Animal control and shelter services in the City of Lake Forest are provided by Orange County Animal Care (OCAC). Under this agreement, OCAC provides the City with the following services:

  • Field Services
    Impounding stray animals, picking-up injured wildlife, cruelty investigations, issuance of citations, barking dog or nuisance complaints, etc.
  • Special Services
    Facility and pet licensing
  • Shelter Services
    Receiving animals from the public, providing low cost vaccination clinics, pet adoptions, etc.

Pet of the Week

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer positions include dog walker, cat socializer, greeter, mobile adoption/special events, clerical support, bather/groomer, and foster caretaker. Volunteer opportunities with OC Animal Care are available seven days a week. For more information, please visit the Orange County Animal Care Volunteer or call the Volunteer Coordinator at (714) 935-6194.

 

Find a Lost Pet

In addition to Orange County Animal Care’s lost pet webpage, descriptions and picture of found pets are posted on PetHarbor. To search for a lost pet (or to look for a pet to adopt), simply type in the city or ZIP code where you lost your pet and select all or a few of the local shelters. After answering a few questions about your lost pet, PetHarbor will provide you with pictures and descriptions of animals found in the area.

Tips for Finding a Lost Pet:

  • Search the area thoroughly.
  • Call local animal shelters, veterinarians, and pet supply stores.
  • Visit local animal shelters and check local websites.
  • Post flyers and place ads in local newspapers. Be safe. Do not include your name and address on flyers.
  • Do not respond to "found pet" ads alone.
  • Don't give up! Pets have been known to find their way back home after being lost.
Tips to Protect Your Pet
  • Fence your yard and check it regularly for escape routes.
  • Leash your pets at all times.
  • Keep a collar on your pet that has an ID and current rabies tag.
  • Transport your pet in a carrier.
  • Consider a microchip implant.
  • Get some good photos of your pet.
  • Both males and females will be less likely to wander if they are spayed or neutered. An added benefit is that they will live a longer, happier, healthier life.
Dog Obedience Classes

Dog obedience classes solve behavior problems such as biting, jumping, barking, chewing, and digging. The goal is to turn the unruly pet into an enjoyable, well-mannered companion and a longtime member of the family. The City offers Dog Obedience classes for dogs at least four months old. These classes are advertised in the City’s Leaflet Recreation Guide, which can be found here. Do not bring your dog to the first class. Owner must provide proof of vaccinations, training collar, and leash.

Owners of dogs adopted from the Orange County Animal Care Center within the previous six months of the class will receive a 25 percent discount on the registration fee.

Pet Disaster Preparedness

Preparation is the best strategy for ensuring safety for your family during a disaster. Don't forget to include your pets in your plans. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare to care for your pets during an emergency:

  • Take your pets with you. If it is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for your pet. Remember that, depending on the emergency, you may not be allowed to return home for a period of time.
  • Find a safe place. Evacuation shelters may not accept pets (with the possible exception of service animals). Make arrangements ahead of time to ensure your pet has a safe place to stay.
  • Remember identification tags. Your pet should always be wearing identification. An identification tag may be your pet's ticket home. Visit your veterinarian to have your pet microchipped.
  • Have a plan in case you are not home. Make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to evacuate your pets. Make sure they have your work and cell phone numbers.
  • Know where local shelters are located. Should your pet become lost, start with the Orange County (OC) Animal Care Center. However, area shelters may become overburdened and may rely on a network of shelter options.
  • Assemble a portable pet disaster kit.

Your pets depend on you. Be prepared.

Spaying/Neutering

Controlling Pet Overpopulation

Spaying or neutering is one of the greatest gifts you can give your pet. In addition to helping control pet overpopulation, the procedure may also prevent medical and behavioral problems from developing, allowing your pet to lead a longer, healthier, happier life. The City has partnered with local veterinarians to offset the cost of the procedure. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, the City will provide a $50 voucher to complete the procedure at a participating clinic.

