A rustic Spanish-style farm in the heart of San Juan Capistrano that's been standing since 1890 promises more creatures than just the area's famous swallows. The picturesque estate is part of Zoomars—an all-ages petting zoo that's USDA-approved for cleanliness and the place where more than 100 animals call home. The residents range from the familiar to the exotic: goats, sheep, and potbelly pigs mingle alongside exotic emus, zebus, and zedonks that greet visitors for pets and feeding. One of the zoo's most popular areas is the guinea-pig patch, where some of the farm's fuzziest and friendliest creatures reside. Zoomars also features family-friendly attractions ranging from a miniature train and pony rides to the rustic Miner's Gulch, where panning the water reveals rare treasures such as gemstones and T-shirts from the Led Zeppelin '75 tour.
Owner Carolyn Franks started down the path to animal care when she created her own line of dog toys. She soon moved to California where her passion snowballed: she developed pet programs for kids and a bird breeding facility, and even traveled to Brazil to learn about animal conservation. A few years later, she used her knowledge to take over a petting zoo, expanding its pens and transforming its brand into Zoomars.
Franks is joined by a team of zookeepers who are just as well-versed in entertaining kids—and teaching them how to interact with the animals—as they are in caring for and shepherding mammals and birds.
Started as a single Newport Beach clinic in 1971, Lindora was the brainchild of Dr. Marshall Stamper, who was motivated by the unfortunate loss of his mother due to weight-related complications. Now, more than 40 years later, Lindora's weight-loss programs continue to bestow humanoids with a plethora of personalized nutrition plans and private one-on-one health consultations. At each Lindora location, medically trained teams of health-care professionals guide patients through lab work, health assessments, and exams to discern the most efficient trajectory into better health. Patients receive encouragement to adjust their lifestyle and behavior, and bellies stay buoyed by nutrition support and menu plans that spotlight fresh, balanced meals.
Long-term weight maintenance is the goal of the clinic's medically based programs, which means patients needn't worry about extra pounds boomeranging back into their lives like a persistent pet chinchilla. Check the FAQs page here for more information about Lindora's approach to weight loss.
At Crown Valley Animal Care, the list of pet-saving services rivals that of any human hospital. In their tireless pursuit to keep pets healthy, dedicated veterinarians use modern technology on furry, fluffy, and rocky friends. Their laser surgery eschews traditional scalpels for highly precise cuts, while ultrasounds and digital radiology detect any potential inner problems. Professional groomers also comb through matted coats, restoring pooches to pristine condition. In addition to providing dentistry, wellness services, and an in-house laboratory for tests, the center’s staff furnishes warmer, fuzzier facilities as well.
Pet boarding suites provide ample room for dogs to lounge and play. Tiffany lamps, soft beds, and pedestals accommodate visiting cats—be they aristocats, blue-collar cats, or cats with any other color of collar.
Drysdale Imagery offers headshot, portrait, and commercial photography in Orange County, California. Located in South Orange County, Donna Drysdale specializes in faces, whether it be headshots for actors or professionals, or portraits for high school seniors or families. Come take photos you can be proud to show everyone!
The Ecology Center empowers individuals looking to positively impact the earth at home and throughout the wider community through hands-on learning and a bevy of classes, programs, and speakers. Advocate-level members receive at least a 10% discount on all events, including the upcoming June 4 installment of the Backyard Skills workshop series that teaches participants how to construct a backyard veggie-growing box ($15 for members) and the Green Feast on September 10, with farmers, ranchers, and chefs congregating on the center to serve up hors d’oeuvres and a four-course spread of environmentally friendly delicacies ($180 for members). Keen ears can digest the nuggets of wisdom divulged by representatives from Nike and Patagonia during the summer speaker series along with wine, beer, and light fare ($15 for members). A stylish Ecology Center tote bag accessorizes each membership, perfect for demonstrating environmental sustainability while shopping for groceries or foraging for peppermints before winter’s first frost.