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The Animal Network Of OC

P.O. Box 8662 Newport
Beach, CA






31, 2010


An Orange County Prison Psychologist Asks
The Animal Report For
Help To Publish A Need To Help A Pregnant Momma Cat Get Off Prison




       December 16, 2009 

Starving Dogs

Found At The Old
Cesar Milan’s Facility Now South Central Stray Rescue Foundation, Inc.

Starving Dog Update:
March 4, 2010:
The Rescue Had
Plenty Of Dog Food Stacked High But The Animals Were Not Fed Or Cleaned Up
After. The Rescue “South Central Stray Rescue Foundation, Inc” Is
Considered A Hoarding Facility By Fellow Rescuers.







The Animal Report –

Cover Story:  Kids
Leaving For College – The Pet Dilemma






Style and Fashion for Animal Lovers


Style News & Events for Fashion Loving Owners and their Pets

‘Fashion Island’ Lives Up to Its Name!

It should come as no surprise that Fashion Island (preferred shopping venue to some of the most well dressed people in the country) is also a runway for some of the most well dressed pets anywhere. Fashion Island’s pet friendly attitude and several stores that cater exclusively to our four legged friends makes it the ideal place for pet owners to show off their chic pet style.

If you don’t want your furry friend to feel left out, you can join in the fun by stopping by. Not even a dog should be caught underdressed at Fashion Island. Fashionable pet and supply stores cater to your pooch with dresses, sweaters and shirts you can find something to compliment the personality of your pet.

Head over to Russo’s Pet Experience, which is where people gather to gawk at adorable animals. They also sell quality pet supplies, everything you need to pamper your pooch!

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Cute Christmas Cats

Merry Christmas from the Animal Network! While we know it’s not technically Christmas yet, we thought we would get you in the mood with some kitties who are embracing holiday cheer!…mostly.

If you would like to send us pictures of your pet dressed up for Christmas, you can email us at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing your festive friends!

Cartier’s Cats

Cartier has a beautiful new winter campaign featuring their signature cat, the cheetah. There are few jewelers who are as fashionable and timeless as Cartier. While they stick to making jewelry for humans, their designs are certainly animal friendly. Check out their signature trinity bracelet that has been updated with a cheetah print bangle that intertwines with a diamond encrusted bangle and third bangle of yellow gold! Their panther collection is another example of Cartier’s love affair with cats. Featuring a dazzling array of jewelry in a variety of metals and gems, ranging from bracelets and earrings to rings and necklaces.


Fashion Hounds Go Green With Quality “Faux” Fur Looks

Shop Donna Salyer’s


Microchip Recovery

Protecting A Lost Pet

Written By DiAnna Pfaff-Martin

Founder of Community Animal Network and the Animal Network of Orange County

My professional experiences managing Community Animal Network leads me to have the opinion that all companion animals should be implanted with microchips and the pet-parents contact information registered in order to protect lives. However, a microchip implanted and not registered or the information not kept current renders the life-saving abilities of the microchip useless.

For your animals’ protection always have your cat or dog wear and pet tag and “most” important” have your veterinarian perform a simple non-surgical procedure to implant a tiny a microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades.

The non-surgical microchip implant procedure costs between $35.00- $55.00 but the chip must be registered to the owner with a national database for a small fee.

Pet-parents biggest mistake is not keeping their contact information current or registering the microchip in the first place.

A microchip will protect the animal from shelter euthanization by notifying the pet-parent when an animal enters a municipal shelter. Municipal shelters across the United States are required to scan for a microchip when an animal enters a shelter, prior to euthanasia and/or at the time of adoption to insure no mistakes have been made.

Farm Animals

The Animal Network of Orange County


Learn What You Can do To Help


Animal Network Of Orange County Promoting
The Humane Treatment Of All Living Beings

Farm Sanctuary has been featured in dozens of national television
and radio news reports, including: National Public Radio, Prime
Time Live, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Headline News, CNN Larry King
Live Show, CBS This Morning, HardCopy, Animal
Planet, and The Home Show. Prominent newspaper and
magazine coverage includes feature articles in The Wall Street
Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine,
USA Today
, and dozens of Associated Press stories.

