for Pet Tag Awareness Month!

    News ImagePet Tag Awareness Month at OC Animal Care was a huge success! During our month-long promotion throughout June, we encouraged community members to make sure their pets are properly tagged with up-to-date 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). Every Saturday in June we offered Free Pet Tags to help identify local pets -- for the entire duration of the event we made 302 pet tags! (That’s over 78 more than last year’s total of 215!) Thank you to our wonderful staff and volunteers for making sure that these pets have proper ID! Remember: Proper identification can be your pet’s ticket home!


    June 29, 2019 
    72 Animals Adopted During Movie Magic Pet Fair 2019!

    News ImageOC Animal Care’s Movie Magic Pet Fair 2019 was a star-studded success! 72 of our shelter animals found their fur-ever homes (43 cats, 22 dogs, 4 exotics, and 3 rabbits) on Saturday June 29th! Our new location featured booths hosting local animal rescues and pet vendors in our community. We had wonderful pet demonstrations by Courteous Canines and Teens4Training, featuring positive reinforcement training. The OC Zoo brought in beautiful, exotic animals and taught audiences about wildlife. Adoptable dogs were showcased in the kennels’ “VIP room”, creatively decorated by kennel staff, and we had a cavalcade of kittens in a community room. Kona Shaved Ice, Drizzle Funnel Cakes, and Piaggio on Wheels provided food and tasty treats throughout the day!
    Many thanks to the staff and volunteers that helped make this event a success, as well as everyone within our community that stopped by and chose to adopt a shelter pet! We could not have done it without you!

    Special thank you to 3rd District Supervisor, Donald Wagner, for sponsoring the animal spay/neuters!


    June 25, 2019 
    PRESS RELEASE: OC Board of Supervisors Announce Adoption Process for First Round of Dogs from Hoarding Case

    TUSTIN, Calif. (June 25, 2019) - The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced that at noon today OC Animal Care will begin accepting adoption applications for the dogs that were taken into their care from a suspected hoarding situation in the City of Orange.

    Check out the link to our press release below or visit our website for details and how to submit your application!

    Press Release:
    https://www.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=96205

    Adoptions Website:
    http://www.ocpetinfo.com/adopt/suspected_hoarding_case_dog_adoptions



    June 18, 2019 
    Officer Holladay Voted Employee of the Year!

    News ImageAnimal Control Officer Holladay has been voted Employee of the Year by his peers! ACO Holladay has been working with OC Animal Care since December 2015, and he currently holds Bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Cal State Fullerton. Before ACO Holladay started working at the shelter, he wasn’t too fond of cats… and now he LOVES them! He is a tremendous asset to our team and we are very proud and lucky to have him. Way to go Officer Holladay!


    June 5, 2019 
    Congratulations May Volunteer of the Month, Barbara!

    News ImageIntroducing this month's Volunteer of the Month, Barbara Greschner! Barbara is a rock here at OCAC and is always ready to jump in and lend a hand to any department that needs her. No task is too big or small for her and we all know we can count on her! Her dedication to helping animals is truly admirable and embodies our mission here at OC Animal Care. Thank you for everything you do, Barbara!


    June 4, 2019 
    LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR: MIKE KAVIANI

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    To the wonderfully compassionate residents of Orange County,

    Let me start by saying thank you. You saw over 140 dogs in immediate need, and you jumped to action. You have warmed our hearts with the outpouring of generous donations we have received ever since this case broke last Friday. You have responded SO generously that we are no longer in need of supplies at this time, which is truly incredible!

    We still need you, though. More than ever, OC.

    As many of you know, this case has occurred at a time when we are already well over our capacity for animals. The sudden need to accommodate and care for an additional ~140 dogs is truly testing our limits, and it has created an unsustainable and urgent situation for all of our animals. We need your help. We need adopters. We need our amazing community to open up their homes to any of the hundreds of loving pets currently in our care waiting for their forever homes. The dogs involved in this case will not be ready for adoption while the investigation continues and they will need continuous care throughout, but hundreds and hundreds of incredible pets are ready to go home with you now and adoption fees are still being waived. Every single adoption will allow us to keep to our high standards of care and our high standards for the opportunities we strive to give every life.

    If you’ve followed our organization’s recent progress, you’ve seen us grow into a shelter that gives the pets in our care every available chance for a forever home. From dogs like Fenway, who has been waiting for his forever home for 492 days and counting, cats like 15 year old Smokey who is in the golden years of his life, or the thousands of vulnerable newborn kittens that we have committed to trying to save. We know you support us in these efforts, Orange County, and we need you NOW to help us continue to give animals like this the chances they all deserve.

    May 29, 2019 
    SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT!

    News Image7/1/2019 UPDATE: THE FEE WAIVER IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT

    OC Animal Care is currently at 112% capacity! We are having a temporary fee waiver until the shelter population is below 60%.

    Please see the flyer for additional details.


    May 28, 2019 
    Animal for Armed Forces Weekend was a Success!

    News ImageMemorial Day weekend was a huge success for us as we honored service men and women with our Animals for Armed Forces. From May 24-26 a total of 15 military adoptions took place, as well as 83 public adoptions – totaling to 98 adoptions for the whole weekend! We’re greatly appreciative of our partnership with Animals for Armed Forces Foundation for their support, and to everyone that came out to adopt a new furry friend!


    May 22, 2019 
    Emergency Bottle Kitten Foster Training Class!

    News ImageOC Animal Care is hosting another Emergency Bottle Kitten Foster Training Class this Sunday, May 26th at 12:30 pm!

    Come learn about our Foster Program and how you can help save lives. Gain hands-on experience bottle feeding kittens and join the lifesaving team!

    Click the link below to sign up to participate!
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/526-1230pm-free-bottle-kitten-training-tickets-62282901836


    May 15, 2019 
    Congratulations April Volunteer of the Month, Debra!

    News ImageHuge shout-out to OC Animal Care's Volunteer of the Month, Debra Mardi-Blezak! She is such an asset to our the shelter and we are so glad to have her with us. Thank you for everything you do for us, Debra!


    April 23, 2019 
    PRESS RELEASE: OC Animal Care Hosting Emergency Training to Save Kitten Lives

    News Image

    https://www.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=92089

    OC Animal Care will be holding two bottle-feeding training and demonstrations this Sunday, April 28, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To attend one of these free training sessions, please RSVP at the link below. Come learn more about our foster program and gain hands-on experience with bottle kittens.

    CLICK HERE FOR 5/5 @ 11AM


    April 17, 2019 
    Congratulations, March Volunteer of the Month Celesta!

    News ImageCelesta has been a big part of our cat program for years! She is involved in many aspects of helping our cats, from fostering hissy kittens to sorting donations to socializing our resident cats. She is a pivotal part of our RTF/TNR cat program and we couldn't do it without her!

    We are so grateful for all her experience, wisdom and generosity. Thank you Celesta!


    April 9, 2019 
    91 Animals Adopted During Spring Fling Birthday Bash!

    News Image

    On Saturday April 6, OC Animal Care celebrated its one-year anniversary of moving into the new facility in Tustin.

    Director Mike Kaviani kicked off the event at a small presentation before doors opened for the day. He spoke of the milestones achieved this last year, among those accomplishments, 2,369 lost pets returned to their owners and 5,621 pets who were adopted into loving families.

    Early arrivals already in line for adoptions joined in on the fun and helped staff sing “Happy Birthday” to shelter dogs who also got to enjoy their own pup-cakes to celebrate the day. It was a fun family affair complete with food, small and large dog play groups, free pet tags, free* adoptions and free goodie bags for adopters. By the end of the day, 41 Cats, 39 Dogs, 9 rabbits, 2 birds and a snake found themselves in new homes!

    OC Animal Care is the largest municipal animal shelter in Orange County. It services 14 cities and takes in over 18,000 animals each year. Last year, the Board of Supervisors approved a strategic plan outlining the progressive programs and policies that will guide OC Animal Care to achieve its vision of a safe and compassionate community for all.

    *did not include licensing or microchip


    March 27, 2019 
    Heatherly Lopez Wins the Community Hero Award by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation!

    News ImageOC Animal Care’s staff member, Heatherly Lopez, was presented a Community Hero Award by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation on Sunday, March 10th during the annual shelter night event at Honda Center! SoCal Helpful Honda joined in the fun by awarding Heatherly with a $500 donation of toys, food, blankets, bedding and more for the shelter animals she cares for at work! Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett also came down to Honda Center to support the shelter staff, volunteers and animals. The excitement continued when Heatherly was honored on the ice during the pre-game ceremony.
    Heatherly Lopez is a dedicated member of the OC Animal Care team and has worked at the shelter for over 8 years as a Kennel Attendant. Heatherly always steps up to help and animal, staff or volunteers in need. When growing the shelter’s enrichment and community volunteering programs for the public, Heatherly donated all of the pup-sicle trays so each and every dog would be given treats throughout the day. She is also a member of the Animal Adoption Information Task Force which thinks of innovative new ways to share information about our adoptable pets. Heatherly also plays a key role in the shelter’s foster program, and is a guardian overnight foster for our underage bottle kittens who need to be fed every 2-5 hours. Her most recent foster was a medical cat named Artie. She has taken him into her home and has been providing him the much needed medical care for his dental condition. Heatherly is a super star and a key member of OC Animal Care’s shelter family!
    OC Animal Care is excited to continue their partnership with the Anaheim Ducks and is looking forward to more events in the future!


    March 13, 2019 
    National Wildlife Week is March 11-15!

    News ImageMarch 11-15 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.


    March 6, 2019 
    Congrats February Volunteer of the Month, Lynda!

    News ImageLynda is a dedicated foster mom, a reliable volunteer and an awesome shelter cat photographer. She regularly fosters the sickest and neediest of cats and kittens. She has nursed some of the most critically sick cats back to health. Lynda is a shelter cat photographer, highlighting the best features of our resident cats which in turn helps our feline friends get adopted faster. Lynda also helps out at our Petco cattery and transports the kitties if needed.

    Lynda has been a volunteer at OCAC for over 8 years! We really appreciate Lynda, and we are exceptionally thankful for her dedication to our shelter cats.


    March 1, 2019 
    27 Bunnies Find Homes During Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month!

    News ImageDuring 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 27 bunnies found their forever homes!


    February 21, 2019 
    Congratulations, January Volunteer of the Month, Kristen!

    News ImagePlease join me in congratulating Kristen, Volunteer of the Month!

    Kristen is a dog walker who is always at the shelter. She loves her big “pitty type” breeds and anytime during the week you can see her out with a big ol’ muscle-head dog strolling around the shelter.
    Kristen has become a lead in training our new dog volunteers and we love that we can rely on her! Kristen is dedicated, reliable and an excellent trainer/teacher! She has shown flexibility and a willingness to step up and help out when needed!

    Thank you Kristen!!


    February 15, 2019 
    15 Long Term Dogs Find Loving Homes!

    News ImageIn an effort to find long-term resident dogs a fur-ever companion, OC Animal Care hosted an adoption event for the members of the “Lonely Hearts Club” throughout February 9th and 10th. During the weekend, all dogs who had been available to adopt for more than two weeks had a free adoption fee. The event was a huge success -- the public made colorful Valentine’s cards for our shelter pets which are now on display in the lobby, and fifteen long-term resident dogs found their new forever homes.
    Cleve, both a staff and volunteer favorite, was a longstanding member of our Lonely Hearts Club, arriving at OC Animal Care in July of 2018. On the first day of the event, Cleve had a heart-to-heart connection with one of the event attendees and was adopted by her new, loving family. Cleve’s new owner plans on giving him lots of love and taking him for long runs through the park! Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Lonely Hearts Club event!


