December News and Views: A Month of Giving

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Lizzie’s Blog – Meet My New Friends from Canine Companions for Independence

We had a chance to meet some new friends at the Canine Companions annual celebration dinner in Dana Point on October 26th. Invited by special friends Linda Thompson and husband Dave we enjoyed a great dinner with lots of special canines in attendance right at our table!

How cool is that?

The event raises funds each year to provide service dogs to humans with special needs. Since 1975 CCI, a non-profit organization has placed 4,000 dogs with very special humans living in the USA. Speaking of special humans! Did you know that breeder caretakers and puppy raisers DONATE their time- breeding, whelping and then turning these special dogs over to puppy raisers?? The dogs are then specially trained for 6 months and then evaluated for the right fit and the right human. You have never seen so many happy dogs and so many wonderful humans in one spot!

We were especially proud to meet former Marine and CCI graduate Bren Denny. He shared a wonderful video of his service dog Stefano. We met many special dogs. Check out the pictures of these great humans and dogs- meet my new friend Keifer, puppy in training.

So how can you help? CCI provides these dogs to special humans at no charge-a labor of love and joy! The cost of breeding and training, and care amounts to $45,000 per dog and CCI is funded completely by donation. Please visit to donate or better-get involved!

Will you please be that special kind of human this Holiday Season? Will you please visit the Irvine Animal Care Center and ask about my friends, Third Chance Pets? For those of you that do I PROMISE to give you one of my world famous licks!! Visit all my favorite humans at the annual ‘Home for the Holidays Event’ and meet me at the IVS booth!

Please feel free to e-mail me at and tell what you think about the great work of CCI!

Love and Kisses from me, Lizzie!

IVS Goes Green

For Third Chance Pets IVS donates $1.00 to the IACC for each pet boarded in December.

In the month of December, Irvine Veterinary Services will donate $1.00 to the Irvine Animal Care Center in support of their Third Chance program for every pet boarded.

The Third Chance program transfers animals from overcrowded Southern California shelters where they may have limited chances for adoption, and brings them to the Shelter for a chance at finding their forever home. Since these animals come from outside of Irvine, their care is funded entirely through donations.

Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.

Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.

Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.


Animals for Adoption, Vendors, Rescue Groups, Silent Auction, Food, Ask the Vet, Ask the Trainer, Tile Painting, & MORE!

Please join us at our booth on Sunday, December 2nd
for the 2012 “Home for the Holidays” event, as we partner with the shelter in placing these adorable pets awaiting adoption.

Irvine Animal Care Center is recognized nationwide as one of the most progressive municipal shelters in the country. The Center is home to approximately 350 animals awaiting a loving family and home for the Holiday. Won’t you please open your heart and your home this holiday season by adopting a loving companion?

Irvine Animal Care Center

Hours of Operation

Weekdays 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Weekends 10:00am – 5:00pm

Closed Tuesdays & Holidays

Adoption Criteria:
  • The adopter must be at least 18 years old.
  • Everyone who lives in the household needs to meet the animal prior to the completion of the adoption.
  • If you are renting your home, a copy of your rental agreement must be provided prior to the completion of the adoption.
  • If you are interested in adopting a dog & you currently have a dog at home, we require a dog introduction to take place on the shelter’s premises. Our experienced dog staff will assist with the introduction.
  • Completion of adoption application and counseling session.

IVS Welcomes Dr. Hoholm to Northpark

Dr. Audrey Hoholm grew up in Alabama surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, snakes, pocket pets, and cows. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Mississippi State University, and spent two years managing a research feedlot in the Midwest. She relocated to Southern California in 2006 with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 as a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society. Dr. Hoholm completed a small animal rotating internship at the Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital, and joined IVS in August 2012.

Dr. Hoholm’s areas of interest include internal medicine, nutrition, dermatology, and emergency medicine. She promotes animal wellbeing through routine preventative care, and enjoys educating people about all aspects of their pets’ care. She also has quite a soft spot for her feline patients. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to help animals and people by promoting the importance of the human-animal bond.

Dr. Hoholm enjoys spending time with her husband, the other Dr. Hoholm, and their menagerie of fuzzy kids – “Fergus,” the cat who enjoys taking showers, “Angus,” the boss cat, “Morrigan,” the cat who is obsessed with food, “Raven,” the stuffed animal-obsessed Lab mix, “Loki,” the terrier mix who likes to sleep on the couch when no one is home, and “Houdini,” the carpet python who earned his name. Dr. Hoholm enjoys snowboarding, is an avid reader, and enjoys international travel.

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