The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud of our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents – and their pets! Since January 1, 2017, our partnership with the City of Mission Viejo provides excellent, high-quality animal care and sheltering services to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Mission Viejo Animal Services provides a pro-humane animal shelter, 24-hour response to emergency calls, pet adoption and fostering, low-cost vaccination clinics, animal licensing, volunteer opportunities, community outreach and events, and many other essential animal care services.
Mission Viejo Animal Services works closely with the volunteers of Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG), a nonprofit organization committed to providing medical care and helping hands to comfort sick, injured and frightened animals that come into the Mission Viejo animal shelter until they can be reunited with their families or, in the event they have been abandoned, adopted by new families. DAWG also pays for extraordinary medical expenses for animals in jeopardy of euthanasia and training for new pet owners. If an animal has been injured, Mission Viejo Animal Services is in touch with DAWG immediately, day or night, to make sure life-saving veterinary care is provided as soon as possible.