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Animal Services

The annual Pet Costume Contest is taking place this fall despite COVID-19 forcing the cancelation of the annual DAWG Walk & Adoption Extravaganza Event.

This exciting virtual fundraising event, hosted by Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) and the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, raises money to support the homeless animals at the shelter.

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center on Saturday, October 3 will host a drive-through low-cost pet vaccination clinic for Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills residents.

The clinic is from 8:30 am to 10 am at 28095 Hillcrest.

Even though Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) and the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center can’t hold the annual DAWG Walk & Adoption Extravaganza Event for the first time in 25 years due to COVID-19, the Pet Costume Contest will go on this fall!

This exciting virtual fundraising event will include photos you submit of your amazing cat, dog or other pet. Submit one photo featuring one pet per entry, and the most creative, adorable Howl-O-Ween pet picture in each catergory will win a prize valued at $200.

Rightly named, Ms. Cuddles is a sweet and loving short-haired cat waiting for a home at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.  Ms. Cuddles came to us through our rescue program, A Mission for Home, when a high-impact shelter asked for help with placing its cats.  

On a recent summer day, a rabbit named Juno was left at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park Lake. A couple found Juno and brought her to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center for safety.  When shelter staff discovered Juno was pregnant, she went to a foster home and gave birth to seven babies. 

A home for pet rabbits is a better option than the lake, so shelter staff is hoping to find loving homes for Juno and her babies. These baby bunnies returned to the center and are ready for adoption.  

The widow of former Bay City Rollers guitarist Ian Mitchell who passed away from cancer is asking that fans support the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center in his memory. 

The center is where Ian and his wife Wendy adopted their two dogs from about seven years ago. The dogs, named Rod-Stewart and Tam-Paton, were two of the center’s harder-to-place dogs, so the staff was elated they went home with a lovely couple.

The homeless animals at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center are reaping the fruits of the South Orange County Exchange Club’s labor with a special donation. 

The community service club, which is made up of volunteers from Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Lake Forest, recently donated a large amount of new and unused pet items to the shelter. These items help to feed, comfort and care for the animals waiting for their forever homes.

At only 3 years old, Francesca, a small Labrador-Retriever mix, experienced more than what many dogs would go through in a lifetime. On July 17, Francesca endured a 2-hour long car ride from Tijuana with a few other dogs and was brought directly to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center. Once she was greeted with loving arms by staff, she was examined from head to toe because staff could see she had skin irritation, broken teeth and infected ears, among other ailments.

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center received a phone call from a resident who rescued a dog from an overcrowded animal shelter in Riverside. The dog was so under-socialized that when she arrived home, he would not enter her house, so she put him in the backyard where he managed to jump a wall and escape.

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