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Animal Services

Meet sweet 12-year-old sisters Cheeky and Koukla – the perfect pair for a calm adult home. Cheeky is a brown tabby domestic shorthair while Koukla is a silver tabby domestic shorthair.

Cheeky and Koukla were brought to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center because their owner had emergency medical issues and could no longer care for them. These sweet sisters are from the same litter and have been with each other their entire lives.

Many may not realize Mission Viejo Animal Services Center takes in many animals other than dogs and cats. The center recently received a number of guinea pigs that are now available for adoption. 

Why do guinea pigs make great pets?

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center will host a drive-through low-cost pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 15 for Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills residents.

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

The pandemic has brought sterilization and decontamination into the forefront of our collective consciousness.  We have become all too familiar with the need to wash our hands and clean our environment after exposure to viruses, chemicals, or even radiation.  However, we may forget that our pets can be exposed to these same pathogens.  Some viruses or chemicals may not be harmful to animals, but they can still be a danger to humans just by carrying these things on their fur.  

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is proud of all its hard-working team members, so we want to spotlight them.  We will feature one important member of our team in each newsletter so you can get to know the City employees who dedicate their lives to helping animals in your community.

Heatwave approaching! Should you shave you pet’s coat?

Summer is around the corner and as pet owners, our first instinct might be to send our pup to the groomer.  Like dog breeds, coat length varies and what might be best for one dog could leave another dog panting for help.  Here are some helpful tips to better understand your dog’s needs during the hot summer months. 

Mission Viejo Animal Services received a call from a concerned citizen regarding an animal that was stuck inside a large trash container behind her business, especially since trash hauler was on its way. When the Animal Services officer arrived at the scene, she spotted a raccoon. The animal looked healthy but was trapped. It had no way of getting out. The officer placed poles inside the bin to see if the raccoon will climb out, but it was too scared. Using a catch all, the officer looped it around the raccoon’s belly under the arms and lifted it out of the bin.

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center received a call about a baby skunk in the City of Laguna Hills. Officer Enriquez responded to the scene and saw a small baby skunk inside a container in front of a home. He noticed the skunk was too young to be on its own, so he safely placed the baby skunk inside a crate – luckily without being sprayed. Officer Enriquez transferred the baby skunk to a licensed rehabilitator where it will be properly cared for until it is old enough to survive on its own.  

Meet Zilla! She is a 1.5-year-old beautiful Siberian Husky and Labrador Retriever mix that was rescued from an overcrowded shelter through our “A Mission for Home Program.” Zilla is well-mannered and mellow. She loves to go on walks, play with toys and lounge around. 

It’s officially kitten season! This means the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center needs experienced bottle-feeding fosters. Every year the center takes in hundreds of orphaned kittens in need of care. While many are eating on their own, there are also a large number of kittens who are without their mothers and cannot feed themselves. These adorable kittens wouldn’t make it if it weren’t for our foster families. Mission Viejo Animal Services will provide medical care, food, and supplies for all foster parents.


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