Founder’s Email

June 25, 2007 Received via E-Mail


I was at Fashion Island and came across your adoption showings on Saturday.

I have done rescue in the past (in the Los Angeles area) and all my personal dogs have been rescues. I cannot believe that a legitimate rescue group would actually show dogs in front of a pet store that is nothing more than a puppy mill outlet store. Where is your integrity? These people are the polar opposites of everything you should stand for.

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Trapping Feral and Stray Cats



Public Relations
For Animals 


The Animal Network of Orange County

“Cat Trapping Tutorial”

Information Page


 Promotion For Animals   In


I n f o r m a t i o n 

Trapping – Spaying And

of Feral Cats and Stray Cats

Written By DiAnna
Pfaff-Martin From My Experience In Animal Rescuer in Orange County,




are “Vouchers” Available  To Spay And Neuter Wild
Untouchable Cats!  

Prepared! don’t Be Turned Away! Wild and Untouchable Cats
“Must” Arrive In “Traps”
NOT Pet Carriers at Vet
Hospitals Or Will Be Turned Away!   

The Orange County Society For the Prevention Of
Cruelty Of Animals

(most commonly known as OCSPCA)

will send “Vouchers” For Spay And Neuter of Feral Wild
Untouchable Cats

OCSPCA Feral Cat Voucher Program

Assistance League of Orange County  714-978-7387 




No One Should Feed Cats
Unless Trapping and Spaying and Neutering! Otherwise they Multiply! 

A fertile cat will produce an average of three litters a year! In just seven

years a fertile cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats! These figures

point to a need for a more aggressive spay/neuter program within the United




Kittens Become Pregnant at
5 months old

Kittens Can Impregnate at 4 months of age 

Cats Have An Average Of Five (5) Kittens In Litter 

Cats Can Get Pregnant “Again” When They Are

Suffer and Often Die From Flea Anemia, Cold and Heat When Born

Can Be Cited By The County If Breeding Cats Are Deemed A 

Officials Can Order The Cats Be Removed From The Property & You Face A

An Individual
Allowing Cats To Over Populate Can Be Cited For Animal Cruelty  

Colonies Suffer 

Defining The Terms 

Feral Cat (provided by Best Friends Catnippers L.A.

“Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned pets, raised without human contact and living typically in colonies where food and shelter are available. They lead harsh lives, shortened by malnutrition, disease, trauma, and high kitten mortality. Feral cats are often seen as a public nuisance and make up a large portion of the animals
euthanized by local control agencies.”



Defining The Terms 

Definition: Stray Cat (Provided
By Animal Network of O.C.

“A cat that has lived with humans and has
become lost or abandoned is a stray cat. A stray cat may or may not have
acclimated to life on the streets. Cats that do not acclimate are often
found starving. A stray cat that has acclimated and survives can often be
mistaken for a feral cat, as their behaviors have adjusted in order to
survive leading them to run from humans, avoid touch and hide to protect
themselves. Both stray and feral cats seek food and shelter and often live
in groups with a hierarchy that is defined by levels of dominance. Cats
that have lived outdoors for sometime may become unrecognizable to their
owner because of muscle development and a thicker

Author: DiAnna Pfaff-Martin,
founder of Animal Network of Orange County, copyright 2006


Prepare To

Try to get help from neighbors! Create a flyer!

Distribute the flyer on doorsteps. Meet and greet the
neighbors. Tell them about trapping and releasing and educate them. Most
people worry that harm will come to them so discuss 


that no harm will come to the animals and ask that no
one else but you feed while the trapping goes on. A HUNGRY CAT WILL GO IN

Where there are stray and feral cats someone is feeding.
Try to locate the feeder and ask for help. Sometimes they welcome the
information about humane solution of “TNR” (trap neuter and
release). However, beware that some will resist spaying and neutering as
they like to see the babies and think it is natural.  