    February 11, 2019 
    PRESS RELEASE: 2018 a Historic Year for Dogs and Cats at OC Animal Care

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    The numbers are in and everyone here at OC Animal Care could not be more grateful for the support from all the partners and community members who helped make 2018 a year of success! Check out the Press Release and infographic linked below to learn more about the impact we were able to achieve together!

    https://www.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=86481

    https://www.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=86482


    January 22, 2019 
    January is Walk Your Pet Month!

    News ImageFollow 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!


    January 17, 2019 
    PRESS RELEASE: Volunteers Needed to Help Count Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Orange County

    News ImageSanta Ana, Calif. (January 7, 2019) – The County of Orange is seeking around 1,000 volunteers to sign up to help with the 2019 Point In Time count, taking place Wednesday, January 23, and Thursday, January 24.

    The Point In Time is a biennial effort required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, counting people experiencing homelessness in a given point in time during the last 10 days in January. The data resulting from the 2019 Point In Time count will provide information to help the County and its partners better understand and address homelessness.

    Volunteers are primarily needed to serve as field surveyors, who will canvass predesignated areas across Orange County and conduct surveys of homeless individuals. Volunteers are also needed to serve as team captains, host leads, host team members, photographers and videographers, and A/V and tech support. Volunteer opportunities are available in morning shifts and evening shifts on both January 23 and 24. Volunteers are projected to mostly complete the count on January 23, with volunteers following up on January 24 to cover any areas that might have been missed. (See descriptions of volunteer opportunities and links to register here.)


    January 15, 2019 
    Congrats December Volunteer of the Month, Linda!

    News ImageLinda has been chosen for Volunteer of the Month. We love that Linda is always there for the dogs. She is dedicated to our furry friends and is a reliable dog walker and socializer. Not only is she a dependable dog volunteer, but she is an amazing photographer. Her photos capture the essence of our shelter dogs, and help make them more adoptable by capturing their personalities. She is loved by the dogs and we are so happy to have her on our volunteer team. Congrats!


    December 26, 2018 
    OC Animal Care's December Events Helped Shelter Pets in Need!

    News ImageOC Animal Care hosted their annual Pawliday Adoption Event and Santa Photos every Saturday during the month of December! The shelter's Pawliday event was a huge success! 98 pets were adopted and found fur-ever homes on Saturday, December 22. OC Parks, OC Libraries and the Pet Adoption Center of Orange County joined in the festivities and hosted a booth to raise awareness about their organization. OC Waste and Recycle also provided giveaways and educational material during the event to educate the public on the ‘scoop on poop!’ We cannot thank everyone enough for adopting and coming out to support OC Animal Care!

    The shelter also hosted Santa Photos every Saturday in December until Christmas! OC Animal Care offered the public to bring their furry friend down to take a photo with jolly St. Nick to raise funds for the shelter’s medical pets program. A total of $1,423.80 was raised to help our shelter pets through the Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care! Special thanks to all who came out to take a photo with Santa, and for OC Animal Care’s amazing volunteers who ran the Santa Photo booth! You guys ROCK!


    December 21, 2018 
    Online Adoption Campaign Helps 241 Cats find Homes!

    News ImageOC Animal Care’s online C.A.T. adoption campaign held November 28-December 15 helped hundreds of cats find loving homes! OC Animal Care was at cat-pacity with cats and kittens at the beginning of November. Staff members had to think fast to help this population in need and the idea of the C.A.T. was born! C.A.T. is an acronym for the “Cutest of All Time” species that had overrun the shelter. OC Animal Care staff members joined in the fun and stepped into the spotlight to create fun videos and promotional content for the event – and their hard work paid off! Over the course of the adoption campaign, 241 cats found their loving homes! Shelter staff and volunteers are ecstatic they had the opportunity to help so many of Orange County’s feline friends. OC Animal Care would like to thank all of their amazing staff who went above and beyond, and the community who adopted and helped spread the word about the “Cutest of All Time” species!

    Click the links below to watch the promotional videos!

    https://youtu.be/H9-pc_cRr3M
    https://youtu.be/GyV0AtJSRzU
    https://youtu.be/btKvcT5BgYk


    December 20, 2018 
    Anaheim Ducks December Cogs for Dogs Pick: Diamond!

    News ImageMeet the Anaheim Ducks December Cogs for Dogs pick, Diamond! This sweet 5 year old pit bull has a mellow and loving personality. Diamond is a doggie playgroup ROCKSTAR! She’s done great with other dogs her size and is ready to meet her new family. Help Diamond find a fur-ever home for the holidays! Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support!

    CLICK HERE to watch Diamond's video!


    December 12, 2018 
    OC Animal Care Attends Home for the Holidays Event in Irvine!

    News ImageOn Sunday, December 9, OC Animal Care attended Irvine Animal Care Center’s Home for the Holidays event! A total of four dogs and four kittens attended the special event. All four kittens and three dogs were adopted into loving families! The last dog waiting for a home, Pia the Chihuahua, was given a change of scenery and able to stay at Irvine Animal Care Center. The shelter is so grateful to be in a partnership with such a wonderful shelter. This year, Home for the Holidays was an event to remember! Thank you to all who came out to say hello and adopt a shelter pet!


    December 12, 2018 
    Phone Lines are Back Up

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    UPDATE: PHONE LINES ARE BACK UP!

    We are experiencing technical difficulties with our phone lines. Our IT department is working on resolving this issue ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    For the time being, please contact us on our after hours line at (714)259-1122 with any general inquiries.

    If you have questions about pet licensing, please contact us at Acslicensing@occr.ocgov.com

    Thank you for your patience!


    December 10, 2018 
    Congratulations, November Volunteer of the Month Rosalind!

    News ImageCongratulations Rosalind!

    Rosalind is always ready to jump in and lend a hand! She has been a dog walker and greeter and recently she joined our F.A.C.T. TEAM to help clean and dip our ringworm kitty population. We love her smiles and
    enthusiasm!

    You ROCK!


    December 5, 2018 
    Animals Find Homes During Petco Adoption Event!

