About Us


Our Founder

Celina Mesa, M.S.E.d, MPH,  and previous Wildlife rehabilitator  founded Oregon Animal Care Center because of her determination to establish an organization that aids animals, both domesticated and wild. Celina is a college professor with over 25 years of teaching health and nutrition. She has worked for years as a life-coach, public speaker, and has been in the healthcare field for more than 30 years. She promotes plant-based eating due to her background in chronic disease and nutrition Her lifetime of experience in caring for animals in need provides a solid background for the non-profit organization to be based upon.

When asked why she is so compassionate about animals, Celina said, "these voiceless creatures experience bonding, companionship, pain and sorrow, just like people do. Who will be their voice? Who will stand up for the protection of animals and their habitat?" It was her dream to create an organization that would be the voice for the voiceless!  


Mission Statement

Oregon Animal Care Center actively works to promote positive interaction between animals and humans. Our mission is to raise awareness about the perils of factory farming, rescue animals from abuse and neglect, support wildlife conservation, educate about the relationship between domestic violence and animal abuse, provide education and training through community action events and workshops. 

  Not only are we raising awareness about the degradation of animal welfare but we are also promoting and raising awareness about the food industry and it's horrific impact on humanity.  Diabetes is climbing in numbers and its impact on our adolescence is staggering.  It is a global epidemic.  We educate about the truths behind food and pharmaceutical medicine both for human and animals.   

Every single year, billions of animals are raised in heart-breaking conditions, only to be injected with antibiotics, painfully slaughtered, and in some cases, tortured.

Moreover, our daily consumption of factory farm meat has been linked to multiple diseases, and there is a large general consensus in the scientific community that a plant-based diet best suits our health and nutritional needs.

While domestic abuse strikes people of all races, religions, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientations, risk factors for abuse include lack of education, witnessing family violence as a child TO INCLUDE ABUSING ANIMALS, and attitudes of DOMINION OVER THE WEAK AND INNOCENT.


Education is key to healthy living both for humanity and animals

 Message from the Founder: While we rescue animals from many different situations, we also believe in humanity and the health of the people.  Plant based eating demonstrates compassionate living, but equally important  also promotes healthy living and is scientifically proven to reverse many chronic illnesses.  




Voice for the Voiceless

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank 




Giving hands-on care to animals, educating our community, providing administrative support, are ways that you can make a difference.  

 Volunteers learn important skills, undertake new challenges, and become part of a community that understands the importance of protecting animals from harm. 




Animals desperately need your help.