Resources & Reports
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The Free-Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board, worked with Animal Services staff in 2014 and early 2015 to put together the attached plan and timetable for addressing free-roaming cats in Orange County in a humane and effective manner.
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.
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.
- 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 recommendations are in from the Free-Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board! Read Managing Free-Roaming Cats in Orange County, North Carolina to find out more!
Check out the CDC's new webpage about Pets and Ebola for all the latest news!
Find out even more about Pets & Ebola from the American Veterinarian Medical Association.
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!
SNAP-NC Surgery Day
Wednesday, April 1
The SNAP mobile unit will be performing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in the Animal Services Center parking lot on Wednesday, April 1st. Appointments must be made through snap in advance. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, visit them at http://www.snap-nc.org/
SNAP-NC Surgery Day
Tuesday, April 14
The SNAP mobile unit will be performing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in the Animal Services Center parking lot on Tuesday, April 14th. Appointments must be made through snap in advance. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, visit them at http://www.snap-nc.org/