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Animal Services

This past week, Animal Services Center Officer Mansoor responded to a call of a possible sick or injured coyote which was lying down in a local backyard. The coyote reportedly would only lift its head a little and then lie back down, and the officer observed the coyote behaving similarly.  However, when the coyote saw the opening of a sliding door, it bolted away showing no signs of injury.  Apparently, this coyote was just enjoying the good weather and sunning itself in the California Promise. 

Officer Mansoor was dispatched to a school in Laguna Hills to assist with a skunk that was trapped in a goal net. When he arrived, he discovered that not only was the skunk’s head stuck in a hole, but he had tried to get out by going back through the next hole, thus weaving himself even more through the netting. With the help of the school maintenance crew, Office Mansoor was able to pull the net open and safely cut it, releasing the baby skunk. The skunk ran off safely before Officer Mansoor was even able to snap a picture. 

Phil Glaser, our dedicated volunteer of 22 years passed away last month. Phil was an avid animal lover and a very strong supporter of the Center. In addition to the 2700 hours of volunteer service, Phil also served on the DAWG board for all those years. A tree was planted at the Center in his honor in 2008 for his 12 years of volunteer service. Sharon Cody, president of DAWG, remembers him as a gentle soul, and says Phil was an inspiration to all of the board members. 

Sharon shared a sweet story about Phil and his dog Karma on his obituary page:

June is “Adopt-a-shelter-cat” month and kitten season is in full swing! Do you have an empty feeling that only a furry feline can fix? We have many adult cats and kittens that are looking for their fur-ever homes! Over 3 million cats and kittens find themselves at shelters each year, whether they were born there, abandoned or surrendered. Cats are perfect for cuddling and give unconditional love and can be a great addition to your family.

Make plans to attend the Annual DAWG Walk & Adoption Extravaganza on Sunday, October 13 along the Village Green at Oso Viejo Community Park.

The City of Mission Viejo Animal Services Center and Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) team up to host this fun event that features a pristine walk along the Oso Creek Trail and the Pet Faire. 

A new Pet Pantry program being piloted by the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center offers to deliver free pet food and supplies to residents in need.  The aim is that by proactively aiding such pet owners, they may be better equipped to keep and care for their beloved pets instead of resorting to relinquishment or abandonment.

The first Pet Pantry delivery was to OC Animal Care, which just last week accepted over 140 dogs from a single home.  OC Animal Care staff were very appreciative to receive a car full of towels, blankets and pet food.  

Chances are, if you’ve visited the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center recently you may have seen Chewy nestled in his bed.  Chewy has been at the shelter since being brutally struck by a car. He sustained multiple rib fractures, trauma to his head and neck, and an unfortunate sprain to his overall spirit – but this is one resilient little dog!

A 4-year-old pit bull terrier, Taupe is a gentle pup who loves attention.  Quiet and sweet, she will spend hours just cuddling with her person.  Taupe pulls a little while on the leash but is polite and well-trained.   However, she does not tolerate the company of other dogs, so she will receive free training to help her improve in this area.  

To celebrate and thank the men and women of the armed services this Memorial Day, the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is waiving the adoption fee for veterans this holiday weekend May 25-26. 

We have many dogs, cats and rabbits that need new homes.  Approved applicants will only pay for the microchip, vaccines and license. To participate, veterans must show proof of past military service. 

For more information, call 949-470-3045.
 

To celebrate and thank the men and women of the armed services this Memorial Day, the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is waiving the adoption fee for veterans this holiday weekend May 25-26. We have a large number of dogs, cats, and rabbits looking for a new home. Approved applications will only pay for the microchip, vaccines, and license. To participate, veterans must show proof of past military service. For more information, contact 949-470-3045.

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