OC Animal Care is a managed-admission animal shelter. As such, we took in more than 30,000 dogs, cats, bunnies and other pets last year. Some may be ill or injured. Others may have behavioral issues or be aggressive. We receive pets from people who can no longer care for them, and pets that are no longer wanted. We receive many perfectly healthy dogs and cats that just need a new home.

We believe it is not the animal’s fault for being at the shelter. We want every healthy, treatable and manageable animal to get a second chance at love. We are doing that in a variety of ways.

OC Animal Care strives to save the lives of all healthy, treatable and manageable dogs and cats in our community. To reach that goal, we host monthly adoption events and promote our animals online.  In addition, we work very closely with our nonprofit rescue adoption partners, other local animal shelters and our volunteer foster caretakers. We are also fortunate to have the support of Noble Friends Foundation for OC Animal Care who fundraises on our behalf. 

OC Animal Care provides services to the following cities




Fountain Valley



Huntington Beach

Santa Ana (Shelter Services Only)

Lake Forest



Yorba Linda

San Juan Capistrano

Villa Park

Unincorporated Areas

We are working to save healthy, treatable and manageable dogs and cats by:

  • Promoting low-cost spaying/neutering through our network of Orange County low-cost spay neuter clinics
  • Increasing adoptions and shelter visitors by hosting monthly in-shelter adoption events
  • Participating in large scale adoption events in our communities
  • Providing public education at community fairs and festivals
  • Reducing euthanasia by increasing adoption partners and foster families
  • Increasing the number of animals protected against rabies and other diseases with low-cost monthly vaccination clinics
  • Encouraging responsible pet ownership through expanded public awareness and humane education
  • Actively promoting our animals and services using social media and traditional media outlets

We do not have a ‘euthanasia date’ for the dogs and cats in our care. As long as they maintain general good health, a sound temperament and we have space, we’ll keep them for weeks, sometimes months. Sick animals may be moved into isolation, placed in temporary foster care or promoted to our network of nonprofit rescue adoption partners. Animals that have behavior problems or are not doing well in the shelter may be placed in foster care, but are generally promoted to our network of adoption partners as well. We work very hard with our adoption partners, who take animals from us to evaluate, rehabilitate and place into new forever homes.

While we do everything we can to avoid euthanizing healthy, treatable, or manageable animals, it is a never-ending problem as more keep coming in – an average of 100 every day – and space is limited. Unfortunately, we do humanely euthanize dogs and cats and other animals. Animals that are sick or injured, are not doing well in a shelter environment, or are overlooked by new families and our adoption partners are at risk of being euthanized. Aggressive animals that are determined to be a potential threat to the community are also euthanized.

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