|We adopted “Wren” at 9 weeks of age. The house that sheltered him (before his official adoption on 4/27/18) did a fabulously wonderful job of nurturing Elvis [ previously known are Wren] to the point where he loves human companionship. He is very independent and runs the household, now consisting of 1 goldendoodle, 2 female mature felines (Ruby and Frankie) and three humans. |
Thank you OCAC for this fabulous marvelous creature! - The Mandelberg family
|I love my new family. I love to chew on my chew toys and on my bone. I love the bacon treats I get when I am a good boy. When we go on walks, it's the most exciting things ever! My dad thinks I look like a wolf. I also love to take over my dad's side of the bed and couch when he leaves for work- shhh don't tell him! I love to stare at my mom when she eats ice cream hoping that she will share it with me. I am such a happy boy living with my family in my new home. I love to cuddle with my mom and dad. I also love to argue with my dad and I love to howl and bark when someone is at the door. I love car rides and catching the wind. I trick my dad so he gets out of bed so that I can steal his spot and lay by my mommy! -Zeus |
"Our experience with OC Animal Care was amazing and easy. They had a lot of dogs to choose from and the staff was friendly. They told us everything we needed to know about Zeus before adopting him. they also made everything quick and easy to adopt. They also provided us with a treat bag for Zeus. Lovely staff, very friendly; I would definitely recommend OC Animal Care if you want to get a fury friend." - Annie & Pablo Rey
|Cricket was adopted November 21, 2016 and since then has been making the most of her forever home. She is healthy, happy and doing well. She loves to cuddle, talk and is also extremely playful. She loves to play fetch when she is not cuddling on her very own pillow next to her mom before bed and meeting her mom’s friends. Cricket is one happy cat living her best life possible! Thanks Kalley for the update!|
I adopted a dog from you through ThankDogIamOut.com 2 ½ years ago. His name was Spence (Animal # A1420245). I often think how grateful I am that there are people like you looking out for little lost dogs like Spence.
He is now called Cooper and is living in Port Moody, a town just outside Vancouver, B.C. Although he was scared and shy when he first arrived, with lots of love, attention and patience he has become a happy, healthy and content dog! He enjoys his 2 walks a day, treats, scratches, and home cooked meals. My friends often remark that he won the lottery.but then again.so did I!!
Cooper likes to spend his days snoozing on the couch by the window and in the evening, he likes to relax on his cushion by the fire. On sunny days you can find him in the yard soaking up the sun (a true California dog!).
I wanted to let you know that your dedication to these little lost dogs is appreciated. Cooper has found himself a safe and happy home. I love him more than anything and can't imagine my life without him!!
Lesley H. (Cooper's Mom) :))
|We met Simba at the OC Animal Care Shelter on February 5, 2018. He was an older and bigger dog than we were initially looking for. After spending some time with him there, we felt good about bringing him home to be a part of our family. The first week was rough because Simba needed more time than expected to get used to our small children in the home. He was fine with them at the shelter, but I don’t think he was in to sharing living space with them 24 hours a day. Now, less than a month later, he loves both the kids, our husband and our home. It’s hard to think back just a few weeks ago he wasn’t a part of our family. You would think he’s been here since he was a puppy! In the future we will come back to OC Animal Care shelter when we are ready for another dog. Thank you for all that you do for the animals that come through. We are truly blessed to have had such a great experience the first time around.|
As the anniversary date we brought Mitzy (now Luna) home approaches, I wanted to finally send that email I have been intending to write for months. Thank you for reaching out to the Ark of San Juan to save this cat. She is amazing! She is chatty, mostly with an assortment of endearing purring chirrups and low, pleasant sounds. She occasionally mews. She sometimes will play fetch! She politely waits for my alarm to go off before she comes over to purr at me and get some pets; if I hit snooze, she returns to my feet until 5 minutes pass. Once she sees that I am awake for the day, she enjoys a mini massage before heading to get her morning sip at the sink. She waits for me to finish getting ready and then escorts me down to the kitchen and directs me (mewing) as to how to fill the kibble bowls properly.
|I love my new home and my new mom. She likes to call me Pretty Baby. I also love to play with cat toys. I found out my brother is not so tough after all; he was actually a little nervous to meet me! Imagine that. I hid for 2 days, but mom put food and water where I could sneak out and get it. I have to come out and eat or my brother eats it all. Mom says he is a pig! I hide when anyone comes in – sometimes even from mom. However, I am getting more brave every day. Mom also took me to the vet. That wasn’t my favorite, but he says I am healthy! |
Thank you! Lucky Me!
|Hello! It’s me, Kona. I was adopted back in October after spending a couple of months at OC Animal Care. I just wanted to send a note and a photo from the holidays to let you know I am happy, healthy, and safe. My new name is Beatrix! (Bea for short.) I have kitty and doggy siblings, a comfortable condo to hang out inside of all day, and a king-sized bed to sleep in with my parents at night. All of my medical issues are being assessed, and I am loving my new life and family. |
|In December of 2004, I visited the OC pound with my family to see all the beautiful animals that were awaiting homes. We went because we wanted to give them love in the mean time. That day, I met Bruce. He was the only dog not barking among the other 200 dogs that were. He stood there with his baby blue paisley bandana on and just staring at me. It was love at first sight. My parents said no since we were used to always having smaller dogs at home. I kneeled there, crying, and petting Bruce between the metal bars. A woman who worked there came up to me and told me “oh sweetheart, maybe if you show your family your tears, maybe it will change their minds”. |
December 25th 2004, the last gift I opened was a small red box, and inside was a big red collar labeled “Bruce”. We picked Bruce up the first week of January 2005 and have loved him every single day since.
I thank you for accepting Bruce into your facility and giving him a chance at a new loving life.
Bruce was around 6 months old when we adopted him in 2004, and on January 14th 2018 he finally went home over the rainbow bridge. He lived a long and happy 15 year old life.
During the past year in a half, he began to suffer severe hip dysplasia and arthritis. Even though he was in pain from time to time, he was happy all the way up to his last day.
I just want to say thank you...from the bottom of my heart for giving my Bruce an extra chance so he could find me. I pray that you continue to give those chances to the other animals in your facility
Bruce’s dog mommy
Sadie was so scared in her kennel, yet she came right up and leaned against the cage. She was the one that we had been waiting for. We had been looking to adopt for a few months. As soon as I got her home and introduced her to our cat Biggie, they were instant friends! They share beds, play and chase each other. She loves to go running and stays by my side. She is a beautiful addition to our family and we cannot wait to take her hiking and camping! Thank you OC Animal Care for all you do!
P.S. Biggie was also adopted but from a foster in San Clemente. He was dumped because he was polydactyl and black. Just love helping animals.
|I just wanted to let you know that a dog that we adopted from you on May 23rd 2004 finally passed away peacefully with us (now in Arizona) at the great age of 17 1/2 years, he was a beautiful english cocker spaniel by the name of Hercules who was relinquished to you with no information or history. To say he was the best friend and companion my wife & I ever had would be an understatement, he was a member of our family and not just a pet. If we ever went anywhere he came along as well and we never stayed anywhere he couldn't, we never kenneled him due to his separation anxiety but he was the happiest and most thankful pup ever. |
I hope you don't mind but I wanted to share his life and memory with you so you could see the positive side of a shelter animal, he kept us together when we were at our worst and never asked for anything in return except love. He was extremely loyal and taught us a thing or two.
Please let everyone know how much this made our lives better, he will be forever missed.
|We adopted Gloria, now Gracie and she’s living in her new home with our Yorkie Coco, my husband Chris & myself in North Vancouver, BC. She such a beautiful, well-adjusted girl. She even smiles now. We just want to thank all of the staff and volunteers for all your wonderful work. Thank you so very much!|
|We came to the shelter on January 18, 2017 still heartbroken over the passing of our previous dog. When we saw Fred we knew that he was the dog for us. We almost feel that he found us. We took him home that night and he settled right in. Over the last 4 months he has brought us joy, happiness and love that words simply cannot describe. He now enjoys time in his backyard chasing butterflies, lizards, and birds. He loves going for long walks and taking long naps. |
Thank you to the staff at OC Animal Care for bringing Fred into our lives!
|Casey, one of my cats, wet missing on 5/13. When I looked for her at the shelter I thought I had found her when I saw Haley. She was so friendly and talkative, just like my Casey. She had found a place in my heart so fast I know I wanted to take her home with me. I know wherever Casey is, she will understand. I will always love and miss her. She was an abandoned newborn I found hiding in one of my plants of my old apt. complex. She was so weak and starved and weak I wasn’t sure she was going to survive. Thankfully she did. It broke my heart to lose her and my roommate feels the same. However Haley is helping us to heal and mourn. We have lots of love to give and we will make sure she knows she has a forever home with us. |
|We wanted a play mate for our Pam Poo, Jameson. We were lucky enough to visit Petco when they were allowing OC Animal Care to hold an adoption event. We saw Patrick immediately from the parking lot. He was so friendly and calm, a really well-mannered puppy. It didn’t take long before we were on our way home with our new family member. We introduced Patrick to Jameson and they hit it off right away. They love chasing each other through the house and wrestle. After taking them to the dog parks and groomers they were pretty exhausted (see pictures). We have had Patrick for 5 days now and he has completely made himself at home. I love how excited he is to see us every day! Adopting from OC Animal Care was incredibly fast and easy, super inexpensive: shots, neutered all taken care of. Thank you!|
|We adopted Red last November when he was 7 years old. We’re not sure why his previous family named him Red, since he’s a chocolate brown cocker, but we decided not to change his name. He has a personality like no other! He settled into our home the first day (with our 3 year old Wheaton Terrier, Chloe) as if he had been here forever. He snuggles so sweetly with us on the couch as we watch TV or read a book. His little nose sits right on our legs and doesn’t move! His favorite person in the family is Papa, maybe because he feeds him and takes him for walks! He is truly Papa’s shadow around the house and loves to sit at his feet while he is on the computer. His little short tail never stops wagging! It’s so cute! We call him “wiggles” because of his non-stop wagging tail. Red is friendly with everyone and has never snapped or growled at other dogs, people or kids. He loves food and has learned to be a little “thief” if food is left to close to the edge! We have learned to watch where we leave our plates! But if that’s the worst thing he does, we are fine with that! Red is so loving and sweet and fun— we feel very thankful to have gotten him from the shelter. He has enriched our lives tremendously. Thanks to Judy Briggs for finding him for us! |
Thank you, OC Animal Care for all that you do for all of these sweet animals in need!
|This is Papas and Mamas Kavathan. They joined our family from your shelter in Aug. I just wanted to send you all this picture showing you how well they have adjusted so far. Mamas is on the left and Papas on the right. We are glad we kept the litter mates together. They are the sweetest.|
|I brought home Hiccup, a female rabbit to be a companion for my lonely male rabbit, Charlie. After just one day the two had bonded as is evident in the photo attached. Here they sit next to one another standing guard in the yard in the evening. The rabbits in my yard are free roaming and both are neutered.|
|Our son Thomas rescued Dakota 11/9/16. He is the most amazing Hound/Terrier. I believe he is a service dog for people” dog. I got Geno on my birthday. He was only 4 months old. Dakota taught him a lot. They got along as if they were born together. Geno is a Cairn Terrier. They play tug of war with a rope-a-dope, each holding an end. Then we found Barney a Pointer/ Lab, the opposite coloring of our previous Pointer we lost last year. He’s 2 years old. He was returned the same day he was adopted on Clear the Kennels day. He didn’t get along with their dog. Probably just put him in yard with no introduction (proper) to their dog. Their LOSS our gain. The kennel volunteer who helped us in the yard was awesome with information on the “proper way” to introduce to our dogs. Thank you. Within 48 hours all 3 dogs were playing tug of war together. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU x3!|
|As you can tell from above, I love adopting animals from OC Animal Care. |
Adopting is always better because these animals need a second chance at life and need our love. I will always advise my friends and family to adopt from OC Animal Care.
Thank you to all the employees and volunteers at OC Animal Are for what you do! Keep up the great work.
|Hi we just wanted to up date you on our Dog Cher we adopted.. She is a 9 year old husky. She is getting walked 2 to 3 times a day and loosing weight and gets a lot of love. Cher has a much younger sister and play mate a lab to keep her moving..Cher is such a sweet girl we are very lucky.|
|Hi! My name is Luis, owner of our most loved Pekingese Dog called "Spark." He is 8 months old now! Our family of 3, my son, my wife and I are all very joyful to have a new member in our family. Having a furry friend in our family has made us become more happy than ever before! I would like to thank OC Animal Care for such great service and for giving us an important opportunity to adopt a furry friend that has changed our lives and will always change our life forever. Sparky has been a cute and wonderful dog since the first day we got him. He will always be the number one member in our family! It has been a pleasure having Sparky! Once again I would like to thank OC Animal Care for such great service and wonderful employees!|
|I’ve had Cooper since June 25th, 2016. We live in Tustin and he has been my support 24/7 since. Living alone was never an issue because I always had his love. Now we are moving to Louisiana. I have been struggling with health issues and he took the position of my support animal right away. Now he has been promoted to becoming a service dog! In so many ways he already was, now he will just be certified. Cooper keeps me going, active and has been one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever met. I know he will love his new home and new responsibilities. Everyone he meets, wherever we go will always be greeted by the silly loving smile and kind heart. He is amazing with kids all ages, and kids love to pet him so he is one happy lil’ guy. It will be hard for Cooper to leave his park friends but he also has some friends waiting in our new home. I am excited for him and the changes headed our way.|
When anyone approached the front window of the pet store with a fancy plastic cat carrier all the kittens got so excited, especially little Onyx. Onyx had lived most all of her life in the window, at least all of it she could remember. She was always surrounded by her brothers and sisters and a lot of shredded newspaper. Every day she had played happily with her siblings and was the very best at shredding the newspaper into ever diminishing pieces. Almost every day a shiny new cat carrier appeared and one of her family disappeared. As the days past and her family dwindled Onyx began to worry, “Would a fancy plastic cat carrier ever come for her?” She promised herself to improve so someone might decide that she was enough of a cat that she would be worthy of their love and a shiny new cat carrier. Everyday Onyx tried harder to play better in a new and more entertaining way. She tried to make her fur softer and to make her eyes shine brighter. Onyx tried in every way she could think of to become a kitten someone would want to love and take home in a fancy plastic cat carrier. As the weeks past Onyx grew older and increasingly alone in the window. One morning she woke up all alone. She was so sad and lonely and missed everyone. She began to worry more and play less. The clerks in the store would play with her when they remembered she was there. She became so depressed and lethargic that even if a customer looked around the store they might not even notice her. The newspaper sat neglected, over confident and un-shredded. Things were going very badly for Onyx and she could not understand why. She had always done her kitten best and given her all. After two months the pet store clerk looked so sad as they approached Onyx with a torn old cardboard box. It had stains and some cat hair and smelled like urine mixed with despair. She had grown too old to sell. She was now worthless and to be discarded at the shelter.
|Just over 4 years ago to the day, my wife Ava (cc’d here) and I came to the pound on a chilly January morning to line up and hopefully pick up a dog we’d been following on line - waiting for her to have her necessary shots and surgery etc. We were told she was around a year old, a Lhasa Apsa Mini Poodle mix. Nothing else was known about her. Many of the dogs there were lively that day, but this one was all the way at the back of the kennel, still sleepy from her operation the day before. She looked sad. Well, 4 years later she’s a bouncy little character called Mrs. Pickles! After numerous attempts at training, she still barks incessantly if we leave her alone and will randomly choose someone to growl at for no obvious (to us) reason. She has calmed down over the years though and everyone says she’s so much mellower than when she first came home with us. Frankly though - we don’t care. We love her so very much - she’s been a total blessing in our lives. She loves to play, chase a ball, have a tickle… you know. She goes to our local, Laguna Beach dog park most days, where she has a regular pack of doggy friends to chase around - we have made close human friends there too. Recently we took her on a long road trip. She’s happiest when the 3 of us are together. Anyway - I just wanted to write to you to thank you for the work you do. I’m sure most people are like us: we arrive, take an animal and never return (why would we/they?), but it’s Mrs P’s “birthday” week and I was just thinking of you guys. You have made a little dog and two people immensely happy. I honestly don’t know what the 3 of us would do without each other. She has changed our lives. Mrs. Pickles, Ava & I couldn’t be more grateful. Attached is a “before and after” shot, from her kennel at the shelter to last week at home, with us.|
|One year ago today I adopted a 1 year old "Owner surrendered" Husky/Cattledog mix from your shelter. It was the BEST thing that's ever happened for either of us, so we're writing to say THANK YOU!!! Her name there was "Becky", but I gave her the name of "Katara" (named after my last dog's favorite toy) to start her new life. Her previous owners said she had "too much energy & was destructive". I think she just wanted more attention because I work from home & I've never had a single problem with her since the day I brought her home...she's PERFECT! She hasn't chewed a single thing & is very well behaved. We do lots of fun things together & go to the park almost every day. She never leaves my side, is my best friend & I'm so thankful that we found each other. It was the perfect match, so again.... THANK YOU, not only for bringing her in my life, but for ALL everyone there does for the animals in need! I've attached a few photos of "Katara" living her new life & some of the fun things we've done over the past year. Feel free to share them on your website or social media as references/testimonials, etc if desired. |
Kathy (& Katara!)
|To the Staff at OC Animal Care, |
My two "adoptees" are doing well Annie, (aka Lily), is over five now and is the love of my life. Lucky, is two and a half years old and is Mr. Personality and so sweet. Thank you for allowing me to adopt them and bless you for the work you do for homeless animals.
|It’s ME – Boomer! I don’t know if you remember me or not but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year and send on a great big thank you for taking care of me at the OC Animal Care facility. This Christmas is surely the best I’ve ever had – I wanted to send you this now and tell you what’s been happening in my life since September when I found myself at the shelter! Even asked my mom if she would print up some pictures so you can see what a handsome dude I’ve become! |
I now live in a home in Lake Forest with my “sister,” a black lab mix, Jetta, a gal also adopted from the OC Animal Care facility 5 years ago……… She’s very nice, prefers to stay by herself most of the time, but still tolerates me with some of my enthusiastic ways! But this letter is about ME!
My mom takes very good care of me – I eat 2 cups of Wellness senior dog food with some canned meat added 2 times a day – I’m now 82 lbs., definitely handsome, but then maybe distinguished is a better word with my grey muzzle! Probably should weigh much more, but my mom says with my hip/spine problems, I’m just about right. Don’t want too much weight on the old bones! I’m on Tramadol and Rimadyl after each meal, and boy do I like the cream cheese the Tramadol is hidden in….. Every morning we take a walk around a big block in the neighborhood where I can check my “business cards” left the day before by other dogs…. Gosh I sure do like doing that!
|I first met Nelson on a Thursday. I saw him on the app. Listing available dogs. I drove down from Anaheim, excited to meet my new BFF. I waited in the meet/greet area. The Volunteer brought him to meet me, as she opened the gate to let him thru, I noticed he had not much hair on this body from his waist down, he had lots of freckles, but no hair! |
So I tried to look past this, I called him, hoping he would be thrilled to meet his new guardian.
He looked at me, sneezed and proceeded to smell all the areas that other dogs had been! I finally got to him, picked him up and tried to give him love. He turned his face away, really wanting nothing to do with me!
I decided I didn't want to waste my one adoption on a dog that had no interest in me. So I said no thank you, proceeded to look around at all the others and see if there was another that I felt connected with. I left with no new friend.
|Handsome Steve French has found his forever loving home! His new family shared some kind words about their new pet! "We are very grateful for our new baby Steve French (Aka Jagger). He is still super cuddly and sweet!!"|
|We adopted a bonded pair of Chihuahuas on Nov 4th 2016 and just wanted to update you all on how they are doing. |
They were 2 males 4 & 6 years old- known as Burrito and Queso. We had come to the shelter when you guys had the free adoptions; looking for one and ended up with the pair. Luckily for us- they are adjusting well & seem pretty happy. We have 2 kids, a boy 13 & a girl 9 and they are still begging to help walk, bathe, & etc so both the pups get plenty of love & attention between all of us.
Since they have come home they are not as shy or timid as before. They walk everywhere (pet store, park & etc) We named them Buster (tan) & Lucky (white). Buster is quiet the licker & a lover and is no longer skittish. He is so sweet, comes running and lays down at our feet when we come home and loves his belly rubbed. And has been fully house trained since day one! Where Lucky still is a little skittish. Loud noises or if he isn't paying attention he will get startled and bolt. But Lucky also loves the affection & gets very excited for walks and when he see us. Only thing with him that we are still working on is house training. And I know you said he wasn't eating there, but my daughter hand feeds him his dog food... so he has been eating since he came home. :) Both are learning commands like come, stay, wait, leave it, & TREAT of course! Both sit & beg for treats. <3 They are soooo cute! They kept squeezing into one dog bed even though they each had one, so we got them a bigger one to share. And both are good with the rabbit who is bigger than them lol.
We are truly enjoying our little additions to our family. I hope many other animals found their forever homes and are doing well. Thank you for adding to our family what we were missing.Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
|I went to the shelter because I knew my daughter wanted a puppy and there was a Shih Tzu puppy that was newly added to your website the night before. By the time the shelter called my number, the puppy had been adopted, so I asked to see another dog. The dog I asked to see was shy, so I didn’t think he would be suitable for my daughter and our cat. As I was walking back to the front office, a dog named Hansel smiled at me. I approached him and he licked my hand and my heart melted. He wasn’t what we had expected. He is a Shih Tzu but he is 7 years old and blind in one eye. He and I spent a few minutes together in the yard and I knew that he was our dog! He has lived with us for a month now and he is a great joy! He is happy and healthy and bonded with our whole family even the cat. We are his forever home and he is ours. He can sit for treats now, stay on walks, and fetch his ball. He loves his monster doll, his bed and his blanket-although he tends to end up sleeping on our beds. He loves to cuddle on the sofa and give kisses and to trot in the park and play with other dogs. We never saw Hamilton coming and our story could be any family’s, as long as they are willing to look beyond the pictures online, meet a great dog at the shelter and welcome a new (but not necessarily young) member of the family.|
|My name was Cali. Its now LOLA, after some hippie song my mom likes. I was your office pet and you guys found me a great home with my mom, my auntie and my papa. After my new extended family came to meet me, they brought me toys. I promptly hid them all, and now I am the only one who knows where they are! |
I have a big yard to play in and I like to chase lizards. My auntie is always in trouble for giving me too many treats. My mom takes me on walks every day, and while I hate car rides, my mom is trying to patiently work with me on this. My mom and auntie are massage therapists, so I get long deep massages often. This is a home where I get lots of love. But I will tell you--they say I give far more than I take. Thank you all for loving us pets so much!
|This is Scout with our other Terrier Mix rescue Maya. We adopted Scout in September 2015 from OC Animal Care. It has been 13 months and we just LOVE her! She is so sweet and loving. She is smart and easy to train. I wanted to give a home to an older, small dog and I'm so glad we did! She still has many years and love left to give even though she was 7 when we adopted her. She keeps our 3 year old terrier mix company. I hope that other families look at the smaller breeds that are over the age of 5 and realize that they have long and healthy lives ahead of them. We LOVE our Scout! Please, Please ADOPT and don't be afraid to adopt a dog a little older. They know they have been rescued and chosen!|
|We’re writing this two days after we adopted “Ruby” but now Helena. On the second day I introduced Helena to my granddaughter who is 9 years old. As of now Helena is still very shy and unsure and avoids me. Getting her harness on is challenging and she still won’t come to me voluntarily and she has not even barked once! When I introduced my granddaughter and Helena there was an instant bonding. Helena’s shyness was gone and she went to her without hesitation! They went for a walk together without a problem. Helena even ate her food and drank her water which she wouldn’t do around me. At bedtime my granddaughter and Helena retired to her bedroom, when I went to look in on them Helena let out some barks and didn’t stop until I shut the door and left. On the third day I took her for an early morning walk and she got away from me and wouldn’t come back! My granddaughter came out and beckoned to her and Helena complied immediately. These two were made for each other! Thank you!|
|Nuka is doing well adjusting to her new forever home! Shes such a sweet & loving little girl. She also had her 1st check up with our veteranian who also has confirmed that she is in fact deaf so we as a family are learning hand signals for training. Thank you OC Animal Care for allowing us to adopt this sweet girl. |
|I adopted two bunnies from your shelter on October 8th and I just wanted to thank everyone at OC Animal Care for making our experience a great one. Your volunteers who work with the rabbits are spectacular! Both bunnies have had their wellness check with a vet and they're perfectly healthy and very well socialized. The vet said she had never seen such mellow and tame rabbits from a shelter, let alone from a hoarding situation. Here's a picture of Cinnamon and Basil. They have a strong bond and hopefully it only gets stronger as time goes on.|
|On August 17th, 2015 I had to end the suffering of my baby Shadow whom I adopted from the Devore Shelter in January of 2003. She was my precious baby. |
The house wasn't right without a canine companion in the house, so I started looking to share the love that I have for animals with another baby dog. I was actually looking for a larger dog, as that is what I'm used to.
I went to OC Animal Care almost daily looking for a new companion. I was on the website and visiting all the beautiful souls at the facility.
Then one day this little tiny baby called to me. It was a Friday afternoon.
She was shy, but so sweet. She was quiet when everyone around her was loud.
She looked at me in a way I wasn't expecting. A Chihuahua mix puppy was not even close to what I was looking for, but I took the time to meet with her.
She jumped into my arms and nuzzled into my neck. Little did I realize how much she'd won my heart until I got home that night. I talked with my boyfriend, Pat, and let him know about the sweet baby girl I met. I spent Saturday thinking about her. I even came up with a name for her. I couldn't stop thinking about her. I talked to Pat and asked him if we could go Sunday for him to meet her if she was still there. Sunday morning we went first thing. She was still there. She jumped into Pat's arms, just like she had me on Friday afternoon. We knew she was coming home with us. She filled the hole in my heart that was missing after my Shadow went over the Rainbow Bridge.
It's been a year now and this little ball of joy & love keeps increasing the size of my heart. She's been such a blessing to our house.
Thank you for making this furever story possible!
|I adopted Skye, a pit bull, on Saturday. She's amazing, fantastic, easy to train and very relaxed. She gets along great with people and animals. I highly recommend adopting. I highly recommend adopting a pit bull because they are a misunderstood breed. They are very loving, caring and nurturing dogs. |
|I adopted Willoughby on 4/11/16 and we bonded immediately. I recently lost my female Chi on 3/27/16 at 12 years. I needed to mend the big hole in my heart but more importantly—I wanted to give a great home with love to someone less fortunate. Ours was a perfect match and Will has now blended beautifully with our 2 cats and basically rules the house… In a good way! He is so sweet, friendly and affectionate. I couldn’t be luckier to own such an awesome little guy. Thank you to all for the noble and important work you all do!|
|We just adopted male kitty "Streamers" (ID# A1473254, kennel C15) today, August 29th from your shelter. I adopted two cats from your shelter 15 and 16 years ago. My boy, who looked just like Streamers, died last October and I've been devastated. My 16 year old girl kitty, Harmony, is still alive. Little Streamers must be my beloved Valentine boy reincarnated and given back to me, as he is as much of a love as my Valentine was. Thank you for filling my heart with joy again, and holding onto him for as long as you have (and so many grown up kitties too) He was meant for me. Here is his picture (we can wait till his neutering is done to bring him home)! |
Update: "Streamers now Tino is happy in his new home! Thank you for keeping him!"
|OC Animal Care gets a wide variety of animals into our shelter who are in search of a loving forever home. Silvia was a hen who found herself at OC Animal Care in search of a new home. Thank you to her wonderful new owners, one of our very own OC Animal Care volunteers, for giving this chick a home to call her own…… “Roy the Rooster was lonely after his long time hen friend "Ruby" passed away. Silvia the Hen was at the OC Shelter looking for a home so.....Although at first Silvia smaller size concerned her new owners; however that concerned vanished immediately as Roy and Silvia met one another with much happy clucking and crowing. Silvia presents us daily with a little white egg.” To view a list of “Other” pets looking for homes please visit: http://petadoption.ocpetinfo.com/Adopt/AdoptList.asp?type=Other |
|I just lost two Chihuahuas that I had for 13-14 years and I was in such pain. I swore I would never have another pet and go through losing another animals that I loved. A friend of mine who rescues Golden Retrievers from shelters emailed me a picture of this small Chihuahua mix with the saddest eyes and told me I had to go get him. When I saw those eyes I was hooked. Long story short and a last tearful good-bye to Summer and Autumn’s sweaters, leashes, dishes, I went to get this little boy who someone named Clyde. |
It was love at first sight. I wanted to pick him up and hug him immediately. I signed the papers, wrote my check and then found out I couldn’t take him home yet, he had to be given shots, be fixed, etc. I was told that he was a stray and picked up off the streets. I can’t believe anyone would ‘throw away’ such an adorable dog. I went home very unhappy with the human race.
A couple of days later, he or Chocolate Chippz as he is now known as, was ready to go home. I put Chipper (that’s what he answers to plus every endearment known to man) on the passenger side of my car but he wasn’t having it. He is the only dog I know that hates to ride in a car and he was riding on my lap; I think he gets carsick.
|I had a great experience at OC Animal Care recently to adopt a dog. After my precious Chihuahua passed away (also adopted from this shelter) I wanted to adopt another dog because the family was sad without her. One day I saw a Chihuahua on the website and came in to visit her and other dogs a couple of times. The volunteers and office staff were friendly and answered all of my questions. |
I adopted Violet (formally Giovanna) at the April adoption event. She immediately settled in with the family. My other dogs were very happy to meet her. They all have fun playing together. She is well-behaved and housebroken. Violet now enjoys plenty of good food, treats, walks at the park and LOVE! I’m so thankful that she has become part of our family.
|Back in January a friend of mine was looking to adopt a dog, she knows I have a Bull terrier and love the breed. She went to OC animal care looking for a dog for herself but found a very shy, sweet, beautiful Bull Terrier. When she called me to tell me I though for sure on each of the rescues would snatched her up before I could get there, but I went anyway. When I got there she was still there. She cautiously approached the front of the cage and waged her tail asking me to pet her or for a cookie. I asked one of the staff members about her and they told me she was found wandering the streets and no one had come to claim her. She had recently been spayed (by them) and appeared to be a sweet, shy girl. I adopted her and brought her home. At first she was very timid, unsure of my husband and myself, but she got along well with our other dogs Pickles (a mini Bull Terrier) and Reegan (a whippet mix). Since then she has really come into her own. We named her Flour and loves to cuddle on the couch, can be rambunctious as only Bull Terriers can , scuttlebutting through the house at full speed, and loves meeting new people. She goes hiking, swimming, camping, or biking on weekends and loves car rides. She has brought so much joy to our lives and we can’t thank OC Animal care enough for uniting us with our new “daughter.” They were so friendly and made sure we had everything we needed to care for her and lots of info about caring for a new pet.|
|We adopted our kitty last Friday. We named him Leo. He's very sweet and loving! Thank you Karen and the OCAC staff for taking good care of all the animals. You all are amazing!|
|Going into the shelter, the day I ended up adopting her my parents kept telling me that we just came to look and not buy. When I walked into the area where the cats were kept, I knew I couldn’t leave without one. I held a baby kitten first and then I held a two different colored eyed deaf cat. She caught my attention when she was playing with the cat above her by putting her paw out of her kennel into the other cat’s kennel. When I held her for the first time I knew she was the one. I begged my mom and she finally said yes. The only reason my mom and dad were tentative in adopting her was because we had a golden retriever at home. Today nine months after adopting Meow, she has become best friends with my dog Bear. They cuddle, play and sleep with each other. I am so grateful for OC Animal Care because if it were not for them, I would never have been given the chance to have Meow in my life.|
|I adopted Luck from OCAC in September of 2014 when he was 3 months old. I understand that he came into the shelter when he was 2 months old with 2 broken legs. He had apparently been hit by a car and sustained fractures to his left front leg and right hind leg. His legs were bandaged and he was placed into foster care for a month until his legs healed enough to allow him to be available for adoption. I was informed that he might have some residual problems in the future due to the nature of his fractures (one leg might be shorter than the other and/or he may have a permanent limp). He is now about 18 months old and seems to be getting around very well with very few problems.|
|OC Animal Care was great! They let us have a visit with our pet before we began adopting. Pacey was very shy at first and timid. She was very curious about her new home. Now, her real personality has shown. She is very playful with humans and other dogs. She loves her morning walks, and playing fetch. Now she knows several tricks. She sit, she shakes your hand with her paw and rolls over. We love Pacey and she has brought so much joy to our family. Thank you OC Animal Care for bringing us together!|
|Hemlock was born just weeks before my husband and I got married, he truly is meant to be a part of our family. The love we have for him is indescribable, and the happiness he gives us makes us know we were meant to walk into that shelter that day. I will be forever head over heals for this little black cat.|
|Once called Sophie, a little dog sat at the shelter for 20 days waiting to be adopted. We loved her at first sight! Her name is now Dori, she couldn’t be a more loving, obedient and loyal dog. Everyone loves her and fights over doggy-sitting opportunities because she is such a happy and playful companion. She was a year old when we adopted her and it’s almost her second birthday. I am considering getting her a sister from the shelter because we’ve had such a rewarding experience. Thank you for all that you do and giving Dori a second chance at life. We are so blessed to have her!|
|Parker formerly “Dove” made himself right at home! He is happy and loves his new toys! He loves being fed right on schedule breakfast at 9am and dinner at 5pm and don’t be late! Thank you for everything!|
|Rosie picked me as I was walking through the cat trailer- she reached out of her cage and patted me. She was limping from an injury and had just had hernia surgery, but she was lively and personable. She gets along beautifully with my other kitty who is also a rescue cat. She has been a delightful addition to our home. She’s talkative, engaging and playful! I am so glad she got my attention at the shelter and I fell grateful every day that she is a part of my life. She was a little over a year old when I adopted her. Rosie has such an amazing and friendly personality, it’s hard to believe that she was once a stray.|
|I cannot fathom that Yakimo was a stray. He is so friendly and social that it is hard to believe that someone would ever let him go. Yakimo is more effective than an antidepressant. He makes me laugh every day. He is cuddly, energetic, playful, and extremely smart. It only took a week to teach him “sit,” “lie down,” and “high five!” I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. He is truly my best friend and such a joy to care for. I thank God daily for leading me to Yakimo. Although he loses his mind when the mailperson comes, Yakimo is friendly and endearing to people, children and other dogs. I love him to the sun and back! I am so blessed to have Yakimp in my life!|
|On "Clear the Shelters" Day we were determined to leave with a dog.We joined the long line at 10:17a.m. and we took turns walking through the kennels. We fell in love with Gwen (now Ruby Red), Ginger (now Dora) and Sinatra. While we were waiting in line we were told that someone was already adopting Ginger and Sinatra. So we waited 4 hours in 90 degree plus weather to adopt Gwen. When we got to the window we asked about Ginger and Sinatra and found out they were still available! We said YES! They are all so pretty and easy to train. We are a couple of happy furry families! Always ADOPT! Don't shop!|
|I have never been one to believe in buying purebred animals when they are so many homeless animals at our local shelters that are sitting in cages, awaiting a new home. Adopting Stinky has changed our lives. He came home as a skinny, scrawny adult cat, but was full of love and affection from the very first night. You will never know true love from a pet, until you adopt a homeless animal and give it the sense that they now have a home. Stinky is now a beautiful 13 pound cat with a long, smooth, shiny coat. He loves to play with strings, laser pointers, and |
pretty much anything he can get his paws on. He sleeps with us every night, right in-between my husband and I, and he has no problem scooting either my husband or myself off of the couch so he can make a nice spot wherever he chooses. Everyone morning we wake up to a cat right in our face, because he’s ready for breakfast. Stinky is part of our family, and we are so grateful that the Orange County Animal Shelter housed him for 3 months before we adopted him.
|OC Animal Care partners with numerous rescue organizations in our communities, one of those organizations that we work with is Pathways to Hope. Skip was an OC Animal Care dog in search of a home and was chosen for Pathways to Hope's Cell Dogs Training Program at the beginning of the year. He was trained for Autism service work by inmate handlers at the California Institution for Women. Once he was placed with his new family (parents Yuliya and Dauren and 7 year old Sarah, Pathways worked with them for several weeks on training. A few weeks ago, they passed the Public Access Test (required for all service dogs)! Sarah, the 7 year old who has autism spectrum disorder, has bonded incredibly well with him and Skip has become a steady (and fun) companion at her various therapy appointments throughout the week. Yuliya and Dauren, the parents, are fabulous people. Skip couldn't have landed in a better home! A member of Pathways to Hope stated that “it's gratifying that he's doing great work with his new family and we're beyond happy that he's doing great work with his new family….Hopefully it (Skip’s story) will make more people aware of how terrific shelter dogs are!” Everyone here at OC Animal Care want to wish Skip and his new family the best and thank you to Pathways to Hope for all of the great work they do with shelter dogs!|
|On March 27th of this year a dog attacked my horse in O’Neil Park. It was a terrifying experience for me and I was one day at a time when 2 weeks later my 17 ½ year old cat passed away. I was at a very low point. |
A few days after my cat died I went on the OC Animal Care website. There was only 1 cat I was interested in-Tabitha. I went to meet her. She was in her kennel lying there and would not open her eyes. The shelter helper took her out and we went into the meeting room. Tabitha hid the entire time, I went home and “slept on it.” I wanted to be sure I was ready for a new cat and not trying to replace my old cat. In the morning I called OC Animal Care and said I would be coming to pick her up.
Tabitha (now Agnes) didn’t make a peep the entire 30 minute drive home. She spent 10 minutes checking the new place out, then ran up to me and started purring and snuggling and she hasn’t stopped purring since! She is the sweetest, friendliest cat! My husband liked her right away and my 2 grown children liked her also when they came for Mother’s Day, Agnes has been my life-saver! Thank you for all you do for the animals of Orange County.
|In December of 2014, Sean and I lost our 12 year old Beagle/Harrier cross, Berkley to B-cell lymphoma, while the loss was crushing to us, we could not explain to our cat Mr. Kitty why Berkley did not come home. After, noticing that Mr. Kitty was experiencing stress from being an only pet, we decided that we needed another dog. However, living in a apartment meant that we were on the search for a dog that was an apartment friendly size but could still keep up with us on hikes and outdoor adventures. |
Jackson, stepped into our lives to fill that void, a 2 year old Miniature Pinscher/Manchester Terrier cross. When Jackson came to Orange County Animal Care and Control with an injury to his left front elbow, luckily Jackson was able to get surgery on his leg with the assistance of Noble Friends Foundation. Jackson has been attending physical therapy at Muller Veterinary Hospital (Walnut Creek, CA) to get back the strength in his leg and is now doing superbly! He enjoys his friendship with Mr. Kitty, going on long walks, chasing squirrels and riding in the car. He is a ham and charms all those who meet him!
|I adopted the tiniest, skinniest and saddest kitten I saw. Her fur was so rough. Now she is soft, healthy and loves attention. She has toys everywhere, cat trees and even an older brother that loves her. Its like she’s another kitten! She is the princess of the house and is loved and adored by us all. I’m so glad I adopted her. She has helped my broken heart after losing my Ragdoll of 6 years. If it wasn’t for her I would be depressed and my home would feel empty.|
|I went to the adoption fair not really knowing what to expect. I met and considered several options before meeting my Kenny. All the other choices always had something that just didn’t quite fit what I wanted. One needed a buddy, another barked too much and yet another jumped too high for my 63 inch fence! Then I saw him, sitting on one of the volunteer’s laps, my Kenny. She placed him on my lap and he looked up at me, sniffed and sighed as if he were already home. In the end, I’m not quite sure who picked who, but he was mine from that minute on. I could not be any happier!! Going home to him is the best part of my day!|
|When I brought Lincoln home from OC Animal Care 5 years ago he had no name, no manners, no commands, no potty training. Did I mentioned he howled like a beagle on steroids?? He was clearly someone's neglected backyard dog. We went through a lot. Lots of expensive training, several moves, a few heartbreaks...I even studied abroad for a year without him. Today, things have calmed down and we have a wonderful life together. He's truly my best friend. We hike and camp together, he loves long bike rides. He's so sweet and well behaved, it's like he can read my mind. I love him so much. Thank you for saving a dog who has changed my life forever.|
|Hi -- |
I know the folks who work and volunteer for the OC Animal Shelter probably don't hear enough good things about what happens to the adopted animals. When we adopted this little fella his name was Lt. Shorty, but we changed it to Sidney. We adopted Sidney in early December 2014 to keep our other cat Pudge company. We adopted an older kitten (6 months) because we wanted him to be near the same age as Pudge. My daughter is the one who told me about the OC shelter in Orange. Over the years she has adopted 3 great dogs from there.
When we first got Sidney, he was sick with an upper respiratory infection so we had to keep him in the guest bedroom for a week until he was done with his antibiotic. I was worried about bonding under those circumstances, but Sidney is one of the more tolerant cats I've ever known - he almost seemed to like the antibiotic! He's a pretty good car rider, too - our vet is in Yorba Linda and from Seal Beach can be a pretty long haul.
I think Sidney must have had a hard start in life, because he rarely passes the food bowl without munching a few - he's getting quite a large butt! :-) I've been considering letting the food bowl go empty for part of the day to keep him from eating more than he should. Otherwise he is just a happy, affectionate fella who is a delightful part of the family.
We decided to adopt a black one because we heard they don't get chosen as quickly. Sidney and Pudge are pals and they share the ottoman when we are in the living room watching TV.
Sometimes Sidney gets the whole thing to himself. Sidney is a neighborhood celebrity - almost everyone on our block knows him by name because he is so friendly. He's quite a character. And we love him dearly!
Thanks for all the good you do - I hope these photos brighten your day.
|We adopted Fox, a white and tan, Fox Terr. Mix at the Pet Expo in April from OC Animal Care. We changed his name to Barney. He loves his new brothers Jake/Lab and Boots/Terr. Mix they were both also rescues, Barney is so lovable he has fit right in. Barney is a fast learner. He knows how to use the Pet Door to go out into the backyard to go potty. He knows sit, stay and come commands. He can walk on a leash. Barney knows not to run out the front door, side gate and garage door. He sleeps in his crate all night with no crying, he is fully house trained. |
We took him to his Vet for a checkup and the rest of his shots and he is also now licensed. I have begun walking Barney along with Boots every morning; he enjoys playing with Boots until they both crash for a long nap. We love Barney! He now has a good home and my grandkids love coming over and playing with him too. Thank you for giving us our new puppy!
|This is Belle. On September 9, 2014, Belle was found roaming the Honda Center’s parking lot with 4 other siblings. They were picked up and brought to OC Animal Care by a Good Samaritan. Unlike the rest of her liter mates, Belle was not eligible for adoption due to a dental cyst that was caused by an unerupted tooth. |
Thanks to funds from OC Animal Care’s Medical Pets Programs and the help of Dr. Murt from VCA All Care Animal Referral Center, Belle was able to receive the x-ray and CT exams needed and be seen by a dental specialist for an accurate diagnose. Luckily, it was not a tumor, but only a minor bone infection and all she needed were antibiotics. Belle went home with an Animal Control Officer and was on antibiotics for 30 days. Improvement was seen within the first week and by the end of the 30 days the abscess was completely gone.
Belle was adopted on March 28, 2015 and is now part of a family who loves and spoils her!
|Two days before Christmas 2014 I was looking online for a new companion. My dog of 14 years had passed away of old age two weeks prior. My family and I were looking for a new friend to add to our family and I came across Jackie. We fell in love with her sweet little face and big ears instantly. We knew once we visited with her, she was the perfect fit! We adopted Jackie on Christmas Eve! The staff and gifts they sent home with Jackie were amazing. Now Jackie has three new sweaters, a huge backyard to run around in, and 3 new cat friends she is friendly with. Her favorite snack is Beggin’ Bacon treats, she enjoys going on car rides and walks in the park. She has a loving family and gives unconditional love back to us. She has been a puuurfect addition to our home and has left her little paw-prints on our hearts! Thank you OC Animal Care for Jackie (also called Jacks or Jackie girl). Your wonderful services, shots, microchip, and easy adoption process has given our lovely Jackie her forever home!|
Lucy is a joy to have in the house. She’s befriended her new brother and her aunt (they are both dogs). We all LOVE Lucy so much and now our household is her loving home. She’s sweet and then wants to paw at you! I love her anyway! She is a real joy.
|Hello OC Animal Care, |
We wanted to write to THANK YOU!! for taking our dog Kingdom, who we adopted on November 1, 2014. If it was not for OC Animal Care, we would not ever have the chance to meet the newest and only boy of our family!! I put off having a pet for several years do to not having a place that would allow pets. Besides that reason, financially I was unprepared for a pet, and unfortuantly I had to put my 11 year olds biggest wish go having a dog! Now, life has picked up for my family! We were able to find an affordable place that is pet friendly and I was able to fulfill my daughters wish! Ever since we brought Kingdom home, our family changed completely! He has brought extra joy and happiness to each one of us! He is the most loving dog, playful pal, and little protector, and only boy in the family! Since my daughter is an only child she has found a bond and companionship with Kingdom, that makes me and my partner more than happy!!! Thank you again!! WE LOVE KINGDOM!!
|I lost my cat Sonic of 14 years to cancer on 8/12/14. On 8/22/14 we adopted Shadow from the OC Shelter. Shadow is amazing! It took a couple days to adjust but he is doing great! Adopting him from the shelter was my 1st time. The staff was pleasant and the adopting process was easy and reasonable pricing. Thank you!|
|On 9/13/14 we adopted our dog Tyler. We initially wanted to adopt a Husky but then my husband found Tyler our Pit bull. We were a little apprehensive since pit bulls have such a bad reputation, but volunteer staff said Tyler was nothing but playful and sweet. Tyler has filled our lives with love and excitement. He’s very energetic and loves going to the dog park. He’s very good with other dogs and is great with our kids too! He’s now completed his 5th week of obedience training and has learned new commands and is making progress to walking well on a leash. Tyler is sweet, smart, eager to learn and loves to give kisses. We are so glad Tyler came into our lives and are thankful for the opportunity to become his family!|
|We had recently lost both of our dogs within a month of each other. Fluffy (Golden Retriever) and Milo (Chocolate Lab). They meant everything to my family. We tried to keep Milo’s morale up when his best friend passed away but sadly 27 days later he passed away as well. We were devastated. I couldn’t help myself from gong onto OC Animal Care’s site, now it was time that I could save a life. Funny thing is Temo ended up saving me. Thank you OC Animal Care for your great staff and volunteers!|
|We were nervous when we first decided to get a dog. We were a 3 cat family and I have always been protective of them, having had cats killed by a trusted dog. Our first attempt at a dog did not work for that reason. Heart broken, we half-heartedly looked for our perfect match. Just before I was about to give up, we passed a dark seemingly empty kennel. A small, terrified little black dog stepped out of the dark and gave a meek little wag of his curly tail. I knew immediately he was our dog. |
The first thing he did in his new home was lift a leg and pee on our laptop! A lot of confidence boosting and potty training later he is a whole new confident, sweet, loving, doggy. I tell him he’s my handsome prince! We also adopted another rescue dog to keep him company. While he grew attached to the cats, they don’t was to play as often as he does so he has his sister to play with.
