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Pet Adoption Information

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Adoptions by Appointment

OC Animal Care is open for adoptions by appointment and continues to provide essential services to the public. Our appointment-based adoption program enables our team to provide personalized service, eliminate long lines, and reduce adopter frustration.  The enhanced experience will allow potential adopters to visit with and adopt animals in a way that is practical and positive while maintaining animal health and wellbeing. 

To make an appointment call (714) 935-6848. 
Call center hours are 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding government holidays.

COVID-19 Guidelines

OC Animal Care is following the guidelines of the OC Health Care Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We strongly encourage those who are experiencing symptoms, have knowingly been exposed, or are considered high-risk at contracting COVID-19 to postpone any adoptions at this time. As defined by the CDC, high-risk populations include older adults (ages 65 and higher) as well as people who have serious, chronic medical conditions (like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease). Thank you for your cooperation in helping protect your safety and the safety of our staff and shelter pets at this time.


What are the steps to adoption at OC Animal Care?

Thank you for choosing to adopt! Here are a few easy steps to complete your adoption:

1. View Our Available Pets

Visit the Adoptable Pets page on our website and select one of our available pets. Available pets have met the minimum required retention period allowed for owners to have their pet returned to them and have been made available for adoption.


2. Call Our Main Line to Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an adoption appointment, call our main line at (714) 935-6848. Please have the Animal ID# ready for any specific animal you might be interested in. (Animal ID#s can be found in the animal’s bio on our Adoptable Pets page)


3. Visit The Pet You're Interested In

All adopters must visit with the pet they are considering with a scheduled appointment prior to completing the adoption process. Our staff will evaluate the visit and help you determine if this is the right pet for you by providing more information about the pet. We are currently asking all adopting parties to be limited to 5 individuals at a time. Additionally, we do not hold available pets for adoption. Adoptions will continue to be first come first serve.


4. Complete the Adoption Process with an Adoption Counselor

Once you have completed your visit, you will be directed to our Adoption Center to complete the adoption process. You must pay all applicable fees and will be provided necessary paperwork. If your newly adopted pet has to stay for surgery, you will be required to return to the Animal Care Center when notified that your animal is ready for pick-up.


5. Give Your New Animal Friend Time to Adjust

Your new animal friend will take time to adjust to their new home, so make sure to be patient and allow them the space and time necessary to get used to their new environment. Adjustment periods may vary and can even take up to eight weeks or more, depending on the animal.