    News ImageOC Animal Care attended Petco’s National Adoption Weekend on Sunday, December 2. The public was encouraged to stop on by the Petco in Orange to visit OC Animal Care’s booth and to give the gift of a loving home for the holidays. The community also had the opportunity to learn more about the services OC Animal Care provides visit our Cattery and receive free giveaways. All 5 dogs who attended were adopted into a loving home! Thank you to all who came out, adopted and special thanks to Petco for supporting OC Animal Care!


    December 5, 2018 
    Ringworm FAQ

    News ImageHave you been to OC Animal Care lately? If so, you may have noticed a strange smell during your visit. This smell, often described as ‘rotten eggs’ is a result of the treatment currently being used on some of our shelter cats for Ringworm. Pee-yew!

    Okay, okay, so we're sorry about this temporary smelliness, but we want you all to know what's going on because to us, this is the smell of lifesaving PROGRESS!

    So here's the deal.

    Ringworm is not actually a worm but a common fungus very similar to Athletes Foot and staff and volunteers are working hard to treat all cats affected. It's a stinky job, but someone has to do it, and these poor cats (that have nooooo idea there is anything "wrong" with them) will soon be someone's cherished pet.

    Despite the fact that Ringworm is a treatable and non-life threatening condition, many shelters across the country still euthanize cats that test positive. Here at OC Animal Care, we are committed to saving lives and giving these cats the chance they deserve to find their forever homes. We thank our community for the support and understanding during these smelly times.

    To learn more about Ringworm or how to help, please see our FAQ linked below.


    November 29, 2018 
    RAIN UPDATE

    News ImageA Flash Flood Watch is still in effect through Friday morning, with periods of heavy rain expected to continue throughout the evening.

    The mandatory evacuations and hard road closures will remain in effect until further notice.


    November 29, 2018 
    FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

    News ImageUPDATE: FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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    FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN WATCH AND MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED FOR RESIDENTS WITHIN TRABUCO CREEK

    TRABUCO CANYON, Ca. (November 29, 2018) - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for east central Orange County, indicating flash flooding may begin shortly with a potential for mud and debris flow in the Holy Fire burn area in Trabuco Canyon.

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has issued an immediate mandatory evacuation order for residents of Trabuco Creek. Residents of Rose Canyon are under voluntary evacuation warning.

    Hard road closures are in effect at Trabuco Canyon Road at Rose Canyon and Trabuco Canyon Road at Robinson Ranch Road.

    The Emergency Operations Center hotline has been activated- please call (714) 628-7085.

    Be aware that Sheriff’s deputies will NOT be making door-to-door notifications during a flash flood warning.

    The US Geological Survey has advised that flash flood level rain is capable of producing catastrophic debris flows that can completely destroy homes and roads. Debris flows can occur without any notice. Do not delay evacuating until the rain becomes severe. Evacuation routes can quickly become impassable due to mud and debris or flooding.


    November 28, 2018 
    RAIN UPDATE: FLASH FLOOD WATCH

    News ImageATTENTION ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS!

    RAIN UPDATE: A Flash Flood Watch – Evacuation Warning (voluntary) remains in effect at this time for the #HolyFire burn area and surrounding locations due to potential flooding and debris flows. OC Animal Care is providing free boarding for OC residents who are evacuated from that area.

    -- The voluntary evacuation is for homes located within Trabuco Creek, Rose Canyon and the Mystic Oaks / El Cariso areas.

    -- The National Weather Service warns that rain is expected tonight (Wednesday) through Thursday, with the heaviest rainfall expected between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Thursday. Rain is expected to resume late Thursday afternoon through early Friday.

    -- To look up your address on the Holy Fire burn area evacuation map, visit www.OCgov.com/emergency

    -- For updates and evacuation alerts, sign up now for AlertOC at www.AlertOC.com

    -- Any person with disabilities and those with access and/or functional needs requiring assistance should call the OC Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 714-647-7000.

    Stay informed – monitor the following on social media for updates:

    #HolyFloodReady
    @OrangeCountyEOC
    @OCFA_PIO (Twitter)
    @ClevelandNF
    @OCAnimalCare (for animal shelter assistance)


    November 23, 2018 
    Lionel's Legacy Rescues 16 Senior Dogs!

    News ImageOn Tuesday, November 20th, we were fortunate enough to host Lionel’s Legacy, a rescue program dedicated to providing senior animals with foster homes in the San Diego area. As a participant of the Oldies But Goodies Challenge for Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Lionel’s Legacy came to OC Animal Care with the intention of raising awareness for their cause, and personally connecting our oldest residents with the perfect foster home for them. Thanks to their efforts and generosity of volunteer fosterers, 16 senior dogs from our shelter are now being fostered in loving homes, where they can get all the attention and care they could ever need! We are so grateful to Lionel’s Legacy for their dedication to helping senior dogs!

    OC Animal Care still has senior pets waiting for homes this holiday season, though. Help brighten a senior pet’s holiday season and consider opening your home to a new furry friend. To learn more about becoming a foster for OC Animal Care, please visit: http://www.ocpetinfo.com/involve/foster


    November 21, 2018 
    ATTENTION: HOLY FIRE BURN AREAS!

    News ImageOrange County officials are monitoring the weather expected over the Holy Fire burn area tonight (Wed, Nov 21) through early Thurs, Nov 22. At this time, it doesn't appear that rainfall will be intense enough to cause debris flows. We will continue monitoring conditions throughout the night – if conditions worsen, the public is warned that heavy rain, with subsequent flooding and debris flows are possible. Sign up for AlertOC evacuation alerts and other updates at www.AlertOC.com For helpful tips, sandbag information and other resources to help you prepare now for upcoming rain events,visit: http://www.ocsd.org/divisions/fieldops/emergency_management/resources_before_a_disaster

    Stay informed – monitor the following on social media for updates:

    #HolyFloodReady
    @OrangeCountyEOC
    @OCFA_PIO (Twitter)
    @ClevelandNF
    @OCAnimalCare (for animal shelter assistance)


    November 17, 2018 
    Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

    News ImageIt's almost time for Thanksgiving! Don't forget about your four-legged family members while you celebrate with your two-legged ones! Here's a few Thanksgiving safety tips to keep your pets healthy and happy during the holiday.

