Currently, animal intake services are provided by appointment and are limited to Orange County, NC residents with urgent needs. Scheduling appointments for animal intakes (stray animals or pet surrenders) allows us to make sure we have adequate resources and space to help animals in need. The scheduling process helps us to dedicate more time to your individual needs and the needs of animals. This process also decreases wait times and reduces stress for both people and pets.
Before deciding to bring your pet to a shelter, please review the following resources:
We are currently asking that you delay surrendering your pet to the shelter if at all possible. If you feel you have no choice but to find a new home for your pet, other options include but are not limited to:
Talk to friends and family members. Ask them to help spread the word about a pet that needs a new home.
List your pet with online adoption communities like Rehome OC or Rehome by Adopt-A-Pet. These types of online services may help your pet find a new home without having to go to an animal shelter.
Consider reaching out on listserv and social media platforms such as Facebook or Nextdoor.
Check out this page for a list of rescues and sanctuaries that may be able to help.
If your pet is having behavior issues, please see these websites for more information and assistance:
Pet Food Assistance. If you are an Orange County resident having trouble affording food for your pet due to loss of income, please visit our Pet Food Assistance page to see if this might help you to retain your pet.
Please call 919-942-7387, option 2, if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to bring a pet to the shelter. Please leave a clear message if the staff are unable to answer right away and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Have you lost or found a pet? File an official report here.
More tips from The Humane Society of the United States: