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Seal Beach Animal Care Center


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Established in 1986, the Seal Beach Animal Care Center is a non-profit, pro-humane animal shelter committed to finding permanent, loving homes for all the animals that come into our care. Our staff of dedicated volunteers ensures the animals are kept as comfortable as possible until they can be placed in to new adoptive homes.

As a pro-humane animal shelter, getting through each day is an accomplishment. While the SBACC primarily serves the City of Seal Beach, we attract adopters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties, in addition to networking with other shelters, rescue groups and animal sanctuaries across the country. We believe that through adoption counseling and education, we are helping to create a community that cares for animals with responsibility and compassion.

Seal Beach Animal Care Center
1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive
Seal Beach, CA 90740-5605
(562) 430-4993

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I don't know what the two respondents below me were smoking, but my wife and I had no problem seeing and handling as many cats as we wanted to. The volunteers were all polite and very helpful always concerned of the cats well being. We now have a wonderful cat who will always be our baby. Thank you SBACC.
posted by BobSwope, on 2019-02-26 23:56:31
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My wife and I have been to this care center 3 times and have never been past the office. Each time we went we were asked to wait for a volunteer to show us the animals. Each time we left after 10-15 minutes because no one helped us. This is a ridiculous process. The ladies there act as if they are doing you a favor to show the animals. If you really want people to adopt the animals you should learn how to treat your CUSTOMERS! I will never go there again! Any questions call me on my cell (562) 754-6617
posted by WilliamRichardMarsh, on 2016-04-01 16:32:51
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1 review 1.0 star rating 12/14/15 I give the facility 4 stars. If I could give a zero or minus rating to the interview system I would. My wife and I are outstanding adopters. We have space, time, finances and experience in the training and care of animals to be able to provide a wonderful home for an abandoned or lost dog. The questionnaire is a reasonable device for sorting out red flags and we filled it out truthfully. We went and looked around the facility and spotted a one year old mixed breed female about a year old We spent about 45 min -1hr walking her and getting acquainted. She was excited but very response to positive reinforcement. During that time I tried to get her to sit and with some gentle coaxing and positive reinforcement she got it. We returned to the facility and waited for someone to pick her up. In that time other dogs returned and she became excited. I used the same commands and queues I had used earlier " Sit and slight pressure on her back by her tail. She sat and a volunteer rushed up and told me not to press on a dogs back. When questioned as to why I was told they get some dogs who are injured on their backs from mistreatment. I said OK and walked her back as the other volunteer present said she could not handle the dog that I had had no problem with. We expressed our desire to adopt the dog, filled out the questionnaire and came for a second "interview". Our interviewer, an older red haired woman who couldn't handle the dog earlier and who's decisions are final, in that you are banned for life from even attempting to again adopt one of their dogs, was more of an interrogator. It appeared her goal was to find fault in the adopter no matter what rather than find the dog a good home. The fact we did not show enough deference and dared to question her on methods she thought appropriate ( how to train a dog to sit) most likely didn't help as that she didn't like having her ultimate authority questioned. Her desired method differed minorly from mine, but it was enough to get us denied. She had suggested that I fork my fingers at the base of the tail and push down. I used an open hand in the same position. I find it sad that the person who is given this type of responsibility feels it necessary to interject so much of her personal ego into the selection process. There is a great need to handle the lost and abandon pet issue, but a person like this does no service the animals or those appropriate adopters, only to her own ego. Her ego cost a very nice dog a very nice home.
posted by ByronTice, on 2015-12-14 18:39:01