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OC animal shelter now offering Pooches on the Patio adoption events

OC Animal Care is launching a regular weekend event to give more dogs a chance to meet potential adopters.

Pooches on the Patio will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays going forward, officials said.

During the event, several dogs will be out on the patio to meet visitors at the agency’s Tustin animal shelter at 1630 Victory Road.

“The public can enter the patio, meet the dogs and ask staff any questions that they may have. If a person is interested in adopting the dog, our staff will be able to assist with the adoption process during that time, too,” OC Animal Care spokeswoman Jackie Tran said in an email.

At the start of the pandemic, the shelter shifted to an appointment-only system for adoptions, and now limited walk-in visits are offered, but the shelter has come under fire from animal advocates for not allowing visitors as much access to the facility and adoptable pets as before.

The shelter waived fees in October to encourage more adoptions, and pets that get adopted all come vaccinated,  miccrochipped and spayed or neutered. For information about adoptable pets or to make an appointment, call 714-935-6848 or visit

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