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November 2020

November 2020 

November 25, 2020

Hansel & Mustard adopted!


November 24, 2020

Norman adoption update

We adopted Norman in April of 2020. He has adjusted well to our home, and is a huge part of our family, and we love him soooo much!

Thank you for everything you do!

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November 21, 2020

Four of Skylar's puppies went home!

Ricky, Brian, Johnny, and Timmy were adopted and went to their forever home.  All puppies are approved for adoption and will go home as soon as they are spayed and neutered.  



November 20, 2020 

Mini adoption update

We adopted Mini earlier this month and she has been so amazing. She is super well behaved and loves her new bed and toys. Snack times are her favorite. She enjoys her daily’s walks and follows me around wherever I go. She interacts great with my friends while I workout at the gym and she is such a sweetheart with young kids. You guys have made this adoption so pleasant and thank you for giving me my best friend.  -Amanda 

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November 19, 2020

Dog, puppies saved during Butte Fire reunite with Mission Viejo veterinarian City staff, and volunteers

Mission Viejo Animal Services responded to a call from the Butte County Emergency Operations Center to assist as part of the wildfire response in Northern California. The Butte County EOC requested 10 two-person teams from outside animal services agencies to assist in the rescue, care, and sheltering of animals displaced from the fires. Mission Viejo sent two animal services officers, one animal services technician, and a volunteer veterinarian from our local vet hospital, Animal Medical Center in Mission Viejo. Mission Viejo Animal Services set up a mobile veterinary field hospital utilizing the Emergency Response Trailer. One of the patents was a very pregnant German Shepherd that was found wondering in the fire area. She had minor burns and was in distress. Our volunteer veterinarian, Dr. Farhtash worked to stabilize her and provide her with the needed care during her pregnancy. On September 25, mama began giving birth, she delivered 13 puppies throughout the day. One puppy was delivered and was non responsive. Dr. Farhtash worked valiantly to bring life into the lifeless newborn, he provided mouth to snout CPR for several minutes and eventually the puppy let out a little squeak and quickly began to regain life. 

Over the course of the deployment the Mission Viejo Disaster Deployment Team responded to numerous calls in areas that were devastated by the North Complex Fire. Some of these call included searching for injured animals, sheltering in place animals and evacuating pets and livestock. 

On the fourth Day of the deployment the half of the team set up a Mobile Veterinary Field Hospital to triage and examine animals coming out of the fire zone. Dr. Farhtash treated over 40 animals over the next few days. The animals injuries ranged from severe burns, respiratory issues and even a dog that was hit by a vehicle. 

At the end of the deployment the team offered to take animals that were available for adoption to make room for the animals coming out of the fire zones. Mission Viejo Animal Services even offered to take mama and the 13 puppies to lessen the burden on the shelters already impacted by the disaster. If the owner was found mama and the pups would be delivered to the owner.  

Upon arrival at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, the Mama and pups were once again given an exam by Dr. Fahrtash, and we were given the Ok to transfer them into a foster home.  One of our amazing fosters, Jennifer and her son took this little family into their home and cared for them for 5 weeks.   During this time, the pups were nursing off their mom, who required multiple feedings throughout the day as well as calcium supplements.   Once the pups were eating on their own, they were spilt into 5 groups in 5 different fosters because caring for even two 5 week old pups is A LOT of work and  A LOT of clean up!  Now, at 8 weeks old, the pups and their mom are ready to go to their forever homes.  Called the “Good Will Hunting” group, the pups names are Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, Brian, and Will, and Mom’s name is Skylar.  All of the pups have been approved for adoption and will be going home in the next 2 weeks.  

Mom Skylar is available for adoption now. She has come a long way from when we first picked her up.  At first, she was a bit shy, not even wanting to walk on a leash, but now she walks very well and really seems to be excited to see other dogs.  She is friendly but quiet, very sweet, and a very caring loving mama.  If you are interested in meeting Skylar, contact the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center at animalinfo@cityofmissionviejo.org 

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Butte Puppies

November 18, 2020

Mini adopted 

Sweet Mini, the bright-eyed, crooked-tooth sweetheart senior dog. Went home to a wonderful family who had recently lost their own senior chihuahua. Her new family saw Mini’s promotional video on our website and knew right away that Mini was meant to be theirs.  The second staff brought Mini out to meet them, it was love at first sight. Mini was a bit picky about being handled, but she jumped right into the daughters lap and stayed there throughout the entire adoption process.  It couldn’t have been a better match! We are so happy for Mini! 


November 17, 2020 

Gumball adoption update 

Hi All!

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to bring this sweet little creature into my life. We adopted Gumball about two months ago and she has brought me so much joy and laughter through this difficult pandemic time. She is so happy to have a dog friend and is always ready to give me cuddles. She gives and receives so much love. 

