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Tips for Those Who Believe Giving Up Their Pet Is the Only Solution When Facing Foreclosure
Tips for Those Who Believe Giving Up Their Pet Is the Only Solution When Facing Foreclosure PDF Print E-mail

Due to the current economic climate, people are coming to the shelters and various rescues in droves citing lost jobs and foreclosure as the reason for not being able to keep their pets.  However, for those who are truly dedicated to their pets, there are options

1. Your Commitment:  When you brought your pet into your life, you made a commitment to keep that pet with you, through thick and thin, in good times and bad. And your pet made that commitment to you. It has loved you whether you got a promotion or lost your job. Its love is unconditional. So, you need to take your pets with you when you vacate your home; they will not survive if abandoned in the home or set loose.  In addition, the comfort and companionship of pets can provide therapeutic benefits to family members by easing the strain of moving to a new residence.

2. Make a Plan:  If you are in trouble and facing foreclosure, start as early as possible to look for a new place where you can keep your pet. Not all places allow animals, so you may have to spend some time finding a place. You’ll find some good tips here - http://nopawsleftbehind.org/paws/  Document your predicament. Have a copy of any foreclosure documents with you when you discuss the situation with people, especially if you will be asking for a discount based on your problem. People tend to be generous, but they want to know they are not being taken advantage of.

Take some nice pictures of your pet. Gather all your documentation (date of birth, vaccinations, medical treatments, etc.). Make up a list of vital information. For example:

• Your pet’s eating schedule and food preferences

• Your pet’s sleeping preferences

• Any cute tricks your pet does

• Ways that your pet communicates his/her wants and needs

• Whether or not your pet goes outside and how often

3. Find a Pet Friendly Place:  Check your local phone book and check online for pet friendly apartments and hotels/motels.

For apartments/condos, go to http://www.mynewplace.com. Enter your zip code. When the main screen comes up, look in the right hand corner and you’ll see a box that lets you choose places that allow cats, dogs, or cats and dogs. Other resources to find pet friendly apartments/condos in Orange County include http://www.ocdogfriendly.com  and http://www.peoplewithpets.com and  http://www.rental-living.com/

For hotels, go to http://www.officialpethotels.com . Enter your city and state.

Other resources include http://www.beachcalifornia.com/pet-hotel-california.html

Some places will say that they do not allow animals. Here are some tips to help you get

the rental agent /landlord to change his/her mind:

• Get a letter from your current landlord and/or from the homeowner’s association saying what a good resident you’ve been.

• Take pictures of your current home to show that having a pet doesn’t mean that your home is dirty or messy.

• Bring along pictures of your pet, showing them in a neat and clean house. Pick the cutest pictures. Cuteness counts. If you want to impress a landlord, bring along your pet’s medical records too.

• Consider renting from a person instead of from a company. Many people own one or two homes/condos and it may be easier to convince a person to rent to you with a pet rather than trying to convince a company to change a policy.

• Show proof that your pet has been spayed/neutered. Pets that have been fixed are often considered more desirable by landlords. If you don’t have “proof,” get a letter from your vet.

• If your pet isn’t spayed/neutered, consider getting him/her fixed. There are several low cost spay and neuter services in Orange County. Click below for some options - http://www.animalnetwork.org/ANIMAL_NETWORK/VetMedical/SpayNeuterHospitals.htm

• Offer an additional deposit if you have an animal and stress that these are exceptional times.  Once you’ve found a place, if you are having problems with food for the pets or with medical care, you can get help.