He is a part of a big, happy family with lots of love to go around! He is my spoiled rotten, handsome prince!
|In May of 2012 I met a liver Dalmatian at OC Animal Care and instantly fell in love with the spotted girl. A couple of years earlier I had lost my first Dalmatian and was just waiting for the right spotted dog to come into my life. The 11 month old spotted girl with the big gold eyes became Ember and became part of my heart and family. |
When I first brought Ember home she was a little shy but you could tell she just wanted to please. I started taking Ember to obedience classes to work on her confidence and then we started in Agility. Ember never ceases to amaze me!
I’m grateful to OC Animal Care for the work they do! I don’t know anything about where Ember came from. I do know that it’s because of the work that OC Animal Care does that a lost Dalmatian was brought to the shelter – to safety. It’s because of the work they do that I became Ember’s fur-ever home and for that I am forever grateful!
|Dear OC Animal Care, |
I just wanted to send you guys a saying Merry Christmas from my heart to yours. In August, I came to your shelter and adopted “Sherman” his new name is “Morrie”, a little Cairn Terrier mix, age 7. I have struggled with an eating disorder for a long time and was just about at death’s door when Morrie and I met for the first time. While to everyone close to me, it seemed like the worst time for me to bring a pet into my life, I needed to take Morrie home with me as much as he needed to go home with me. I would soon have to leave him in the care of my parents so I could get the help I needed. But prior to me leaving and afterwards he had given me something to live for on the days that other reasons to do so didn’t feel like enough. We have since moved to Oregon to be closer to family. In an almost funny way, Morrie and I have both made leaps and bounds in getting healthier together. They say sometimes it is the littlest things that take up the biggest place in your heart and that is exactly what Morrie has done for me. Without all of you, none of these miracles would have happened. Thank you for brining such a wonderful companion into my world. I will forever be thankful to the entire OC Animal Care team and the holidays seemed like the perfect time to say it. Thank you for brining much needed hope into both of our lives. We will never forget you!
|I live up in Seattle and I recently adopted a dog that supposedly a bit of a handful at our local shelter. He instantly warmed up to me the moment I approached the cage and we've been buddies ever since. I ended up adopting him and he now lives a happy (pampered) life with a yard to play in and a warm bed (he loves to snuggle).|
His name is Rigley and was picked up by OC Animal Care around April/May of last year. He first went to Oregon and then made it up to Seattle where I adopted him. He was labeled as a Cairn Terrier/Chihuahua Mix around 4-5 years old. You may or may not remember him but I wanted to give you some good news....he's currently laying upside down snuggled up with me on the couch!
|I adopted Pookie on November 8, 2001 and he was a little over a year old. He passed away of a heart attack on January 7, 2014. Pookie never howled and he never begged, he was my best friend for 13 years.|
|We lost our beloved kitty about a year ago after 18 years with her. Cats, dogs and all animals are precious and adored members of our family. S we adopt Echo and Lillie. Lillie's owner passed away and Echo was a stray. Don't let anyone tell you that adopting an older cat is a mistake. It isn't at all. They are wiser and adapt well to love and attention as much as younger cats do. Our kitties did have colds when they arrived which is to be expected. After a few days of adjusting and medicine they have turned into such funny and lively members of the family. Lillie is more sedate whereas Echo is boisterous. They chase each other around the house and we laugh. Echo kisses and we laugh and they purr and we laugh! Our 17 month human baby boy is learning to be gentle. I am so happy we've done this. Adopting from OC Animal Care has brought such color into our home for not just the two cats but for the humans as well!|
|I just wanted to say thank you for our little kitty, Lucy. She came with that name and she fits that name perfectly. She was 3 months old when we got her...and she was so very happy when we picked her up a couple days later after she was fixed. She has been a blessing since day one! I have had many cats in my life but Lucy is one that stands out. Your facility must care for these kitties because she seemed so very loved already. She didn't have any issues...other than being a normal wild kitten. She has been getting bigger and has been getting into everything like a child would. She loves the otehr kitty in our home...although he's still warming up to her. He's 14 years old and she's just a ball of energy so they do their own thing...till bed time and I find them curled up together.|
I just wanted to thank all of the staff for her.
|I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful friend Toto is to me. She is at my side always and sleeps curled up next to me. She is extremely well behaved, house trained and comes when she is called. All and all perfect! Thank you for rescuing her and keeping her safe until we found each other! After losing two friends last year(both 14 years old) I thought I would never have another pet. Then I saw "Gretel" on the internet and fell in love. She has surpassed my expectations. I just can't say enough. Thank you once again!|
|Thank you for giving us Coco! Coco has motivated me to be more responsible. I couldn't love her more. Coco is an amazing dog-we are so happy to have her in our family!|
|I adopted two kittens from OC Animal Care last December. Their ID's were A1290851 and A1290850. I have since named them Nana and Aiko. They are both the sweetest cats I have ever encountered. They are happy and healthy and have grown so much since I have received them and have both vastly improved my quality of life. Everybody is so amazed at their sweet nature and how much they just want to hang out with people and cuddle. Literally the happiest cats I have ever met. So I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to adopt my two best friends and let you know they are in good hands. I hope you enjoy the picture, they sleep like this all the time!|
|My Angel Zoe |
My husband and I found our little angel at the OC Animal Care in Orange in November of 2013. We lost one of our hairy kids and in the search of finding her my husband saw Zoe for the first time and fell in love with her. After losing both of our hairy kids 2 days apart in November we decided to adopt Zoe. She has been a true blessing to our little family! Zoe is a playful, obedient dog that loves attention and food.
Please consider adopting a little angel if you can physically and financially. :)
|As we approach our 1 year anniversary of having Miss Olivia in our lives I wanted to share some of her musings through the year. She really is a special cat..so friendly..so cuddly..she really acts more like a dog than a cat. We love her!|
Best regards,Teri and Albert
|Annie was adopted on a very warm day. She was stressed when we left your shelter and needed 3 towels to absorb her saliva!! This wonderful girl made a rapid adjustment. Our other two rescue dogs welcomed her and she followed them around the house and fenced backyard to learn their routine. Although quiet initially, she is now a supper watch dog and very interactive. I often have to remind her to act her age. She will be seven next month, but behaves much younger than she looks. Annie keeps up with her much smaller friends when playing and relaxes with them as you can see in this photo.|
|I am a teacher in Newtown, CT. Last year our town suffered one of the worst tragedies imaginable. The first day back at school, we all wondered how we would make it through the day, and through the rest of the school year. Someone who was very brilliant arranged to have comfort dogs roaming our hallways that morning, and every day for the rest of the school year. I never fully appreciated the impact that an animal could have on a grieving human, but those dogs saved us, no question about it.|
|Dear all: |
When my wife and I started to look for a dog to adopt 6 months ago, we searched online and visited many SoCal animal care facilities. We found not only your website was the best in terms of accuracy but also you had a simple and friendly adoption process. In addition, your staff were knowledgeable and helpful to facilitate the selection and adoption.
|Eager to open our hearts and home to a new puppy, we wanted to go the adoptive route and save a puppy from one of our local animal shelters. When we came upon OC Animal Care, after just one visit, it was love at first sight! Olivia was in kennel number 174; 5 month-old stray found near the area, waiting for a loving home. When she became available for adoption Ron and I jumped to be one of the first ones in line to adopt. |
|I couldn’t ask for a better dog!! He can be a bit mischievous but he is the biggest and I mean the BIGGEST cuddle bug ever! He was scared of almost everything in the very beginning but he’s the happiest dog ever now! Tiger knows more than 20 sign language signs since I am deaf and only communicate with him through sign language. He’s also a service dog; he’s the most amazing baby boy! People say he’s a really smart dog. However; he needs a friend, so I’m considering adopting again. Thank you so much for Tiger! I love him more than anything!|
|When we visited, Betty, the staff member helped us a lot!! We adopted Sadie (her name at the shelter had been “Horseshoe”) that day! She needed some dental work which we took care of immediately. She loves her older sister Tiffany –that took a few months!! She has a fat tummy now!! And we love her so much! Thanks to your staff, she has a beautiful and loving home. She’s a real sweetie!!|
|The first night we brought Hunter home, he was very shy. As the days went by Hunter warmed up to me. He knows when I’m home and when he hears me hang up my keys he’ll come out from under the bed. Hunter has learned a lot in a short time and he is very good! Hunter is eating well, drinking water and knows how to use a cat litter box. I live with Debbie who is 100% disabled and I do everything to make Debbie and Hunter very happy. I am disabled also but I make sure Hunter and Debbie have a good home. We don’t have any kids which works at well and our apartment is small but Hunter doesn’t mind at all. At times he runs around and plays like a little kid! Hunter is our only cat and likes to sleep on the bed at night. He also likes playing with my beard, I look like Santa! Well thanks a lot!|
|Back in December my boyfriend and I adopted Boomer from The OC Animal Shelter. When we got him his fur was so long and ratty it had started to dred, he was owner relinquished because they said he was too hyper and was impossible to potty train. Boomer is now fully potty trained and has been for a few months. He loves walks and guarding the house while we are away. He is a playful pup but knows when mom and dad want to relax. On behalf of our little family, I would like to thank the Orange County Animal Shelter, as well as Boomer's previous owners for allowing us to have boomie brighten our day everyday. Thank you!|
|During the holiday season we stopped into the Shelter just to drop off Christmas treats for the dogs. My 11 year old son loves dogs and up until now we had never had one. We walked up and down the rows at least three times and kept stopping at the same kennel to talk to and pet “Michael.” He was a sweet Carin Terrier Mix in kennel #297, he looked sad and was the only dog not barking. He immediately stole our hearts and we asked to visit with him. He seemed very active and was happy to be out and around people. After about a second I knew this was the dog for us. After talking to the caretaker and asking a million questions about his breed and tendencies we went straight to the office to begin the adoption process. Mikey as he is better known now is such a sweet and loving little guy. He loves to be near you, loves his belly rubbed and will do just about anything for a treat. I never thought we were “dog people” but I can’t imagine our family without him!|
|When my husband and I found Nelly, she was such a blessing to our family. We had prayed that God would send us the right dog and he indeed did just that! She is a playful, spunky puppy who loves us very much. Even though we have only had her for about a month she is already very spoiled and knows that she is our only baby. We believe that she had some training previously because she was already potty trained and loves to be around people. She is such a delight to have in our home and every family member that has met her thus far cannot help but to fall in love with our baby. The day we were bringing her home, I could not stop crying because I was so blissfully happy that I would have a little someone to keep me company late at night while my husband was busy away at work. I realize that finding the right dog for your family takes time, but we were lucky with our little Nelly girl. The first shelter we tried and the first dog we played with in that playpen was just right for us!|
|I must have adopted the littlest dog out of the selections! I lost my Chihuahua/Russell on November 25, 2013 and the new one, Gracie is just like her twin! They have so many similarities its great! Gracie fits in so well, she is a great joy! Best watchdog, she loves me and my grandma who will be 89 this March. Every day she shows us more tricks: she is fast, jumps and walks on her hind legs. She even rides in the care great! I hope one day to get her a friend. I will be back again to choose another dog. Everyone was great the day I went to see her. I got to hold her, tell her I loved her and that she was going home with me! She’s gained a pound and half and is a beautiful girl!|
|We are writing to thank you for all you do! We have adopted three dogs from you over the years. Coco was our first dog who lived happily with us for nine years before passing on. |
Currently we have Pepper and Ginger...aka The Spice Girls who truly are our fur children! We got Pepper two years ago, and then last summer found Ginger who has become her friend and sister. They are together all the time, whether it's sleeping, playing or just hanging out.
