Foster Care Program

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 or Chewy wish lists 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 Donation Drive

The Irvine Animal Care Center invites the community to support its Foster Donation Drive, March 1–31. Support the center’s new puppies and kittens, post-surgery animals, and animals healing from an injury by donating supplies such as formula, mother and baby cat food, and toys. Donate to the Foster Care program from the center’s Amazon or Chewy wish lists to have items shipped directly to the center.​ View the Irvine Animal Care Center’s full wish list here.

Donation Celebration

Animal lovers can also support the Foster Care program by dropping off new pet supplies during the Donation Celebration Saturday, March 11, 1–3 p.m. at the center. Participants will receive an Irvine Animal Care Center Supporter sticker for donating.


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 two 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 Learn more about the center's volunteer program here.