May 2018

The meeting scheduled for May 2018, was canceled; however, Orange County Community Resources Director (“OCCR”), Dylan Wright, provided a written update relative to the status of topics previously discussed during CMAAC meetings.  This memorandum provides a summary of this update.

OCAC Strategic Plan and Fee Study

As previously reported to the City Council in 2016, Orange County Animal Care (“OCAC”) retained a consulting firm, JVR Shelter Strategies (“JVR”), to review OCAC data to determine staffing and capacity needs for the new animal shelter.  Dr. Jyothi Robertson, JVR owner, specializes in large-scale population dynamics, including outbreak management, infectious disease control, and shelter statistics.  Pursuant to OCAC’s agreement with the consultant, JVR worked with OCAC staff to guide the program’s strategic planning process.   

With the assistance of JVR, OCAC  completed a draft of its Strategic Plan.    Staff previously informed the City Council that OCCR intended to present the Strategic Plan and the Fee Study to the Board of Supervisors on May 22, 2018.  However, OCCR determined that the Board of Supervisors will need to review the two documents individually.  As a result, OCCR will present the Strategic Plan to the Board of Supervisors on May 22, 2018, but will postpone presentation of the Fee Study until July 2018.

Animal Licensing Application Upgrade


OCAC recently upgraded its web-based pet licensing application to enhance customer service to residents.  The new program allows greater ease for customers to identify their pet’s licenses, create a new license for a new pet, and update records if a pet is lost or recently deceased.  Additionally, the new application provides the option for residents to make monetary donations to OCAC.  The new licensing program is available to view here:  

Fundraising Campaign


During its meeting of May 8, 2018, the Board of Supervisors discussed OCAC’s proposed fundraising campaign with a third-party fundraising firm called Convergent.  The Board of Supervisors directed OCCR to proceed with Convergent for a six-month fundraising campaign.  The County is responsible for the costs associated with this effort ($175,000) and anticipates generating approximately $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 through fundraising activities which could offset OCAC’s programming costs.  OCAC and Convergent staff will meet within the next few weeks to begin the project and OCAC will provide updates to each participating City as appropriate. 

Community Outreach 

OCAC recently partnered with Animals for Armed Forces.  Over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2018, OCAC will offer free adoptions to active duty, reserve, and military veterans to thank and honor dedicated service men and women.   A flyer promoting the adoption event is attached for the City Councils information (Attachment).

Staff will continue to update the City Council relative to OCAC operations and provide any additional information as appropriate.  Should the City Council have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 949-461-3537.

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1. January 2018
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