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Mission Statement

To provide veterinary medical services for homeless, or "at-risk" shelter dogs and cats; including community outreach programs, spay/ neuter, veterinary medical treatments, procedures and surgeries to facilitate the adoption these animals and to provide the financial resources necessary to support the rescuing of these animals.


Community Animal Network provides veterinary medical services to rescued animals that need to find new homes and was founded in Newport Beach, California, in 1996.

C.A.N. is a community supported with donations that service the needs of shelter animals and abandoned animals that need to find new homes. Our signature community outreach program is our "Pets For Seniors" program that gives mature cats to senior people and provides the veterinary medical for the animals life-time.

Rescue animals are cared for in private homes by the "Good Samaritans" that rescued the abandoned animal, or in foster homes (when available) all lover Orange county.

Community Animal Network shows rescue animals for adoption in the caregiver's homes.


Average Review 13 reviews

Would you recommend Community Animal Network?

by Abigail L. from Irvine, CA (April 8, 2019)
This volunteer experience ended up being influential in multiple dynamics of life, and I'm so glad I decided to choose this organization to dedicate my time/effort to. Playing with Kitties is the titled role at Community Animal Network, however, you learn so much more from your time in this space. From animal behavior/maintenance, to health education, to life advice, I began getting trained on things I didn't know I needed to know. With the help of Community Animal Network's incredibly influential supervisor, I began as a soon-to-be UCI Psychology graduate, completely unsure of my future, and will be leaving with a mentor that led me to finding happiness in both: my career and social life. With her motivation and wisdom, I now have secured an amazing job after college. I love animals, and although I wasn't interested in veterinary services, this role has had a life-long impact on me. I promise you will not regret learning from a truly caring and determined director!
by Claudia T. (January 24, 2018)
I have been volunteering at Community Animal Network for over a year starting in December 2016. The sanctuary gives hands-on animal care experience. The director teaches how to administer oral and topical medication to cats. I was able to learn how to properly restrain cats thanks to DiAnna. I also learned feline grooming and nail trimming. There were several opportunities for volunteers to visit veterinary clinic. We watched spay and neuter surgeries for 2.5 hours. I had a chance to observe a dental surgery at The Cat Care Clinic. In addition, the cats at the sanctuary are very cute!! They are very sociable, and I am sure you will enjoy being a volunteer there. Last but not the least, the director gives useful insights about resume writing and the importance of the cover letter. She will teach you how to make your resume look professional! We practiced mock interviews to prepare for an actual interview. Thanks to the coordinator DiAnna, I have found a job at a veterinary clinic.
by Kelsee T. (January 10, 2018)
I started helping out with the Community Animal Network by working at the adoption events greeting customers and helping with the cages. It wasn't until a year later that I got to become a part of their veterinary internship program. It was a very knowledge experience where I got pill cats, inject insulin, restrain cats, and maintain a kennel. DiAnna was very helpful by teaching me all these skills and just being an amazing advisor and friend. She helped me find a love for cats and inspired me even more to become a veterinarian in the future. I would recommend getting involved with Community Animal Network if you want to gain experience or just help out the community as an animal lover.
by Caitlin H. (February 22, 2017)
I had the opportunity to volunteer at Community Animal Network’s cat sanctuary over the summer. Caring for the cats there was very rewarding and I was also able to learn a lot. I was able to practice multiple skills including proper handling and restraint, giving different kinds of medications (pills, topicals, and oral liquids) to treat various conditions (including fleas, stomatitis, spinal stenosis, hotspots, and feline acne), and grooming (brushing and nail trims) on the cats. DiAnna is very knowledgable and experienced when it comes to animals, especially cats, so I was able to learn a lot from her. There were also multiple chances to go on mini field trips to some of the cats’ veterinary appointments as well as a spay and neuter clinic. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience caring for cats as well as learn a bit about how an animal rescue is run. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get their foot in the door for animal related positions.
by Sherri W. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (September 8, 2016)
Not as described. Abominable conditions. Run from home. Question authenticity.