Protecting A Lost Pet

Saving Pets With Microchip Implants

The Animal Report

Protecting A Lost Pet


Promotion For Animals In Need

Please Cross Post To Your Friends and Animal Lovers

“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.”

Protecting A Lost Pet

Written By
DiAnna Pfaff-Martin

Founder of Community Animal
Network and the Animal Report

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.

Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

To Help Memo Your Check,

“Protecting A Lost Pet”

non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

Meet Our Rescue Animals in the Caregivers Home Call 949-759-3646

Suspected Animal Killers





Network of Orange County


Public Relations for Animals




Orange County

Suspected Animal Killers




Has This Woman Picked Up any Of Your Cats?

email your information to:

Ryan Drabek

[email protected]

Stefani Waterman

[email protected]

The Animal Report

[email protected]


All Rescues
Are Not the Same!




Commonly, rescue
organizations are always full because it takes a long time to
find a new home for an adult cat, older kittens, big dogs or
an old dog.

Don’t Be Fooled!
There Are "NO HOMES" for Wild Untouchable Feral Cats! There
Are No Sanctuaries That Don’t charge A Substantial Financial

So, "Before" you
place your beloved pet in harms way… 

And "BEFORE" you become
frustrated trying to find a new home with your pet with a rescue and
become desperate…

If You Become
Desperate for Help; Beware Of Anyone Described As A "Nice
Lady", or Business Cards that Simply Say "Animal Rescue"!

People Make Desperate Choices and Often Not the Right Choice." 

The Authorities
Say, "Buyer Beware". If It Is Too Good To Be True It Is!





Some Rescue
People and Organizations KILL!




Are the Suspects

Names That Are
Published In The Blog Considered To Be Involved:


Hildebrand, Cindy Morgan, Linda Sheehan, Barbara Zolle, 
, Carol Murphy.  Lynn
Hildebrand Named as Primary 
Killer  of
healthy adoptable puppies, kittens, 
dogs over a period of years.

The Blog Spot. It was first Published
Feb 16, 2010 – 
Still People Give Them Cats and Dogs!

If all




If You Have Given A Dog or a Cat To "Described
Nice Rescue Ladies" Contact the Authorities and
Make a Report! 

Ryan Drabek

[email protected]

Stefani Waterman

[email protected]




If You Have Given A Dog or a Cat To "Described
Nice Rescue Ladies" Contact The Blog Spot and get
your Information Documented and Recorded with the
Authorities Listed. The Blogspot was first
Feb 16, 2010 – 
Still People Give These  People Cats and





It is
believed that there is a house in Huntington Beach where
a woman named Marsha lives and this is one of the drop
off places for some of the animals to be later picked up
by the suspects.





veterinarian in Huntington Beach is also believed by
rescue people to be involved with the euthanasia as well
as shelters.





There is An Animal Organization that Supports the
Efforts of the Suspected Animal Killers. 

Would Animal Rescue People Be Involved with
Killing? Because these people are protecting them
from cruelty! "YOU"!

People do abandon and abuse, and many do not have
the funds to pay the shelter impound fees…

Expose these  People that are believed to be
masquerading as rescues. If they told you the
truth you would not give the animals to them! 
If animals are abandoned, they suffer; they starve
and can become prey to animals, hit by cars,
poisoned or they can procreate attributing to the
over-pet population. 



Help Take
Off Their Masks! Expose The People Responsible!

Communicate Your Stories!



Has This Woman Picked Up any Of Your Cats?


Ryan Drabek

[email protected]

Stefani Waterman

[email protected]

The Animal Report

[email protected]




  These People
Are Committing Fraud but No One Complaining Is


  They Make
You Believe They Find Homes, So You Have Peace Of


  The Animals
Are Never Seen Again.

  So, where
do They Go?  

Animals Are Believed to Be Driven To Shelters
and Unscrupulous Veterinarians. 



Pfaff-Martin, Calls Them "The Black Hole Group"!
What goes In, Is Never Seen Again.

     If Your Have Important
Information to Share contact:


The Animal Report

[email protected]



Make Up Your Own
Mind! Read These Links….

