With the continued issue of pet overpopulation our May issue of The OC Dogumentary is proud to spotlight the wonderful shelters and rescues in Orange County and Southern California. Many people are unaware that a rescue exists for almost every breed of dog.
The Aussie Rescue of Southern California is supported by Wags & Wiggles Dog Daycare and Training facility who fosters and rehomes about 50 dogs a year including handling medical care and training at their own expense.
Cited from their website, here are some common misconceptions about breed rescues:
Misconception: Rescue groups are desperate to find homes for dogs, and don't care who gets them as long as they are gone.
Fact: Rescue groups are usually very careful about placing the right dog in the right home. Some dogs have special needs, such as being an only dog, or being in a home with no children. We spend many hours talking with potential adopters, getting to know their situations. We visit their homes to make sure it is the best environment for the particular dog to be in. In general, we take the same steps a good breeder would to ensure that the match we finally make is a good one. We are only human, however, and we do make mistakes. But we always try to do what is in the dog's best interest.
Misconception: Rescue groups always have puppies available. I will have no trouble getting a very young dog, because they will have one right there.
Fact: Only occasionally do most rescues have young pups available. The majority of dogs we rescue are between the ages of one and three years. When considering adopting a rescue dog, you must be flexible in your expectations. There is no way for any one group to have the exact dog that everyone is looking for. If you are dead set on having a puppy, I would suggest finding a good breeder rather than going with rescue.
Misconception: Rescue people are just out to make money. If they were really interested in helping find these dogs homes, they would just give them away rather than charge a fee.
Fact: While some rescue groups get a bit of financial support from a national club (either the breed's club or a national rescue for that breed), almost all money that is spent on the care of the dogs in rescue comes right out of our own pockets. Some come to us with treatable illnesses such as heart or intestinal worms. Some have never been given the proper vaccines or vet care. Many come to us unaltered (not spayed or neutered). We give each and every dog vet care, to ensure that they are reasonably healthy when they are adopted. We feed them nutritious foods and give them vitamins, and any medicines that they need. It would be nice if all of these things came to us for free, but they do not. Some rescues have made arrangements with vets to have the dogs treated for a reduced fee, and occasionally, national pet store chains will donate food to rescue groups. The adoption fee that is charged is only to help cover these costs. Believe me, we put out much more than we get back! We are not in rescue for profit. We do this because we love the breeds we are associated with, and because we would rather take the financial loss than see one of our breed suffer in an unhappy home, or be killed in a shelter because no one came to adopt them.
Misconception: Breed rescue will give anyone a pair of intact dogs to start their own kennel, so they can breed puppies and sell them.
Fact: As unbelievable as this is, many people think we will do this. The truth is, we aim to REDUCE the number of dogs who wind up in shelters, unloved and unwanted, not to help boost those numbers. No ethical rescue person will adopt out a dog who is intact, PERIOD. It totally defeats the purpose of rescue.
Misconception: Breed rescue groups scale fences in the dead of night to take dogs out of abusive homes, kick in doors and raid puppy mills.
Fact: We do none of this generally, though I have heard stories of people taking a neighbor's abused dog then denying ever seeing it. But this is what most people think of when they see/hear the word "rescue". When we say "rescue", it is generally in reference to "rescuing" the dog from a shelter, rather than see it be put to sleep when no one adopts or claims them. Some groups will not take owner turn ins at all, opting to take dogs out of shelters only. As for puppy mills, if there is a raid on a mill (organized by the police or USDA, who license the mills), they will sometimes contact the local rescue groups to aid in caring for the dogs that are seized.
Misconception: Breed rescue groups are against breeding altogether, and have nothing to do with those who breed dogs.
Fact: Actually, many people involved with rescue are breeders themselves. What we are against is irresponsible breeders who don't know what they are doing. Breeding is not something to be taken lightly. It is not something one just "does", out of curiosity, to "teach the kids about nature" or to make some extra pocket money. When done correctly, breeding is not profitable, and is done ONLY to improve the overall quality of the breed. There are many people out there who breed simply to satiate the demands of the "pet" market, which ends up weakening the genetic pool of the given breed. This is what most rescuers are against, because we do not want to see anything happen that will diminish the quality of the dogs we love so much.
For more information on the Aussie Rescue of Southern California, visit their site at
Many additional local Rescues were present at The OC Pet Expo last month, giving us an opportunity to visit with them and see first-hand the wonderful contributions they make in saving lives. Stop by our rescues page at
for more information about these fantastic breed specific rescues.
San Clemente - Dana Point's Wag-a-thon
The 14th annual Wag-a-thon benefiting the San Clemente – Dana Point Animal Shelter was a huge success on Saturday, April 28th at the Dana Point Harbor with over 1,000 dogs in attendance, raising over $50,000! ocdogfriendly participated as a volunteer working the sponsor-a-pet booth, raising funds to support the available animals at the shelter. If you missed this year's Wag, make sure you don’t miss it next year, tentatively scheduled for April 26th!
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May Dog Friendly Events
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 beer and appetizers at The Cliff while your pal samples 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 May 19th
Gentle Dental at Muttropolis
Gentle Dental is great for both dogs and cats and is low-stress anesthesia-free and administered by dental hygienists with 25 years experience. Call 949.717.MUTT for an appointment today! Cost: $95
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 20th
Muttropolis’ Italian Greyhound Meet-Up
Fashion Island Shopping Center
865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Sunday, June 3rd
2007 Orange County Vision Walk
Hicks Canyon Community Park
3864 Viewpark Avenue
Irvine, CA 92602
Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Start: 10:00 a.m.
VISIONWALK is a dog friendly 5K walk-a-thon fundraising program of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Walk is a fun filled day of entertainment, bounce houses, face painters and refreshments! Not to mention a great walk around beautiful Hicks Canyon Park! So gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and join FFB and our mission to prevent, treat and cure retinal degenerative diseases. Together, a cure is in sight!
Friday, June 8th
Canine Massage Seminar
Wags & Wiggles
23171 Arroyo Vista
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Therapeutic and Sports Canine Massage is a powerful tool to improve the physical, emotional, and mental health of your pet. Massage is not a luxury item for dogs but an important technique for improving your dog's well-being. Instructor: Terry Senko, certified Equine and Canine Massage Provider (ECMP).
9am to noon, cost - $80
Quotes From The Dog Pile
I spilled spot remover on my dog. He's gone now.
A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.
Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
Thank you for helping us celebrate these wonderful creatures who warm our hearts and brighten our lives!
Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary