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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Disaster Preparedness

Feline Disaster Preparedness

Whether It Be Disasters Created By Man
Or Natural Disasters Be Prepared To Save Your Pets!


This information has been written by DiAnna Pfaff-Martin the founder of Community Animal Network. Some items you may wonder why the need to purchase as they are bigger and bulkier than you would feel be necessary. However, considering that you may travel with the animals and need to confine them other than being inside a carrier, it would be necessary.

CAUTION: Your beloved felines may become aggressive with each other when placed together in a small spot. Be aware that even the most loving cat when frightened can scratch. Have a large bath towel to cover a stressed animal before trying to move it.

Be prepared
– Right NOW have your animal microchipped ( Cost: approx. $35.00 – $50.00 + pet registration fee) And mail in and pay the small Pet Registration fee.
– Rotate Fresh Water in your disaster kit every two months
– Make and Keep an Animal Identification Document with Emergency Contact Information – Store in A Baggie or Have Laminated
– Purchase a “Dog Fence” / “Playpen” style and use a king size sheet secured with clothes pins to secure it as a cover to contain the cat(s) without having to be in a carrier for endless hours.
– Have a Cat Harness / Leash For Each Animal

– Animals Gender and Name
– Microchip Number
– Current Medications & Special Conditions
– Emergency Family and Friends Contacts

Pet Personals
– Collar and Current Pet Tag
– Cat Litter
– Litter Scooper
– Litter Bags / Baggies or Brown bags
– Photo of You and Your Pet In Case You Get Separated and To Prove Ownership.

Vet Medical
– Current Medications

– Paper towels
– Disinfectant / Hand sanitizer
– Litter Pan
– Litter Scooper
– Litter – Because you may not be able to change the litter use only scoopable litter for disaster relief
– First Aid Kit
– Hydrogen Peroxide
– Cotton Balls
– Neosporin
– Surgical Tape
– Ace Bandage

– Luggage Carrier
– Bungee Cords
– Large Pet Carrier (One for Each Animal – Stress brings out aggression)
– Aluminum pan 12” (sold at the grocery as a lasagna baking pan)
– Terry Cloth Towels – Line your Carrier In case of Urination
– Pack A Detailed Road Map to Get Off Major Roads That May Be Closed or Crowded

– Collapsible Water bowl
– Food Bowl
– Case of canned cat food
– Large Bag of Dry Food
– Large Trash Can liner
– Spoon/ Fork
– Travel Size Dish Soap

Hotels & Pet Boarding
– Research Hotels that take pets in Advance
– Gather A List Of Boarding Facilities Outside of Your Area

Animal Rescue Groups
– Pack phone numbers along with a copy of web site important information

Eyelid Agenesis (Backwards Eyelashes)

Helping People Understand Veterinary Medical Conditions

Written by Darcy J. Escue
AAS Veterinary Technology
[email protected]

Photos By DiAnna Pfaff-Martin

Kittens born with backwards lashes
Eyelid Agenesis

A Procedure Corrects The Backwards Lashes from Rubbing On the Corneas!

Written By DiAnna Pfaff-Martin © All Rights Reserved

The upper and lower eyelids have many functions. They protect the cornea (the clear portion of the front of the eye) and the eye itself from drying out and from insults and trauma from the outside environment. They are important in spreading the tears across the cornea. The lids themselves also produce portions of the tear film from the meibomian glands along the eyelid margin and from cells in the folds of the eyelids.

And lastly, eyelids assist in the draining of excess tears out through the tear ducts.

Infected Eye Severe eye infections cause one kitten to lose an eye prior to the procedure.

The eyelids of dogs and cats usually open between 10-14 days of age with no incidence. However, we do see a congenital defect frequently in the feline called eyelid agenesis. This defect presents at birth and demonstrates a lack of eyelid formation. Often, the upper eyelid fails to develop resulting in a full or partial malformation. Absence of eyelids can result in secondary trichiasis and exposure keratoconjunctivitis.

(Trichiasis is hair around the eye that rubs on the cornea. Keratoconjunctivitis is inflammation of the cornea and the conjunctiva.) With eyelid agenesis, the cornea has no protection from the surrounding hair allowing it to come into contact directly with the cornea, which can result in corneal irritation, pigmentation and corneal ulcers, all of which can affect vision.

The conjunctiva can also have these problems with constant exposure to the environment, making for uncomfortable eyes.

After having the hair follicles frozen to prevent regrowth or having the eyelids reconstructed, these felines are usually very comfortable and can live normal lives. Depending on the ability of the eyelids to blink completely over the cornea, additional topical lubrication may be necessary to prevent any continued corneal changes and to provide comfort.

Community Animal Network’s Donors Raised Money for A Procedure That Corrected Their “Backwards Lashes From rubbing On Their Corneas!

Please consider helping with a donation so we can continue to help local local animals; Mail your checks to:

Community Animal Network
P.O. Box 8662
Newport Beach, CA, 92658

Memo your check
non-profit tax ID


Trapping – Spaying And Neutering of Feral Cats and Stray Cats
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

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 can become pregnant at 5 months old
Male kittens can impregnate at 4 months of age
Female cats have an average of five kittens in a litter
Female cats can get pregnant “again” when they are nursing!
Kittens can 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 and you to face a fine
An individual allowing cats to over-populate can be cited for animal cruelty
Cat colonies suffer
Defining a few 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.”

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


“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

Best Breeds for Allergic Dog-lovers

According to the 1998 AKC allergy info page the Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested., Italian Greyhound, erry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier are the best for people that are allergic.

ACHOO! First off, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. There are strategies that can help the afflicted to cope. It’s not the fur that allergy sufferers react to…exactly. Although the fur conveys the real offenders, the dander, the saliva and the urine which in turn carry the canine allergen. The eye reddening protein can stay aloft in the home or alight on the rugs and furniture. The AKC recommends that you visit an allergist. Bathe your dog every week or so (take care not to dry out your dog’s skin). Have an allergy non-sufferer take the pooch outdoors for a good brushing. A good diet prevents the dog’s hair loss and the accompanying dander loss. Make the bedroom off limits. Cover mattresses and cushions with plastic. Do what you can to keep surfaces clean. Air filters and purifiers help. Information provided by

Fast Facts

Why Dogs Need a Lot of Help

  1. Most dog owners “cannot afford the time” it takes to find their dog a new home.
  2. Fewer homes are available because people are busier with less time to walk a dog.
  3. People are often unwilling to provide “foster care” to dogs that have no behavior history
  4. Many believe shelter dogs have behavior problems and therefore are less likely to be adopted.
  5. There are few veterinarians and boarding kennels willing to give animal organizations “free” or substantially discounted kennel space.
  6. There are more available large dogs and their lives are at risk at the shelters because the public is wanting small dogs.
  7. Urban housing restricts the size of the animals in the home and apartments placing more dogs at risk.
  8. Apartments are more strictly enforcing a “no pets” rule or “cats only” rule. There are fewer available homes for dogs.
  9. Real Estate management companies simplify their property management by not allowing pets at all.
  10. Private parties less frequently rent to dog owners.



Questions? Comments? Email: [email protected]

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