 "BEFORE" you become
frustrated or place your animal in harms way… 

The Mookie Story!

San Bernardino Humane Society Night Killings

Killings – Blog Spot

Animal Rights Discussion



Would People Turn Over Cats and Dogs to the Animal



People desperate find help with the suspected
animals killers because they can’t get legitimate
"immediate" help from the animal rescue community. 

– Make

Rescues that have
kennels are almost always full and often do not return  phone calls.

– There are "NO" No-Kill municipal
animal shelters in Orange County; they are called "Pro-Humane"






Pro-Humane is not the same as "No-Kill".
Pro-humane shelters and pro-humane rescue groups do kill for
sickness, overcrowding and aggression! 


  • Both dogs and cats can
"become" cage aggressive when caged for periods of time (30 days is
considered inhumane by most) 

• Both dogs and cats can
"become" sick (cats; upper respiratory / dogs: Kennel cough) simply by
living in crowded conditions around too many other animals. 

•  The California State Law
protects animals from euthanasia for only five days and may be killed anytime
after to make space for new animals being impounded.; Owner Relinquished Animals  Are
Protected Only for 2 Days.

• Adult dogs and cats are killed
swiftly during kitten season (April – August) as the general public is looking
for and adopting the tiny ones leaving the adult animals and large breed dogs at
risk of loosing their lives as the shelter fills with kittens and


There are
too many animals and not enough homes

• It takes approximately 3
months or more of intense effort to get an adult cat or large mixed breed dog a
new home.  

•   Rescue groups
are not all the same!  Many groups and animal loving people conduct their
rescue efforts as "pro-humane" and will pick up animals from desperate
individuals that are trying to avoid the uncertainty of the shelter system.
Animal’s lives and the pet parents emotions are at stake when animals are
relinquished unsuspectingly into the wrong hands. Pro-humane groups don’t like
to be questioned and will make up stories about where the animals is living
(with a nice old lady, etc.) to satisfy the remorseful caller.  In these
cases relinquished pets often find their home "in heaven". 


turn over an animal to a rescue group or self described rescue person
without asking a few questions…. 

May I drive and see
the home where my pet will be staying?

Where are your adoption
events? May I be there with my animal? 

Do you have a web site? Will I
be able to see my pet’s photo there? 

Do I have to sign a release or
anything? If not you have them write up the terms in which you are agreeing and
understand how the business of rescuing your animal will be conducted. 

Always read What you are
signing and demand a copy! Often these relinquishing releases actually disclose
they have the right to euthanize the animal. Be ware that once the animal
becomes the property of the group or person that they have the right to dispose
of the animal if they choose to do so unless it is otherwise written. 

Beware of
Animal Rescue People That Can Pick Up  Your Animal Right
Away.  The Suspects are Fanatics About Animal Rights.
Yes! These People Believe the Animals Are Better Off Dead! 


spay, neuter, microchip, collar and tag your pets.


2012  All Rights Reserved


Cats in Orange County Prisons Need Help

The Animal Report

January 31, 2010


Now With Six Kittens

Needs Foster Family


A Pregnant Cat Was Rescued From An Orange County Correctional Facility And Is Living Behind Bars Once Again At A Local Veterinary Hospital.

Promotion For Animals In Need

Please Cross Post To Your Friends and Animal Lovers

“This E-Mail Could Save An Animals Life” DiAnna Pfaff-Martin has been helping private party and rescued animals to find new homes since 1996. Please share each topic issue of “The Animal Report” and with friends, family and co-workers to help spread valuable information to the pet-loving community and to support animals in need of finding new homes. With your help we believe we will better serve local people and their pets. Always spay and neuter, microchip and donate to “local” animal organizations.

“I Had No
Idea. I Never Would Have Expected The
Inmates To Be Taking Care Of The Animals.”

– Prison Psychologist


Cats in prisons is not the first thing that comes to our minds, but the Animal Report was told all about the issue by a correctional facility psychologist.

For the past decade the rescue friendly clinical psychologist has been working with California prisons and rehabilitation centers. 

