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County Animal Ordinance

Other Ordinances

Monthly Reports for Animal Sheltering

Graphical Data for Animal Sheltering

Animal Control Field Statistics

Tethering Ordinance

Additional Resources

County Animal Ordinance

Effective March 1, 2016, the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) has passed a Unified Animal Ordinance.  The Unified Animal Ordinance applies to all of the unincorporated parts of Orange County fully, and the towns have adopted the bulk of it as their framework.  However, inside the corporate limits of each town certain sections and areas will remain different.  The unified ordinance aims to have a common framework and fills many gaps and inconsistencies that previously existed in having three entirely separate ordinances.  

Unified Animal Ordinance (with November 2016 amendments)

Freqeuently Asked Questions about the Unified Animal Ordinance

Chapel Hill, Carrboro, & Hillsborough Ordinances

All of the towns have adopted the bulk of the Unified Animal Ordinance (above) as their framework, but will retain certain sections of their previous ordinances.  

Chapel Hill and Carrboro have adopted the bulk of the Unified Ordinance, but retains several sections that can be found in the links below:
Chapel Hill remaining ordinance sections
Carrboro Town Code with remaining sections

Hillsborough adopts the county ordinance but has a few sections inside the corporate town limits that have additional restrictions and regulations.  Those can be found in the code below.

Hillsborough Animal Code

Monthly Reports for Animal Sheltering

2016 Monthly Reports

2015 Monthly Reports

2014 Monthly Reports

2013 Monthly Reports

2012 Monthly Reports

2011 Monthly Reports

2010 Monthly Reports

2009 Monthly Reports

2008 Monthly Reports

2007 Monthly Reports

2006 Monthly Reports

2005 Monthly Reports

Graphical Data for Animal Sheltering

Annual Intake Numbers: 2005 - 2015

Annual Disposition Numbers: 2005 - 2015

Annual Placements: 2005 - 2015

Stray Dog & Cat Recoveries: 2005 - 2015

Animal Control Field Statistics

2016 Field Statistics

2015 Field Statistics

2014 Field Statistics

2013 Field Statistics

2012 Field Statistics

2011 Field Statistics

Tethering Ordinance

Effective November 19th, 2009, Orange County's Animal Ordinance will restrict the tethering of dogs to a maximum of 3 hours within a 24-hour period.  The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the amendment, along with a year of outreach and a number of specific exceptions, in November of 2008. 

Frequently Asked Questions (Click HERE for Spanish Version)

Please find below the ordinance amendment itself and supporting documents related to the amendment. 

Tethering Amendment (Effective November 19th, 2009)

Animal Services Standard Operating Guidelines


Tethering Enforcement and Addendum

Tethering Progress Reports

June 2009

December 2009

May 2010

Tethering Committee's Full Report and Recommendations

The Town of Chapel Hill has enacted its own set of tethering restrictions, effective March 23, 2010.  

Tethering Enforcement in Chapel Hill


Additional Resources

State Organizations

National Organizations

Disaster Preparedness

Influenza in Pets and Other Animals


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Upcoming Events

Low-cost rabies vaccination clinic & microchip clinic
Thursday, Nobember 17 

3 pm - 5 pm
This is our last clinic of 2016 and will be held at the Animal Services Center, located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. Rabies vaccines $10.  Microchips offered for $25.  Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  

Home for the Holidays
November 16 - December 31
All dogs $60 and all cats $50 during our annual Home for the Holidays adoption special!

Canned Pet Food Drive
November 16 - December 17
Bring in cans of dog or cat food to help pet owners in need.  Cans collected by Carrboro Chapel Hill Meals on Wheels and Orange Congregations in Mission.  Those bringing 4 or more cans will receive a free ticket for our Pictures with Santa, held Dec 17.

Pictures with Santa
Saturday, December 17 
12 - 4 pm
Bring 4 or more cans (or a ticket from an earlier donation) to receive a free Picture with Santa.  Pets welcome!  Pictures taken at our Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road Chapel Hill.

Deer Hunting With Dogs
The season for hunting deer with dogs is November 12 - January 2, and we have put together this resource guide with details about rights, responsibilities, and reporting.

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.