The City of Lake Forest is committed to providing a safe, clean, educational, and compassionate environment focused on increasing animal adoption into responsible homes by advocating for healthy human and animal relationships.

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 of Lake Forest with the following services:

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

Adopt a Pet

Orange County Animal Shelter (OCAC)

Orange County Animal Care provides temporary shelter and medical care for "lost" owned or stray animals and opportunities for adoption of these animals. They house and provide medical care for impounded dogs, cats, and other exotic animals.

The facility provides pet licensing and patrol services to 14 contract cities which includes the City of Lake Forest and all the unincorporated areas of the County.

Contact:

Phone: (714) 935-6848

E-mail: OCCRocpetinfo@occr.ocgov.com

Website: https://ocpetinfo.com/

Location:

1630 Victory Road

Tustin, CA 92782

Hours:

Adoptions and General Inquiries: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week

Licensing and Billing:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

In case of an emergency, call (714) 259-1122

 

Pet Adoption Center of Orange County (PAC-OC)

        The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County is a nonprofit organization in Lake Forest that connects adoptable pets with people and offers resources people need to be equipped for responsible pet ownership.

         PAC-OC provides counseling and placement services to potential adopters, assisting them in selecting a breed or blend whose characteristics are a suitable match for their home and lifestyle, and helping them to locate an adoptable pet through their referral network.

         PAC-OC houses small dogs approximately 30 pounds and under.

         They accept dogs from local animal control agencies, animal welfare organizations, and certain owner surrenders.

         All dogs receive mandatory sterilization, up-to-date vaccinations, and an identification microchip.

 Contact:

Phone: (949) 858-1000

E-mail: info@adoptocpets.org

Website: www.adoptocpets.org

Location:

24331 Muirlands, Suites E & F

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Hours:

Open by Appointment only, 7 days a week

 

*NOTE: To meet a dog, please visit https://adoptocpets.org/adopt/ to DOWNLOAD, COMPLETE, & EMAIL an adoption application to info@adoptocpets.org

Find a Lost Pet

In addition to Orange County Animal Care’s lost pet webpage, descriptions, and pictures 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:

o   Search the area thoroughly.

o   Call local animal shelters, veterinarians, and pet supply stores.

o   Visit local animal shelters and check local websites.

o   Post flyers and place ads in local newspapers. Be safe. Do not include your name and address on the flyers.

o   Do not respond to "found pet" ads alone.

o   Don't give up! Pets have been known to find their way back home after being lost.

Spaying/Neutering

Responsible Pet Ownership Program:

         The City of Lake Forest has partnered with local veterinarians to reduce the cost of spaying or neutering of residents’ pets to help control pet overpopulation and allow for a better quality of life. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, the City will provide a $50 voucher to complete the procedure at a participating clinic. The program is open to Lake Forest residents only.

 

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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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.
  • Several vet clinics in Lake Forest offer low-cost spaying and neutering.
  • Spayed and neutered pets are eligible for discounted license fees.

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

Pet Licensing

         What is pet licensing?

o   Each contract city within Orange County has different zoning requirements regarding the number of animals it allows per property. The City of Lake Forest requires you to obtain an Animal Permit from OC Animal Care for properties that keep or maintain more than three cats and/or three dogs.

        Pet Licensing Application:

o   Please visit https://licensepet.com/wl3/reg/orngwl to start a new registration for your pet.

        External Information:

o   How to Obtain a Pet License: https://www.ocpetinfo.com/license/how-obtain-pet-license

o   Licensing Fee Schedule: https://www.ocpetinfo.com/page/licensing-fee-schedule-lake-forest

Pet Licensing Fee Schedule

License

Months

Cost

Unsterilized dog

12

$159

Sterilized dog

12

$20

Puppy - for dogs 4-6 months of age

12

$20

Unsterilized dog (Senior owner 60 years and up)

12

$159

Sterilized dog (Senior owner 60 years and up, Multiple discounts allowed per household for altered dogs. More than three must apply for an animal permit if allowed in their jurisdiction)

12

$10

Late fee - per dog

12

$20

Collections Fee (This fee is assessed when a customer's past due license is sent to TTC for collections.  This fee cannot be waived.)