Participating clinics are:

Baker Ranch Animal Hospital
20780 Lake Forest Drive
Lake Forest CA 92630
(949) 600-8310
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El Toro Animal Hospital
23162 El Toro Frontage Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 837-5222

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Foothill Animal Hospital
29040 Portola Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 380-1255

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Lake Forest Animal Clinic
24301 Muirlands Blvd Ste P
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 837-7660

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Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital
22377 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 855-9744

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Plaza Pet Hospital
3 Rancho Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 581-7979

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Click here to begin the process by filling out an online form.

For more information about the program, contact Program Manager Sharlyn De La Paz at 282-5215.

Spay & Neuter Facts

  • Spayed and neutered pets live longer and healthier lives.
  • Spayed and neutered pets are better, more affectionate companions.
  • Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's instincts to protect its home and family.
  • Operations are simple and pets can sometimes go home the same day.
  • A number of vet clinics in Lake Forest offer low-cost spaying and neutering.
  • Spayed and neutered pets are eligible for discounted license fees.
City Managers Association Animal Care Committee

CMAACC Introduction

The City Managers Association Animal Care Committee ("CMAACC") is a subcommittee of the Orange County City Managers Association. Staff-level representatives from all Orange County Animal Care ("OCAC") member cities participate on this committee. The committee provides a forum for communication between OCAC, City Managers, and additional staff regarding financial and operational matters of OCAC. The CMAACC is referenced in the Animal Care Services Agreement between participating cities and OCAC.

2022 CMAACC Updates

Animal Shelter Reports

The public may access shelter and licensing statistics through Orange County Animal Care (OCAC).

Animal Shelter Reports

OCAC collects and reports the data provided according to industry-wide standards, known as Asilomar Accords. Below, you may find shelter, licensing, and field response statistics specific to Lake Forest.

OCAC 2020 Quarterly Reports

  1. OCAC CY 2020 Q2
  2. OCAC CY 2020 Q1

OCAC 2019 Annual Reports

  1. 2019 Impound and Licensing Report

OCAC 2018 Annual Reports

  1. Impound and License Report 2018 Annual Report
  2. Field Action and Charge Days 2018 Annual Report

The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County Reports

  1. PAC-OC FY 2019-20 Annual Report
  2. PAC-OC FY 2018-19 Annual Reporting
  3. PAC-OC FY 2017-18 OCAC and Lake Forest Animal Intake and Outcome (PDF)

Contact Us

Orange County Animal Care

1630 Victory Rd
Tustin, CA 92782
 

Animal Care Center Hours

Daily
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Closed Holidays

Receiving Animals at Animal Care Center Gate

7:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Call Center


Daytime Hours
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (714) 935-6848

Nighttime Hours
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Phone: (714) 935-6848
 

Licensing Office

Hours
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fax: (714) 935-6373

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2022 Business Survey


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Expand the Forest

Expand the Forest Beautification Program

Public Works Department | 100 Civic Center Dr. | Lake Forest, Ca 92630 | (949) 461 - 3493


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Note: Due to the health and wellbeing of the selected trees, plantings will occur only from October 1st though December 1st and March 1st through June 1st. Staff will contact you during this time frame. Dedication plaques are not allowed. 


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Disclaimer: If a planting date cannot be arranged, the tree(s) will be planted by the end of the planting period. 

 


Type of Tree


Dedication

The City Council Certificate: The dedication and sponsor(s) information will appear on the City Council signed certificate mailed to you after the tree planting has occurred.

(Example: In loving memory of John Doe, a great friend and co-worker) 


Payment

The cost of the Expand the Forest Program is $93.00/15 gallon tree. 

If Paying by Check, Mail to:

City of Lake Forest
Expand the Forest Program
100 Civic Center Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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City of Lake Forest
100 Civic Center Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Responsible Pet Ownership

Vet / Clinic:
20780 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 600-8310
23162 El Toro Frontage Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 837-5222
29040 Portola Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 380-1255
24301 Muirlands Blvd Ste P, Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 837-7660
22377 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 855-9744
3 Rancho Circle, Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 581-7979

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City: Lake Forest

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