“I first saw them outside in a large field, some were cared by inmates”. She continues, “Later I found out there would be up to two-hundred cats on the prison grounds, living in colonies.”

As the population of these animals began to increase the prison staff took initiative. They contacted local veterinarians and they began to help. Some staff made contributions, paying for the transport and spay or neuter of the animals.

The staff felt close to the prison cats; adopting them into their own homes and the situation became better.

In 2009 the psychologist moved to a different prison with new challenges.

The doctor explains:

 They lived out on a huge yard; we call the East Yard – by my office. It’s a large grassy expanse with gophers, and what I found out was that these cats were actually
the foraging gophers.”

Another problem became evident once an inmate noticed a limping kitten on the prison grounds. After caring for the hurt kitten, he later explained to the staff that the kitten had been attacked by hawks. The following week,
the prison employees helped pay for the kitten’s recovery.

Unfortunately, the prison administration had to advise the staff and inmates not to care for these prison cats; due to liability issues.


Continued Right Column…

To help foster or adopt…

please call 949-759-3646 or consider helping with a monetary

continued from left…  

This decision makes it more difficult
for the prison staff to collaborate to
help the cats.  The prison captain
sympathizes with the animals, however
bound to his duty, he is forced to make
a difficult decision – enforcing a
no-cats rule.

The Animal Report has been asked to help by writing and publishing this piece and Community Animal Network will be overseeing the fostering program and the adoption as well as providing the customary veterinary medical (spay/neuter, blood testing, vaccinations, de-worm and microchips and treating any conditions such as ear mites). All rescued animals come with a 30 day health guarantee. Please call 949-759-3646 to help or email [email protected].

Foster Or Adoption Needed:  

Our available animals are friendly and in  need of new homes. Please adopt or foster to get involved to save lives.

Below is a list of prison cats that need your help.

Needing Fostering or New Homes:

  • One queen cat with 6 kittens
  • Two Kittens – one named Goldie, the other a Sylvester-type cat
  • 3 young female kittens (approx 4 months) – black/white mix

Not just California

It is documented throughout the nation, from the states of Montana, New York, Connecticut, and even provinces of Canada have feral cat colonies.

Many facilities conduct non-lethal approaches with countless unsung heroes that aid; contributing their time and effort to save these cats

Some inmates and staff are willing to openly help, while some turn a blind-eye.

Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

To Help Memo Your Check,

“Prison Cats”

non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

Meet Our Rescue Animals in the Caregivers Home Call 949-759-3646

Cat Trapping Tutorial

Public Relations For Animals

The Animal Network of Orange County

“Cat Trapping Tutorial”

Information Page:

Trapping – Spaying And Neutering
of Feral Cats and Stray Cats

– Written By DiAnna Pfaff-Martin From My Experience In Animal Rescue in Orange County, CA

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

Be 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 714-374-7738

Animal Assistance League of Orange County 714-978-7387

NOTE: 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 States.


Kittens Become Pregnant at 5 months old

Male Kittens Can Impregnate at 4 months of age

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

Female Cats Can Get Pregnant “Again” When They Are Nursing!

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

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

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

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

Cat Colonies Suffer

Defining The Terms

Definition: 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 coat.

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

Prepare To Trap

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 THE TRAPS!

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; a hungry cat WILL go in a trap!

“Buy” Or “Rent” Your Supplies:


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” Trap

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 thatDeveloped and well-managed colonies 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 Trap!

The Animal Medical Center

(Every 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 shelter)

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


“Taming Feral Kittens”

Northern 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.

Los 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 cats.

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]
Always spay, neuter, microchip, collar and tag your pets.

A Shopping List for Cat Owners

BUY AND USE PREMIUM PET FOODS (No, Whiskas, Nine Lives, Meow Mix)
We Recommend Pro-Plan Kitten and Cat Food (Highest Grade Of Purina with “More” Protein). For better brands purchase your pet food at a pet supply, not the grocery. Other good choices: Max Cat or Kitten, Science Diet, Iams, Nutro, Eukanuba. If you must shop at the market avoid purchasing pet food that you see advertised on television. Most have high fat content and fillers, it’s like feeding “Big Mac’s and French Fries” everyday! A better choice at the market level would be Iams.
AVOID MARKET BRANDS – use a lot of corn meal which is cheaper and may make animals skin itch and you think they have fleas OR your animal may develop a food allergy.