    FOOD:
    Many Thanksgiving feast staples are toxic to pets. Turkey and turkey skin, onions, raisins, grapes, chocolate, artificial sweetener (xylitol), yeast dough, and particularly fatty foods are toxic to dogs and cats, and can cause potentially fatal health conditions. Keep furry friends away from the table!

    PARTIES AND GUESTS:
    If you know your pet gets anxious or over-excited around guests, consider keeping them in a separate room with food, water, and their favorite toy for the duration of the party. Even if your pet is comfortable with guests, make sure you watch the exits as doors open and close. Your furry friend might try to bolt while the front door is open as you greet your guests!

    TRAVEL:
    If your holiday plans involve traveling elsewhere for multiple days, make sure you'v e made proper accommodations for your pet. Consider boarding them at a pet hotel/boarding house, or hiring a trusted friend to feed and spend time with your pet everyday while you're gone.


    November 16, 2018 
    Cherish Receives Her Halo!

    News ImageWhile we love every dog here and think they are all incredibly special, sometimes certain pups just stand out and really find a special place in our hearts. Cherish is one of those dogs!

    Cherish is a grey Pit Bull who has been with us at OC Animal Care since July of this year. She’s 3 years old and one of the sweetest animals you’ll ever meet. She’s also diabetic and blind. She spends her time cozy and loved in our Shelter Director’s office, and is a favorite furry friend of just about all staff and volunteers.

    This week, her ability to take on the world has been even more improved by an amazing product called Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs. It was donated by Dress Guido and Second Chances for Blind Dogs, and will be donated again by us at OCAC to her forever home, when she finds it. The Halo helps her be more mobile, without fear of bumping into things with her head. We can already tell that she is more confident while walking around, and has totally gotten the hang of how the Halo works!
    We’re so happy for Cherish, and so grateful to Dress Guido and Second Chances for Blind Dogs for their gift. Come and visit Cherish at OC Animal Care and see her in action for yourself!

    Click Here to watch Cherish using her Halo to navigate through the shelter!


    November 8, 2018 
    Dogs Playing for Life at OC Animal Care

    News ImageCheck out these happy faces! We are so excited and grateful that our new Director Mike Kaviani is also a Dog’s Playing for Life expert! For the last few days our shelter dogs have enjoyed meeting new pups, going for dips in the pool and just plain having TONS of fun. Playgroups have been proven to reduce stress and help give caregivers and potential adopters accurate assessments leading to happier dogs. We will continue to hold daily playgroups so don’t forget to look for the wagging tails during your next visit! For more info please visit dogsplayingforlife.com

    CLICK HERE to watch the video from this week's DPFL session!


    November 6, 2018 
    125 Shelter Pets find Homes at Fall in Love Event!

    News ImageThis past weekend, OC Animal Care hosted Fall in Love, a free adoption event with the goal of helping more animals find their forever homes by reducing the cost of adopting. We saw hundreds of interested community members over the weekend and were so grateful to meet with so many enthusiastic adopters-to-be. The event was made even more special by the presence of OC Public Libraries, who offered book recommendations for new pet owners and distributed library cards, and the Pet Adoption Center of Orange County, who provided a wealth of information about their services and helped inform guests about what kind of pet might be right for them.

    Overall, 94 cats, 28 dogs, 2 rabbits, and 1 exotic were adopted over the Fall in Love weekend, making a grand total of 125 adoptions! We are absolutely ecstatic to have found homes for so many animals. We would like to thank everyone who made this event’s success possible, and extend our best wishes to all the new forever families!


    November 1, 2018 
    98 Feral Cats Released in October! Thanks Cats in Need Yorba Linda!

    News ImageDuring the month of October, Cats in Need Yorba Linda re-released 98 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.


    November 1, 2018 
    Magic is the November Cogs for Dogs!

    News ImageMeet our Anaheim Ducks Cogs for Dogs pick for November, Magic! This sweet dude has a great personality and knows how to sit and shake for treats. He's treat motivated, and he would love to continue his training with you! Proper introductions with other dogs are a must, and he absolutely loves going for walks with you. Help handsome Magic find the perfect home he can call his own! Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for all of your support!

    Click Here to checkout magic's video!


    October 26, 2018 
    Halloween Safety Tips!

    News ImageWith Halloween right around the corner, here's a few tips for keeping your pets happy and safe for the holiday!

    Keep the candy out of your pet's reach. Furry friends will sniff out treats that kids might stash in their rooms, and many are toxic to pets (especially those that contain chocolate or are sugar-free and contain xylitcl). If your pet does consume any candy, contact a veterinary professional right away!

    Make sure your pet is as identifiable and visible as possible! We humans may enjoy the tradition of trick-or-treating, but to your pets, the excitement of costumed neighbors coming to your house all evening may cause them to bolt out of the house. In preparation for this possibility, consider getting your pet a reflexive collar that can be seen in the dark, and make sure they are wearing proper identification.

    Even if your pet does not bolt, the experience of having so many strangers in their space may cause intense anxiety. Keep your pet calm by keeping them away from trick-or-treaters, or talk to your vet about individualized methods of preventing distress.

    Jack-O-Lanterns are festive staples of the holiday - but when they are lit, they can become a hazard around playful animals who don't understand the danger of fire. Consider using fake tea-candles in pumpkins that could potentially be reached by your pet.

    If you plan on dressing up your furry friend, make sure the costume fits well and will not slip or get tangled around the pet, or become a choking hazard is chewed on. Always stay with your costumed pet, just in case.

    Click here to learn more Halloween safety tips!

    OC Animal Care wishes everyone and their furry friends a safe and fun Halloween!


