Pet Adoption Information

Adopting a New Pet at OC Animal Care

OC Animal Care is the largest shelter on the west coast, with 382 dog runs and housing for over 300 cats. There are a variety of species to choose from when looking for a new pet.  The shelter offers dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, small animals, and other exotic pets for adoption. On any given day, about 20% of the dogs and cats are available for immediate adoption.  If you are looking to adopt, check out our adoptable pets page, sign up for Pet Match by Email or stop by the shelter and visit our available animals.

We at OC Animal Care love all breeds of dog.  We understand that visitors may search for a lost dog or forever pet based on appearance or a "looks like" breed.  Any description of dogs with respect to breed is solely based on visual appearance. The actual breed of any dog may be different than its “looks like” designation.  OC Animal Care makes neither a guarantee nor representation as to the true breed of the Dog nor any connection between the described breed and the Dog’s temperament.

In most cases, OC Animal Care has no access to information about the behavioral history of the animals in our care.  Additionally, animals may behave and react differently to stimuli in shelter environments than in a home environment. Lengthy housing in a shelter environment may result in additional stress to animals, resulting in some negative behaviors.  Please contact your veterinarian for potential medical or training resources after adoption.

In order to give your new pet the best opportunity for success in your home, we recommend they remain supervised as they acclimate to their new environment.  New pets should be restrained during initial encounters with humans and other pets and should not be left alone with small children.  Use careful judgment in allowing greater independent interaction between your new pet and other pets and people, particularly children.  Remember, protective instincts may only surface when your pet acclimates to the home and identifies your home as its territory.

As with any living creatures, pets may have unidentified medical conditions or develop conditions in the future.  Additionally, due to the incubation period of certain diseases, it is strongly advised that you keep any newly adopted pet away from all other animals for a period up to two weeks. We also recommend that you not take your new pet to any public place (veterinary office/hospital excepted) for at least a two-week period.

Tips for Easy Adoptions

There may be several interested parties for some puppies, kittens or unique dogs and cats. In those cases, there is often a line of people at our entrance waiting to adopt first thing in the morning. Customers interested in taking one of these animals to their forever home, should be at the gate to our entrance no later than 8:00AM to pull a number, reserving your place in line. Although we do not recommend it, customers have arrived well before 6:00AM to wait for their new family member. After pulling your number at 8:00AM, you may then leave the shelter for a little bit, making sure to return no later than 10:45AM. Our staff will begin calling out numbers for that day promptly at 11:00AM. Please be aware that we will only call out a number twice before moving on to the next one if there is no response. 

During a special adoption event, these procedures are subject to change.  Please see below and contact us at 714-935-6848 if you have any questions.

Due to large customer interest on our “free” adoption event days, we may suspend the above practice. On these days, customers will need to stay in line until we open our gates at 11:00AM. Our Customer Service staff will come out to speak with you before we open. They will ask which animal(s) you are interested in adopting or visiting with that morning. For maximum efficiency, customers will generally be separated into 3 lines; one for dogs, one for cats or other animals and the last for those customers who just want to look at our inventory of animals before deciding to adopt. Customers in the dog or cat lines will be escorted by staff into the office in the order they appear in line at 11:00AM. Once these lines are in place, those wishing to walk through the shelter and view all of our a nimals will be able to enter. There are always a couple of Customer Service staff members walking around with lists of available animals during these events – feel free to ask them if the animal you are interested in taking home with you is on that list, or if there is another person in line ahead of you that may be looking at the same animal.

Disclaimer for Adoptable Animals

Updating of the adoptable animal information on our site is continuous. Photographs and/or descriptions of our animals are added to and deleted whenever an animal is adopted, returned to its owner, etc. Animals featured on our web page are available for adoption on first come first serve basis.

Due to mix breeding, description information may vary from photographs.

While every effort is made to keep website information current, we cannot guarantee that animals listed on these pages will be those that are available when you visit the Animal Care Center to adopt a pet. 

OC Animal Care does not reserve animals for adoption by telephone or e-mail. You must come to the Center to adopt an animal and refer to the animal's Pet Identification number when inquiring about a particular pet.

Note: California law requires that all adopted dogs and cats be spayed or neutered before leaving our Animal Care Center.