The Orange County Animal Shelter has many wonderful pets for adoption and some that are available through one of our foster programs.
Due to COVID-19, the Animal Services facility is closed to the public with the exception of curbside and virtual appointments made in advance. If you are interested in a pet that is currently listed as available for adoption OR available for foster, please call 919-942-7387, option 3, to speak with a staff member at our adoption desk. If the staff is unable to answer right away, please leave a message with your full name, contact number, and information for the pet you are interested in (including the pet’s name and ID number). Every effort will be made to respond to messages the same day, but it is possible that you may not receive a callback until the next business day due to the high volume of calls we often receive. If you have already left a clear message for our staff, please do not leave multiple messages as checking extra messages makes it more difficult for our staff to respond in a timely manner.
We do encourage everyone to meet with a pet that they are interested in adopting. These "Meet & Greet" sessions last for approximately 15 minutes. Meet & Greets are currently only available by appointment and are being held virtually (via Zoom or FaceTime) to help keep everyone safe during COVID-19. These virtual meetings have been very successful and are a great way to ask questions and observe a pet’s behavior and personality in real time! Please call the adoption desk at 919-942-7387, option 3, if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Some animals can be taken home the same day they are adopted, but those adoptions must occur before a certain time of day and are dependent upon several factors. If you are interested in taking a pet home on the same day you adopt, please consult with the adoption desk to find out if that pet is able to go home right away.
See more information on adoption and adoption fees on this page.
Orange County has mandated the use of face coverings in many situations. We are asking that everyone wear a mask when conducting any in-person interaction at our facility unless they meet exceptions outlined here.
Check out our available pets at these links:
Check out our feature pet webcam! This is a live feed so there may or may not be some action. Cats tend to sleep almost as much as they play. But, you'll never know if you don't click out of curiosity!
Check out this page for our recommendations on introducing a new pet to other pets in your home.