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About Us


People love pets. They're cute, cuddly and fun! But having a pet involves much more than just love. There's a huge commitment involved; pets need food and water, medical care and lots of attention. Unfortunately, with all of these responsibilities, many people find that they are in over their heads. The result is a large number of unwanted pets. That's where OC Animal Care comes in. We take in thousands of dogs, cats, bunnies and other pets in Orange County each year! In addition to the daily feed, shelter and medical care provided to each pet at our shelter, OC Animal Care strives to be proactive in placing pets by offering monthly adoption events, working with hundreds of nonprofit rescue groups and encouraging our community members to become volunteers and foster caretakers.

OC Animal Care promotes: responsible pet ownership; health and safety of people and animals and spay/neuter programs. OC Animal Care provides temporary shelter and medical care for "lost" owned or stray animals and opportunities for adoption of these animals. OC Animal Care houses and provides medical care for impounded dogs, cats and exotic animals.

The Care Center provides pet licensing and patrol services to 14 contract cities and all the unincorporated areas of the County.


OC Animal Care provides services to the following cities




Fountain Valley


Villa Park

Huntington Beach


Lake Forest



Yorba Linda

San Juan Capistrano

Santa Ana (Shelter Services Only)

Unincorporated Areas


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

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

  • Promoting low-cost spaying/neutering through our network of Orange County low-cost spay neuter clinics

  • Increasing adoptions and shelter visitors by hosting monthly in-shelter adoption events

  • Participating in large scale adoption events in our communities

  • Providing public education at community fairs and festivals

  • Reducing euthanasia by increasing adoption partners and foster families

  • Increasing the number of animals protected against rabies and other diseases with low-cost monthly vaccination clinics

  • Encouraging responsible pet ownership through expanded public awareness and humane education

  • Actively promoting our animals and services using social media and traditional media outlets

We do not euthanize for space or time. Sick animals may be moved into isolation, placed in temporary foster care or promoted to our network of nonprofit rescue adoption partners. Animals that have behavior problems or are not doing well in the shelter may be placed in foster care, but are generally promoted to our network of adoption partners as well. We work very hard with our adoption partners, who take animals from us to evaluate, rehabilitate and place into new forever homes.

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Additional Information:

OC Animal Care Fact Checker