Adopt a Pet

Please note: To protect the community and City of Irvine staff, while encouraging safe placement of adoptable pets, the Irvine Animal Care Center is operating by appointment only. The center will remain closed to the public for all drop-in services. Learn more about our adoption process at

Staff are on-site to care for the animals during operating hours. If you have a concern or need an appointment to surrender your pet, please call the center at 949-724-7740 during operating hours. This preventative measure is in response to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Please visit for updates.



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

Image links to webpage for adoptable dogs


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

Please allow at least one hour to visit with adoptable animals. Processing adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis, and only completed in person at the center. The Irvine Animal Care Center does not reserve pets for adoption by telephone or e-mail. 

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.

Adoption Hours

Weekdays: noon-5 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Holidays

Adoption Criteria

  1. The adopter must be at least 18 years old
  2. In-person completion of a pre-adoption survey and counseling session prior to meeting with an animal(s).
  3. Everyone in the household must visit with the animal and agree to adopt prior to finalization of the adoption.*
  4. Renters must provide a copy of the rental/lease agreement confirming the acceptance of pets.*
  5. A dog introduction must take place at the center's premises if you are adopting a dog and currently own a dog. Our experienced dog staff will assist in the introduction.*

*Adoption Holds: If the visitation, rental agreement, and/or dog introduction requirements in conjunction with the primary adopter’s initial visit cannot be met, an adoption hold may be considered. Adoption holds require a $30 non-refundable fee and must be finalized the following day (during adoption hours). Limit one hold per pet, per household.

First-Come, First-Served

Center staff date and time stamp pre-adoption information once received. There is a lottery adoption process available for potential adopters in line who are waiting for the center to open and interested in the same animal. The lottery adoption process for that animal will begin with the first name drawn. During special events, this process is subject to change when there is a high volume of visitors expected. Potential adopters may need to form a line prior to opening.

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.