PURCHASE BEEF, CHICKEN, TURKEY & LIVER: AVOID SEAFOOD FLAVORS! Seafood is responsible for increased incidents of urinary infections in cats. These infections can be deadly in male cats! Research it! Absolutely NO Tuna!

CAT SCRATCHER- Buy 2 for either side of the litter box to cut down tracking!!!
Best For Size and Value – Pressed Cardboard Cat Scratcher …Saves Your Furniture. Comes with organic catnip. (Unobtrusive 18″ long X 2 ” high) could be just what you are looking for! BEST VALUE… Trader Joe’s

“Soft Paws” Brand name – Claw Covers that come in Red, Blue, Yellow and Pink that you can learn to put on. When your cat wears “Soft Paws” people think you painted their nails, but in fact they help protect your funriture and are ‘”fashionable”, too.
“Sticky Paws” Brand Name – Covers your furniture with clear plastic that adheres to edges where cats like the most. Use “Sticky Paws” while you are training your cat. Always have the pressed cardboard scratcher nearby to support and encourage positive behavior.

Microchips save lives. Protect your pet nation-wide from a life of uncertainty in the United States shelter system. Animal control officers scan for microchips when impounding all dogs and cats in the United States. A worthwhile investment. Our rescue animals are implanted with the Avid microchip and the registration is included with your adoption service fee. ($50.00 – $75.00 at most veterinarians).
COLLARS- Break Away Collar or Safe Cat (brand name)

Furry mice – Cats love them and lose them under the fridge and sofa -Get lots of them.
“Cat Circle” hours of entertainment, a ball circles in donut shape plastic runner. No need to spend on the fancy ones. The one with the mouse inside breaks easily and the one with the scratching carpet in the middle most cats don’t use. If you purchase the large size the cats lay in the middle and bat around, Too cute!
Flashlight or Laser pen– Tire your animals out before bedtime!

Litter Box and Litter Recommendations

AVOID LITTER BOX ISSUES – Avoid Covered Litter Boxes For The First Week
Purchase one with high sides that is roomy. Avoid shallow pans as the animal can kick out a mess on your floor. At a hardware store , buy plastic carpet runner by the foot and place under the cat box (79 cents a foot, used in model homes to protect your carpet/floor and easy and easy quick roll up to clean). This will lessen need for sweeping or vacuuming.


BEST Litter “SWHEAT SCOOP”, Natural Clumping Litter, Made Of Wheat! Clumps Naturally! No Odor! No Dust! Flushable! Septic Tank Safe! Buy 40lbs for Best Value at PetSmart. The crew is pleased to help, lift and help out. Just Ask.

GOOD, But Expensive! “WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER” Natural Clumping Litter, Made of Corn!

BEST VALUE! “EXQUISITE CAT” PINE LITTER 20 lbs ONLY $8.49 At PetSmart *Your Cat Could Wee-Wee somewhere Else If You Don’t Read The Directions

Feline Pine· Natural Litter – Best Price Petsmart 20lbs for $ 9.99.

Use only one inch of Feline Pine on the bottom of the litter pan and then To begin use cover lightly with sand litter/ let cats mix it up with use and then put less sand litter with each cleaning. Feline Pine is long lasting and has less odor. Turns to sawdust when used up. First time Users, follow the directions, we found not all cats will use it without some sand on top.
* PINE LITTER You Must Slowly get The Cat Used To it! Or It May Urinate Somewhere Else!

Bringing Your New Pet Home!


Cats live in colonies in the wild and do get along with each other. Face to face meetings however only heighten anxiety, raise hair and encourage hisses and if too close howling growls and a swats. DO NOT INTRODUCE TOO SOON! Animals get to know each other by smell. The best introductions fall after the new animal has “YOUR” smell! And the smell of your house.

