The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County
Hi, I’m April Josephson, Executive Director of The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County. For the past eight years, I’ve represented South Orange County residents on the OC Animal Care Community Outreach Committee. Before that, I was part of the South County Animal Shelter Coalition. Our focus was creating a regional animal shelter in South Orange County, California.
For the better part of the past decade, South County residents have been looking for a regional solution to bring Orange County shelter pets to our area. That’s because our lost and homeless animals from the cities of Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, and San Juan Capistrano, as well as all unincorporated county areas including Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Rancho Mission Viejo are being sent to the County shelter in Orange.
OC Animal Care (OCAC) operates the Orange County Animal Shelter that was built in 1941 to serve the county’s then-200,000 residents. Now, that same facility serves well over 2 million. Despite a remodel and expansion in 2008, the facility is still inadequate: overcrowded and unable to serve Orange County’s ever-growing population of people and their pets. Sadly, adoptable pets have been euthanized for lack of infrastructure needed to get them into good homes.
After a decade of exploring options for bringing adoptable pets to South Orange County, and reducing the shelter euthanasia rate, I formed The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County, a nonprofit organization. The center—a pilot designed to be a model for the future of community-based animal adoption and education centers throughout Orange County—will be located in Laguna Hills.
Our strategically chosen North Laguna Hills location will provide maximum access for South Orange County residents to enjoy the center, and promote adoptions. We have a letter of intent from the landlord, who is ready to sign a lease with us, as soon as we receive our permit approval from the City of Laguna Hills. Our permit application is slated to be heard in mid-July.
The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County will house up to 20 dogs at a time. With expected stays of less than two weeks per dog, we anticipate approximately 40 adoptions per month. Our plans include providing a cage-free, home-like environment for homeless pets where residents can come to visit, volunteer, learn, interact with, and adopt pets. All animals coming into the center will be fully vetted and ready to adopt. While at the center, they will be groomed and provided for as though they were home living with the interaction and companionship they need, in a stress-free environment. Our onsite adoption counselors will work with individuals and families to successfully match them with highly compatible pets.
Thanks to the monumental efforts of many dedicated animal lovers, we’re about to embark on a quest that truly takes a village to achieve.
How you can help
We need immediate funds to build and maintain the center. Our funding goal is $150,000.
Approximately half of that amount will go into construction. The remainder will fund the necessities—the facility, furnishings, supplies, and maintenance, and insures that we will be operational for a year.
Your contribution will guarantee our vision for a South Orange County adoption center becomes reality, that we can confidently enter into the lease, and build and maintain the facility that has been our dream for nearly a decade.
To thank you for your participation, we are offering perks from T-shirts and Limited Edition Tote Bags to recognition in our facility, where top contributors will have the opportunity to name and help decorate a suite. Current plans call for eight dog suites, where dogs will be paired for companionship while at the center.
Time for Action
With your immediate participation, we will have the resources to make The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County a resounding success. It only takes a minute to contribute, and take advantage of our perks. Please do so right now, before you leave our page.
If you are financially unable to donate, we can still use your assistance, by taking a moment to share our campaign with your animal-loving family and friends. Let’s show Orange County shelter pets how much we care today!
Thank you very much for your support.