Animal Services

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The Animal Services Department is responsible for Animal Control and Animal Sheltering activities within Orange County.  

Animal Services will be closed Thursday, 11/23, and Friday, 11/24, for Thanksgiving. For animal-related emergencies, including animal bites to people and potential rabies exposures, please dial 9-1-1 to be connected to our on-call Animal Control Officer.

Its mission is to meet the needs of residents by working with volunteers and other partners to deliver cost-effective and integrated sheltering and animal control services that ensure the health, safety and well being of humans, pets and the community as a whole.  Addressing the problem of pet overpopulation with a proactive and positive approach is an integral ingredient of the department’s mission.

KaleaWhat's New!?!

We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device.  Click HERE to use it! Visit us on Facebook to find more events and adoptable animals! 

Want to help pets but can't adopt? Sponsor the adoption fee of any adoptable animal!  Contact us to find out how!

We now have Spay/Neuter Shirts available for $15 at the Adoption Desk.  These cute shirts are available in blue or tan and in sizes S, M, L & XL.  See photo Caption says: "Cuz his tail isn't the only tail he's Chasin' - Spay / Neuter Your Pet"

Our AnimalCam is up and running!!  Watch our featured pet room live 24 hours a day! 

Web Licensing is now available for all Annual Pet License renewals and new registrations.  Visit our licensing page to license your pet online!

Donations - We can now accept donations online!  Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page.

We also have direct orders available for some of our most needed supply items! See our donation page for a listing of those!



facebooksquare small Visit us on Facebook for adoptable pets and events, and follow us on Twitter for listings of stray pets received at the Animal Services Center or found by others.

camCheck out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!


Home For the Holidays!
November 15th - December 30th
Home for the Holidays events include:

  • ADOPTION SPECIALS! 11/15 - 12/30
  • Canned food drive 11/15 - 12/16
  • Sponsorship opportunities for shelter pets
  • Hillsborough Holiday Parade, December 2
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade, December 9
  • Pictures with Santa, December 16

Animal Services is now taking applications for the Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant!

Applications due by December 1st, 2017
Click here for more information and application.

Margaret's Cantina Dinner Proceeds
Every 2nd Monday of the month

Eat dinner at Margaret's Cantina on the 2nd Monday of every month and 10% of proceeds will go to the Spay/Neuter Program at Animal Services.