COUNTY EVENTS CALENDAR

Licensing

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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.

Begin Your Online Licensing Session

If your pet is deceased or you have moved to another county, please contact us via email at jvolant@orangecountync.gov.  Please include your Person ID and the ID of the animal in question.

For new registrations 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.

You may also license your pet in person Animal Services Center, or you may print a licensing form and mail to Animal Services.

Please contact Animal Services at 919-942-7387 to review refundable issues and/or to make a refund request.

Licensing Fees       

County Fees effective Sept 1, 2010
Chapel Hill fees effective Nov 1, 2010

Please find your jurisdiction on the chart below.  If your license is more than 30 days late, a $5 late fee will apply.

 Unsteril-ized Dogs

Steril-ized
Dogs

Unsteril-ized CatsSteril-
ized Cats
Orange County Residents
Unincorporated areas, Hillsborough, Mebane (Orange County portion)
$30 $10 $30 $10
Orange County residents receiving public assistance* $30 $0 $30 $0
         
Chapel Hill Residents        
Orange County Fee $30 $10 $30 $10
Town Fee $5 $3 $5 $3
Total Fee for Chapel Hill residents $35 $13 $35 $13
Total Fee for Chapel Hill residents receiving public assistance* $35 $3 $35 $3
         
Carrboro        
Orange County Fee $30 $10 $30 $10
Town Fee $20 $3 $10 $3
Total Fee for Carrboro Residents $50 $13 $40 $13
Total Fee for Carrboro residents receiving public assistance* $50 $3 $40 $3
         
Chapel Hill Annex within Durham County        
Orange County Fee No fee No fee No fee No fee
Town Fee $5 $3 $5 $3
Total Fee for Annex Residents $5 $3 $5 $3
*pets must be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies to qualify

 

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

Additional Information

Contact us at: (919) 942-PETS (7387).

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UPCOMING EVENTS...

Clear the Shelters!
Saturday, August 19
10am - 6pm
Join us Saturday, August 19th from 10am - 6pm for FREE adoptions as a part of Clear the Shelters with WRAL-TV. Find out all the details by clicking the picture below:
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Click here to see important information about Orange County's Clear the Shelters event. 

Back to School Adoption Special
August 1-31
Our annual Back to School adoption special is underway for the month of August.  Adoption fees will be slashed to the following for the entire month!
Dogs: $65
Puppies: $70
Cats: $55
Kittens: $60


Orange County's Dog Swim
Sunday, September 10
12pm - 4pm
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This year's dog swim will be held at the A.D. Clark Pool in Hargraves Community Center at 216 North Roberson Street in Chapel Hill. Orange County dogs $5, Dogs from other counties $10. Dogs must be leashed and current on vaccines to enter.


Two low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinics:

Thursday, September 28
5pm -7pm

This clinic will be held at the Farmer's Market in Hillsborough, located on Margaret Lane. 

Saturday, September 30
9am -12pm

This clinic will be held at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill, located on Eubanks Road.

BOTH clinics will offer one and three-year vaccinations for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine- tag is not sufficient). Microchips offered for $35. Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  
See details and other rabies clinic dates this year on our rabies page.

 
Spay/Neuter Day!
Sign up by August 11 (event on August 23)
Orange County residents may qualify to have their pets fixed for FREE at our next Spay/Neuter Day, coming up on August 23.  Call Sarah at 919-942-7387 extension 224 or Cooper at extension 223 to find out details about how to qualify and sign up for this event!


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.