    October 26, 2018 
    Phone Lines are Experiencing Technical Difficulties!

    News ImageUPDATE - LINES ARE BACK UP!

    We are experiencing technical difficulties with our phone lines. Our IT department is working on resolving this issue ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    For the time being, please contact us on our after hours line at (714)259-1122 with any general inquiries.

    If you have questions about pet licensing, please contact us at Acslicensing@occr.ocgov.com

    Thank you for your patience!


    October 24, 2018 
    Tustin Toyota Tails Rescue Event

    News ImageOn Sunday, October 21, OC Animal Care attended the Tustin Toyota Tails offsite adoption event. OC Animal Care teamed up with Tustin Toyota and 102.7 KIIS FM to help our shelter animals find loving homes. The community loved the event! Our shelter pets were caught jamming out to radio hits and getting lots of love from the public. The event was a success and 2 kittens and 1 dog found a family to call their own. Special thanks to Tustin Toyota and 102.7 KIIS FM for supporting OC Animal Care!


    October 18, 2018 
    Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic Rescheduled!

    News ImageATTENTION! Our Low-Cost clinic has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 4th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

    Please see the flyer for additional information. Visit www.Heart4Pets.org for additional low-cost clinic dates.


    October 16, 2018 
    OC Animal Care is Currently Waiving Adoption Fees!

    News ImageWindy weather in Orange County has led to over 70 stray pet intakes at OC Animal Care.

    To help easy our inflated capacity and help unite pets with their new or lost homes the winds are blowing away fees after the busy day. We will be waiving adoption fees* and covering a portion of redemption fees for pets waiting to reunite with their families.

    Adopting is a breeze so come meet your newest furry family member. Potential adopters are required to submit valid ID, complete an adoption questionnaire and spend additional time with staff to ensure the animals are a good fit for the home being offered. We look forward to meeting each adopter so that we can find the best fit for their family. Our adoption team is ready to help you meet your match so join us on this windy day blowout, your newest furry BFF has been waiting for you!

    *Not including the cost of microchip or licensing. Doesn’t include puppies under 6 months of age and deposit hold adoptions.

    CLICK HERE

    https://www.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=80743

    Adoption fees will be waived until October 28.


    October 15, 2018 
    Today is National Pug Day!

    News ImageToday is National Pug Day, and we have a special update on Mila!

    She's been visiting orthopedic specialists and went to one of many appointments for prosthesis made just for her! She's been getting around great, and a good samaritan even donated a wheel chair she can use during her recovery. Mila has brought nothing but joy to her foster family and staff here. We thank you all for the positivity and support that Mila has received from the community.

    For any information on Mila's case, please contact us at (714) 796-6460. To continue to support Mila's recovery or help other medical dogs in need, please DONATE today to our Medical Pets fund through Noble Friends Foundation by visiting https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7489c0.

    CLICK HERE for more pictures of Mila!


    October 12, 2018 
    Help us and Become a Temporary Foster!

    News ImageSPACE CRISIS. OC RESIDENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Be a hero, ADOPT! Your newest furry family member is waiting for you!

    You can help us save lives by adopting or becoming a temporary foster!
    We are asking anyone available to foster at least 1-2 weeks please fill out the survey below and we will help match you up to a pet in need. Please email foster@occr.ocgov.com if you have any questions.
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MRFPV5H

    Need another way to help? Donate!

    Please visit our Amazon Wishlist at http://a.co/0CWG4cJ
    or donate directly at https://licensepet.com/wl3/don/orngwd/413.

    Thank you from all the staff and shelter pets at OC Animal Care!


    October 10, 2018 
    Congratulations Tessa, our October Volunteer of the Month!

    News ImageThe Volunteer of the Month for September is Tessa C.! Tessa has been supporting our staff and shelter pets as a clinic volunteer since the beginning of this year. Clinic staff report that they enjoy working with her because she is dedicated, takes initiative, and is always happy to help with any task. She is friendly with staff and animals, maintains a good attitude and always has a smile on her face. Thank you Tessa for all you do!


    October 3, 2018 
    KITTEN CUDDLERS NEEDED!

    News ImageCalling all Kitten Cuddlers! WE NEED YOU!

    Join us on Saturday, October 6 for a foster orientation class where you will learn the basics of fostering. We are always in need of loving foster home, especially for medical and underage kittens.

    We hope to see you there!


    October 1, 2018 
    October Cogs for Dogs: Gatsby!

    News ImageMeet adorable Gatsby! This handsome guy is a little shy, but be patient and he warms right up. He loves going for walks and getting back scratches from you! He would love a nice quiet home where he can lounge around and keep you company. Gatsby has been friendly to every dog he is met, and he would love to find another doggie companion to keep him company. Ask about meeting Gatsby today!

    Thank you Anaheim Ducks Foundation for supporting OC Animal Care!

    Click Here to watch Gatsby's special video!


    September 27, 2018 
    Mila the Miracle

    News ImageTime for a PUPDATE!

    Mila the pug is doing great! She captured the hearts of Orange County and Southern California after being found in an abandoned cardboard box in Fullerton with major injuries to her hind legs. She's had the first of several surgeries, which was very successful, and she is recovering in her loving foster home. We are continuing to consult with orthopedic specialists on the best options for Mila so she can live her longest and happiest life.

    We thank all of you for your support in our life saving efforts for Mila. Her resilience and strength through this ordeal has touched us all. She is... #MilatheMiracle.

    For any information on Mila's case, please contact us at (714) 796-6460. To continue to support Mila's recovery or help other medical dogs in need, please DONATE today to our Medical Pets fund through Noble Friends Foundation by visiting https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7489c0.


    September 21, 2018 
    Sgt. Onkka Rescues Raccoons!

    News ImageSgt. Onkka responded to a call about two raccoons that were stuck in a dumpster. Did you know that raccoons often dumpster dive for food and are unable to get out? Propping a piece of wood against the dumster wall and walking away can help trapped raccoons climb out and find their way home. Thanks Sgt. Onkka for helping these raccoons return home safely!