• If your pet has a medical problem and you can’t afford to get it fixed, there are many low cost providers. Here’s a list:

o Anaheim: Katella Animal Clinic 714 535 6791, http://www.katellaclinic.com/

o Fountain Valley: Animal Medical Center. 714 531 1155

o Fullerton: Fullerton Pet Clinic 714 879 4380, http://www.fullertonpetclinic.com/   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Garden Grove: Animal Discount Clinic. www.communityvet.com 714 537 0570 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Laguna Hills: Affordable Spay and Neuter. www.affordablespays.com, 949 768 1314

o Yorba Linda: Yorba Lake Pet Clinic 714 693 0911, http://www.fullertonpetclinic.com/   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• If you still need help, you can talk to RUFF (Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends). Their phone number is 949 580-1092 and their website is

http://www.ruffrescue.org

• If you need help with pet food, you can go to the South County Outreach where you can get food for your pet and for your family. Their phone number is 949 380-8144 and their website is http://www.sco-oc.org.  They are located at 26776 Vista Terrace in Lake Forest. If you’re not in South OC, try Seal Beach where the PetFoodBank operates from. http://www.thepetfoodbank.com/index.html  Call 714 379 1456 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

4. If You Can’t Take Them With You, Find a Safe Place for Them to Stay on a Temporary Basis.

Follow these steps to find safe placement for your pets if you are unable to move to

your new home with them:

• Ask family, friends and co-workers if they will care for your pets while you

relocate.

• Some cities have limited-admission shelters where the euthanasia rate is low, while open-admission shelters like OC Animal Care have a much higher euthanasia rate. Bear in mind that not all shelters accept owner relinquished pets, and depending on how full they are, shelters that normally accept owner relinquished pets may not do so when you ask. Also, certain shelters may accept dogs but not cats. So you’ll need to check to be sure if the shelter accepts your pet.  All shelters in Orange County are pro-humane and work very hard to promote their animals for adoption.  Here are the phone numbers for shelters in Orange County :

ƒ Costa Mesa (includes Westminster) – 714 898 3315

ƒ Irvine – 949 724 7741

ƒ Laguna Beach (includes Laguna Woods) – 949 497 3552

ƒ Mission Viejo (included Laguna Niguel & Aliso Viejo) 949 470 3045

ƒ Newport Beach – 949 644 3299

ƒ OC Animal Care – 714 935 6427 or 949 249 5160

ƒ San Clemente/Dana Point – 949 595 8899

ƒ San Juan Capistrano – 949 240 1735

• Ask your veterinarian if you can receive low-cost boarding for your pets, or set up a payment plan for boarding costs, while you relocate.

• Contact pet resort and pet boarding companies in your area. They have the facilities to keep your pets overnight and for limited periods of time. Many will offer discount rates if you explain your situation. Check with them.  Here’s a list of pet resort and pet boarding companies in Orange County:

o Aliso Viejo: Pet Suites. 949 425 0700. http://www.petsuites.com/  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Anaheim: Camp BowWow. 714 533 2267, http://www.campbowwowusa.com/california/anaheim/

o Anaheim Hills: Tails a Wag Inn. www.bandb4dogs.com  714 336 9869,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Costa Mesa: The Bone Adventure. www.theboneadventure.com  949 650 2692   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Fountain Valley: All Paws Daycare http://www.allpawsdogdaycare.com/ 714 964 9304 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Fullerton: Paw Spa 714 447 0141

o Fullerton: Mrs Petlove’s B&B. www.sunnycrestanimalcare.com 714 871 3000 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Garden Grove: Animal Inns. 714 636 4455

o Garden Grove: Animal Friends Pet Hotel. http://www.communityvet.com, 714 537 4500   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Huntington Beach: Camp BowWow. http://www.campbowwowusa.com/california/index.html

o Huntington Beach: Dog Day Afternoon 714 840 5263

o Huntington Beach: Doggietown USA. www.doggietownusa.com   714 841 3330 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Lake Forest: Paws Pet Resort. 949 276 4930.

http://www.pawspetresorts.com/

o Laguna Beach: Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit http://www.thedogranch.com, 949 494 0484 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Laguna Niguel: K-9 City. http://www.k-9city.com/ 949 364 3300   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Long Beach: Pet Set. 562 595 5889 http://www.petsetlb.com/

o Mission Viejo: Alicia Pet Care Center  http://www.mypetsdr.com/ 949 768 1313 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Newport Beach: BZY Feet Kennel http://www.bzyfeetkennels.com/   714 545 9116 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Oceanside: Oceanside Pet Hotel. 760 757 2345 http://www.oceansidepethotel.com/

o Orange: Sandman’s Canine Care Castle. 949 721 8395 http://sandmanscanine.com/boarding.htm

o Orange: Petopia. http://www.petopiapetresort.com/index.html 714 637 1986. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Orange: Coast Canine Resort Ranch 714 639 0219

o Orange: Pampered Pets Day Spa. 714 453 2870

o Orange: Shaleen Kennels. 714 637 0866

o Rancho Santa Margarita: Wags & Wiggles. 949 635 9655 http://www.wagsandwiggles.com/

o Rancho Santa Margarita: My Doggies Daycare. 949 709 4600.

http://www.mydoggiesdaycare.com/   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o San Clemente: Camp BowWow. 949 218 7387 http://www.campbowwowusa.com/california/san-clemente/

o San Clemente: Paws Pet Resorts. http://www.pawspetresorts.com/ 800 964 7297 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Santa Ana: YourDogTrainer. 714 547 5047

o Santa Ana: BZY Feet Kennel. http://www.bzyfeetkennels.com/ 714 545 9116 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /

o Santa Ana: Kind to Canines. www.kindtocanines.com 714 545 2404  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Stanton: Crossroads Pet Resort. http://www.crossroadspetresort.com/ 714 821 6622 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Tustin: Wags and Wiggles. www.wagsandwiggles.com 714 368 7077

o Yorba Linda: Country Care Pet Resort. 714 985 1330 http://www.countrycarepetresort.com/

o Yorba Linda: Vinjon’s Kennel. www.vinjonskennel.com 714 528 8734  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more pet resorts, check out - http://www.poopbutler.com/cats.php?p=2&cat=4

5. If You Can’t Find a Temporary Home, Contact Rescue Groups:  If you cannot find temporary placement for your pets, visit http://www.petfinder.com to search for animal rescue organizations where you can surrender ownership of your pets and which do not euthanize adoptable animals. This will provide peace of mind that your pets will be safe until they are adopted into a new home. Some organizations may offer to house your pets for a period of time (60 days, for example) at no cost, or at a reduced cost, while you find new housing, so you can be reunited with your pets. If you do not reclaim your pets within the time period, they may be placed for adoption. Always ask if this is an option.

Here are some GENERAL rescue groups:

• Animal Assistance League - www.aaloc.com (Midway City) 714 893 4393  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Animal Network of Orange County – www.animalnetwork.org 759 3646  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• A Wish for Animals – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Laguna Niguel)  949 481 6402

• Critters in Need Pet Rescue – www.crittersrescueonline.org  949 831 4988  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets - www.fochp.org (Orange) 714 280 4993 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Hanaskids - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Aliso Viejo) 949 716 0538

• Loving Grace Rescue – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (RSM)

• Modjeska Ranch Rescue - www.modjeskaranchrescue.org (Trabuco Canyon) 714 649 4406 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• New Beginnings - www.greatpets.org (Mission Viejo) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 949 348 8057 (Dogs)  949 716 0538 (Cats)

• Noahs Ark Foundation – 714 841 8675 (Huntington Beach)

• Pet Pro Life - http://www.petprolife.org 714 241 0317 (Huntington Beach),  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Pet Rescue Center - www.thepetrescuecenter.org (Laguna Hills) 949 235 2072   24861 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, 92653

• Second Chance - www.secondchancepetadoptions.org (Huntington Beach) 714 715 3027   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here are some GENERAL DOG rescue groups:

• Ariel rescue - www.arielrescue.com  949 499 9380 (Dana Point)

• Barks of Love Animal rescue – www.barksoflove.org (Fullerton)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Cuddly Canines – www.cuddlycanines.com  949 422 8744 (La Habra Heights)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Little Bow Wow Rescue – www.littlebowwowrescue.com  714 974 2297  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• UnderDog Rescue - www.underdogrescue.net/ (Trabuco Canyon) 760 943 1844  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here are some BREED SPECIFIC DOG rescue groups:

• Australian Shepherd - www.aussierescuesocal.com (Perris)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Basset Hound Rescue - http://www.bhrsc.net/  (Whittier) 805 524 9353   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o See  also www.bassethoundrescue.org (Long Beach) 805 523 9353

• Beagle – www.beaglesandbuddies.com  (El Monte) 626 444 9664  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Bichon Frise - www.bichonfurkids.org (La Costa) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Border Collie - www.bcrescue.net (Phelan) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Boston Terriers – www.bostonbuddies.org   (Huntington Beach) - 310 364 4543  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Boxer Rescue - http://www.boxerocrescue.org (Huntington Beach) 714 904 0012 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Bulldog - www.socalbulldogrescue.org (Santa Ana) - 714 612 0265

o See also http://www.thebca.org/  714 381 7691 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Cairn Terriers - http://www.southwestcairnrescue.com (Orange) 714 288 0221  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Chihuahua – 714 995 4647

• Collie - www.collie.org (Brea) 949 858 0298   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Dalmation - www.savethedals.org (Gardena) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Dachsund Haven – www.dhogg.com (Garden Grove) 714 747 8891  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• English Springer Spaniel - www.springerrescue.org (Los Alamitos) 562 431 2354 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• German Shepherd Rescue - http://www.gsroc.org/ (Newport Beach) 714 974 7762 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it See also www.coastalgsr.org (Irvine) 714 528 4730  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Golden/Laborador Retrievers - www.retrieversandfriends.com (Temecula) 951 696 2428 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Great Dane - www.danerescue.org (Lake Elsinore) 760 743 6874

• Great Pyrennees – Great Pyrenneese Assoc of So Cal. 909 887 8201 www.greatpyrrescue.org   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Greyhounds – California Greyhound Adoption Promotion (Irvine)  949 468 8689  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Greyhounds – Hemopet (Garden Grove) 714 891 2022 www.hemopet.org

• Labrador - www.sclrr.org – 888 554 ALAB (Irvine) – 949 862 4329  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Miniature Schnauzer - www.msfr.org (Torrance) – 310 374 7701 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o See also 714 502 8085 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Pug - www.pugdogrescue.com (Newport Beach) – 949 262 7843   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Saint Bernard - www.adoptasaint.org (Lake Forest) – 888 231 8713  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Samoyed - www.socalsamoyedrescue.org (Los Angeles) – 714 956 6180  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Shar Pei – www.PeiPeople.com 949 637 2626 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Sheltie - www.southlandsheltierescue.com (La Habra) – 562 697 9784  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Silky Terrier – 714 531 7650

• Westie/West Highland Terrier - www.westierescueoc.com (Huntington Beach) 714 960 1083 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Wolfdog –  www.wrr-inc.org (Costa Mesa) 714 673 3729 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here are some GENERAL CAT rescue groups:

• Blue Bell Foundation - http://www.dovecanyon.org/bluebell/  (Laguna Beach) 949 494 1586 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Cats in Need - http://www.catsinneed.com/ - 909 622 0121

• Friendly Feline Rescue – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• MeoowzResq –  http://www.meoowzresq.com/  714 997 0868 (Orange)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• National Cat Protection Society - http://www.natcat.org/  (Newport Beach) 949 640 1232 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Orange County Animal Rescue Coalition  - www.oc-arc.com  (Irvine) 949 451 3272 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Orange County Cat Rescue Adoptions – 714 734 2353   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• South County Cat Adoptions – 714 715 3027   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here are some BREED SPECIFIC CAT rescue groups:

• Abyssinian - http://www.abyssinian-rescue.com/   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Siamese: http://cs.siameserescue.org 818 830 3380 (Agoura Hills)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here are some OTHER ANIMALS rescue groups:

• Birds: Lily Sanctuary -  http://www.lilysanctuary.org - (Fountain Valley) 714 442 9474

• Ferrets: Ferrets Anonymous – www.ferretsanonymous.org  (Irvine) 949 303

8481 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Ferrets: OC Ferrets - http://www.ocferrets.org/ (Irvine) 949 241 1189 I n f o@o c f e r r e t s . o r g

• Guinea Pigs:  www.CavyHaven.org -  714 242 7548 (Costa Mesa)   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Pelicans: http://www.pacificwildlife.org – (Laguna Niguel) 949 831 1178

• Pigs: California Potbellied Pig Association – www.CPPA4Pigs.org  (Pleasant Hill) 925 937 9045 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Pigs: Pigs without Partners – 310 836 8237 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Rabbits:  www.Rabbit.org – 310 713 2478 (Los Angeles)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Turtles : Turtle Rescue - www.tortoise.org 714 437 7042 or 714 529 5223 (Santa Ana)   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note: This list focuses on Orange County. There are rescue groups all over California and the country, and contacting them may be helpful if you don’t find a local group. For more information about rescue groups in other areas, go to http://www.petfiniti.com

6. If You Can’t Find a Rescue Group, Try Other Ways:  If you haven’t been successful so far, now is the time to get creative. But first consider whether this isn’t fate stepping in and telling you that you need to keep your pet with you. If that’s impossible, try any of the following:

• Craig’s List can be an effective place to communicate. List your pet for adoption. Stress the good traits and tell them that  you’ll provide food and all the supplies you have at no cost. But be sure you are giving your pet to a trustworthy family. There are unscrupulous researchers who use  resources such as Craig’s List to solicit animals who will be used in terrible experiments that cause pain and even death. Check them out completely before you trust your pet to someone else.

• Post a notice at work. You’d be surprised how many times this is effective. And the best news is that you probably know the person. When you put up a notice, be sure to use a cute picture of you and your pet and include pertinent information (e.g., sex, age, breed, up-to-date on shots, etc.). Include your phone number as well as e-mail address.

• Let your neighbors know. Perhaps you can put a notice on the local bulletin board, or in your newsletter, or even on the street if you have to. Go door-to-door with a notice. Include a nice picture of your pet.

• Contact Animal Advocacy groups. While they may not be involved directly in animal rescue, they have a vast network and it’s possible that someone in that network can help. Here’s a list of some animal advocacy groups:

o Orange County People for Animals. http://www.ocpausa.org/  714 751 6272 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o Orange County SPCA. http://www.orangecountyspca.org/ 714 374 7738  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

o South County Animal Shelter Coalition. www.Socoanimalshelter.org

o Save our Strays in Huntington Beach. http://www.saveourstrayshb.org/ 714 442 1446   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Huntington Beach)

o Friends of Lake Forest Animals. www.folfa.org. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Lake Forest)

o Dedicated Animal Welfare Group. http://www.dawg.org/  949 470 3045  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel)

o Compassion in Action http://www.theciaclub.com/    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Newport Beach)

• Contact Animal Care Professionals. There are lots of people who make their living providing animal care services  – veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters, dog walkers, pet loss bereavement specialists, pet food providers, pet supply providers, etc. All of these people/businesses are potential contact points to find someone to take your animal, on a temporary or permanent basis. Check your yellow pages for the resources nearest to you.

7. If You Can’t Find a Solution, Call a Shelter:  You also can surrender your pets to the Orange County animal shelter, but be advised that open-admission shelters are required to accept all animals (including strays), and the adoption of your pets cannot be guaranteed. Thus, if the shelter is overcrowded, it may be forced to euthanize your pets. If you need to contact the Orange County shelter, the website is http://www.ocpetinfo.com and the phone number is 714 935 6848.

8. Don't Leave Pets Behind:  Never vacate your home and leave your pets  behind.  Don’t  turn them loose. It's inhumane and it’s illegal.

By following these simple steps, you will help your family and your pets have a better future.