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
Home for the Holidays!!
Holiday season has arrived and with it comes lots of Animal Services events and specials.
This year, check out the photography exhibit featuring shelter pets of years past. It's available at the main branch of the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough from November 11 - January 11th!!
More H4H event details below!!
Holiday Schedule- Animal Services will be closed on the following dates for holidays:
Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 25
Thursday, December 26
Wednesday, January 1
The Free Roaming Cat Task Force (a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board) will hold its first meeting Wednesday, December 11 at 6:45 p.m.
Refer to our About Us Page for more info on found animals and animal-related emergencies after hours.
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!
Home for the Holidays!
November 11 - January 11
Reduced adoption fees on all dogs and cats for the holiday season, as well as many other events (detailed below).
*Dogs and puppies $60
*Cats and kittens $50
Canned Pet Food Drive
November 11 - December 21
We will once again be collecting cans of dog and cat food for pet owners in need this holiday season. Donated cans should be brought to the Animal Services Center during regular operating hours. 4 or more donated cans earns a voucher for our Pictures with Santa event on Dec 21st! Donations will be delivered to those in need by OCIM and Meals on Wheels.
Saturday, December 7
Adoptable dogs will be representing Animal Services in the Hillsborough Parade! Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Churton Street!
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Parade
Saturday, December 14
Adoptable dogs will be representing Animal Services in the Chapel Hill Carrboro Parade! Parade starts at 10 a.m. on East Franklin Street!
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, December 20
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, December 20th. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/
Pictures with Santa
Saturday, December 21, 12-4 pm, Animal Services Center
Pictures with Santa will take place on Saturday, Dec 21 at the Animal Services Center. Cost is 4 or more cans of donated food to our Canned Pet Food Drive. Donations can be brought ahead of time for a voucher or the day of the event!
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, January 3rd
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, January 3rd. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, January 17th
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, January 17th. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/