All dogs and cats living in Orange County must be licensed within 30 days of acquisition. Failure to do so is a violation of the County's ordinance and could result in a fee or fine. Orange County does not provide licensing tags; your pet
must wear their current rabies tag.
All residents inside Orange County must pay the standard County fee. Townships may also require a fee for their residents, in addition to the County's licensing fee. Residents are responsible for paying the total fee for the area in which they live, according to the chart below. All fees are paid to Orange County and township fees are remitted to individual towns once collected.
All pets over 4 months of age should also have a current rabies shot. You will need to provide a copy of your rabies certificate and spay/neuter certificate if your animal(s) are sterilized.
How to License Your Pet
There are several options for licensing your pet with Orange County Animal Services. The easiest and preferred way is to license is online! Whether this is a first-time license for your pet or a renewal, you can use the link below to save time and money by licensing through our secure online licensing program. Credit card numbers are encrypted in an SSL format and all transactions are secure.
Please note that our licensing program does not currently work well with Apple/Mac-based browsers, such as Safari. We are working with our vendor to correct this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.
If your pet is deceased or you have moved to another county, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Person ID and the ID of the animal in question.
For new registratinos or to update the spay/neuter information listed on your renewal card, please be sure you have your pet's spay/neuter information available, including the date of surgery and the name of the clinic where surgery was performed.
Please contact Animal Services at 919-942-7387, ext. 220 to review refundable issues and/or to make a refund request.
County Fees effective Sept 1, 2010
Chapel Hill fees effective Nov 1, 2010
Please find your jurisdiction on the chart below. If you rlicense is more than 30 days late, a $5 late fee will apply.
Orange CountyUnincorporated areas, Hillsborough, Mebane (Orange County portion)
|Orange County Fee||$30||$10||$30||$10|
|Total Fee for Chapel Hill Residents||$35||$13||$35||$13|
|Orange County Fee||$30||$10||$30||$10|
|Total Fee for Carrboro Residents||$50||$13||$40||$13|
|Chapel Hill Annex within Durham County|
|Orange County Fee||No fee||No fee||No fee||No fee|
|Total Fee for Annex Residents||$5||$3||$5||$3|
Effective October 1, 2012, any license that is paid more than 30 days after the due date will be subject to a $5 late fee.
Kennel Fees $50.00
effective July 1st, 2007
Contact us at: (919) 942-PETS (7387).
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!
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!
Pics with Santa
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12 -4 p.m.
Bring your pet and/or yourself for our annual Pictures with Santa event, held at the Animal Services Center. Cost is four (4) cans of pet food to go toward our Canned Pet Food Drive.