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Posted on: July 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Orange County Discontinues pet licensing program and fees

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Orange County, North Carolina, will no longer require pet licensing fees as of July 1, 2023. The discontinuation of this licensing program was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in accordance with recommendations made by Orange County Animal Services (OCAS).

This licensing program was primarily established to help offset the costs of managing pet overpopulation. However, OCAS recognizes that this community issue can now be managed in ways that are more convenient and feasible for Orange County residents.

Animal Services recommends that all pets are microchipped and wear updated I.D. tags for visual identification. If you have lost or found a pet, please visit for more resources and information.

It is a requirement in North Carolina that all cats, dogs, and ferrets over four months of age are vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a fatal viral infection that can affect humans and animals. Make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations and consult your veterinarian for information and recommendations about any vaccinations. Visit for more information.

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, (including spay/neuter programs and animals available for adoption) please visit or call 919-942-7387.

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