Adopt a Pet

Looking for the Perfect Pet? Visit our adoptable pets below or see them at the Irvine Animal Care Center during Viewing Hours, then make a convenient appointment to complete your adoption. Learn more here.



The Irvine Animal Care Center provides sheltering, care, and enrichment for homeless, neglected, abused, or unwanted animals. Services include licensing for Irvine residents, pet adoptions, and events.

Available Pets for Adoption

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image links to webpage of adoptable cats


image links to webpage of adoptable rabbits and other small animals

Rabbits & Others


Adoption Process

Adopting from the Center

A primary goal of the Irvine Animal Care Center is to increase animal adoptions into responsible homes while promoting healthy human and animal relationships. The center incorporates the core values throughout the entire adoption process.

The Irvine Animal Care Center Values are:

Mutual Respect, Innovation, Integrity, Professionalism, Flexibility, and Responsiveness

Center staff use the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program to provide guidance and expert advice, with the goal of better facilitating a successful adoption and managing adopters' expectations. To learn more about finding your perfect pet companion, read about Meet Your Match at

Please familiarize yourself with the animal-ownership laws for your city of residence prior to considering adopting.

The Irvine Animal Care Center does not reserve pets for adoption by telephone or e-mail. 

Adoption Hours

Adoptions by appointment are available during these hours:

Weekdays: Noon–5 p.m. (one hour prior to closing)
Weekends: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (one hour prior to closing)
Closed Tuesdays and Holidays

Visitors are welcome to view animals outside of the adoption hours:

Weekdays: 3–6 p.m.
Weekends: 1–4 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Holidays

Adoption Criteria

  1. The adopter must be at least 18 years old
  2. Completion of a pre-adoption survey and counseling session prior to meeting with an animal(s).
  3. All adults residing in the household must visit with the animal and agree to adopt during the adoption visit.
  4. Renters must provide a copy of the rental/lease agreement confirming the acceptance of pets.

First-Come, First-Served

The center may be unable to accommodate everyone who wishes to adopt on a particular day.  Center staff date and time stamp completed pre-adoption survey information once received.  Adoptions may only be finalized by in-person appointment at the center.  Learn more about our adoption process at

Included with Adoption

  1. Spay/neuter
  2. General veterinary exam
  3. Vaccinations appropriate to age
  4. Flea treatment
  5. Basic de-worming
  6. Microchip with lifetime registration
  7. Sample bag of Science Diet (dog or cat) or bag of hay (rabbit)
  8. Free vet check at participating veterinarian. Search the member list here.

Adoption Fees

Type of Animal

Adoption Fee

Kitten (up to 5 months)


Cat (5+ months)


Senior or Special Needs Cat


Puppy (up to 5 months)

$220 + puppy wellness

Dog (5+ months)


Senior or Special Needs Dog







Since it is so crucial for puppies to be socialized properly and learn manners to prevent them from becoming unwanted, the Irvine Animal Care Center now requires a $50 training deposit in addition to the adoption fee for all puppies (up to 5 months) that are adopted. After you complete a puppy training class (basic obedience) within the first six months of adoption, you will be refunded the $50 deposit.