Keep Them Hungry 



“Buy” Or
“Rent” Your



We suggest purchasing the economy traps (32 x 10
x10) pictured below. 

There Are Two Types “Basic” and
“Transfer” Economy Traps

“Basic” Economy Raccoon / Feral Cat Trap 

Purchase 1-5 for $41.75 each 

Purchase 6+ For $38.27

 Economy Raccoon / Feral Cat Transfer

Purchase 1-5 for $55.66 each 

Purchase 6+ For $52.19





2300 Newport Blvd

 Costa Mesa, CA 



14941 Jackson St

Midway City, CA 92655



1730 N. Lemon Street

Anaheim, CA 92801 




Marking and Spotting
Altered Cats

Ask the veterinarian that developed and managed colonies to mark the animals
that have been trapped, neutered and released by having the veterinarian
at the time of spay or neuter cut the tip of the ear; this is called a
notched ear . This simple ear notch signals the trapper to release any cat
from the traps that has a notched ear. An ear notch simplifies the system
and lowers costs and trauma to the animals.


O.C. Vet Hospitals That
Alter Feral Cats

Few Hospitals Give
Attention To Wild Untouchable Cats

Hospitals Assign Quota’s and
Certain Days To Alter Feral Cats! Know the Days and Rules “BEFORE” You

The Animal Medical Center 

Wednesday Quota is 4 for the day)

16540 Harbor Blvd. 

Fountain Valley, CA 

(Harbor and Heil near Warner) 


 Golden State Humane Society (is not an animal

11901 Gilbert Street, Garden Grove, CA 92641


Animal Discount Clinic


Know the rules of each hospital
and Days of Spay Neuter “BEFORE” You Trap!



Other Links 

Click to Read “Animal
Network’s” Information 


Feral Kittens”  


California Feral Spay and Neuter

Fix Our Ferals offers free spay/neuter clinics
for homeless cats. They have helped over 1000 east Bay residents to sterilize
more than 3000 cats since we started in 1998.



Angeles Area Feral Spay and Neuter


FixNation, Inc.



Operates a free full-time spay/neuter
clinic for feral and homeless cats.


Provides low-cost spay/neuter for tame


Clinic Location

7680 Clybourn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91352

818-524-2287 | [email protected]

Open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.

Reservations are required.

DROP-OFF TIMES: 7am to 8:30am


T 818.524.2287
F 818.767.7791



Help Others! If You Know
About Ferals: e-mail [email protected]



LA Times Home Foreclosures 2008




January 31, 2008

Writer Martin Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times

Photographer Photo by Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times

“We can keep them there as long as the house is in limbo,” said Kathryn Ecdao, who couldn’t take the dogs with her to her new residence and can’t afford to board Roxy and Bear. “But that’s not fair to the dogs. They’re not getting the attentio

People often can’t find apartments that allow animals. Many are abandoned or brought to shelters.

Martin Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 4:13 PM PST, January 31, 2008

Being forced to put her house on the market by the real estate meltdown was stressful enough for Kathryn Ecdao. Leaving Roxy and Bear behind made matters much worse.

The 4-year-old Labrador-German shepherd mixes weren’t welcome at the rental Ecdao moved into a few miles away. So she makes daily trips to her now-empty former home in Anaheim Hills to care for the dogs and is desperately trying to find someone to adopt them before the place is sold.

We can keep them there as long as the house is in limbo,” said Ecdao, who can’t afford to board Roxy and Bear. “But that’s not fair to the dogs. They’re not getting the attention that they deserve.”

Actually, Roxy and Bear are among the luckier four-legged victims of the housing crisis. As more and more Californians are turned out of their homes by foreclosures or forced sales, family pets — especially dogs and cats — are being left behind to fend for themselves.

“These people don’t know what’s going to happen to them, and they figure someone will take care of the cat,” said Jacky deHaviland, who works with a Los Angeles-area group called Muttshack Animal Rescue. “They say ‘I can’t even deal with this. How can I deal with that?’ ”

For DiAnna Pfaff-Martin of Newport Beach, founder of the Animal Network of Orange County, the wake-up call came last week when she got five new adoption cases — four dogs and a cat — because their owners had lost their homes.