I'm attaching a photo to show how happy they are together. They have found their forever home with us and we love them dearly! Thank you! Jeff and Beverly
|Roscoe was so scared initially that he had to be taken up the shelter ramp, he was shaking so badly! After two weeks he and his older sister have bonded and he is officially a part of the family! He has managed to tear up every dog toy including brand new ones in about 3 minutes - he loves squeakers! Roscoe has learned to sit and is working on stay. He enjoys going to the beach and has a great energy until it is time to sleep and then he knocks out. Thank you to the shelter for all you did to help this adoption go through!|
|I adopted “Max” form the shelter 2/15/14. He was quiet and gentle. He has a unique mask face. He had been there for one week after being returned from a previous adoption. He has been wonderful! Hi is shy but trust came with time and patience. The adoption process was easy and help with the dogs was simple. I would definitely recommend adopting at the shelter to others! |
|Day 91 of captivity or “cativity” as I say! My new mom bestowed on me, mind numbing treats and affection! I’ve been introduced to swordfish (Yay) and chicken (meh). My neighbor across the street welcomed me with two new cat toys and my mom’s BFF showed up with treats and a toy! Everyone enjoys playing with me, even the teenager! Even his buddies have time for a little playtime when they visit. I was panting during playtime my first couple of weeks, but now I can play on and on and on…|
|We found Bruno wandering the streets and took him to the shelter to be located by his family. After no one claimed him, we knew we couldn’t leave him there to chance so we went back and adopted him. That was in September 2012. He does look quite scary but he’s the cuddliest family friendly dog we have. He also thinks he’s a lap dog at 55 pounds! He has brought so much joy to our family, we really feel lucky that he marched into our lives. Dogs from shelters are the best!|
|I just wanted to let you know we LOVE Emma! She has proven to be a perfect companion for my Mom and Dad!|
|We adopted Mila the day before Thanksgiving. We were also hosting Thanksgiving this year! Thank goodness Mila was so social and friendly. It was a blast and she was a hit. We take her everywhere we go. She loves her beach bum lifestyle in San Clemente. Mila enjoys running on the beach trail, chasing the waves and making friends with other doggies! She also loves her two kitty sisters! Mila has already settled into her new home and we already can’t remember life without her!|
|My name is Benjamin. I’m a pit bull terrier. I was lost and running the streets in Anaheim. On Saturday, Sept, 21st a man stopped to help me. After spending time talking to me and trying to gain my trust he was able to get a leash on me. Even though I was very frightened I didn’t growl or bite. The man already has pets and was unable to take me home even though I knew he wanted to. Since I didn’t have a collar or name tag I had to go to the animal shelter in Orange.|
|This darling little mini pin puppy was in need of a loving home after being dumped. The adoption process was a positive experience for me. She is now 5 months old and is very smart. She has been a positive addition to my family. She is happy, healthy and goes to puppy day care twice a week and everyone tells me what a well-behaved fun loving dog I have!|
|My Wife and I began dropping donations after we lost our Bulldog in May. We had such a hole in our hearts after we lost our boy. In August 2013, we were walking through the kennels and we both decided we needed to pick up a blessing; that blessing, “Riley” is truly a Godsend. When we checked his adoption paperwork, it turns out his birthdate is the 29th, we had lost our Bulldog on the 29th as well (just 3 months earlier). We think it is fate and we are beyond thrilled. Riley now lives with Hansel and Gretel, he fits in perfectly! We know he lived his earlier years somewhere else but it feels to us like he has always been here. Thank you OCAC for giving us Riley and for helping us honor our beloved Bulldog in a very affirming way. |
|Dear Orange County Animal Care Employees! |
I wanted to tell you a little story you might find interesting. In October of 1984 I came to Los Angeles and started my new life. I am an animal lover and always wanted to have a dog, but since I worked a lot it couldn’t happen. In 1998 I became sick and couldn’t work anymore. On October 27, 2000 I went with a friend to several dog shelters and I found a 3 year old Pomeranian that caught my attention. It seemed like we were communicating with each other and I was so taken that I adopted him!
|Dear Orange County Animal Care: |
We wish to thank you for allowing us to adopt Maddie last year. She is very sweet, so smart and has been nothing but pure joy. We named her “Maddie” as a play on the word “matted” which was the condition of her coat when we met her. Upon coming home, we gently trimmed two pounds of matted hair off a dog only weighing 14 pounds. Groomed and cleaned up she seemed very relieved and was even cuter. We met Maddie only one week after we lost our two amazing dogs. She helped in our grieving and licked the tears away for many months and then again upon my mom’s passing in April. She helped save us during a very dark period.
|I used to live there at OC Pet Care with you in kennel 104. My number was A1066851. Thank you for taking care of me for two years, until my forever family could find me. I live in Madison, Wisconsin, now, with my two furry sisters, two furry brothers, my human boy, and his parents. I moved here yesterday, when my boy and his dad flew to Nebraska to pick me up from the lady who was keeping me, Mary Stickney.|
|My name is "Callie". I originally was name Madilyn. I had a sister named Sheila and a super nice foster mommy that took good care of me. I went to the OC Animal shelter and one day this pretty lady comes up to me with a huge smile on her face and I was instantly in love. She felt like my real mommy. She brought me home and there was tons of toys just for me! I made friends with a 3 year old cat and felt at home. I knew just then this is the family I want to be with for the rest of my life. I have so much fun at my new home and love my family lots and lots. I couldn't ask for a better home. Thanks OC Animal Shelter for giving me a chance!|
|We are coming up on our one year anniversary since we adopted Gabby and Oscar. They were named for the 2012 Olympic participants who fired our imagination, stirred our inspiration and ultimately captured our hearts. Our beautiful little caramel and vanilla Shih-tzu, Gabby, is small but mighty, holding her own with the much larger, more active, handsome black cocker, Oscar.|
We are having such an adventure with these two. I didn't expect 35 pound Oscar to be a lap dog - 11 pound Gabby was supposed to be! Gabby prefers to be at my feet while Oscar curls up in my lap. Gabby sleeps in her bed on the floor while Oscar manages to find a place on our bed. If my husband can't sleep, Gabby follows him to his recliner in our living room. Then she comes in the bedroom at first light to wake Oscar and I by talking to us and jumping up on my side of the bed.
I recommend pet adoption to anyone willing to share their love and home. It truly make a house a home!
|I find it hard to believe that we have had Cooper with us for almost one year. We took him Home on 4/26/12. He adjusted very rapidly and investigated our home room by room. Cooper was soon to sleep with me at night on my bed and became very protective of me. We hope that Cooper will be with us for many years to come.|
|On January 28, 2013 a lady came to the shelter and now I have a new home with a nice years, new toys, new beds and a kind and loving home. I call the lady "mom" and she named me Darby. I'm happy and safe. Bottom line: She Adopted me! Love to all - Darby and Mom|
We regularly try to make trips to the OC Shelter to take treats, greet and help network dogs on Facebook. We are usually interested in the older dogs and have previously rescued 4 seniors from Boxer rescue. After we lost our dog "Bugsy" to cancer at Christmas, he left behind his best friend "Valentino", who was very heartbroken. We hesitated for a while to let Valentino grieve, however we began to notice he was lonely and stopped playing as much, so one day we were making a local shelter trip, we came across a very sad female boxer - Mercedes - now Cannoli.
|We adopted Cali from the OC Animal Shelter. The entire staff of the OC Animal Care Center were all so gracious in helping us find the perfect dog for our family! Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who dedicate their time to taking care of all the animals at the OC Animal Care center!|
|I'm 9 years old and I was born in 2003. I adopted my dog 4 months ago. He is very cute and fun to play with. I just can't believe I got him from the pound. Even though he sometimes barks, I still love him. START or KEEP adopting!|
|Dante joined me, my husband and our dog shadow's family on December 3, 2011. Not only have they become the best of friends, but Shadow and Dante are utterly inseparable. Dante is the most delightful, loving, easy to train and fun dog we could ever have hoped for. Dante wakes up the whole family every morning with kisses just so he can cuddle in the middle of us. We couldn't be more grateful for such a wonderful dog and we thank you for keeping him safe and caring for him until we could.|
|Thank you so much! I was able to adopt Pino Meow just over a year ago from the OC Animal Shelter! You guys definitely helped in puting us together! Pinot is a great cat! She cuddles, chats with me and is very playful. I could not have asked for a better cat! She is growing and is healthy and happy - she has doubled her weight since adoption! She is a very friendly cat and purrs all the time! You guys do amazing work! Keep it up! And thank you again for helping me to find my "furry" child!|
|We adopted Molly, a beautiful one year old female pit bull about two months ago. At first, we were hesitant about adopting a pit bull, due to all the negative publicity but after talking to some of the staff and a volunteer, we felt comfortable adopting Molly.|
|I had to put my precious dog Hannagh to sleep in February. I was sad to have to let her go, but I found comfort in the fact that I was able to open my heart and home to another shelter dog in need of a good home. I was able to adopt a wire-haired Dachshund mix from OC Animal Care in March. She looks like a cross between a Dachshund and a Norfolk Terrier. She is adorable and I named her Annie because she looks like a little ragamuffin and she was sort of an orphan since she was homeless. Weighing in at just 14 pounds, this makes her the smalles dog I ever adopted. While Annie isn't very big in size, her Terrier-like temperament has made her a challenge at times. She seems to think that she is bigger than she is, sometimes to her detriment and for the most part has gotten along well with my other dog Katie (adopted in 2000). Thanks for letting me adopt these precious pups!|
|Cindy is a cat. She is over 7 years old. She is fat. She is black. Talk about having everything against her on top of being in a shelter. Yesterday we adopted her. First, we applaud OC Animal Care for keeping their cats as long as possible in their facility. Because of your program, 3 months later and this senior kitty found a home! Senior cats are so much better than kittens. She is potty trained, behaviorally appropriate, climbs and claws at nothing. She's in her prime mellow life, just looking for love! A fabulous new addition to our family made possible by your extended program! Thank you!|
|I just wanted to first of all say thank you for all that you do for these animals. They deserve to be safe and loved. I’ve had two successful adoptions so far from your facility and I wanted to share my story in hopes that it will encourage somebody else to realize what wonderful dogs you can find in a shelter.|
|I just wanted to send an email to express my gratitude to OC Animal Care. I know most people are not happy to see the "dog catcher." In fact, in the past, I've not always appreciated seeing the trucks driving around but I definitely have a different viewpoint now.|
|I got a cat a couple years ago from the OC Animal Care shelter, named Buffy, who I absolutely loved. She was fancy, fussy, and the best cat in the world. Last year, my poor Buffy got spinal cancer and passed away. It was harder than I ever imagined it would be to lose her.|
|This is a story of my adoption in April 2006. I went to the shelter in April, 2006 to help my sister look for a pup. I already had two dogs and was not looking for another.|
|Just a little over four months ago, I came into your facilities looking for a dog for my house in Manhattan Beach. After about 15 minutes of walking around, I happened to pass by kennel #342, where a seven month old male Pit Bull puppy caught my eye.|
|I adopted my beautiful cat, Sebastian, from the Orange County Animal Shelter in July 1993 and I can’t imagine my life without him. I fell in love with him the minute I saw him at the shelter and spontaneously started calling him Sebastian—the name just came to me on the spot and suits him perfectly.|
|On August 31, 2006, there were two dogs at the animal shelter that our family was interested in. We didn't want an older dog or a male dog. Both dogs were 15 months old and males.|
As we were visiting a tri-color Australian shepherd mix, the other German shepherd was being adopted. Well, what a blessing that was. Our dog, now named Derby, has been a joy.
