|Dustin Ames/OC Weekly|
|Give them shelter|
At Purina Pro Plan's 53rd annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards, presented by Dogs in Review magazine and the Bow Tie Inc. publishing company, Irvine Animal Care Center (IACC) was presented the Shelter of the Year award in 2007 for the facility's innovative programs and disaster-relief efforts during that year's Southern California wildfires.
Billing itself as "a progressive and innovative municipal animal shelter," the IACC has also been recognized for providing top-notch veterinary care; high-quality food; soft bedding; and daily socialization with animals that include dogs, cats and bunnies available for adoption.
But what has most set the IACC apart from other city- or county-run shelters are its low rates of euthanization. A February 2013 Orange County Register article reported only 6.2 percent of IACC animals were put down for behavioral and health reasons--and that none was euthanized due to lack of space or time spent at the shelter. By comparison, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists the national rate of euthanization for cats at 70 percent and dogs at 60 percent.More »