Animal Services is Orange County's only open admission shelter, which means no animal in need is ever turned away. As a result, the shelter receives approximately 50 pets each day. While Animal Services makes every effort to find new homes for the shelter pets, there are often more animals in need than there are available homes. This is known as the pet overpopulation problem.
The shelter should be the last resort for people looking to rehome their pet, not the first. Animal Services can never guarantee that a pet will be adopted from the shelter, although every effort is made. In fiscal year 2016, Animal Services received more than 6,000 owner surrendered pets. Pet owners are encouraged to explore the below alternatives before bringing their pet to Animal Services.