|I adopted my 1 year old cat named Sasha from the O.C. Animal Shelter on 1/8/08. She is truly a delight and the best pet I have ever had.|
|In October, I adopted a very matted Maltese female thought to be about five years old. Well, we got off to a little bit of a rocky start as she had not been properly housebroken and did not know how to use a doggie door.|
About six months after our LuLu had passed, we decided our Annie needed a brother/sister. I wanted to rescue a dog, so one Saturday about a year and a half ago, I went over to the OC Animal Shelter.
We fell in love with a little six year old terrier mix we named Buddy. He has become the apple of my eye.
|It was love at first site when I visited the Orange County shelter and saw little Bailey.|
|I would like to share my story of adopting two dogs from your shelter. “Lucky” and “Katie” had been adopted by a woman from Fullerton and she unexpectedly passed away in October leaving the dogs homeless. A caring friend rescued them and brought them back to your shelter where they stayed for over one month pending notification of relatives.|
|Back in Aug. 2007, the county had confiscated 80 different pets from a pet shop in Santa Ana. One of them was an eight week old Maltese that was dehydrated, very sick and probably would have died if the shelter didn't take him away from the pet store owner.|
|After losing our dear black lab, "Molly," I didn't feel the love would ever come back for another pet. I was fortunate to have Molly for 15 years and her last six months she was fighting cancer but everyday with us was a blessing.|
|It was Christmas 2006, and I knew all I wanted was a dog, to save a life. Our "family" had grown to include a rabbit, cat, bird, two lizards, and even a tarantula. We knew the right dog would complete our family. But it had to be the RIGHT dog, not just any old shelter dog. We were hesitant to go to the shelter because we knew once there, we would feel obligated to take one home and we could not take the risk of it being the wrong dog.|
|We were happy to find these two sisters from the same litter at Animal Care Services. It didn’t take very long for them to adopt us as their new home and loving owners.|
|I’ve had Patch for over two months now and things have been great! My husband is currently deployed and I wanted a companion while he’s away. I was hesitant to adopt a cat because I’ve never owned a cat. My impression of sheltered cats was that they are very anti-social because most are feral. Not to mention, there are two dogs in our house that belong to my brother. Despite all that, I went for it anyway.|
|We adopted Hazel as a Christmas present, but she's so much more! She has become a part of our family and her sweet-but-silly personality comes out more each day.|
|It was pretty difficult for our family to adopt a new dog. We lost our Schnauzer, Gizmo, after having him for sixteen years. We decided to try again with a new dog and were pleasantly surprised with our new little friend, Chip.|
|When we decided to move forward with adopting a kitten, I was convinced we had to rescue one through the animal shelter. As I walked through all the cages, my heart was drawn to this little white kitten, scared and needing a home. I was told he was going to need a lot of patience at the beginning as he did not adapt well to the shelter environment… I knew we had to adopt him and get him out of the shelter environment and into our home!|
|We adopted Gracie from the OC Animal Shelter in April of 2006. She was very timid the first few weeks; dealing with new surroundings, people, and a respiratory infection (she could not smell her food and was becoming dangerously underweight). After antibiotics, gaining weight, and becoming acclimated with her environment, she has become a wonderful addition to our family.|
|Well, if anyone had told me I could love a dog so much I would have laughed! I have never had a dog and I did not want one, more so because I feel if you have a dog it has to be part of the family and loved like a family member. My girls have begged me for years to get a dog; they are eight and ten years old. For the past four months I have been taking care of my niece form England who has cancer, and has been staying with me. She is the one that said “Let’s go to the pound!”|
|Abbey, our five year old daughter, was asking for a dog for a very long time. She decided that she wanted a Chihuahua because they are small enough for her to carry. We found the animal shelter in Orange County. Abbey looked at all of the dogs and chose Tootsi (Gypsy in the shelter).|
|Almost a year ago, my Chihuahua named Peppy, who I had for seven years was hit by an approaching car and died. This was a great loss for my husband and I. Even though we knew we couldn’t replace Peppy, we decided shortly after that we wanted to get another dog. This time instead of going out to the pet store and buying one, we chose to adopt one.|
|About a year ago I found myself lost. I couldn't find anyone I knew anywhere. Then a very nice person invited me into their truck and took me to jail. Jail isn't so bad. There are lots of nice people to talk to and lots of other dogs there. I even saw some chickens and heard some cats. But still, I was looking for someone to take me home.|
|One week after our beautiful Akita Shepherd mix was hit and killed, we were determined not to let the sorrow we felt over losing her overwhelm us. We realized that the best way to honor her was to save another animal in need. So on March 11, 2007, we made our way to the shelter to do just that.|
|On October 24th I adopted Fisher, a young female Jindo and German shepherd mix. She is such a great dog; I must say the joy of my life. I can’t wait to get home everyday to be with her.|
|After adopting another dog less than a year ago, the Lovchik Family was back unexpectedly. We were at the right place at the right time when we adopted Sophie Girl. Sophie was in a kennel with two other siblings. The puppies were only 12 weeks old.|
|For as far back as I can remember, all my life I have prayed to have my very own dog, and thanks to Orange County Animal Care Shelter my prayers have been answered. After searching through rescue organizations without luck, my uncle suggested that we take some time to visit your shelter.|
|We adopted a beautiful Pit bull mix a month ago and couldn't be happier with our new puppy, Sunny! She has the sweetest, happiest personality and has become a real joy in our lives.|
|Thank you. Toby is an absolutely delightful little guy. He is full of curiosity and playfulness and, given room, he can reach 50 miles and hour faster than a bullet.|
|Our son and his family adopted Sally on July 31, 2007. |
|I was not planning on getting a black cat but after passing this little black cat, so scrawny and hairless where she shouldn't be hairless. I noticed she seemed especially alert, munching on her vittles, and not really dismayed by her sad surroundings. I put my finger in the cage and she immediately went to lick it and I thought to myself this is the cat for me.|
|Mack (was known as Ricky at the shelter) has been a great companion. We have had him for a month and a half and have already house trained him on his own. He has a lot of energy and loves attention. There were so many other dogs that I would have loved to taken home, but Mack seemed to be the right size and breed to live comfortably with us.|
|After losing our beloved Bailey, our dog, Hana, was lost and so lonely. I asked my husband to go and find a dog from your facility. I had two children under age three and had no desire for a puppy. My husband found Annie and she has been the perfect addition to our family.|
|In 2000, I was ready to adopt a new dog and I knew I'd find my new friend at the Orange County shelter—so many nice dogs to choose from! I found the one for me and, oddly enough, my boyfriend picked him without knowing which one I'd selected on the website the night before! The 5-month old pup, black, grungy, and matted from the lack of love, selected us. We named him "Grizzly" due to his large size and bear-like walk..|
|In Oct. of 2006, I rescued a 3-month old kitten from the OC Animal Shelter that I named Boo. He was one of three brothers who were brought in as strays. |
|My roommate and I adopted a cat from your shelter and we immediately fell in love with her. |
|I adopted Oreo in January of 2007. She only has 3 legs, but sometimes she is stronger than me. |
|My son and I took quite a long time trying to find the perfect dog. We looked for a year before we finally found Lucky Girl. She was a sweet and very timid Chihuahua mix at Orange County Animal Care Shelter. Unfortunately, Lucky Girl decided that no one would be allowed near us. We had to take her back on Easter Sunday. My son's heart was broken and he cried the entire way to OCACS. I sent him to look at the dogs while I took care of Lucky Girls paperwork and made sure that she was given an opportunity to try and find another home.|
|Me and my husband went to the pound just to visit the dogs that were their and look around. |
|We had recently lost our beautiful little Buster, our 6 year old Tabby cat, who was truly a member of our family. After exhausting our search for Buster, we sent out over 400 flyers and putt a full page ad in a local paper (I know pretty crazy!) |
|Adopting a dog from the shelter is not always the easiest way to acquire an animal, but I've adopted two now in the last five years and I’ve been very happy with both. |
|I got this wonderful cat (Heff) March 7, 2007. I was told he didn't like being held, which in fact he does.|
|Hi, my name is Xena. I came to the shelter as a very skinny stray puppy. On Valentine's Day I met my new family.|
|It had been 2 months since my beloved red tabby Christopher was missing. So after much thought, I went to Petco and bought cat toys, food, treats, a litter box, dishes, a brush, scratching posts; the whole 9 yards.|
|We came to the shelter on May 1st. So we named our 6 month old Labrador retriever mix puppy Mayday! We had lost 2 of our beloved pets in the last 3 months- one to lymphoma and one to congestive heart failure. |
|This is the best kitty in the whole wide world! We came to the shelter to look for a kitten, although we were a bit early for "kitten season." We had previously put our cat (Rudy) to sleep because he had cancer.|
|I came to the Animal Care Services Center to find a new dog after my very old dog had passed away. |
|My husband's much loved 10 year old dog passed away last year and I have never owned a dog. We were originally all set on a small dog a pug or a Boston terrier and ended up falling in love with a 2yr old black chowchow. |
|We adopted Dixie from the Shelter on March 19, 2006 and we cannot believe how much of a part of our lives she has become. I say we, but really she was adopted by my 18 year old son, Ryan. I fell in love with her in minutes even though I didn't want to; we cannot imagine our life without her. |
|We adopted our King Lear Bubbaz on 12/27/2006 from the shelter. He was the first furry child we adopted as a couple, and he remains the King of our hearts to this day. Since we adopted him, we have adopted another male cat and two female puppies, all of which he reigns over. |
|If the adage about cats and nine lives holds true, this lucky feline is on round 2. The black-and-white male kitten was rescued unhurt after it got trapped in a storm drain near El Camino Real and West Drive in Tustin. Firefighters used power saws and drills borrowed from a nearby Home Depot to open a manhole cover to gain access to the animal.|
|My son and I are amazed at our recent adoption from the OC Animal Care Center, Roscoe. This little pit mix boy is just an angel- I mean PERFECT manners.|
|Hello. My name is Rosie. It's taken me awhile to get around to this, but I was adopted on April 29th, 2006, the four month anniversary of my stay at the shelter. |
|Dear Amanda (foster mommy),|
I am doing great and I love my new home. I have lots of room to run around and hunt for my mice.