In all of nature there is dominant and subordinate behavior. If dominant subordinate behaviors (one picking on the other) begin in your home they are very difficult to break.

A well planned introduction allows your new cat to feel at home, discourages dominant behavior. A happy home with multiple pets should be harmonious and everyone should be happy. The “feeling” of being safe is a very important to all animals’ happiness. DO NOT INTRODUCE TOO SOON!

We suggest the “new” cat sleep in a family members room, not in a laundry room or spare room and not have the full run of the house. Since each household is different with activity and each animal takes it own time to feel comfortable, choosing the right time to introduce will be up to you and your instincts. But remember a week or more is not too long to be comfortable.

Step 1. Keep all animals separated. The two cats will be able to smell each other from under the door. More playful animals may in fact want to interact and will stick their paws under the door. (A great sign). If your original pet is growling and has a hissy attitude when walking by the door it is not time to introduce.
Step 2. When you think the time is right, put the new pet in a bathroom and let your original cat sniff the surroundings of the new animal. Later, do the same thing with the new one. (Let it sniff the other’s quarters) Still, no-nose-to-nose contact.

Step 3. Keep the new cat inside a carrier and let it be in the living areas with you to safeguard it and allow it to feel safe in an unfamiliar area. The animals may his or growl. If your original cat acts aggressive it is not the right time yet. The better your sense of timing and the less confrontational experiences the better for the introduction.

Step 4. NEVER ANY NOSE TO NOSE MEETINGS! After an adjustment period both cats should feel safe in each others presence if done properly with their feeling in mind. Have a spray water bottle and rolled up newspaper ready TO BREAK UP ANY SCUFFLES. Remember, feeling safe is key to all animal interaction and will build good relationship.

Home Foreclosures Force Pets From Homes

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.”


Helping Out

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.

Featured – Feline Leukemia Positive Momba and her leukemia positive kittens: read their story

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. Your donation “C.A.N.” make a difference in an animals life!

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Pet Highlights


Female Himalayans

These last few weeks of a Corona del Mar resident’s life has been full of emotion. After loosing a mother and now a father moving into care facility, their beloved cats have needed to find refuge with Community Animal Network due to severe allergies.

“We hope to place the two beautiful female Himalayan cats Miesha and Mimi as a pair” says, DiAnna Pfaff-Martin who believes animals do grieve and it would be best not to separate the bonded pair.

FYI: Most municipal shelters (including Newport Beach ) will not take residents relinquished pets; forcing local animals to be turned over to the county shelter where over 50% of the animals loose their lives.

To help local animals in need; memo your check non-profit tax ID 33-0971560 and mail to Community Animal Network, P.O. Box 8662 Newport Beach, CA, 92658.



FIV Positive
Snow Shoe Siamese Ragdoll Mix

I Found Someone That Loves “ME”!

“Noah” the beautiful blue-eyed Siamese Snowshoe Ragdoll mix still needs a home. Noah has blossomed and is looking extremely beautiful since his rescue from the Newport back bay when he was found very thin and treated for bite wounds and tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). He’s extremely affectionate and is seeking a home where he can be the only cat to love you.


Lab Ridgeback Mix

Jake is a large well-trained Lab Ridgeback Mix who is now 6 ½ years old. Jake’s been part of the Fischer family since he was only a year old and the family is heart broken to give him up, but their three year old son’s allergies are worsening with time. Jake is great with other dogs both large and small and is friendly and mellow and good around kids. Jake is said to be a great family dog who needs a new home without cats.


Community Animal Network has quite a number of fabulous lap cats to choose from lately. Most lap cats personalities are highly desired as they are calm lounge lizards that usually have good house manners. People seeking these qualities should really consider adopting animals over eight years old as they are just perfect for those who want a really loving cat.
Tiffany is a large affectionate tabby lap cat. She is the kind of cat that would make a great companion for a senior person or anyone that desires an exceptional animal with good house manners. Like a good wine it is enhanced by age…Tiffany is thirteen and currently lives with a dog and other cats.

People often overlook qualities and choose an animal by its’ color, sex and age. When it comes down to getting the right pet choose the animal that has the best qualities for your home life. If you have a dog find an adult animal that currently lives with a dog.

