The Third Chance for Pets 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. Over the years the program has expanded to include rescuing animals from hoarders and disaster situations. Since these animals come from outside of Irvine, their care is funded through donations from the day they arrive at the Center. 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.
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.
Foster parents provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, and baby rabbits in their own homes. This includes time, energy, and a quiet secure space away from any pets you may otherwise have. The Center will provide the training, supplies, food, and equipment that the foster animals need.
Animals too young to be spayed/neutered are extremely fragile creatures with relatively low survival rates, especially when separated from their mother. Shelters, in general, do not have sufficient human or financial resources to provide underage animals with the specialized, focused, around-the-clock care that they require. As a result, underage animals are often euthanized in other shelter environments. The Center aims to make a positive impact on this population by placing them in foster care. This is why a robust and hearty foster program is imperative to continuing the mission of saving Irvine’s homeless pets. With you they will be housed, fed, socialized, and cared for, until they reach a weight of two pounds and at least eight weeks of age. A nursing mother will accompany her litter into foster care if they’ve come into the Center together. Foster parents bring the animals back in to IACC every two weeks for checkups and for early vaccinations. Once an underage animal has reached its mandatory age and weight, and receives a clean bill of health, it will be spayed/neutered and made available for adoption. For more information, email our Foster Care team.
If you are age 62 or older, you may be eligible to adopt a senior animal for free through the Seniors Helping Seniors program. 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. Click here for more information.
All cat nail trims will require an appointment during business hours. Drop-in appointments are not available. Please bring cats in an appropriate carrier and stop by the front office for a quick records check.
Appointments will be available on the following days/times:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 1-4 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Please call 949-724-7740 during business hours to make an appointment. We appreciate your cooperation and continued support. We thank you for adopting your family member and being a part of the Irvine Animal Care Center family.