OC Animal Care does not allow the public to walk freely throughout the kennels. Adoptions are made for a specific animal at the time.
In order to clean and attend to all kennels and animals properly, OC Animal Care needs to hire more kennel attendants.
Some of the dogs at OC Animal Care are not being walked on a daily basis, nor are they receiving any enrichment or behavioral training
With state-of-the-art medical suites, OC Animal Care refuses to provide spay or neuter services for the residents of the cities they serve.
OC Animal Care stopped their TNR (Trap,Neuter,Return) program in March of 2020. Since then, the cat population has increased to an unmanageable size.
OC Animal Care is labeling dogs as “behavior” and euthanizing them without a strongly executed plan to help the dogs recover from their fear, stress, and anxiety.
Everyday litters of kittens are listed with a 5:00 PM deadline unless there is a rescue or foster available to take them.
OC Animal Care says they are not allowing the public in to avoid the dogs being stressed. Doesn't staying in the shelter longer without human interaction make their stress worse?
Healthy cats and kittens over 2 lbs are not being accepted at OC Animal Care - They are telling residents to put them where they found them or contact rescue groups.
Activists Demand Changes at Orange County Animal Care Shelter
Reporter Urooj Naveed interviewed OCAC's management, the OC Board of Supervisors Chairman, animal activists, independent rescuers, and OCAC volunteers. The full story will be available in the paper's September issue. Cameraman: Adrian Meza
Reporters: Urooj Naveed, Saskia Kennedy
Edited by: Urooj Naveed
Adoptions are by appointment only, for a specific animal that must first be selected from the OCAC website. Interactions between members of the public and animals are currently allowed only IF a potential adopter secures a supervised appointment.
Successful, permanent adoptions often occur through the spontaneous connections between people and animals and this selection process can only happen on-site with a true open-door walk-in policy.
OC Animal Care says on their PR and on their website that WALK-INS are WELCOME but what that actually means is that people are welcome to walk-in to make an appointment on a computer in the lobby, and to select a specific animal they want to see. They are not allowed to freely roam the campus as they had before 2020. Potential adopters should be allowed to walk around freely and take the time they need to find and connect with the right pet for them.
OC Animal Care is proud to report the save rate for 2021 was 94.81% for dogs - That does not mean the number of dogs adopted. The percentage of dogs actually adopted (some to the public some to rescue groups) was 37.8%. They also transferred 16.8% to other shelters and agencies.
Orange County is one of the wealthiest counties in California, yet there is no county spay and neutering service being provided for the community. Most other counties and cities have such programs because they understand the importance of spay and neutering. Why doesn't Orange County offer that service? OC Animal Care services 14 cities within the county, which amounts to almost 2 million residents. Why is there no service being offered to spay and neuter for free or truly at a low cost?
Please send an email to the OC Board of Supervisors and every agency in between them and OC Animal Care. Let them know what the problems are and demand OC Animal Care is put on the agenda for discussion
Please submit a letter of Public Concert with the OC Grand Jury about the current situation at OCAC.
Please fill out this complaint form. We need to let everyone know how unhappy we are.