Volunteer

The center is thankful to have the support of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers assist staff in implementing the center’s programs and goals. Volunteers contribute to a variety of important tasks, including keeping the facility clean, helping visitors, providing animal care, and socializing adoptable animals. Areas of service include cat, dog, rabbit, foster care, animal transport, and community events/outreach.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER LOG-IN

Qualifications to Volunteer in Animal Care

To volunteer in animal care, one must be:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Able to commit to a weekly, assigned shift.
  • Available to make a one year commitment.
  • Able to email and use internet well.
  • Able to demonstrate the Essential Capabilities needed to safely interact with animals.
  • Not volunteering for a court-mandated reason.
  • Comfortable interacting with people and animals.

Foster Volunteer Additions

Successful foster volunteers also need to provide the following:

  • At least 2 hours per day to care for the animals, most often for 4-6 weeks.
  • A quiet and secure place inside the home that is 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 learn more, visit our Foster Care Program page

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Foster Volunteers Needed – Bottle Babies 

The Irvine Animal Care Center is in need of foster caregivers able to open their hearts and homes to our most vulnerable animals. Orphaned neonates require the around-the-clock care that the mother would normally provide. Foster volunteers take on these duties for orphaned kittens or puppies: 

  • Bottle feeding every two to three hours, day and night.
  • A warm, quiet, secure place inside the home that is separate from all family pets.
  • Help going potty and gentle cleaning.
  • Transportation to the center every two weeks for foster appointments.
  • Consistent care and careful observation for up to four weeks.

 

Foster Volunteers Needed – Weaning Babies 

Weaning puppies and kittens require the around-the-clock care, but on a schedule that’s less intense than bottle babies. Foster volunteers take on these duties: 

  • Syringe feeding every four hours for a week or two, as/until the animals transition to eating regular food.
  • A warm, quiet, secure place inside the home that is separate from all family pets. 
  • Kittens may need initial help learning to use a litter box. Puppies this age are too young to be housebroken, but ample potty pads are provided.
  • All weaning babies will need gentle cleaning. 
  • Transportation to the center every two weeks for foster appointments. 
  • Consistent care and careful observation for up to six weeks.

 

Foster Volunteers Needed – Large Breed Mama Dog with Puppies 

The Irvine Animal Care Center is in need of foster caregivers with big dog experience and a comfort level caring for a mama dog that weighs 45-75 lbs. plus her litter of puppies. A typical litter is five to eight puppies. 

  • Experience and ability to walk a strong dog.
  • A warm, quiet, secure place inside the home that is separate from all family pets.
  • Once the puppies begin to wean, space where they eat and sleep plus space for going potty.
  • Transportation to the center every two weeks for foster appointments. 
  • Consistent care for up to six weeks. 

 

The center provides: 

  • Training 
  • Supplies (formula, litter, potty pads, bedding, etc.) 
  • Equipment (digital scale, carrier, crate/pen) 
  • Veterinary care, including medical treatment if needed 
  • Adoption after the animals return to the center 

To get started, submit your email address to iaccinterestlist@cityofirvine.org.

Need More Flexibility?

Here are other ways you can help the animals:

  • Our Super Pet Adoption (June) and Home for the Holidays Adoption Fair (December) need single-day volunteers ages 15+. Check our Events page for more information.
  • Collect towels, newspaper, and cardboard paper towel tubes to drop off for the animals during center hours.
  • Make and donate:
    • No-sew fleece blanket; view instructions here.
    • Cat kennel curtains (requires sewing machine); view instructions here.
    • Crocheted cat toys; view instructions here.
    • Crocheted nests we are collecting for our wildlife rescue partners; download the pattern here
  • Visit our social media outlets at the bottom of this page and share our posts.

For additional volunteer opportunities with the City of Irvine, visit our Volunteer Opportunities web page. 

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