Featured Pets


Featured Pets



Sophie is a stunning long-haired 5-year-old cat. She is one of the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center’s longest residents, and it’s baffling that she’s long been overlooked because she is so adorable.

Sophie is a loving, mellow cat. She enjoys perching in a window and basking in the sun. She would also keep you company while watching TV or reading a book.  She enjoys being brushed, as her beautiful long hair does require regular brushing. Sophie is an independent cat and will come to you for attention. She would do best in a calm, quiet home. Sophie will go home spayed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.



Chopstick – the sweet 5-year-old Chihuahua. He is a friendly, loving little guy who enjoys going on walks – and he walks well on a leash. He is a mellow, low-maintenance dog but can be a little stubborn at times.  Whether you are sitting on a park bench or lounging on the couch, Chopstick is sure to stay by your side and keep you company for hours. He is a great lapdog and loves being pet. Chopstick does well with other dogs, but he prefers to be in charge when other male dogs are around. He would do best in a calm home with no small children. Chopstick will go home neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Ellie & Tamera

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November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is hoping those looking to adopt a new furry friend will consider adding a senior pet to the family. Right now, two adorable seniors – Ellie, a 9-year-old schnauzer mix, and a 7-year-old brown tabby named Tamera – are waiting for new homes.

Older pets are one of the most difficult groups of animals to find a new home since most people are looking to adopt a puppy or kitten.  But there are so many benefits to adopting an older pet.  Younger animals need more patience, energy, and consistent training.  Senior pets are typically calmer than puppies and kittens, and they generally fit right into their new homes with little adjustment.  Most older animals are already housebroken and know some basic tricks.  And most importantly, with an older animal, what you see is what you get. Understanding the personality of an animal is key to finding the perfect match for a family and for that homeless pet. While young puppies and kittens are still developing their personalities, you’ll know right away what to expect from a senior pet.

This is not to say that there will not be challenges. Sometimes, because the pet is at an advanced age, there can be some extra health issues to consider.  But this should not deter people from adopting a senior pet. Depending on breed, lifestyle, and existing health issues, a senior dog or cat can still have plenty of healthy and happy years to give as a loving companion. As an added incentive, the Mission Viejo Animal Services has a Mature Pet Program, so an approved adopter will save $25 off a cat 6 years and older and $50 off of a dog 6 years and older.


The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is located at:

28095 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

For more information, call 949-470-3045.