    Remember never try to touch or pet a raccoon or any wildlife you may see. To learn more about willife in orange County, visit http://www.ocpetinfo.com/services/wildlife.

    Click Here to watch the Rescue Video!


    September 19, 2018 
    Press Release: Orange County Animal Care Receives $100K "Kitten Grant" from Best Friends Animal Society

    News ImageKittens. They're cute, they're cuddly, and when they're under 8 weeks old, kittens are the highest risk population at shelters in Southern California and across the country.

    To help save more kittens at Orange County Animal Care, Best Friends Animal Society presented the organization with a $100,000 "Save Them All" kitten grant on Saturday, Sept. 15. In attendance as guest speakers were Chairman Andrew Do, Orange County Board of Supervisors 1st District and Todd Spitzer, Supervisor 3rd District.

    "We have had a lot of improvements and good results in the last five years and were able to increase the save rate for adult cats from 40 percent to 70 percent. With this $100,000 grant for kittens and our new shelter Director Mike Kaviani, I believe we will be able to take the good work we do to a whole other level," said Chairman Andrew Do.

    The grant will decrease kitten euthanasia by 15% in its first year by expanding foster programs, especially for "bottle baby" kittens under 4 weeks old, and providing resources for supplies, medical care, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchips for kittens in the foster program. Through collaboration with the non-profit organization OC Shelter Partners and founder Liz Hueg, community events such as a "kitten shower" were held to teach interested volunteers about the care and feeding of bottle feeders.


    September 19, 2018 
    OC Animal Care Seeks Public Help for Severely Injured Pug

    News ImageOC Animal Care is asking the community for donations to aid an injured dog in its care. On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Orange County Animal Control officers recovered an approximately 18-month-old female Pug in the city of Fullerton. The dog was abandoned in a box with devastating trauma leaving her with half of both hind legs. An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this case is asked to contact OC Animal Care at (714) 796-6460.

    OC Animal Care is committed to providing this precious Pug with every opportunity to live a long and happy life. OC Animal Care staff have named her "Mila", short for milagro, which means "miracle" in Spanish. She has a long road to recovery, but with the generosity of our community we have the oppo1tunity to ensure Mila heals from her injuries both physically and emotionally and is given the chance to find the loving home she deserves.

    Please DONATE today to our Medical Pets fund through Noble Friends
    Foundation for OC Animal Care at: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7489c0. One hundred percent of donations will go directly to Mila's care and any additional funds will be used for animals in need of medical rehabilitation in the future.

    OC Animal Care thanks you for supporting our life saving efforts and we will be sending out updates on Mila's progress and all along her journey to recovery.


    September 17, 2018 
    Congrats Pat! Our August Volunteer of the Month!

    News ImageThe volunteer of the month for August is Patricia Steck! Pat has been an amazing part of our volunteer family since 2013. She has taken the lead in the Petco Cattery program and has been so helpful in keeping an eye on the kitties over there to be sure they’re healthy and getting along. She always sends updates on how everyone is doing, who was adopted, and even transports them for vet checks. Thank you so much Pat for all your help and hard work!


    September 13, 2018 
    You're Invited! Grant Ceremony at OC Animal Care!

    News ImageWe are so excited to invite you to join us this Saturday, September 15th to celebrate a new life saving opportunity for OC Animal Care.

    Orange County Animal Care is to receive the $100K “Save Them All” grant from Best Friends Animal Society to help save more kittens. Please join us after the ceremony at 11 a.m. for kitten fostering orientations, bottle-feeding demonstrations and more!

    Please see the attachment for the exciting details. Thank you!


    September 12, 2018 
    OC Animal Care Hosts Rabies Awareness Event

    News ImageOn September 4, the OC Animal Care Rabies Control Program held its 4th annual Rabies Awareness Event. This event is held each year in observance of World Rabies Day, which began as a way to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention. World Rabies Day is observed on September 28 of each year, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine.

    We would like to thank Noble Friends Foundation for providing the funding necessary to make this event a success. Noble Friends Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to provide support to OC Animal Care and shelter pets. With their assistance, 52 dogs and cats received free or discounted rabies vaccinations. In addition to providing rabies vaccinations, Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control attended to help educate attendees on the importance of mosquito abatement. Tustin Legacy Animal Hospital was on hand to introduce their newly constructed veterinary facility and distribute information on the services they provide. Lastly, OC Animal Care provided emergency preparedness information for pets, including pet evacuation kit handouts, watertight go bags, and collapsible bowls to help pet owners start the planning process.

    While the United States generally no longer experiences some of the challenges other countries might with respect to rabies control, it is important for the community to know that rabies is still found in Orange County. Due in large part to readily available vaccines and strict surveillance efforts, it has been decades since rabies was last found in a domestic dog or cat. However, Orange County does see rabies in wildlife, particularly bats. To date in 2018, there have been 7 rabid bats found in Orange County. If you encounter a wild animal that appears to be ill or acting abnormally, please contact your local animal control agency for assistance.


    August 23, 2018 
    120 Animals Adopted During Clear the Shelters!

    News ImageOn August 18, 2018, OC Animal Care participated in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet drive in partnership with NBC, Telemundo and other shelters across the country. Adoptions were $20 for all adoptions.

    Doors opened at 10:00 am on Saturday, after a quick introduction and talk with OC Animal Care’s new director, Mike Kaviani. Families and couple came through the doors excited to meet all the animals and hoping to find their new best friends.

    On the walk out to the dog kennels, people could pick up some leashes, collars, sweaters or shirts for their family members. Volunteers walked available dogs around the area to help bring some attention to them. VCA Animal Hospital also attended giving out some totes, hats, pens, and information about their facility and pet health. Staff members were happy to talk and recommend specific pets to people and excited to say good-bye to the ones who were going home.


    August 16, 2018 
    A Statement from OC Animal Care's New Director Mike Kaviani

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    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.

