Foster Care Program

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.

While the City is currently not offering most in-person volunteering opportunities at this time, recruitment and training for the Irvine Animal Care Center's Foster Care Program continues. Please see below for more information.

 


 

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.

Animals too young to be spayed/neutered are extremely fragile creatures with relatively low survival rates. Underage animals require around-the-clock care, and without it, most shelters must euthanize. The center invites you to join the mission of saving underage animals by becoming a foster volunteer or by donating much-needed supplies.

Donate to the Foster Care program from our​ Amazon wish list and have items shipped directly to the center.​ We've created a handy wish list if you'd like to shop at your local pet store and drop off items to the donation bin outside the center entrance during business hours.

 


 

Foster Volunteers

By becoming a temporary pet parent, foster volunteers give a home to kittens, puppies, baby rabbits, or animals recovering from an injury or medical procedure. Fosters contribute time, energy, and a quiet, secure, indoor space away from any pets you may otherwise have. The center provides training, equipment, supplies, and veterinary care.

Fostering can last from a few days to several weeks. You tell us your availability, and we’ll match you with animals in need. Once an underage animal reaches its mandatory age and weight, and receives a clean bill of health, it returns to the center to be spayed/neutered and made available for adoption. Adoption is not the volunteer’s responsibility.

The success of our Third Chance for Pets program relies heavily on the number of fosters the center has available. The more foster volunteers supporting the center, the more animals we can help.

Foster Volunteer Candidates Must Be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to text, check email, and use the internet regularly
  • Able to demonstrate the Essential Capabilities for Foster Care
  • Not volunteering for a court-mandated reason
  • Comfortable interacting with people and animals

Program Requirements:

  • At least 2 hours per day to care for the animals; most often for 4-6 weeks
  • A quiet, secure place inside the home that’s separated from family pets
  • Ability to transport animals to the center for routine veterinary care
  • A willingness to implement basic behavior training (provided)
  • Flexibility to accept animals on short notice​

To be notified about future foster volunteer recruitment, please join our interest list by sending an email to iaccinterestlist@cityofirvine.org. Learn more about the center's volunteer program here.