“This is the first time I’ve had this kind of problem since I started doing this in 1996,” Pfaff-Martin said.

As the housing crunch worsens — foreclosures in California are at record levels — so will the problem of homeless pets, she said. “I think this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Real estate pros and other animal welfare organizations are reporting similar trends.

“I’m getting calls from desperate people who are losing their homes, asking us to rescue their cat,” said Fran Moore of Irvine, a co-founder of the Orange County Animal Rescue Coalition, which works with the public shelter in Corona, an area hit hard by foreclosures.

Leo Nordine, a Hermosa Beach broker who specializes in selling repossessed homes, said he finds abandoned dogs at least once a month these days. Sometimes they’re chained in a yard, sometimes locked in the house. They’re often emaciated, if they’re alive at all.

Nordine first tries to get neighbors to take in an abandoned dog. If that fails, he calls a public shelter or a private group to pick up the animal. (Going to the county pound is often a death sentence, especially for large dogs, which are difficult to place. In Orange County, for example, 40% of the almost 28,000 dogs and cats impounded by the county last year were destroyed.)

In Corona, shelter manager Darryl Heppner has seen a 16% jump in the number of animals brought in during the last six months.

“That’s abnormally high,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of people in trouble, and they have to make hard decisions.”

The circumstances that follow foreclosure can be remorseless for pet owners. “They have a hard enough time even qualifying for a rental because their credit is shot, and 98% of landlords don’t take dogs,” Nordine said. “So if you’ve been foreclosed and you have a pit bull, good luck.”

It doesn’t help that some landlords who do accept pets are doubling or tripling their pet deposits, according to Moore of Muttshack.

The spike in homeless pets comes as Heppner’s and other animal welfare facilities are dealing with budget cutbacks. The work of volunteers and donations of such essentials as cat litter are “a godsend,” he said.

In California, abandoning a pet is a crime punishable by a $500 fine, up to six months in jail or both. But offenders are rarely prosecuted, activists say, in part because they can be surprisingly difficult to find.

“All we have is a name and a disconnected phone number and no forwarding address,” said Nordine, the Hermosa Beach broker. “You’d need the FBI to try to track them down.”

Although Ecdao has no intention of abandoning her dogs to an uncertain fate, her predicament is an often-heard tale in the current housing market. She and her husband had to put their home up for sale in January after their monthly loan payment jumped along with the interest rate on their adjustable-rate mortgage. Refinancing wasn’t an option because the house’s value had fallen so much since their last refinance.

They found a rental, but the landlord said “no dogs.”

“Since it was such a horrible situation because we didn’t know where we were going to live, we agreed to it,” Ecdao said.

She contacted Pfaff-Martin, who runs a weekend adoption fair for rescued dogs and cats outside Russo’s Pet Experience at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Ecdao and her 13-year-old daughter now make the weekly pilgrimage to the shopping center with Bear and Roxy, hoping someone will want to take the dogs home with them.

“It’s awful,” Ecdao said. The first time they went, “we cried the entire afternoon. We love those dogs.”


Rescue Call Log

Animal Network’s


Calls Pour In Everyday!


Call: 949.759.3646

[email protected]

Become a “Pet-Link” in Your Area! Make Connections that Could Save Animals Lives!


What Would “YOU” Do If You Knew that Tiny Kittens Were Found in the Trash? Get Involved!

Become A Caregiver to Animals in Need!

What Would “YOU” Do if you Knew that Kitten Formula Costs $19.00 for only 12 ounces and Four Tiny Babies Will Drink 28 Ounces a Week!

Please Donate to Our Formula Fund!

Memo your check non-profit tax ID # 33-0971560

Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA 92658


RESCUE LOG: We do not rescue kittens by color. If you are looking to adopt and not help please see our adoption page with photos of cats and kittens.




