Wetlands and Wildlife Center of Orange County

Open 8 am – 6 pm

After Hours Care Instructions By Species Provided on their Voicemail

Wetlands & Wildlife Animal Care Center


Help For:
Local Wildlife Rescue, Raccoons, Opossums, Local Birds, Sea Birds, Humming birds


21900 Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach, Ca

(Cross Street Newland)

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Help For:
Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Elephant Seals

Laguna Beach


Purr Poems

A Dark Handsome Man

This morning as I wrestle to open my eyes, a dark handsome man crawled upon my chest and looked into my eyes. I whispered I love you and stroked his long soft black fur. He could no longer keep his silence, he purred.

DiAnna Pfaff-Martin, Founder

Community Animal Network

The Animal Network of Orange County

©August 2005


The Animal Report


A Call to Action for a “Big Lovable Dog Named Shortcake”…

Your Could Be A Part Of A Good Ending Story!

“Big Dog Shortcake”

A caring South Orange County (Lake Forest) woman agreed to take a shelter rescue dog in her home for a week after the adopter changed her mind.

Promotion For Animals In Need

Please Cross Post To Your Friends and Animal Lovers

“Shortcake would have been returned to the shelter if it was not for the kindness of this woman. The rescue community has not found a foster for Shortcake and the Lake Forest woman is unable to keep caring for Shortcake and has worry and tears that in her attempt to help she may be the one that has to live the experience of taking Shortcake back to the shelter since the rescue community hasn’t responded with another to help Shortcake. ”

Reply to Wendy

Shortcake is young and has a lot of energy and needs walking and exercise and then returns to being a couch potato. Shortcake was rescued from the Lancaster Animal Shelter and helped just temporarily. Rescues are networking the dog Shortcake to try to help. He is a nice dog and found to be great with older children but shows dominance with other dogs but no biting. He looks to me like a Mastiff or Great Dane mix?

He is in staying in a garage waiting for help. Shortcake was past his euthanasia date at the shelter and his supporters don’t want to see him go back to die. The current foster says he is very strong and pulls on the leash, loves to play ball and is willing to learn his commands.

Please Foster or Adopt Big Dog Shortcake!


Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

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non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

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


Canned Pumpkin – A Natural Hairball Remedy

A simple holistic remedy for constipation that we like to recommend be used to flush the body of hairballs and stomach acid is canned pumpkin. Mix pumpkin with equal parts of “canned” kitten, or cat food once a week as a hairball remedy. Pumpkin may be used after adoption to rid your new pet of stomach acid from the stress of adoption day, a new environment, or a diet change.

Other reasons for diarrhea that require treatment are worms, or a bacterial infection. Your kitten has been wormed for roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms. However, veterinarians recommend a second treatment.

Purchase plain canned pumpkin (not the pie mix). To freeze for easy weekly distribution in 2-teaspoon portions: Disperse 2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin onto strips of saran wrap and twist them closed. (like wrapping candy) Place the dollops of saran wrapped pumpkin in a large baggy and store in the freezer. Each week remove one dollop of saran wrapped pumpkin, thaw and mix it with canned food for a morning and night feeding once a week.

Feline Vaccine Guidelines

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has created guidelines for vaccinating cats. A vaccine protocol should be based on your cat’s individual risks of exposure, and every cat does not need every vaccine every year. Vaccines can cause adverse reactions in certain animals and a very small percentage of cats develop tumors at sites of vaccines, so discuss your cat’s needs with your veterinarian. Even if your cat does not need a vaccine every year, an annual physical exam is needed to monitor the pet’s health and provide you with an opportunity to discuss any problems.


Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM of The Cat Care Clinic in Orange and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Healthy Cat”and Guide To A Healthy Cat, Howell Book House © 2004 recommends initial vaccines for kittens at 6-8 weeks of age. Kitten vaccines are repeated every 21-30 days until the kitten is at least 12 weeks old. (See your newly adopted kitten’s health record for scheduling.) Your kitten will not be fully vaccinated until your series is completed.


This vaccine prevents Panleukopenia (kitty distemper, also know as kitty parvo) and lessens the severity of the cold viruses: rhinotraceitis (feline herpes) and calici virus. Dr. Wexler-Mitchell recommends the FRCP booster vaccine be given to both indoor and outdoor adult cats one year after finishing their kitten series and then once every three years. Protection provided by this vaccine has been shown to last at least three years.


(Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine)

Feline specialist, Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM recommends blood testing all cats for FeLV and if negative, vaccinating kittens at 9-12 weeks, then one month later. Vaccination can be discontinued if the cat remains strictly indoors in the future.


The FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) intranasal vaccine is not recommended routinely for any cats.

The rabies vaccine is recommended for any kittens or cats that go outdoors, where they could be exposed to wild animals carrying the virus) or have a tendency to bite humans. Rabies vaccination is currently not required by law for cats in Orange County .

