Saddleback Valley Humane Society
          Saddleback Valley Humane Society

Services Provided

The Saddleback Valley Humane Society was founded on the idea of helping companion animals in need. Ever since our organization was established, we have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.

Our team is made up entirely of volunteers.



The cities of San Clemente, Mission Viejo and Irvine operate shelters as does the County of Orange.


If you need Financial Assistance to treat a sick or injured pet, or to spay/neuter your pet, please read the following information carefully:
General Medical: We will only consider offering financial assistance to help pets whose guardians reside in Central or South Orange County, California – generally, the 714 and 949 area codes. All others are considered out of our service area and may be referred elsewhere.  
Before offering financial assistance, one of our volunteers must speak with your vet or someone from your vet’s office to determine the nature of the injury/illness, recommended diagnostic tests, prescribed treatment, prognosis and estimated cost. All of these factors help us determine how much will be offered to assist in the care of your pet.
There is no guarantee that we will, in all cases, offer financial assistance. Financial assistance is offered and the amount determined on a case-by-case basis.
Requests for financial assistance should be made by calling our Helpline at 949.262.5859. This is an answering service that is monitored by our volunteers. Leave a detailed message including your first and last name, phone number, the city in which you reside, the name and phone number of your vet and the nature of the illness or injury.
Or, you may contact us via email at – include: your first and last name, the city in which you reside, your phone number and email, along with a description of your pet’s illness or injury, plus your vet’s name and phone number.   
We ONLY reimburse veterinarians, not individuals – no exceptions.
Due to the high call volume, not all calls will be returned. Due to the high volume of email inquiries we receive, you may not get a response.  

Spay/Neuter: Central and South Orange County, CA
Our organization is dedicated to reducing pet populations. If you reside in Central or South Orange County, California, please call our Helpline at 949.262.5859 to request financial assistance for spay/neuter ONLY AFTER you have selected a veterinarian AND have an appointment date for the procedure. When you call us, leave a message that includes: your first and last name (under which the pet is listed at the vet’s office), your phone number and the city in which you reside, the name of your vet practice and a phone number, plus the appointment date of the procedure. We do not issue vouchers. Again, we only reimburse veterinarians, not individuals – no exceptions.  

In Central and South Orange County, California:
If you need a lower cost veterinarian:  

  • Stanton Pet Hospital, Stanton, 714.828.5891
  • El Toro Animal Hospital, Lake Forest, 949.837.5222
  • Laguna Pet Care Center, Laguna Hills, 949.581.7387
  • Plaza Pet Hospital, Lake Forest, 949.581.7979
  • South Orange County Animal Hospital, Lake Forest, 949.313.6331

Important: We do not recommend one vet over another. We do not quote prices and there is no guaranteed pet treatment outcome.


Other Southern California organizations that offer financial assistance to help treat sick or injured pets:

  • Actors & Others for Animals – 818.755.6045 and 818.755.6323
  • Animal Assistance League – 714.891.7387
  • Red Rover – 1.800.440.3277
  • Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – 714.964.4445
  • Sam Simon Foundation –
  • FACE Foundation – San Diego residents only – 858.450.3223
  • Mercy Crusade – Ventura County residents only – 805.278.4433
  • POPCO – Spay/Neuter referral for Riverside & San Bernardino residents only – 1.888.767.2550

DISCLAIMER: The accuracy of contact information is not guaranteed. Each organization operates differently and has its own requirements.

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