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(Credit: Kim White/Getty Images)

Do the demands of work, school and simple survival not quite line up with the best interests of your pet? Whether you need regular attention and walks for your dog, pet play dates, pet sitting or a one-time emergency outing, Orange County contains a selection of excellent animal care services. The following serve the majority of Orange County and are available to come to you and suit your busy, fluffy schedule.

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Walk The Dog

(949) 842-1188

“A happy pet is a well behaved pet.” Anyone who has come home to an upturned sofa or a devoured wardrobe understands the cost of an unhappy pet. You needn’t leave your pets at home alone every day as you work, or at the mercy of an inattentive neighbor when you travel. Walk The Dog will walk your dog, water your pets and plants, feed your fish and attend to your animals so well they won’t even think about destroying the garden while you’re gone.

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(Credit: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

OC Dog Walks

2 Salzberg St.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 287-3973

Family owned by a selection of positive pet lovers, OC Dog Walks is a full-service pet care company. Though the company does walk dogs, and does it well, don’t let the name fool you. OC Dog Walks also cares for cats, offering a variety of services. Exercise, playtime, potty training and pet sitting are all provided in the convenience and familiarity of your own home and neighborhood. Flexible scheduling is based entirely upon client needs. Licensed, bonded, ensured and certified for both animal CPR and first aid, your pet will be well cared for and managed.

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(Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Pooch Sitters

(714) 633-4821

Much more than a mere dog-walking service, Pooch Sitters is a “full service pet care provider.” It will walk your dog, absolutely, but it can also arrange short- and long-term pet sitting, play dates and even chauffeuring. Pooch Sitters will make house calls or care for your pets at its Orange County facilities. Is your pet a social or adventurous animal? Schedule a group walk or doggy cycling excursion. Receive specialized, loving service for your special friend.

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(Credit: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Your Animals Best Friend

15392 Assembly Lane, Unit A
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(949) 375-1832

From the busy traveling business professional to the overloaded family pet owner, Your Animals Best Friend can design a customizable pooch solution for you. Short-term plans, long-term and regular arrangements, exercise programs and overnighters at your home or at its new cageless care facility are all available. A delightful touch, the caregivers will send owners pictures of their loved, well-attended pets if desired to help ease the time apart.

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Passionate 4 Pets

(714) 271-7387

Passionate 4 Pets provides boarding, walking, pet sitting and all of the pet care services one would expect. But what stands out, and is indicated by this company’s name, is truly how much it cares about animals. The owner, Linzy, and every employee is a certified, passionate pet owner and compulsive animal lover. Check out the website. See the photos. Read the testimonials. Meet and speak to the wonderful care givers. People who love their pets take their pets to these people. One eye-catching service, Passionate 4 Pets can help new parent pet owners with the often difficult pet/new baby dynamic.

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Christopher Schmidt is a freelance writer experiencing and espousing the glory that is Orange County. Driven to travel, drawn to sports, spirits and celebrity, Chris’ work can be found on