|Local Animal Resources|
Your adoption doesn't end when you leave the Center with your new pet! We're also here to help your pet adapt to your home and to offer assistance with any questions or problems that may arise during this exciting--and sometimes challenging--time.
- Click here to request a tour of the Center.
- For questions and concerns relating to barking dogs, leash laws, permits, ordinances or to report a lost or found dog, please visit the City's Animal Services page.
- Visit Irvine's Central Bark dog park or find other dog parks in the Orange County area.
- Shelters and humane societies in the Orange County area
- Need a pet-sitter while you're on vacation? Petsitters International's website can help you locate an animal caretaker in your area. All petsitters must adhere to a code of ethics and standards in order to be listed.
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: click here for more information
The Center strongly encourages adopters to attend a puppy or basic obedience class. It's the best way to get your relationship with your new dog or puppy off to a good start. We recommend humane training methods that rely on encouragement and positive reinforcement. Visit the Association of Pet Dog Trainers website to search for a dog-friendly instructor near you or sign up for Dog Obedience or Puppy Kindergarten at a local park. Find more information on raising kids with pets at Growing Up With Pets.
Check out the following handouts to assist you in caring for your dog:
- Destructive Chewing
- Fearfulness and Anxiety
- Leash Training
- Seperation Anxiety
The Irvine Animal Care Center strongly discourages the declawing of cats. Declawing isn't just painful-- it's usually unnecessary, since most scratching problems are not difficult to manage. Paws Come With Claws is an excellent article that is also available as a flyer at the Center. If you're even considering declawing your cat, please read it and understand that humane alternatives are available.
Check out the following handouts to assist you in caring for your cat:
Indoor vs Outdoor
Introducing Cats and Dogs
Litter Box Training
Visit the House Rabbit Society's website for an extensive directory of rabbit-behavior pages.