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
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 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!
Home for the Holidays!
November 1 - January 3
All dogs and puppies are available for only $60; all cats and kittens available for ony $50!
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Join Animal Services and many other great organizations and groups for the annual Hillsborough Parade!
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Parade
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Join Animal Services and many other great organizations and groups for the annual Chapel Hill/Carrboro Parade!
Canned Pet Food Drive
December 1 - 20
Bring cans of cat or dog food to the Animal Services Center to help families in need feed their pets this holiday season. Four or more cans gets you a free Picture with Santa at our Pics with Santa event!