As I keep a very close eye on her, I was able to get her 90% potty trained within the first week of living with her. I was very surprised by this. I think it could potentially give other people hope as potty training can be very challenging.

At any rate, adopting during the pandemic was one of the best things that I could do for myself. Having a new friend to interact with his made all the difference. I have so much more joy and laughter in my life. Thank you again.

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November 13, 2020

November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month

Adopt-a-Senior Month is dedicated to helping older pets find their loving forever homes. If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your family, consider opening your heart and home to an older dog in need.

Most seniors have some training
Young animals have a lot of energy and need patience and training to help them flourish. Senior pets are usually potty-trained, do well on a leash and know basic commands. Because they are more mellow, it can be easier to teach them new tricks.

Senior pets are usually easier 
If you value your shoe collection and don’t want your shoes chewed up by a puppy, consider a senior pet.  Since puppies are energetic, people aren’t always up for the work and training required. On the contrary, senior pets are typically calmer, easygoing and potty-trained.

You can see what you’re getting
With a puppy and particularly a mixed breed, questions arise about the pup’s eventual size and traits. With an older pet, that is not the case. Senior pets have history, which is often learned from former owners. 

Because senior pets are often at animal shelters the longest, they are more at risk of being put down. The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is a pro-humane shelter but many are not. By adopting a senior pet, you are saving a life. If you’re feeling inspired to bring home an older pet, check out the Mission Viejo Animal Services website to find your new best friend. 

Check out our available Senior pets here 

November 12, 2020

Ms. Cuddles adopted!

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

When she arrived at the center, we noticed she was reluctant to eat and discovered an abscessed tooth, so we rushed her to the vet for dental care.  Thanks to Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG), which covered her medical bills, Ms. Cuddles is feeling fantastic and now in her fur-ever home. 

Ms. Cuddles

November 10, 2020

Cooper adoption update

Hi Mission Viejo Animal Shelter!

I’m happy to let you know that Cooper just turned 7 on October 18, 2020. We adopted him when he was just a few weeks old, he was born in the shelter, all puppies were named after the Manning family. 

We have 2 other rescue dogs Lola and Molly, they just love Cooper! Cooper has been the best dog – we are so lucky and happy to have him!

Kind regards,



November 7, 2020 

Volunteer Appreciation Drive Thru 

Even in the rain the parking lot at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center was a busy place on Saturday. However, car occupants were not there to visit the center. They were all volunteers being appreciated by the center staff for all of their hard work all year long. Typically, the center holds a formal holiday celebration to thank the volunteers for their continued commitment to the homeless animals at the center. But this year because of the pandemic, staff elected to put together a drive-thru appreciation event. "It was so nice to see so many volunteer faces after months of not seeing them at the center. We wanted to keep it safe but not let the time pass without letting them know that we miss them, and are thinking of them, and appreciate everything they do for us" said Giselle Leal, MVAS Volunteer Coordinator.      

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vol app event

November 6, 2020 

India & Hunter Adopted! 


November 5, 2020

Sweet Mini needs a loving, forever home

Meet our featured pet Mini.


November 4, 2020

Ozzy Update 

We adopted Ozzy from the MV Animal Shelter near the end of August. He's been a joy (and a lot of work ). He is very active, loves to cuddle, splash in the water, chase balls, and shred paper.

We thought you'd like to see some pics of his daily life. Thank you for the wonderful work that you do!

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November 3, 2020 

First Annual Virtual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest Fundraiser

Even though we were unable to hold the annual DAWG Walk & Adoption Extravaganza Event for the first time in 25 years due to COVID-19, the Pet Costume Contest went virtual on Halloween Day!

This exciting live event included photos of pets who had been dressed in costumes by their owners as well as a fundraiser for DAWG, the Dedicated Animal Welfare Group which raises money to support the animals at the shelter. The most creative and eye-catching Howl-O-Ween pet picture in each category won a prize valued at $200, which included dinner for two at a local restaurant and a gift certificate from Chewy.com and Hala’s Paws.

The top contestants were live-streamed on the City's YouTube channel, and featured Mayor Brian Goodell and Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley speaking about the great work done by DAWG.

The winner for the “Other” category was “Sam Rockwell,” whose owner Michelle adopted the red-eared slider from our shelter in July. He is a voracious eater and loves mealworms.

The “Cat” category was won by “Taco Tuesday.” His owner Meg said the feline is 3 years old, comes when you call his name, and enjoys dressing as everyone's favorite Tuesday dinner.

In the “Dog” category the winner was “Gigi,” whose owner Tracy adopted Gigi from our shelter 6 years ago. She loves to walk in the park every day where she visits with her friends.

The event was extremely successful, with all funds directly benefiting the homeless animals at our shelter. 

The entire event can be seen here.

Taco Tuesday