|We adopted Toby in Jan 2005 at the Orange animal Shelter. I had been looking for about 2 months for our new addition, but had not found our special one! We walked by Toby's kennel but he stayed huddled in the back scared to death. We called to him and he slowly came and greeted us. |
|We adopted Hoppity (now Buster) almost a year ago as a companion to our girl Toby.|
|I would just like to take a moment to share our story. My fiancée and I adopted Pickle in October. |
|In April of 2006 my husband and I were moving and we had just adopted a dog named Petie. Petie was terrified of our cat Bonkers so we decided to go and find him a companion that could keep him company. I visited shelters after shelters but couldn't find a dog that I had a connection to. After about a month I was starting to give up until I happen to walk past a little white pit bull puppy. |
|I used to be known as A0743537 when I was in your care earlier in 2006. Luckily for me, I was adopted and have a proper name now; Lolli! I also have two parents who love me to death and a new husband, Gonzo!|
|My husband and I had been looking for a chocolate Cocker Spaniel for 6 months. We checked out pet shops and online websites for available puppies. Unfortunately, not only were they expensive, but buying a puppy required much more time than we could give.|
|We adopted our puppy from Orange County Animal Care in the summer of 2006. She has been an absolute joy to our family. Our granddaughter named her Umeda, which means Japanese Plum Flower. |
|I had wanted a dog for a very long time. However, I traveled a lot and didn't think that my husband and I could take care of a dog. One weekend I decided to go to the shelters again to see some lovely dogs not thinking that I was going to go home with one. I had checked out the available pets on line the day before. I saw a frightened yellow lab that is later named "Max."|
|I received an adopted pet from your shelter as a gift and he has turned out to be an amazing friend and a huge part of my family. I received Whiskie the mini schnauzer back in August from my best friend. She called me at work and told me to come home immediately. When I did there was this little man in the bathroom waiting for me. I bent down to pick him up and got a million kisses!|
|Hi OC Animal Shelter!|
This is Moya ( the larger shepherd, from OC shelter ) with her new puppy friend Luna (from GSROC), do you remember Moya from 2004 (A639615)? I spotted her in your shelter and just couldn't believe my eyes. She leaned into the cage door and when I reached in to pat her with a few fingers she shuttered with delight, then I asked her about her tennis ball someone left in her cage and she immediately ran to give it to me.
|In March of 2006 we lost our beloved bunny to old age. My three girls were heart-broken, as was I. Since we had rescued our sweet bunny from the streets, we knew that our next bunny would be one that needed rescuing, too. |
|I adopted this rat, Lukka, from the animal shelter as a cage mate for my other rat. I originally saw the rat on the website and noticed he was pointed like a Himalayan (a color pattern I'd been looking for) and couldn't pass it up. |
|My adoption story happened 5 years ago, when I went to the shelter (the ONLY place to find a pet) to find a dog after I had to have my sealyham terrier (also from a shelter in San Diego) put down.|
|We recently purchased a dog from the animal shelter in August of 2006. We had another dog and felt he may get lonely outside and need a friend and that is exactly what Wally is!|
|First, thank you to the animal shelter for rescuing us and keeping us safe until our new parents found us! Our names are "Chloe" and "Cosmo Kramer" (Cosmo is on the right in the picture) and we were rescued on June 1st, 2006 by our loving new parents. |
|About three months ago we adopted a dog from Animal Care Services. A Jindo mix that we named "Jindow." I wanted to thank you for this precious gift and let you know that he is a joyand all the happiness he has brought into our home is indescribable!|
My wife, Linda, and I adopted Missy, a 5-year-old Black Lab mix, from the ACC on Aug. 27, 2002. Linda had been asking for about a year if we could get a dog and I finally agreed.
|Remember us? We adopted Buddy around April 1st, 2006… We wanted to thank you for all the care you showed to us and especially to Buddy. Since we brought him home, we have renamed him "Sergeant." We wanted to give all of you an update on how he is doing. We brought Sergeant home on a Thursday and noticed that he was not feeling so well. |
|My three children – ages 17, 9 and 4 - have wanted a pet as long as I can remember, but my husband didn't want the "mess or inconvenience" of having a pet. After visiting the Animal Shelter one day, I went home and told my husband that I’d found the perfect dog and listed all of her positive attributes: small, short-haired, affectionate, happy, energetic. He then listed all of the reasons he didn’t want a dog: a dog will bark all night, dig up the flowerbeds, the kids will ignore it, and “it will just be more work for me.” So we took a vote.|
|Thank you for taking care of me while I was there at the shelter. I am a red Miniature Pinscher and was adopted on April 30, 2003. I recently celebrated my 5th birthday with a cake from Three Dog Bakery.|
|A brief update on Gypsy, adopted April 4, 2006. We just wanted to let you know that Gypsy is a dream pet.|
|Two weeks into the New Year (2006) our beloved dog passed away due to several health issues. I am a caregiver for a wonderful senior citizen, who has loved and cared for animals all her life. The emptiness in our hearts and in the house was huge.|
|My name is Cicero. I had been under the OC Animal Shelter's care back in November of 2005; at that time I was about 7 months old. I don’t remember much of my time that was spent there, but I can try to catch you up to speed on what has happened since I was adopted!|
|On October 20, 2005, I brought Diva home from the Orange County Animal Care Center. This 5-year-old Belgian Sheepdog (mix) immediately became the alpha dog of the yard and my 10-year-old yellow Labrador still doesn't know what to make of her.|
|My kids and I had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Stanley. We loved him so much. One day, when he was only four years old, he literally coughed once or twice, then rolled over and passed away. The vet said that he must have had a heart abnormality and had a massive heart attack. We were really devastated, especially as he was so young and it was so sudden.|
|My grandmother and I both had an empty space in our hearts after recently losing our beloved "Tekla" a beautiful black Labrador Retriever. We finally made the decision to bring another friend home to become a part of our family, so we headed on down to Orange County Animal Care.|
|My grandmother and I both had an empty space in our hearts after recently losing our beloved "Tekla" a beautiful black Labrador Retriever. We finally made the decision to bring another friend home to become a part of our family, so we headed on down to Orange County Animal Care.|
|We adopted a Border Collie mix named "Tubbs" from a rescue organization when he was just 4 months old in December of 2004. Tubbs was extremely lonely after his friend “Reese” had to leave us, so we figured we needed to get him a friend, and thought that there would be no better place than the OC Animal Shelter!|
|I am writing to thank you for Spike who I adopted on December 11, 2005. I absolutely love this guy! He is so beautiful and has a lovely temperament. Spike is well mannered, social, and very gentle. I feel so lucky to have been able to bring him into my home and provide a warm bed for him to sleep on.|
|Dear Friends, |
If you had a choice between a dog and $500 which would you choose?
|My husband and I lost our cat of 15 years on Christmas day. The vet we took her to made us promise we would come to the shelter and at least look and some of the cats. I am really glad we did.|
I want to thank you for finding me a new home… it is just perfect. I now live in the country with lots of room to play. I have enclosed some pictures so you can see for yourselves.
|Two years ago I adopted two six-month-old kittens from your shelter. They are the best of friends and play every day together.|
|I have had the pleasure of this dog's company for over a year after picking her up from the OC shelter on City Drive last September. I could not believe such a beautiful, intelligent and sweet dog was just discarded by someone.|
|I adopted Jack a month ago from your shelter and wanted to let you know how much fun we are having together! He is the smartest, sweetest, friendliest, and most trainable dog I could have ever hoped for.|
|I am so very happy that I decided to take "Brandy" home with me. I had been doing research for about two years, trying to make a decision on getting a dog. I had been reading a lot about how much exercise and attention dogs require, and I wanted to be sure my husband and I would be able to devote the time needed.|
|Star came into the Care Center as a stray. She had a terrible skin infection. We had to shave her to treat her. Golden Retriever Rescue of Greater LA adopted her. After two months of treatment, she found a forever home|
|I wanted to take the time to write you all and update you on the status of my little Maltese mix that I adopted from you guys on March 5th, 2005. As you can see from his before photo, he was terribly neglected. I owe a great deal to your on site veterinarian, Dr. Manclark who went to great lengths to test him and talk to me before agreeing that he get adopted out to the public.|
|We found "Daisy May" all alone on the streets dirty, hungry, and thirsty back in August 2005. She did not have any visible identification, nor were there any signs posted in or around the neighborhood in which we found her.We held on to her for three days before deciding to contact the county shelter. |
|Dear OC Animal Care,|
I just wanted to take a few moments to share with you a lovely success story. Last June, my brother-in-law was flitting through a newspaper when he saw a picture of "Luther", an Airedale mix. What caught his eye was the dogs face was very reminiscent of another dog, my 17-year old Airedale mix, Eddie Valentino. My beloved friend I have cherished since he was 6-weeks old.
|We had no plans of getting a dog when we found and adopted Bailey, a 6-month old chocolate Lab and German Shorthair Pointer mix in march 2002. Jennifer, who works at UCI medical center, saw her picture on the web site one day, and decided to walk over to the Animal Care Center to see her in person. She immediately impressed us, she was so sweet and energetic at the shelter, and we just had to take her home.|
|My husband and I had recently lost one of our two cats. We missed her terribly. A friend, and fellow pet-lover, said something that got us to thinking. She said, "You know you can never replace her, but there are so many animals out there that need your special kind of love." She had adopted a dog herself that was nearing the date for euthanasia at a local humane society. She had also earlier adopted a cat at the same facility. We weren't sure we were ready to get another cat. But, she had been talking about the benefits of a dog, as had a neighbor. We had always owned just two or three cats at a time. After a few weeks, I went on the Internet web site recommended by this friend to see what animals were available. I looked at both cats and dogs and saw this adorable llaso apso.|
|It was about 8-9 years ago that I visited your adoption center. My purpose was to see if I could find a cat. I spent a couple of hours looking around and didn't really see what I wanted. Then I saw this cage sitting off by itself. It was labeled "available now". I must have walked by it several times and didn't notice it.|
|We adopted a one year old husky mix from your facility two weeks ago and could not be happier. He is so sweet and such a ray of sunshine around the house.|
|I just wanted to let you know Hunter named the puppy Maggie. She shook the whole way home. I felt so bad for her being away from her siblings for the first time. As soon as she saw Zach (my yellow lab) her tail wagged and she stopped shaking. They kissed a couple of times and she has been fine ever since. She slept part of the night in the bathroom and part in bed|
with Hunter. No indoor accidents. She lets us know when she wants to go out. Incredible little girl. Very smart!
|"I would like to thank OC Animal Care for their assistance in finding a lost pet. In December 2000 my neighbor's dog, Kacey, got out and we searched around the neighborhood. We all went home in disappointment after not being able to find Kacey. I went home that night wishing there was a way to find her. |
|(Orange, CA) Animal Care Center officials say the number of pets they've been able to return has risen over the past year. Gibi flew home Tuesday, the lucky dog. A big, 11-year-old, terrier- style mutt from Oregon, Gibi got lost last week while vacationing with his family in Anaheim. |
I wanted to write you a letter to say "Thank-You" and let you know "Mikie" aka Solomon is doing great. He is a blessing, and I am very thankful to have been the one who got the chance to bring him home.
|"We just wanted to thank you for our wonderful new dog. We named her Lucy and she loves her new big back yard. She sleeps with the boys every night."|
|I just wanted to update you on the last dog that CARE brought down to San Juan from your facility. You helped me photograph her so that we could find her a foster home, "Lady Alone" (right photo). It sure worked, we found her one right away.|