Community Animal Network rescue cats and kittens have been blood tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Viruses by a laboratory. If a cat could have had a recent exposure to either virus, a repeat test is recommended 4-6 weeks afterwards. (False negatives with the veterinary in-house testing almost never happen, but false positives can occur more frequently and should be confirmed with a laboratory test.)


However rare, they do occur. Symptoms can last 24 up to 48 hours. Mild reactions of lethargy and loss of appetite and tenderness at the injection site are the most common. More serious reaction symptoms could be vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, difficulty breathing and should be seen by a veterinarian.

P.S. Consider that “FIP” or “Rabies” vaccines are not recommended for indoor cats as it is unlikely they will be exposed to these. Unless your kitten is sick, there is really no need to see a veterinarian when you get booster shots for your kitten. Many vets offer vaccine clinics, which offer the shots at a significantly lower rate – so don’t forget to ask.

Hazards at Home


Dangers may lurk inside your home for your cat or kitten. People often say to play with cats or kittens with string or ribbon… nothing could be more dangerous and costly if they swallow it. If you animal ingests the string or ribbon it could pass through without harm. But, often we see the string or ribbon hanging out of the rectum and pull creating the problem by severing the intestine, or it could cause a blockage and your animal would not be able to excrete.

The safest and wisest thing to do, is not to allow your animal to play with anything string-like.

Open doors slowly and shuffle your feet when you have a kitten in the house. See our rescue kitten “Buttlercup” that had a fractured pelvis and a compressed lumbar vertebrae from her foster daddy opening the bathroom door too fast. Buttercups intensive care giver was the founder of the organization. She can walk now but not without constant 24 hour round the clock care. Most people would not have been able to give the time, or would be willing to get up in the night every two to three hours. So, safety and prevention is a better way to yield caution.


FEELING SAFE – How To Make Your New Cat Feel At Home

The new cat needs to feel “safe”. Do not introduce household pets at this time.

Use an occupied bedroom. This room is called the “safe” room. You and your family are the “Safe-Keppers. C.A.N. does “not” suggest using the bathroom as it is cold and removed from the warmth of the family) Expect that your new cat may hide. Keep the bedroom door closed. Food, water and a litter is placed within easy reach of the hiding place. (Your new pet may not eat or come out for a few days.

Your new pet will come out when it feels safe. Give it time and lots of love and talk to your new animal. A good way to encourage your new pet to bond with you is to give it tasty canned food. (Just a teaspoon full) as a treat and encourage interactive play with a flashlight or laser pen both are exciting.

Animal Archives (Daily Pilot)


A rescue call grabbed attention when a mother claimed that her 11-year-old daughter would not keep the litter box clean. The daughter’s punishment was going to be sending Tasha and her kittens to the shelter if Community Animal Network would not take them.

The beautiful silver-gray Russian blue Tasha and her kittens were lucky that the Ronaldson family of Newport Beach happened to call asking to foster animals in their home on that particular day.

Bob and Wendy Pierce have called Community Animal Network for assistance in rescuing an orange cat that they believe to be hungry and without a home living near 2006 W. Oceanfront, next to Newport Pier.

The Pierce’s children, Kelly and Bobby, befriended the cat during their two-week vacation from Phoenix. The family was planning on taking the cat home with them, but it was not to be found when the family was leaving Saturday.

The Pierces are terribly worried and will fly back to rescue the animal. Community Animal Network is asking if anyone knows this cat to call (949) 759-3646 to get involved and help drive the cat to the vet to be scanned for a microchip, have a thorough exam and blood test before traveling to Phoenix in his new home.

The family is anxious to know whether the cat is safe. The family is certain the cat is still hanging around the vacation rental.

Stories featured – August, 2009

Purr Poem

A Dark Handsome Man

This morning as I wrestle to open my eyes, a dark handsome man crawled upon my chest and looked into my eyes. I whispered I love you and stroked his long soft black fur. He could no longer keep his silence, he purred.

DiAnna Pfaff-Martin, Founder

Community Animal Network

The Animal Network of Orange County

©August 2005

Meet The Founder

DiAnna Pfaff-Martin began her journey helping animals in 1996 by writing “The Community Animal Report,” for her local homeowner’s association newsletter. It quickly grew into a city-wide publication that would promote “Pre-Loved Pets” searching for new homes.

The new twelve page “Community Animal Report” was delivered to local vet offices. Her publication helped raise awareness and funds for shelter dogs and cats needing expensive procedures. DiAnna linked local veterinarians willing to help with shelter animals in need which launched her philanthropic career.

The needs of her community combined with her passion were recognized by the local paper which published her weekly column for eighteen years telling of local animal’s needs. Her philanthropic efforts developed into the charity known as Community Animal Network.

Currently, she teaches pet-parenting classes, consults on feline behavior, and offers internships to aspiring veterinarians teaching about cat care; how to administer pills and other medications, and to give injections, too.

Now, she’s taking another step helping animals writing for PoundWishes.com