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2014 Year In Review

We thank those of you who continue to support Lovebugs Rescue in our efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. In 2014, Lovebugs Rescue was able to rescue and rehome 226 dogs and 9 cats. 

Our organization continues to grow and we are now up to 20 foster homes in Orange County, CA. Despite our volunteer efforts, medical expenses continue to rise. In 2014, Lovebugs Rescue spent over $60,000 to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs and cats. 

Direct public contributions such as yours, make a big difference for our animals, no matter the dollar amount. Please consider making a donation today at

A great way to stay up to date on our Lovebugs is to follow our organization on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We post daily updates and stories so you can stay up to date with our mission! Find us at Lovebugs Rescue!


Is your microchip registered?


If you have adopted a Lovebug, please make sure your microchip is registered and up to date. The first step is to have your dogs microchipped scanned by your vet. Verify that the chip number scanned matches the chip number on the adoption paperwork in your adoption folder. Lovebugs Rescue registers ALL AVID microchips for the life of your pet. If you have an AVID chip, please call them at:1.800.336.2843 and make sure your chip is registered with the correct information. If your dog has a Home Again chip, or other type of chip, please contact the microchip company directly to register the chip.

While microchips are a great back up, please make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with your current phone number on it. If your dog should get lost, that is the quickest way your dog can be reunited with you!

What is a microchip?
A microchip implant is a small identifying integrated circuit that is about the size of a large grain of rice. It is injected by syringe under the skin of the animal, usually in the back between the shoulder blades for dogs and cats. Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian or at a shelter.

Why is it important my chip is registered?

Unfortunately, there is no universal database that exists for microchip registration. There are various microchip implant companies that each have their own database for registered microchips. The majority of our Lovebugs are implanted with an AVID microchip. The microchip is only activated when scanned; it does not track the animal. So if a dog is lost, it must be taken to a vet to be checked for the presence of a microchip and once scanned the person that is listed under the microchip can be contacted and the dog can be returned to its owner. If you adopt a dog with a pre-existing chip, owners need to contact the company to make sure the microchip is registered under their contact instead of the previous owners.


MAX: A Story of Hope


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Max started his life as a very young Lovebugs puppy. At around 8 weeks old his new family found him and took him home to live happily every after. Max was so happy when he found out that he had four humans (mom, dad and two kids) and another dog to love, play and share his life with. He was truly a loved member of the family. A few years went by and things seemed to be going well when Max’s mom’s work scheduled changed from part-time to full-time. Soon the family started to notice some changes in Max.

At first the changes were small, he would bark when everyone left the house, tear apart a pillow and sometimes he would urinating inside the house. The family decided to use the crate to help him settle when they weren’t home.

Things became worse and Max would break out of the crate. Once free in the house, he would become destructive and chew apart the couch, the dining room table or any item he could find. As time went on the family began to get anxious when they would come home dreading what they might find that Max tore apart while they were gone. They decided to keep Max in the crate when he was home alone. Max began to refuse to go into his crate and when he was forced in he would become stressed, bite and bend the bars of the crate and spending all of his time barking and trying to break out.


At almost 4 years old Max’s anxiety had completely overwhelmed the family. Stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated and at the end of their rope the family contacted Lovebugs for help. They were considering surrendering Max because they thought they had no other option. Lovebugs recommended they contact Sherry with All About Training Dogs for help. When Sherry, a professional dog trainer, asked the family to describe Max they said he was loving, but wild and out of control. Sherry went to their home, explained that everyone would have to help and walked them through several training exercises.


Article-Max2 After a few training lessons the family was excited, relieved and prepared to help Max relax with positive reinforcement training. Max no longer becomes anxious when they leave and he voluntarily goes into his crate. Now, the family describes Max as “an amazing little dog.”

All About Training Dogs
 has helped several dogs and dog owners using positive reinforcement techniques (exclusively). Raising a happy, healthy and confident dog starts the day you bring your dog home. Prevent behavior problems before they start or get help with your dog by contacting All About Training Dogs. Check out their group classes or schedule a private training today!

Fall for a Lovebug!

 This season, fall for one of our many Lovebugs available for adoption. 

