Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals DBA OC Animal Allies

Supporting Animals. Serving the Community.

aka Orange County Animal Allies   |   Huntington Beach, CA   |


Mission statement: The mission of OC Animal Allies is to save the lives of animals in Orange County by providing community education, emergency resources and referral. Vision Statement: Orange County Animal allies is committed to strengthening the human-animal bond and improving the lives of animals throughout Orange County. The organization envisions a community where all animals are cared for with the love and respect they deserve and where people can experience the unconditional love that only animals can give.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Kevin K Marlin

Main address

P.O. Box 6507

Huntington Beach, CA 92615 USA

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Formerly known as

Orange County SPCA



NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

OC Animal Allies is a non-profit organization whose programs are aimed at saving the lives of animals by providing community education, emergency resources and referral services to Orange County community residents. Every year in Orange County, thousands of animals are needlessly euthanized from overpopulation, unwanted litters or the inability to provide life-saving veterinary care. OC Animal Allies strives to keep animals in their loving and caring homes by helping to bridge the gap between losing a pet due to financial hardship and keeping the pet safe and healthy at home. The need is real. OC Animal Allies receives hundreds of calls each month and desperate cries for help from low- and fixed-income residents, seniors and veterans. Through the generous support of it donors, OC Animal Allies is able to provide financial and medical assistance to these individuals and save the lives of thousands of animals every year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Relief Fund (ARF)

OC Animal Allies financially assists low-income Orange County pet owners, such as the elderly and disabled, through our two aid programs offered under our Animal Relief Fund (ARF).

Our financial aid for critical care helps low income residents with the unexpected veterinary costs associated with emergency care. By offering assistance to offset all or a portion of necessary procedures to bring the pet back to health we help pet owners keep their beloved pets in their homes without the added worry of facing financial distress.

Our voucher program helps pet owners by offering discounts for spay/neuter surgeries at our participating veterinary hospitals and clinics. By promoting the health benefits associated with spaying and neutering, and making this procedure financially within reach for low-income individuals and families, we hope to reduce the number of unexpected litters being born and then abandoned outside or relinquished to already overcrowded shelters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Making a Positive Impact on the Lives of Those Struggling with Loneliness, Anxiety or Illness

Our PAWS Therapy Dogs program is central to our mission of supporting the community. More than 125 volunteers and their dogs spend time at nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, hospices and children’s homes to help bring joy and encouragement to the disabled, bedridden or neglected.

Our therapy dog teams conduct monthly visits to more than 30 facilities throughout Orange County, California. Averaging more than 700 visits annually, our PAWS Therapy Dog program helps strengthen the human-animal bond by sharing the love of a pet with those that cannot have their own. These visits provide a unique and wholesome social opportunity for seniors, children, and the community at large.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Another component of PAWS is the Canine Literacy Program. PAWS volunteers and their dogs visit classrooms to help students improve their reading. By reading to the dogs it helps reduce the anxiety some students feel when reading aloud. It can also improve reading fluency and comprehension skills, builds self-esteem and confidence, all of which makes reading fun.  In addition to the educational benefits, the students also learn to appreciate the powerful human-animal bond that they witness between volunteer and dog.  Reading aloud can be very stressful for many students.  Studies have shown that petting a dog lowers both the blood pressure and stress levels.  The same occurs in reading sessions. Reading aloud to a dog is less intimidating than reading aloud in the classroom,  This unique experience is a wonderful way to motivate students.  Dogs are great listeners.  The dogs offer a calm, accepting, non-judgemental atmosphere for students to practice and improve their reading skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The PANDA program utilizes carefully selected and trained members of our Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) therapy dog teams to help comfort child victims of sexual assault and abuse while they meet with OCDA staff to prepare for their cases and trial.

Volunteers and their therapy dog help comfort children during the stressful process of reliving traumas while they prepare for trial. The presence of a gentle and caring dog, makes the meetings more productive and provides victims with the unrivaled support of their gentle and caring furry friend.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Orange County Cares About Cats (OCCATS) is a program that provides assistance with helping control and reduce the population of Community/Feral cats through a spay/neuter program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Community/feral cats are not often social/tame cats, through no fault of their own have ended up in the streets.  Most are likely the offspring of domestic cats who were lost or abandoned.  Because these community cats are not usually socialized to people, if trapped and taken to a shelter they are euthanized.  Not only is this inhumane but it is costly to municipalities to trap, hold and euthanize these cats.  The OCSPCA has long been a leader in OC in supporting the more human, nationally recognized and more effective method of dealing with these community cats. For those who cannot afford it, the Orange County SPCA provides vouchers to get feral/community cats fixed at one of OCSPCA's participating vets. They are returned to the same location to live out their lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

