National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!

November 4th through 10th marks National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week! The OC Dogumentary is proud to celebrate the incredible commitment and lifesaving work our Orange County shelters provide to our communities.

The Humane Society of the United States gives us Ten Ways to show your local animal shelter some love:

1. Donate a Subscription to Animal Sheltering Magazine
Shelter workers just can't get enough of Animal Sheltering—an award-winning bi-monthly magazine chock full of articles to educate, inform and inspire anyone who works or volunteers with homeless pets. Donate a year's subscription to your local shelter for just $20.

More info

2. Learn How to Help Injured or Abandoned Animals
Your local shelter and animal control officers depend on the community's help to reach animals in need. Learn everything you need to know to take action, from how to put together a first aid kit to which community phone numbers you need to know.

3. Be an Email Ambassador
Spread a shelter-friendly message every time you hit send—attach a tagline like the one below to your signature for all outgoing email messages: Love animals? Support your local shelter!

4. Adopt or Foster an Animal
Consider adopting or fostering a homeless animal. Whether you decide to bring home a new pet or foster an animal until she finds a forever family, you'll be giving a critter a safe and caring home while making room for another homeless pet in your community's animal shelter, where space is limited.

5. Say Thank You
Drop a note in the mail or shoot an email to your local shelter and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for animals. If you can, sweeten your thank you by adding an item from the shelter's wish list, a check or a gift card from a pet supply store.

Follow this link

to visit our Shelters page with mailing and email addresses

6. Volunteer Your Time and Skills
Whether you end up walking pooches, helping at special events or lending your expertise as a newsletter editor, your shelter can match your schedule and talents to their needs. Not only will you be helping animals in your community, but you also will be building knowledge and skills. Call your local shelter and find out how to start volunteering.

7. Support Spay-Neuter
Spaying or neutering your pet or offering to help fund a spay/neuter surgery for a friend, family member or neighbor's pet will save animals' lives by helping to lower the number of unwanted animals in your community and reduce the strain on your local shelter's resources.

8. Donate a Dog Bed
No shelter dog should have to sleep on a cold, concrete floor while waiting for a forever home, but providing bedding for the millions of homeless animals in our nation's animal shelters can add up to thousands of dollars each year—not to mention loads of laundry. Help a dog in need by donating a durable, shelter-tested bed to a shelter of your choice through the Kuranda shelter donation program. The beds can increase the overall physical and mental well-being of a shelter's doggie residents.

9. ID Your Pet
Your pet should never go naked—that is, without a collar and ID tags. It's the number one way that lost pets are returned to their owners. Without it a Good Samaritan or animal shelter will likely have no idea how to contact you. Even if your pet is microchipped or your cat never goes outdoors, always err on the safe side and make a collar and tag permanent—your pet's life could depend on it.

10. Add a Banner to Your Web Page
Post a banner to your MySpace profile, blog, or website to show your appreciation for your local shelter.

Follow this link

to copy and paste the code below the banner you want into your page.

Do you live in RSM, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills or Aliso Viejo? Don’t forget to support the SCAS, South County Animal Shelter Coalition, in their efforts to establish a pro-humane shelter serving these cities. Visit

We’d also like to bring attention to the aggravated issue of thousands of unregulated puppy mills which exist across the country.

Puppy mills are commercial mass dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most puppy mill dogs are housed in shockingly poor conditions, especially the ones kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. After they're no longer profitable, these dogs are simply discarded. And hundreds of thousands of puppies are born every year, adding to the pet overpopulation that fills our nation's animal shelters.

“When we buy a pet or even shop at a store that sells puppies, we contribute to a heartless underground industry that forces dogs to spend their entire lives in cages constantly breeding to support consumer demand for puppies.”

For a wealth of information including how you can help, puppy buying tips, how to find a good breeder and much more please visit

November-December Dog Friendly Events

Saturday, November 10th

The K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road (were Jamboree Road ends in the foothills of Saddleback Mountain)

10:00 am start

You and your four-legged best friend will love this pet friendly event. Come out to beautiful Irvine Regional Park for this unique event. This walk through tree-lined paths will thrill both you and your pet. Participate in our 3K (1.8 miles) walk and your entire registration fee will be donated to the Animal Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer prevention and treatment research. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on, or participate in the walk themselves!

$25 before Oct. 1. $30 after

Saturday, November 10th

Doggie Walk at Muttropolis, Fashion Island
From 10am to 11am dogs and their best two-legged friends join members of the Spa Gregories Wellness team for a healthy and fun doggie walk. Start the walk at Muttropolis and visit neighboring stores including, Lululemon for dog gifts on the way to the walking path. Meet at Muttropolis Fashion Island for a fun 1 mile walk around Newport Center Drive to benefit the Irvine Animal Care Center.

Friday, November 16th

A Tail of Two Cities ~ An Evening with the Pawparazzi
Benefiting the San Clemente - Dana Point Animal Shelter

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Ritz Carlton Hotel Dana Point
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

PRICE: $150 per person. Tables of 10 $1,500.

More Information: or call (949)-595-8899

Thursday, November 22nd

R.U.F.F. Thanksgiving Dinner
Tivoli Terrace
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

11am to 3pm, pets welcome!

Call for reservations (949) 340-2239
$35 prepaid per adult $40 at door $15 under 12
Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the door

Yappy Hour Wednesdays!
Noah’s Essentials & The Cliff Restaurant
577 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm (weather permitting)

Enjoy ½ price wine and appetizers at The Cliff while your pal samples free gourmet dishes from Noah’s such as lamb stew and turkey meatloaf…a beautiful Laguna Beach sunset makes this a yappy hour not to be missed!

Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd

Santa Paws (Mission Viejo)
Saddleback Valley Humane Society’s 16th annual fundraising event featuring pet photos with Santa! Polaroid and digital photos available.

10 am to 3 pm

Santa's Workshop
Corner of La Paz & Chrisanta
Mission Viejo, CA
(949) 262-5859

Sunday, December 2nd

Corona del Mar’s Annual Christmas Walk & Festival
The Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events the Chamber is proud to present. It is absolutely a can't miss event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends and associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit. Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, carolers, bouncy houses, Santa Visits restaurant tasting and a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes. The merchants of Corona del Mar invite you to visit the village and their individual businesses on this spectacular day!

FREE to the public
December 02, 2007 11:00AM - 4:00PM
(949) 673-4050

Thursday, December 6th

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Many galleries allow your pooch to peruse their artwork, making this a great pet friendly event!

Thursday, December 6th

Muttropolis’ Jingle Mutt Mingle!
Grab your pooch and join Muttropolis for a fun evening of mutt mingling and holiday cheer at our Jingle Mutt Mingle & Open House. Enjoy egg nog and hot apple cider and Christmas cookies while your pup munches on gourmet all natural treats. The event will benefit the Irvine Animal Care Center. Find out more at 6-9 pm

Friday, December 7th

Laguna Beach's Annual Hospitality Night
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 51st annual “Hospitality Night,” when Forest Avenue is cordoned off and shops stay open until 9 p.m. to welcome holiday revelers. Santa Claus will light up the historic pepper tree in front of Laguna Beach City Hall at 6 p.m. Bring your pooch for a fun evening in Laguna Beach!

Saturday and Sunday, December 8th & 9th

Santa Paws Photos
Benefiting RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends)

26761 Aliso Creek Road
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 643-2285

11am to 4pm

Bring your pets and your kids, too
Meet Santa and have your photo taken with him
Come join RUFF at our annual Santa Paws event!

What's New

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Thank you for reading this issue of The OC Dogumentary and for celebrating the furry friends who add so much joy to our lives :)

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary
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