Resources & Reports
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Effective November 19th, 2009, Orange County's Animal Ordinance will restrict the tethering of dogs to a maximum of 3 hours within a 24-hour period. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the amendment, along with a year of outreach and a number of specific exceptions, in November of 2008.
Please find below the ordinance amendment itself and supporting documents related to the amendment.
Animal Services Standard Operating Guidelines
Tethering Progress Reports
The Town of Chapel Hill has enacted its own set of tethering restrictions, effective March 23, 2010.
The link below provides access to the Animal Control sections of the Code of Ordinances of Orange County. It is not intended to serve as the official County Code for Orange County and may not include recent amendments to the County Code. Current information is available from records in the County Clerk’s office in the official minutes of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
Orange County's Animal Control ordinance applies only to the unincorporated parts of the County and Hillsborough (which chooses to adopt the County's ordinance). The Townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Mebane have their own animal ordinances (as listed below).
See Chapter 4 of the Chapel Hill Town Code.
See Chapter 10 of the Carrboro Town Code.
- North Carolina Animal Rabies Control Association
- North Carolina Animal Federation
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- North Carolina Division of Public Health Epidemiology
- North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
- American Humane
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Humane Society of the United States
- National Animal Control Association (NACA)
- Society of Animal Selfare Administrators (SAWA)
- General Disaster Preparedness for Orange County
- American Red Cross Animal Safety Page
- ASPCA's Disaster Preparedness
- United Animal Nations Disaster Preparedness
Influenza in Pets and Other Animals
- AVMA article on influenza
- AVMA Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1
- WHO website: Infection of farmed animals with the Pandemic Virus
The Animal Services Center will be closed Monday, September 1st for Labor Day. For animal emergencies, please call 9-1-1 to be connected to our on-call Animal Control Officer.
Find out what's happening with the Free Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board.
Find out all you need to know about Rabies in Orange County and beyond on our Rabies Page.
Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page
We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device. Click HERE to use it!
Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!
Back to School Adoption Event
For the entire month of August, enjoy adoption specials for all dogs and cats!
All cats and kittens: $50
All dogs and puppies: $60
Flyleaf Book Reading
September 18, 2014
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill
Join author Nancy Castaldo as she discusses her children's nonfiction book, 'Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Saved the World.' A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated by Flyleaf to Animal Services and Nancy will have real "sniffer dogs" on site!
Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill
Join us at Hargraves Pool for the 10th annual Dog Swim! Always a ton of fun for dogs, owners and visitors! $5 donation for people. Dogs swim free! Dogs must be current on vaccinations, not in season and on a leash to enter.
2 For 1 Cat Special
April - October
Adopt 2 cats together and get the second for only $50 every year from April through October. Much research shows the advantages of adopting cats in pairs. See the perks yourself by taking advantage of our special today!!