Please note: The Irvine Animal Care Center is providing adoption and other services by appointment from noon to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (closed Tuesdays). Appointments are also available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is 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.
Information about what to do with a variety of wildlife including baby ducks, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and fledgling birds is available on the Irvine Police Department Animal Services web page here.
Most wildlife babies are not orphaned! Animal parents care about their young as much as human parents and provide the best care. Most animal parents will only return when all threats (including people) are gone. This can take several hours. We encourage you to leave (or put back) the orphaned animal where it was found. Many people are surprised when the parents quickly return.
The closest wildlife rehabilitation center in Orange County is the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. More information and a list of the species the wildlife center cares for can be found at wwccoc.org
For location, hours, and directions to the Irvine Animal Care Center, click here.
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