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The Animal Care Center is proud to have the support of more than 400 dedicated volunteers. Center volunteers support staff in implementing the mission, vision and programs of the Animal Care Center. Volunteers assist staff with a variety of tasks, including cleaning kennels, doing laundry, feeding, assisting the public and socializing adoptable animals. Areas of volunteer service include dogs, cats and rabbits, farm, front office and education.



Below are a few of the minimum qualifications to become a volunteer:

Be at least 18 years old
Serve a minimum of eight hours per month
Commit to at least one year of service
Have a valid email account that is checked regularly
Not be volunteering for a court-mandated reason
Be comfortable interacting with staff, volunteers, customers and animals

If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you may be eligible to become an event volunteer.




Attend a one-hour information session (details on how to register are below).

Submit a volunteer application and await approval.

Upon selection into the program, attend a two-hour training course. (There is a $25 materials fee for Irvine residents and a $30 fee for non-Irvine residents.)

After training, you may come in and volunteer at your leisure. We try to make it as convenient for you to volunteer as possible so you do not need to pre-schedule your service. Just make sure that you meet the Center's monthly time commitment.

** Application review and training may take up to two months.




The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a free, one-hour Open House that will include an overview of the Center, our programs, and our volunteer opportunities as well as a Center tour.  At that time you will also submit a Volunteer Application for review.


Next volunteer orientation will be Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Irvine Animal Care Center.


If you have a client ID and family pin used for the City of Irvine's quickreg system, CLICK HERE and sign up instantly.

If you are new, CLICK HERE for more information about creating an account or call 949-724-6610 to have your account set up instantly.