Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, the Animal Services facility will be closed to the public with the exception of appointments made in advance. If you are interested in adopting an animal, please call 919-942-7387, option 3, to make an appointment. Please leave a message if the adoption desk staff are not able to answer right away. They will call you back as soon as possible.
As of Friday, 6/12/20, Orange County has extended its COVID-19-related state of emergency through Aug. 31 and has mandated the use of face coverings in many situations. We are asking that everyone wear a mask when conducting any in-person interaction at our facility unless they meet exceptions outlined here. Please see this page for a link to Orange County’s press release and other information about face coverings.
Please see more details about our operations here.
The Orange County Animal Shelter has many wonderful pets for adoption and some that are available for one of our foster programs.
Some animals can be taken home the same day they are adopted, but those adoptions must occur before a certain time of day and are dependent upon several factors. Please call ahead (919-942-7387, option 3) if you are interested in taking a pet home on the same day you adopt to find out if that pet is able to go home right away.
We do encourage everyone to meet with a pet that they are interested in adopting. These "Meet & Greet" sessions last for approximately 15 minutes
, and our staff can perform Meet & Greets up until 30 minutes prior to closing on any business day. For our hours of operation, go here . Meet & Greets are currently only available by appointment and are typically being held virtually (via Zoom, FaceTime, etc.) to help keep everyone safe during COVID-19. These virtual meetings have been very successful and are a great way to ask questions and observe a pet’s behavior and personality in real time! Please see the highlighted information above and call if you would like to schedule an appointment.