Whether you’re a pet owner or lover, here’s how you can get involved with O.C.’s animal community.
Rehabilitated sea lions heading to their ocean home.
The Sealife Savers Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Give back to this organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured and malnourished seals and sea lions. INSIDER'S TIP: Top members ($1,000 to $5,000 annually) are able to sponsor individual animals and are invited to their release once they’re ready to return to the sea. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Yappy Hour guests are dressed to impress.
The Party for Pups Yappy Hour The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
No bones about it: This high-end happy hour is the place to see and be seen with your most fabulous furry friends. Sip on Mutt Lynch wines while your pups are treated to housemade peanut butter dog biscuits and bacon-infused water. INSIDER'S TIP: Net proceeds from the “pawsh” party benefit The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point
The Feline Favorite Catmosphere Laguna
As O.C.’s only cat cafe and lounge, this darling spot is the perfect place to grab a bite and make a new feline friend. INSIDER'S TIP: While guests can’t bring their own four-legged friends to the cafe, all of the cats and kittens present are up for adoption. 381 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach
Photography by: Seal photo courtesy of Pacific Marine Mammal Center; dog photo by Pacific Dream Photography