Needs new foster home, doesn’t get along with
other cats.


[email protected]

Given to family with toddler.  Can’t
keep cat. Cat is aggressive with baby.

Siamese Mix

2-4 years old

[email protected]

Need spay & foster care.

Mother Cat & Kittens

(2nd litter)

[email protected]

Need help.


Female, 4 months

[email protected]

Need foster care.

3 Kittens

[email protected]

Moving.  Can’t keep.  30 day

2 cats

[email protected]

Adopt an Adult Cat and save a life! All kittens will find homes!

Vet Medical Animals

Helping Out

Please read the stories below to learn about our most recent rescues and needs.

Stories below:
Daisy & Riesling: eye-lid surgery
Momba, Manny & Target: Leukemia Cat Family


Eyelid Reconstruction Surgery

Read Their Story:

Their eyelashes were rubbing on the delicate surface of the eye. OUCH!

Daisy and Riesling were 8 week old torti tabby kittens. They were born with eyelid agenesis which is the incomplete formation of the eyelid. Their lashes rubbed on the surface of their eyes which caused corneal edema from the lashes rubbing. We had to act quickly to save their eyesight and stop any corneal ulcerations. A second surgery was needed and performed to perfect the correction of the lid.

The surgery was not cosmetic; it was essential to safeguard their vision and stop the irritation and pain of their lashes rubbing on the surface of their eyes.

Community Animal Network does not kill animals that become too expensive, nor does it restrict an animal from being rescued and adopted into a loving home because of the cost.


Send your tax deductible donation to:

“Daisy and Riesling Sight Fund”
Community Animal Network
PO Box 8662
Newport Beach, CA 92658

Make checks payable to:
Community Animal Network,
(Tax ID 33-0971560)

Reading This Could Help Save These Animals’ Lives!

E-mail or Tell a Friend!

A Call For Life…



Read Their Story Below:

Leukemia positive momma cat

10 month old, female spayed

Leukemia positive babies

Manny & Target

Manny, Beautiful Black Leopard male neutered

Target, Gorgeous Russian Blue Look, female spayed,

READ THEIR STORY: Feline Leukemia Positive Momba and her kittens

A cat named Momba and two of her five babies have tested positive for the feline leukemia virus. The founder of Community Animal Network DiAnna Pfaff-Martin says, “We hope the public will come forward and support our pro-quality life mission and adopt theses beautiful and sweet animals two by two. The animals have no active symptoms of the virus and their condition can be easily managed by living in a loving home that has no other cats.”

The cat family must find new homes within the month, or the animals will be the first non-symptomatic animals to be euthanized in the history of the group. It is a quality of life issue. Momba and her growing babies should not live sequestered for their lifetime in a tiny room. God willing, these animals will have the ability to be adopted into a caring home. We are counting on the public to show that they respect what we do and come forward to help!

This is a difficult time for Community Animal Network and the Costa Mesa caregiver Kate Kasakoff because we love them all. Momba is a petite black cat who has been such a good mom. She really deserves better after all that she has been through. The babies that tested FeLV+ are “Target” who has a purebred Russian-Blue look and Manny a black male who looks like his mom.

The siblings Jack, Tammy and Moescha, have tested negative for the virus but will be re-tested in thirty days to determine if the test could have been negative because antigens were not yet present in the blood.

Newport Beach resident and feline practitioner, Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell guided us through the protocol and timing of the appropriate testing. Dr. Wexler-Mitchell’s new book “Guide To A Healthy Cat” (available on states that FeFLV can cause latent infections, which hide quietly in the cat but may cause clinical signs months to years later.

Our organization has taken the appropriate steps to confirm the animals condition. We hope someone will focus on their ability to give life with their love and come forward to help. Call 949.533.0411 to adopt, or send your financial support to Community Animal Network, P.O. Box 8662 Newport Beach, CA, 92658. Memo your tax-deductible donation “Leukemia Cat Family” Tax ID 33-0971560. Your donation “C.A.N.” make a difference in an animals life!