The Irvine Animal Care Center is home to several innovative programs. These programs are funded largely by donations and would not be possible without your help.
THIRD CHANCE FOR PETS
The Third Chance program transfers animals from overcrowded Southern California shelters where they may have limited chances for adoption, and brings them to the Center for a chance at finding their forever home. Since these animals come from outside of Irvine, their care is funded through donations. Why the name Third Chance? Their first home was their first chance, the shelter they were brought to was their second chance, and the Center is their Third Chance. Over the years the program has expanded to include rescuing animals from hoarders and disaster situations. Since inception more than 10 years ago, the Center has accepted more than 7,000 animals into the Third Chance for Pets program.
Animals awaiting their forever home for more than 45 days are part of the Center's Extended Care program. The City provides basic care for Irvine animals for 45 days. After 45 days, it costs the Center$6.63 per animal per day to care for these animals. Most animals are adopted in less than 45 days, but there are some that take a bit longer to find that special new family. As with all adoptable animals, they will remain at the Center until they find a home.
SENIORS HELPING SENIORS
The adoption fee of a senior animal is waived if the adopter is age 62 or older. This adoption fee waiver is made possible through generous donations. The age an animal becomes a senior varies, so adopters can look for a green "senior" stamp on a kennel card to quickly identify the Center's senior animals.
The Center occasionally receives animals that have been injured, neglected or need additional medical treatment. The Enhanced Care program funds the treatment these animals need to become healthy and adoptable.