Programs & Services

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.



Third Chance for Pets

The Third Chance for Pets program transfers animals from overcrowded shelters where they may have limited chances for adoption, and brings them to the center for a chance at finding their forever home. Over the years the program has expanded to include rescuing animals from hoarders and disaster situations. Since these animals come from outside of Irvine, their care is partially funded through donations. Why the name Third Chance? Their first home was their first chance, the shelter they were brought to was their second chance, and the center is their Third Chance. 

Enhanced Care

The Center occasionally receives animals that have been injured, neglected or need additional medical treatment. The Enhanced Care program funds the treatment these animals need to become healthy and adoptable.

Foster Care

Foster parents provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, and baby rabbits in their own homes.  This includes time, energy, and a quiet secure space away from any pets you may otherwise have.  The center will provide the training, supplies, food, and equipment that the foster animals need.

Animals too young to be spayed/neutered are extremely fragile creatures with relatively low survival rates, especially when separated from their mother. Shelters, in general, do not have sufficient human or financial resources to provide underage animals with the specialized, focused, around-the-clock care that they require. As a result, underage animals are often euthanized in other shelter environments. The center aims to make a positive impact on this population by placing them in foster care. This is why a robust and hearty foster program is imperative to continuing the mission of saving Irvine’s homeless pets. With you they will be housed, fed, socialized, and cared for, until they reach a weight of two pounds and at least eight weeks of age. A nursing mother will accompany her litter into foster care if they’ve come into the center together. Foster parents bring the animals back in to the center every two weeks for checkups and for early vaccinations. Once an underage animal has reached its mandatory age and weight, and receives a clean bill of health, it will be spayed/neutered and made available for adoption. If you would like to receive information on upcoming foster volunteer recruitment opportunities, please submit your email address here.

Click here to view our Foster Family flier.

Seniors Helping Seniors

The Seniors Helping Seniors program waives adoption fees for individuals age 62 and older when they adopt a senior animal. The age an animal becomes a senior varies, so adopters can look for a green "senior" stamp on a kennel card to quickly identify the center's senior animals. Click here for more information.

Owner Surrender

For Irvine residents who are no longer able to care for their pet(s), the center offers the service of taking them in. All owner surrenders are by appointment only.  

Owner Surrender Appointment Process:

  • Complete and submit the required owner surrender questionnaire located below.




  • Bring a valid ID, proof of Irvine residency, and a copy of your pet’s veterinary records to your appointment, along with the corresponding surrender fee.

Owner Surrender Fees for Cat, Dogs, and Rabbits:

$100 for spayed or neutered animals, or $150 for non-spayed for neutered animals. Unlicensed dogs incur an additional $100 noncompliance fee.

Owner Surrender fees for other species vary depending on animal size and center capability to care for the animal.

Please call 949-724-7740 during business hours to learn more about the process, requirements, and to schedule an appointment.

Cat Nail Trims

We encourage adopters interested in getting their cat’s nails trimmed to seek out groomers or veterinary offices for the service. To protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff, the center is no longer scheduling nail trim appointments. 

We thank you for adopting and being a part of the Irvine Animal Care Center family.

Pets for Vets

The City of Irvine is proud to support the Pets for Vets Act, a state law that requires animal shelters to waive cat and dog adoption fees for military veterans. Learn more at