- Third Chance for Pets
- Enhanced Care
- Seniors Helping Seniors
- Owner Relinquishment
- Cat Nail Trims
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 the center 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. If you would like to receive information on upcoming foster volunteer recruitment opportunities, please submit your email address here.
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.
For Irvine residents who are no longer able to care for their pet(s), the center offers the service of taking them in. All owner relinquishments are by appointment only, during regular business hours.
Owner Relinquishment Appointment Process:
- Print and complete the required owner relinquishment questionnaire located below.
- If you do not have access to a printer, please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to complete the questionnaire or they can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bring the questionnaire, a valid ID, proof of Irvine residency, and a copy of your pet’s veterinary records to your appointment, along with the corresponding surrender fee.
- Fees: $80 for previously spayed or neutered animals or $105 for non-spayed or neutered animals.
Please call 949-724-7740 during business hours to learn more about the process, requirements and to schedule an appointment.
If you adopted a cat from the Irvine Animal Care Center, you can bring that pet in for nail trims. Here's how:
- Call 949-724-7740 to schedule an appointment (sorry, no drop-in trims).
- Please bring cats in an appropriate carrier.
- Check in at the front office.
- If your cat was adopted on or after July 1, 2017, there will be a $10 fee for nail trims.
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.
We thank you for adopting and being a part of the Irvine Animal Care Center family.