Adopt a Pet

Please note: As of June 15, the Irvine Animal Care Center will provide adoption and other services by appointment from noon to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (closed Tuesdays). Appointments will also be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center will be open for animal viewing for the remainder of its operating hours: 3–6 p.m. on weekdays and 1–4 p.m. on weekends. Call 949-724-7740 during operating hours if you have an urgent concern. Visit irvineanimals.org/appointment for more information on adoptions.

 


 

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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Dogs

image links to webpage of adoptable cats

Cats

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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 cityofirvine.org/mym.

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–3 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
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 irvineanimals.org/appointment.

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)

$170

Cat (5+ months)

$135

Senior or Special Needs Cat

$70

Puppy (up to 5 months)

$220 + puppy wellness

Dog (5+ months)

$135

Senior or Special Needs Dog

$70

Rabbit

$30

Other

varies

PUPPY WELLNESS PROGRAM

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.