12

$58

Non-compliance (This fee is assessed when an Animal Control Officer cites a customer for non-compliance of licensing after an account is sent to TTC for collections)

12

$112

Unsterilized cat

12

$9

Sterilized cat

12

$9

Replacement Tag

12

$9

Transfer Fee

12

$9

Tips to Protect Your Pet
  •         Fence your yard and check it regularly for escape routes.

  •         Always leash your pets.

  •         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.

Pet Disaster Preparedness
  • Preparation is the best strategy for ensuring the safety of 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.

  •          Find a safe place. Evacuation shelters may not accept pets (except for service animals). Decide 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. Plan 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.

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.

2023 CMAACC Updates

2022 CMAACC Updates

Contact for Support

Orange County Animal Care

o   Phone:

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

§  Nighttime Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., call (714) 259-1122

§  In case of an emergency, call (714) 259-1122

o   E-mail: OCCRocpetinfo@occr.ocgov.com

o   Website: https://ocpetinfo.com/

o   Location:

§  1630 Victory Road

§  Tustin, CA 92782

o   Hours:

§  Normal Business hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

§  Adoption Hours, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

§  If your lost dog or cat is currently licensed and up to date on their rabies vaccination, they may be redeemed 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.

§  If your lost dog or cat is not licensed and/or up to date on their rabies vaccination, you must redeem your pet during the regular shelter business hours of 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.

§  OC Animal Care currently accepts aggressive, injured, or sick animals; underage kittens and puppies; and stray dogs 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

§  Pet licenses can be processed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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2023 Community Services Commission

Notice

The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Community Services Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The Community Services Commission advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the acquisition, development, and maintenance of public parks and recreational facilities. The Commission also advises the City Council on matters relating to recreational programs and provides advice to the Community Services Department.

This Commission meets the Wednesday after the first City Council meeting of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Commission members pledge upon appointment to represent the overall public good and not that of an exclusive group or interest and will sign an Ethics Policy upon appointment to the Commission. The City assigns a staff liaison to work with the Commission and facilitate communication between the Commission and the City Council.

In addition to attending the regular monthly Commission meetings, Commissioners are expected to periodically attend and participate in City programs and activities. Commissioners receive a salary of $59 per meeting, not to exceed $118 per month.

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2023 Planning Commission Application

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The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Planning Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The City's Planning Commission is a decision-making body tasked with reviewing matters related to planning and development in the City. The Planning Commission consists of five members which are appointed by the City- Council with Commissioners serving four-year terms. Typical projects reviewed by the Planning Commission include applications for new development, proposed changes in zoning or the text of the Municipal Code, as well as review proposed subdivisions of land. The Planning Commission is also responsible for making recommendations to the City Council as to whether a project or action would be consistent with the General Plan.

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2023 Traffic and Parking Commission

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The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Traffic and Parking Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023. There is currently one seat available on the commission.

The Traffic and Parking Commission advises the City Council on issues relating to parking and the safe and efficient movement of traffic, including vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and other modes of transportation upon the circulation network of the City. The Commission will provide recommendations related to traffic and parking including, but not limited to traffic and parking related field studies, requests for traffic control devices, requests for permit parking and street sweeping parking restrictions, and other related matters.

This Commission meets the Monday prior to the first City Council meeting of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Commission members pledge upon appointment to represent the overall public good and not that of an exclusive group or interest and will sign an Ethics Policy upon appointment to the Commission. The City assigns a staff liaison to work with the Commission and facilitate communication between the Commission and the City Council. In addition to attending the regular monthly Commission meetings, Commissioners are expected to periodically attend and participate in City programs and activities.

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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. 

 


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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.

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

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Expand the Forest Program
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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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