Precious Pets becomes the hub of animal services for lost and found pets in Costa Mesa.

After receiving notice from a local animal hospital issuing a plan to end a longstanding arrangement for treating domestic animals found on city streets along Costa Mesa, officials at the nonprofit A temporary provider has been found. Priceless pets.

City leaders have agreed to pay the organization up to $30,000 a month to become Costa Mesa’s emergency animal control center, while continuing to provide adoption services for pets staying longer than seven days. is kept

gave Temporary contract Effective December 12th and adjacent to Precious Pet Adoption Center at 1536 Newport Blvd. Allows subcontracting with Newport Mesa Animal Hospital to provide veterinary services for shelter animals in the nonprofit’s care.

Newport Center Animal Hospital in Newport Beach has offered vet services for Costa Mesa since 2018, but its contract recently expired.

(Courtesy of the City of Costa Mesa)

Additionally, members of the Costa Mesa Police Department, which took over animal control duties from the city’s Parks and Community Services Department last year, will have 24-hour access to the facility if an animal needs to be sheltered after hours.

Precious Pets, which has overseen animal adoptions in Costa Mesa since 2018, currently operates an adoption center in Claremont and a vet clinic and adoption center in City of Industry and Chino Hills.

Its arrangement with Costa Mesa comes more than a month after the city received notice from Newport Center Animal Hospital — which provides veterinary care for the city under a $20,000-a-month contract, according to city records. was doing – it was terminating its contract voluntarily.

“They were informing us that they were unable to continue veterinary services,” said Costa Mesa Director of Finance Carol Molina, whose department manages purchasing and is administering the emergency contract.

Skippy, a three- to four-month-old puppy among prized pets "Orphanage" in Costa Mesa in 2019.

Skippy, a three- to four-month-old puppy at the Priceless Pet “Orphanage” in Costa Mesa in 2019.

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A veterinarian with the facility, Dr. Anthony Rizk, served as the main provider for Costa Mesa but no longer works at the clinic. Managers at Newport Center Animal Hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Both the veterinary services contract and the previous contract the city maintained with Priceless Pets for animal adoptions expired in June 2023, meaning both providers were continuing on a month-to-month basis. .

The city has issued a request for proposals to potential permanent providers and is reviewing an unspecified number of bids. Molina said city officials would prefer to consolidate all domestic animal care into one contract rather than deal separately for adoption and veterinary services.

“Right now, that’s the priority,” he said.

Costa Mesa resident Becca Walls, who chairs the city’s Animal Services Committee, said she tried to get city leaders to start thinking about the RFP process before the contract expired, to no avail. It didn’t happen.

“Here we are, six months into the contracts and they are in crisis,” he said. “I think Precious Pets will make it work. They have things for the long term. But the real issue is the building. At some point, they’re going to need a bigger building.

Lisa Price, co-founder and executive director of Priceless Pet Rescue, did not respond to requests for comment, but on Dec. 26 the nonprofit shared news of the Costa Mesa arrangement on social media.

“We couldn’t have done it without you!” Read the posts. “We are able to do things like this because of our supporters. Thank you for all the support over the years.”

Molina said Thursday that she hopes to soon present a recommendation to the Costa Mesa City Council for a new permanent contract for animal care services.

“We want to ensure a smooth transition,” he added. “That’s our goal and what’s best for the city.”

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