Summer 2014


What an incredible day in rescue, one that brought tears to many of our volunteers eyes after a long, hot, exhausting day. On June 7th, 2014, Lovebugs Rescue was contacted by a business owner about a dog that they had seen on their work property in Santa Ana for the last 18 months. Yes, you read that correctly - 18 months. This dog has been living along the riverbed it's entire life, going from business to business. The dog was so fearful, they were never able to catch her, but everyone knew her. They noticed the dog gave birth to 6 puppies on their property. When the mom wasn't coming around one day to tend to her pups, they brought them in and started supplement feeding.

Immediately the business owner started contacting rescues and we answered the call right away. The next day a trap was set and we were on our way. The first trap set was broken. She took the bait, but we didn't have luck in catching her. A team of volunteers started at 10:30 am the next day and scoured the area by foot and car. Talking to everyone, other local business owners, workers, even the homeless that lived in the riverbed. We put up signs in the area. All the sudden a sighting of a white matted dog running in the neighborhood nearby took us on a 2 hour chase through traffic and multiple garage sales in Santa Ana, only to chase down 2 white dogs at different points in the neighborhood that were not her and we were unable to catch. Exhausted and feeling defeated, we retreated back to our starting point. As we walked around the corner, we could not believe our eyes that were stinging from the hot sun. There she was sitting in our trap! Once we got her to a safe foster home, we were able to bring her puppies to her that evening. She cried with joy when she saw her babies, that she had been separated from for several days now. She took them in right away and allowed them to nurse and be close to her. This mama, now named Ana, went from living in fear on the streets, to being in a foster home with people, other dogs, warmth and meals she can count on, all because Lovebugs Rescue was able to help her. We couldn’t do this without our amazing volunteers and foster homes!

A few days later, our Santa Ana stray, now named Ana, finally got the spa day she needed. Surprisingly, not 1 flea or tick on her, but a sea of painful foxtails everywhere which she had later removed at the vet, including one stuck in her eye. She also had to be sedated to remove 3 foxtails that were lodged deep into her ear canal.

Cash For Cupid Fund Drive

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Will you be our Valentine?

During the month of February, show your love by joining our Cash for Cupid fund drive to
benefit Lovebugs Rescue.


To join, simply drop in a dollar (or more) in an envelope, or, write a check, and mail to:
Lovebugs Rescue
PO Box 953, 
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

No Stamps?
You can also go online and donate at


Each dollar received goes towards:

HeartBulletPoint  Spay/Neuter HeartBulletPoint  Dog Food
HeartBulletPoint  Microchips HeartBulletPoint  Shelter Pull Fees
HeartBulletPoint  Vaccines HeartBulletPoint  Major Medical


Tis' the Season for Giving

We can't do the work that we do without the generosity of our supporters. Together, we can make a difference. 

Holiday Travel Tips


The holidays are one of the peak seasons for travel, and with a little planning; it can be the perfect time to take your furry family member with you. Whether you are off on a ski vacation, visiting family or perhaps enjoying a coastal road trip during the holidays, having your best friend along can make the trip more fun and enjoyable.

Here are some holiday travel tips for you and your pooch -


Photo Fund Raising and Adoption Event

Say Cheese!!! Pet Photo Shoot to Benefit Lovebugs Rescue.

Join us on January 25, 2014 for a fun filled pet photo shoot with Paw Print Foto! Please call Mayra with Pooch Sitter at 714-310-2050 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for a reservation.
We will also have Lovebugs available for adoption.
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Over $18,000 Raised For Lovebugs At The Race For The Rescues OC!

Team Lovebugs Rescue raised $18,161 and reached 73% of their goal of $25,000 for the OC Race for the Rescues. We were the NUMBER ONE team in the Orange County race! We are so appreciative of all our hard working volunteers who participated in this event and raised money for our cause. Thank you!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

at The Great Park - 7 am - 12 pm

GO Team Lovebugs Rescue!

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Lovebugs On Good Day LA LA

Halloween Hopefuls All Dressed Up & Ready For New Homes

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See Lovebugs On K-9 Corner All Month!

Featuring Our July Lovebug Rescues

A huge thank you to Megan Medick with K-9 Corner for having us as their featured July rescue group! We had so much fun sharing our loveable Lovebugs on camera, and we even got a few of our foster mom's to go on camera!

Watch Our Clip Above NOW To Help Us Find Homes For These Featured Pets.

This clip has been played throughout the month of July 2013 twice a day 12pm or 8pm. In the South Bay area of LA.... on Time Warner Cable channel 3. or Verizon FiOS channel 31. Time Warner Cable Screen Name: CitiCABLE

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