Make a difference in an animal’s life; adopt an adult or senior pet. It’s life-saving!

Two other available twelve year olds are the solid grey Russian Blue-look named Shamus and a gorgeous long hair black cat named Branford.

Our senior cats have been well cared for and come with a 30 day health guarantee. Veterinarians carefully examine and read their blood panels to confirm every organ is functioning properly. Community Animal Network even cleans their teeth if necessary. We welcome you to explore the idea of adopting great mature cats!

Silver Persian Mixes

“Coco & Healy”


Two long hair silver grey Persian mix sisters were adopted as kittens from our Network in August 2004 and now need new homes because their family is moving back to England permanently. Two weeks remain before the family is leaving for the UK and we need someone to step up and help these two by fostering them or adopting the two.

Many countries still enforce a very strong quarantine and England ’s is said to be avoided as some don’t survive illnesses caught while in there. This time of year, it takes over 90 days to find a new home for an adult cat as people are focusing on the tiny ones. Adult cats are dying for your help! Please help save lives adopt a cat not a kitten.

See animals on our website or at Fashion Island every weekend from 12 noon – 4:00pm. Or help by donating to “feed the kittens”; memo your check non-profit tax ID 33-0971560 and mail to Community Animal Network, P.O. Box 8662 Newport Beach, CA, 92658.



Kimba, Gatina, Felix and Toulouse were only two and a half weeks old when they were rescued and transferred along with their mom Duchess to a Community Animal Network foster home. Duchess’s kitten family is now seven and a half weeks old and is just the beginning of the dreaded Spring kitten season which will consume much of the organizations funds to feed and maintain their vet medical needs.

Twenty-five dollars will buy enough kitten formula to feed four abandoned babies for a week. Kittens need round the clock feedings until four weeks old and most babies wean between six and seven weeks old. Volunteers are needed and the supplies and vet services are provided by Community Animal Network. You may be surprised that quiet bottle feeders may be welcome at animal friendly businesses, so why not ask your boss if you could help?

At this time, we have a total of nine pregnant cats, four nursing moms and a litter of newborns that are being bottle fed. If you come across kittens in your bushes please don’t take them until you are sure the mom was not just searching for food. The need is greater than we have volunteers so please consider calling 949.533.0411 to help. Donations graciously accepted to help feed the kitties this Spring.


Gulliver is a long hair sable cat who was one of the lucky ones pulled from the shelter’s undiscerning death row. Gulliver has qualities of a Main Coon; a large size, tuffs of hair in the ears and between the toes and a friendly personality. He was named after Gulliver’s Travels, kneads his paws at the sound of a soft voice and is very affectionate. For anyone liking that Main Coon size, we will have four “super size” cats this weekend for adoption and for those who fancy Siamese we will have two.

You can help bring lost animals home by supporting the microchip identification system and having your dog or cat implanted and then registered in the national database. Gulliver is now protected by the tiny chip which will alert his new pet parents and the rescue organization if he was ever to need help again. Watch for information about our “Community Microchip Implant Event” that is coming soon.

In order to save more lives please consider getting your lonely cat a friend! Do not get a kitten; adopt adult cats of similar age and energy levels. We have a thirty minute “Pet Parenting Class” in which we addresses how to introduce adult cats.

Two six month old tabby brothers Bill and George were rescued from an RV park. George is a long hair tabby that everyone thinks looks like a Main Coon cat and his brother George is a beautiful golden tabby, similar to the golden leopard Bengal cat. A neighbor called us after discovering Bill and George along with their sister inside a box secured with a brick on top. High anxiety and stress was apparent as the two male kittens suffered minor scratches after being locked in side the box with their sister Rosemary who was in heat.

Volunteer journalists are being welcomed for our new on-line magazine “The Animal Report”. A photo journalist intern from California State University Fullerton will be researching the cultural and socio-economic perception of peoples and present a photographic interpretation of the issues that may cause animal abuse and abandonment in America .

Always spay, neuter, microchip, collar and tag your pets.

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