Available Pets

The Orange County Animal Shelter has many wonderful pets for adoption and some that are available for one of our foster programs.

Pet visitations end 30 minutes prior to closing daily. For our hours of operation, go here

Some animals can be taken home the same day they are adopted, but those adoptions must occur before 4:30 p.m. and are dependent upon several factors. Please call ahead if you are interested in taking a pet home on the same day you adopt to find out if that pet is able to go home right away.

For more information on adoption and adoption fees, go here.

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Due to a network issue, we are currently unable to provide some services. Also, our "Available Pets" and "Lost & Found" sections on this website are not completely accurate because our database is currently unable to update those sections of our website. For the most accurate updates on available pets or lost & found pets, please visit our facility on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. You may also call our main number at 919-942-7387 if you have questions. Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this issue. 

All Animals (all animals currently in our facility, including those available for adoption and those not available for adoption)

Can't adopt? Sponsor a pet's adoption fee! It's easy, just call 919-942-PETS (7387).

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Social Media

Visit us on Facebook to find more photos and stories of adoptable animals, as well as events and other fun news!

Foster Kittens

If you are interested in fostering kittens too small for the adoption floor or moms and nursing kittens, go to our Kitten Foster Program page and fill out our inquiry form.

Interested in fostering a dog? All of our foster dogs are part of our Medical Foster Care Program. In most cases, they need to complete treatment for heartworms before they can be adopted. As a foster parent, you would coordinate with our veterinary care staff for any treatment needed. If you are interested in fostering a dog, please call our main number at 919-942-7387. 

Are you considering the costs of owning a pet? Check out this article about money tips for caring pet owners.

Check out some of our video projects for more information about Animal Services!

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