OUR ROLE IN ORANGE COUNTY
A kitten lost and alone, abandoned by its mother. A missing dog wandering along the road, sad it had wandered so far from home. An abandoned cat left in what it called home, deserted by its owner. An untrained dog forgotten in the backyard, with no one to play or pet it, its family inside, no longer wanting the grown dog, they once loved when it was a puppy. For most of us, our pets are an important and cherished part of the family. Unfortunately not all animals are treated the same way. What happens to these animals? Where do they go? Who takes care of them and protects them?
Orange County Humane Society is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the care and protection of pets in our community. Our organization rescues and provides medical care, treatment, food, shelter and tender loving care these lost or unwanted pets need, until they are reunited with their family again or until a new friend is found to bring their new companion home.
OCHS participates in local events and programs in our community to reach out to the public about animal shelters and to educate them in animal care and the effects of "not knowing" about pet ownership and responsibility can have. OCHS also provides classes to the public. These classes and programs range from educating potential owners on the responsibility of pet ownership to pet care for new owners and even courses on animal safety for those who do not know what to do when encountering an animal. Our shelter has our own trainer on staff to assess our pets and provide our new adopters with classes to train their new pet.
OCHS also works hand in hand with animal control, and helps is enforcing licensing and other animal ordinances. Our shelter provides each of their pets with shelter and care until their owner is found or their cases are closed. If no owner comes to redeem their pet, then we find them a new home that will better provide care for our pets. We also reach out to other shelter, not just in Orange County, but also in surrounding Counties. Due to the high numbers of stray and unwanted pets, many shelters become overwhelmed with animals, we try to relieve them of their unfortunate decision to euthanize, by providing their animals with homes, when we have the space to accommodate for them. We hope by rescuing animals from other shelters, we will allow them more time, to find their perfect match, and for the community to find the life-long friend.
OCHS also serves our community by providing another place for owner's to surrender an animal. The reasons for giving up an animal can vary, but without local shelters and humane rescues, those animals would be left abandoned to care for themselves.
OC Humane Society's main purpose, to find each of our pets the perfect home so that they can live the rest of their lives as every pet should, with the love and care of a friend. Each year, thousands of animals pass through our doors: lost pets, injured animals, rescued animals, and surrendered animals. Each of these animals are found new homes, we do not put time limits or deadlines for their stay. We provide care and shelter to each of our animals, who are healthy, adoptable and not aggressive, until a new one is found. Our shelter has found over 100,000's of homes for our pets over the years and hope to continue to do so. Thanks to the support of many individuals, volunteers, local businesses, contracts and fees, OCHS is able to make a huge difference in the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves, the abandoned pets of our community.