    Please click Read More to view the rest of the statement from the new OC Animal Care Director Mike Kaviani


    August 14, 2018 
    Congrats July Volunteer of the Month, Ryan!

    News ImageJuly’s Volunteer of the Month is Ryan N! Ryan has been with us for one year and has been a wonderful addition to our cat team. Staff really appreciates that he is constantly in touch about our shelter kitties and truly cares for each one. He even started making videos to help them find their forever homes (check out the link below)! Thank you for going above and beyond to help our cats and for being part of our team!


    August 14, 2018 
    22 Animals Adopted during Pre Clear the Shelters!

    News ImageOn August 11, OC Animal Care partnered with NBC4 and Telemundo 52 for a huge Pre Clear the Shelters event! The event took place at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, and the turnout was tremendous. A total of 15 dogs and 7 cats were adopted into loving homes. Special thanks to all staff and volunteers who came out and helped make this day so successful!


    August 9, 2018 
    Update Regarding a Dog who was Adopted from OC Animal Care

    News ImageOC 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.


    August 8, 2018 
    HOLY FIRE UPDATE

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    OC RESIDENTS:

    There is a mandatory evacuation for the El Cariso community off Ortega Highway. Please click Read More for more information regarding resources for evacuated pets.


    August 2, 2018 
    Dogust 1st was Shelter Dog Birthday!

    News ImageOC Animal Care hosted its 3rd Annual Shelter Dogs Birthday celebration on August 1st! Staff, volunteers and members of the community joined in the fun and sang happy birthday to our shelter dogs. Volunteers also made delicious doggie safe cakes for our four legged friends. It was truly an event to remember!

    CLICK HERE to watch the video!


    July 18, 2018 
    PRESS RELEASE: Free Adoptions Continue for Animals Available longer than 7 Days

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    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!

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    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

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    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 23, 2018 
    Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccine Clinic at Boysen Park

    News ImageHEART in partnership with the City of Anaheim is hosting a low-cost dog and cat vaccine clinic at Boysen park (951 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA) from 6-8 p.m.

    Please see the flyer for additional information. Visit www.Heart4Pets.org for additional low-cost clinic dates.


    June 19, 2018 
    OC Animal Care Attends Truck Adventures!

    News ImageOn 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.


    June 19, 2018 
    PanLeuk - How Can You Help?

    News ImageWe 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!

    News ImageSay 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!

    Checkout Mac's special video! https://youtu.be/xscyf1o1mZw


    June 6, 2018 
    July Low Cost Vaccine Clinic Rescheduled to July 10th

    News ImageAttention! OC Animal Care's Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchip clinic for the month of July has been rescheduled to July 10th.

    Our Low-Cost Clinic advises customers if their animal is ill, they need to take it to their own veterinarian for exam.

    Please see the flyer for more details and visit www.heart4pets.org for future dates.

    Thank you.


    June 5, 2018 
    Bae Gives Back Helps OC Animal Care’s Shelter Pets!

    News ImageHere 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.


    June 1, 2018 
    Amazon Treasure Truck Donates to our Shelter Pets!

    News ImageMost 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!

    News ImageOn 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!

    News ImageOC 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!

    News ImageOur 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!

    News ImageYou 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!

    News ImageDuring 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


    May 16, 2018 
    Kittens Need Your Help!

    News ImageKitten 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 foster@occr.ocgov.com.


    May 2, 2018 
    62 Adoptions During Spring Fling!

    News ImageSpring 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!

    News ImageOn 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

    News ImageUPDATE 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 occrocpetinfo@occr.ocgov.com 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

    News Image

    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 the time being, please contact us via email at occrocpetinfo@occr.ocgov.com with any general inquiries.

    If you have questions about pet licensing, please contact us at Acslicensing@occr.ocgov.com

    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

    News ImageOn 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

    News ImageOn 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!

    News ImagePlease 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!

    News ImageIt'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!

    News ImageDuring 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.


    March 29, 2018 
    OC Animal Care's Grand Opening and First Day of Adoptions

    News ImageOn 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!

    News ImageOn 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

    News ImageWe 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.

    Address:

    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

    News ImageMarch 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.

    Click Here for more information on tips to keep your pets safe from wildlife.

    Click Here for more information more information on the wildlife in Orange County.


    March 12, 2018 
    We’re Moving Adoption Event Helped 69 Shelter Pets Find a Home!

    News ImageOC 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.


    March 10, 2018 
    County Celebrates New State of the Art, 30,000-Square-Foot OC Animal Care Shelter with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    News ImageThe 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

    News ImageOur 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!

    Click Here for more information on local wildlife in Orange County.


    March 5, 2018 
    Dogs have a Blast at OC Animal Care Night at Honda Center!

    News ImageOn 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!

    News ImagePlease 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!

    News ImageToday 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!

    To learn more about the importance of Spaying or Neutering your pet or see a list of low cost spay/neuter clinics, visit: http://www.ocpetinfo.com/edu/clinics


    February 9, 2018 
    Officer Ramirez Rescues Injured Red-Tailed Hawk

    News ImageOn 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!

    News ImageWe 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!

    News ImageDuring 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!

    News ImageDuring 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

    News ImageOn 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!

    Click Here to watch Ink's special video!


    January 20, 2018 
    January is Walk Your Pet Month!

    News ImageFollow 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!


    January 19, 2018 
    National Weather Service Anticipates Cold Temperatures this Weekend!

    News ImageThe 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.


    January 4, 2018 
    Owl Rescued by Officer Vosburg!

    News ImageOn 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!

    To learn more about the various wildlife in Orange County, visit: http://www.ocpetinfo.com/services/wildlife


    January 3, 2018 
    New Shelter Update!

    News ImageThe latest drone footage of the new shelter is up! Checkout all of the progress that's been made. This is going to be a very exciting year for OC Animal Care!

    Click here to watch!


    January 2, 2018 
    Cats in Need Yorba Linda Re-released 91 cats in December!

    News ImageCats 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!

    News ImagePlease 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.