Summer, July 29th Pet of the Week!

Summer is the season for big smiles, lying in the sun, and showing your legs—could be why our very own Summer is so named! She’s all legs, in fact, and that smile will brighten your day at least as much as the sun does. Summer is a young girl, 75 pounds and suspected to be a Lab mix. She’s a little reserved at first, but once she warms up, she’s fun during any season! Our shelter’s adoptions are conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Summer. Ask for ID#A659446.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Porter, July 22nd Pet of the Week!

Porter came to our shelter as a stray. He’s a 3-year-old Lab mix, with that sweet Lab disposition that immediately endeared him to our volunteers, as it will to you. Porter is looking for a port where he can finally drop his anchor and drift off for a nap. Then, he’ll bound back up, all shipshape for some shenanigans! Our shelter’s adoptions are conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Porter. Ask for ID#A658985.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Lilo, July 15th Pet of the Week!

It’s said that if you dream of an orange cat, you might be craving a new hobby or a new sweetie pie. We think it’s the latter. Lilo is a 1-year-old orange fellow whose family had to give him up, and he needs a new someone to love him. Lilo is likely the cat of your dreams, whether you dreamed of an orange cat or did not! By the way, if you adopt an adult cat any day in July, your fee will be waived—one more reason to take Lilo home! Shelter adoptions are conducted through appointment, so contact to meet Lilo. Ask for ID#A658751.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Thelma, July 8th Pet of the Week! Update: Has been adopted!

Meet Thelma, a dear little cattle dog seeking her herd. She was found as a stray, apparently looking for cows in all the wrong places, and now she’s found how much fun the human volunteers are when she works her charms on them. Not sure how she is with other pets or children, but she sure likes adults! Thelma’s about 2 years old, has a calm demeanor and would love to be home on the range with you. Our shelter’s adoptions are conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Thelma. Ask for ID#A659580.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Popular 4th of July Fireworks are Back in Orange County

Photo Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Orange County residents can celebrate the 4th of July with two popular fireworks shows this year at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Dana Point Harbor!
Celebrate Independence on the Back Bay at Newport Dunes with live music, SoCal’s largest Inflatable Water Park, watersports, food trucks, and an incredible fireworks show sponsored by the City of Newport Beach at one of the region’s top viewing locations on July 4th from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. For more information about Independence Day on the Back Bay, to purchase VIP Reserved Parking or to view watersports rental rates, please visit
Gather family and friends at Dana Point Harbor this 4th of July and look towards the sky over Doheny State Beach to experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display! A popular spot for locals and visitors to celebrate 4th of July each year, the City of Dana Point hosts one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Southern California with its own customized playlist to sing along to. Dana Point Harbor will be the perfect lookout point to view this patriotic celebration. The spectacular display begins at 9 p.m. on July 4 and will light up the Harbor with fantastic views from Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries within the harbor. Visitors can tune in to KSBR 88.5 FM and listen to patriotic music accompanying the display. For more information, please visit

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Dana Point Harbor.

Ella, June 10th Pet of the Week!

Ella looks like the kid who sat next to you in third grade who said things like “Teacher! Teacher! Let me empty the pencil sharpener! I’ll do it! I’ll do it!” And yes, Ella is an eager girl who loves to walk on leash and be your buddy. She’s 8 years old and weighs 50 pounds, which shelter staff said is mostly in her legs. She’s potty trained and crate trained as well and would work best as the only pet in an adults-only home. Ella was surrendered by her owner and wants so badly to be teacher’s pet again. Adoptions are now conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Ella. Ask for ID#A657478.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Diana Iris, May 27th Pet of the Week!

Diana Iris—such a lovely name for a springtime flower! This spunky little girl was found tied up outside a restaurant. It must have been miserable for her to not only smell the food but also be abandoned by her people. Diana Iris wants to go home with a fun family who’ll be there for all seasons, dine on restaurant patios with her, and of course, bring home doggie bags! Adoptions are conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Diana Iris. Ask for ID#A657003.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Jump Into Summer at Newport Dunes This Memorial Day Weekend

Featuring the Summer Opening of the Inflatable Water Park, Radiant Rides SUP Tours & More

Newport Dunes Inflatable Water Park. Photo Courtesy of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce the summer opening of Southern California’s largest inflatable water park and more family-friendly outdoor experiences beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 28–31, 2021. 

“For more than 60 years, Newport Dunes has been a destination that brings generations together to create lasting memories,” says Phil Ravenna, Interim General Manager of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer our beautiful, beachfront location for friends and families to reunite and enjoy responsible, open-air activities.”

Available for adults and children of all ages to experience and enjoy, Newport Dunes’ Inflatable Water Park is home to more than 15 large inflatables including a 17-foot slide, two trampolines, two climbable icebergs, monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter-totters. The park will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. during the holiday weekend.

The resort’s popular Radiant Ride tours will also resume on weekends by reservation request beginning Friday, May 28. For groups of six or fewer, Radiant Rides offer guests the unique opportunity to tour the calm waters of the Back Bay after sunset on an illuminated stand up paddleboards which sets the water beneath aglow with colorful neon light.

Radiant Ride illuminated SUP tour. Photo courtesy of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Additional Moe B’s Watersports activities include pedal boats, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and a brand-new fleet of 21-foot electric Duffy boats coming early May. In time for the holiday weekend, Newport Dunes will be launching a contact-free reservation and payment portal for all watersports rentals to be booked online. Watersports summer rental hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily beginning May 27. To learn more visit

For those looking for the ultimate VIP experience, Newport Dunes offers private cabanas along the shores for daily rentals. Relax under a breezy, shaded area between dips in the calm waters of Upper Newport Bay. Guests can also enjoy poolside cabanas in the newly remodeled pool complex with four heated pools and spas. 

Guests who stay at the resort are also invited to enjoy Movies on the Beach, held Friday and Saturday nights beginning Friday, May 28.

Moe B’s Munchies, Newport Dunes’ walk-up lunch and snack shop is back Memorial Day weekend and presents a menu of American favorites including hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches and salads along with snacks, beer, wine and signature cocktails. Take food to go for a serene picnic on the beach or enjoy back at camp. 

Experience the luxury of waterfront RV and tent camping sites and cozy beach cottages for the ultimate summer glamping getaway. For those who do not own an RV, Newport Dunes coordinates with local RV rental companies that will deliver a sanitized RV to your site, all hooked up and ready to enjoy. 

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort continues to follow all local, state and CDC guidelines. For more information and to book a reservation, please visit To inquire about Newport Dunes venues for private events including weddings, company picnics, team-building events and more, please call (949) 729-3800 or visit

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.