“No Empty Bowls” provides low income animal owners with food for their animals during times of need. The program receives both in-kind donations of food and money used to purchase food and to provide logistics (warehousing and delivery in some cases) to supply our warehouse for distribution to our community partners.
Every week volunteers pick up donated food and distribute it to low-income and homeless animal owners. Currently, the program feeds hundreds of animals each month through its distribution to partners. Since homeless animal owners cannot carry large supplies of food, volunteers often re-bag smaller amounts of food which is distributed every week. From week to week other animal owners that cannot make ends meet call for assistance to feed their animals.  In 2017 the No Empty Bowls program distributed more than 22,000 pounds of food. This year we will more than triple that number as this program expands to help meet the needs of Orange County's low income residents.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Kindness Kids is a Humane Education program of the OCSPCA. It is offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Our KK program teaches the basic principles of kindness toward all living creatures, responsible animal care, and respect for wild animals. The students are also taught how to act responsibly and safely around dogs.
Volunteers and their therapy dogs visit classrooms and libraries throughout Orange County. The students are given activity books to review and reinforce the concepts taught during the presentation. They are asked to share the activity books with their family. The students are encouraged to make posters illustrating what they learned. The OCSPCA provides a subscription to Kind News magazine, published by the Humane Society of the United States. The lessons can be incorporated into the curriculum to inspire students to treat animals and our environment with kindness and compassion. Kindness, caring, and compassion impacts people and animals alike.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Orange County Animal Allies Goals:
- Reduce the number of euthanized dogs and cats
- Promote the health and welfare of all animals
- Encourage the human-animal bond
- Keep animals in their loving homes
- Promote basic principles of kindness toward all living creatures, responsible pet care, and respect for wild animals
Goals For Increasing Our Services
- Increase the number of spay/neuter vouchers available to qualified individuals
- Purchase and operate mobile veterinary facility to enable easier community outreach for services
- Increase financial assistance pledges for emergency veterinary care
- Broaden outreach for Canine literacy and humane education programs to reach more Orange County schools
- Increase the number of volunteers in our PAWS therapy dog program

To promote our programs and events to the residents of Orange County which will help achieve the organizations goals, OC Animal Allies will use the following strategies:
•participation at animal welfare events
•posting information on our website, newsletters, email blasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other animal welfare related websites
•networking with established, trusted relationships and new partners such as other animal welfare groups, veterinary hospitals, veterinarians, rescue groups and animal shelters
•word of mouth networking and marketing though our pet therapy programs
Additional outreach avenues include humane education assemblies in local elementary schools and participation in community events at parks and events, shopping centers and libraries. In a direct effort to be a part of the solution to the pet over-population problem, Orange county Animal Allies will continue to network with local animal rescues, veterinarians, animal hospitals, Animal Control officers, and shelters to increase awareness of our emergency financial assistance and spay/neuter voucher programs. These efforts will be maintained and additional avenues of communication are constantly being sought to reach further into the community on behalf of the animals.

Orange County Animal Allies maintains a strong and dedicated group of supporters and donors who provide the majority of the necessary budget required to achieve the organization's goals. The great work of our organization is dependent on the financial support from our community of donors and from occasional grants. Our small but dedicated staff have the experience and expertise to run the programs and assist the community with their animal-related concerns. The Board of Directors ensures that our resources are used appropriately and effectively for the sake of the animals. Orange County Animal Allies collaborates and partners with many of the animal shelters, pet rescues and Veterinarians in Orange County to assist animals and people in our community.

The OCSPCA has recently been able to increase the amount of spay/neuter vouchers issued each month. There has also been in an increase in the amount of funding available each month for emergency veterinary care financial assistance pledges. Our budget this year will also allow us to host additional spay/neuter clinic events and we will be able to host several mobile spay/neuter clinic events throughout Orange County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Low income individuals and families, underserved communities, seniors and veterans.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We identify potential poor experiences at vendors with whom we contract. We recently identified a vendor who was not providing the community with the level of service that we expect and have dropped them as a vendor.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback collected has helped to identify deficiencies within the programs and has helped us align our programs with our mission and the needs of the community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,


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Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals DBA OC Animal Allies

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Tracy Roberts


Term: 2016 -

Robert Bailey

Retired, Sales manager

Judy Maitlen

Ret. Director, Orange County Animal Care

Renee Goggins

Goggins & Associates Law

Tracy Roberts


Ed Alvarado

Alvarado Consulting, Inc

Kevin Marlin

Orange County SPCA, Executive Director

Kristen Monson

Ret. PIMCO Corp.

Gaby Garcia

Gaby Garcia, Business Consulting

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.