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Animal Services

Suri Elise has been at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center since June and – for no fault of her own – has no adoption interest.   

If you’re interested in learning about local wildlife, join Mission Viejo Animal Services for a free “Living with Wildlife” presentation on Wednesday, September 20 at 6 pm at the Crown Valley Community Center, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway.

Learn about behavior and habits of local wildlife, how to properly identify wildlife, tips on keeping wildlife wild, safety tips for you and your pet(s), when to call Animal Services and much more. The presentation also features a few live animals.

Kids and animal lovers are invited to experience a fun and “paw-some” time from 11 am to noon on Saturday, September 16 at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is hosting a drive-through low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 8:30 to 10 am on Saturday, September 16 at 28095 Hillcrest.   

Our September volunteer of the month is foster mom and HOWL member Kelli Bristol.

Our foster families are indispensable to us. They temporarily house our shelter animals until they are ready for adoption. A variety of foster home situations include underage puppies and kittens, pregnant cats or dogs, pets recuperating from surgery, and bottle-fed kittens that require around-the-clock care.  We could not do the wonderful work we do without our incredible fosters like Kelli. 

Raccoon Rescue: A Tale of Trapped Wildlife and Community Care

Mission Viejo Animal Services received a call for a raccoon that had been stuck in a dumpster for three days. Raccoons are usually smart enough to figure out how to get out of dumpsters; however, if the walls are too steep or slick, they may become trapped inside.

Mission Viejo Animal Services would like to acknowledge the exceptional efforts of our dedicated Animal Control Officer David Lim.

David was recognized by the City Council for saving a child at National Night Out event in August.  Without hesitation, David rushed to the frantic mother whose child was experiencing breathing difficulties and successfully dislodged a large gumball from the 5-year-old child's airway.  Mayor Brian Goodell and Animal Services Director Michelle Claud-Clemente spoke about David and his heroic actions that night.

Mission Viejo Animal Services was contacted by a resident who had captured an animal on her front door camera. The resident did not recognize the species and asked MVAS to identify.  Animal Control Officers were amazed to see it was an American badger.  A badger has never been reported in the City of Mission Viejo.  The camera captured the badger at about 1 am and it most likely traveled along the Oso Creek Trail. There have only been two other confirmed sightings of badgers in Orange County since 2014, making this observation very unusual!

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is hosting a drive-through low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 8:30 to 10 am on Saturday, September 16 at 28095 Hillcrest.   

Help us raise awareness this month by observing World Rabies Day. Rabies is 100% preventable through vaccines and rabies control.

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is gearing up for a special “Cirque de Bun” rabbit adoption promotion this September.

Beginning September 1, all rabbit adoption fees will be waived, so approved applicants will pay only $20 for a microchip. All bunnies will also go home with a circus-themed toy.

The promotion runs through September 15 at 28095 Hillcrest.

For more information, visit cmvas.org or call 949-470-3045.