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The Irvine Animal Care Center is home to several innovative programs.  These programs are funded by donations and would not be possible without your help.

Animals awaiting their forever home for more than 45 days are part of the Center's Extended Care program. The City provides basic care for Irvine animals for 45 days. After 45 days, it costs the Center $6.75 per animal per day. Most animals are adopted in less than 45 days, but there are some that take a bit longer to find that special new family. As with all adoptable animals, they will remain at the Center until they find a home.

The Third Chance for Pets program transfers animals from overcrowded Southern California 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 funded through donations from the day they arrive at the Center.  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. Since inception 15 years ago, the Center has accepted more than 7,400 animals into the program.


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.

If you are age 62 or older, you may be eligible to adopt a senior animal for free through the Seniors Helping Seniors program. 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. Senior animals available for adoption may also be viewed here.

The Center is fortunate to have the support of caring volunteers who foster animals not yet old enough to be placed for adoption and those recovering from medical ailments. Foster supplies, such as powdered KMR and ESBILAC formulas, nurser bottles, gram scales, carriers and blankets are needed year round, with the largest need during the spring and summer (kitten season). For more information on how to become a foster parent, click here.