Orange County Animal Services


Rating: 4.3

Average rating from 18 reviews.

(4.3 out of 5, based on 18 reviews)


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Rating: 2

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posted 6 years ago

I have adopted 3 dogs from here because of my strong belief in not buying any pets. However, each time I've adopted from this place I've had problems. I commend the SPCA because they have hard working volunteers and operate only on donations. OCAS on the other hand, I guess, doesn't care because no matter how badly they treat the dogs, the still get funded by the government each year. This is not to discourage anyone from adopting here because I love my dogs but it is more of a wake up call for anyone who doesn't know how much neglect occurs there! The first dog I adopted there had been in for over 3 weeks and was suffering the entire time. The initial health problems disclosed to us at pick up noted that he had dirty ears and severe tartar. All he needed was a good bath, good food and teeth cleaning the woman told me. When we got him home, we noticed that his left pupil was 75% white and he had no appetite. We rushed him to the vet and found out that he had a severe eye ulcer and all the white we saw was how big the ulcer was! Our vet told us that this noticeable ulcer had been untreated for quite some time. The problems my vet found that day included an eye ulcer in the left eye, and infection on the right eye, a yeast infection of the ear, and rotten and decayed teeth (not just severe tartar). The only option I had was to either deal with the medical problems or take this poor dog back where he'd most likely be put down. I chose to keep him and the dental operation to remove the 9 rotten teeth that was making him sick cost me $1,000! I took this experience as bad luck and tried again at OCAS when we were looking for a second dog. We were told at pick up that she had a minor wound on her leg from a bite when she came in and it was untreated because it was minor. We took her to the vet right away because she was covered in fleas at pick up. Our vet noted that he didn't see any signs that k9 advantix had been applied on her. The topical usually takes 24 hours to dry and has a distinct smell as well. There were no signs of application even though the paperwork stated she received a dose of K9 Advantix that day. The so called "minor wound" was actually an infected bite that had filled up with pus, dried, and caused all of the hair on her leg to fall off. Hair no longer grows in that area of her body because the infection was so bad! Two bad experiences was enough for me but my boyfriend (bless his heart) went there with a friend, saw a dog in there sitting in the corner and decided to adopt it. Our newest dog was given a clean bill of health at pick up (on a Thursday) and was diagnosed with pneumonia on Saturday morning!! Pneumonia takes time to develop so while he was coughing violently there, no one noticed. I think it's not a coincidence that all three of the dogs I've adopted there have had problems. I love my dogs very much and I think adoption is a great thing but between the vet bills of these three dogs I could have bought a couple of purebreds at the pet shop by now! I guess it's my fault since I keep going back there to adopt dogs but who would have figured that I would be punished for wanting to rescue a dog from death!

Pros: You're helping a need animal get a home

Cons: There is very little done to ensure you go home with a pet in decent health

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Becky S.
Rating: 5

Rescue friendly shelter

posted 7 years ago

I was contacted by this shelter for a mini schnauzer they had. The dog had a growth removed from his back and was extremly sweet. I appreciate this group contacting us. now, that dog has a forever home with his new adopted parents. I would not have known about him had they not cont6acted me. Thank you so much for letting us know you had this dog and working with us to find his forever home.

Pros: Willing to contact breed rescue groups to save and animal

Cons: crowded

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