Available Pets

Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, the Animal Services facility will be closed to the public with the exception of appointments made in advance. If you are interested in adopting an animal, please call 919-942-7387, option 3, to make an appointment. Please leave a message if the adoption desk staff are not able to answer right away. They will call you back as soon as possible.

The Orange County Animal Shelter has many wonderful pets for adoption and some that are available for one of our foster programs.

Some animals can be taken home the same day they are adopted, but those adoptions must occur before a certain time of day and are dependent upon several factors. Please call ahead (919-942-7387, option 3) if you are interested in taking a pet home on the same day you adopt to find out if that pet is able to go home right away.

We do encourage everyone to stop by and meet with a pet that they are interested in adopting. These "Meet & Greet" sessions last for approximately 15 minutes, and our staff can perform Meet & Greets up until 30 minutes prior to closing on any business day.  For our hours of operation, go here.  Meet & Greets are currently only available by appointment. Please see the highlighted information above and call if you would like to schedule an appointment.

For more information on adoption and adoption fees, go here.

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Can’t adopt? Sponsor a pet’s adoption fee! It’s easy, just call 919-942-PETS (7387).

All Animals (all animals currently in our facility, including those available for adoption and those not available for adoption)

Check out our feature pet webcam! This is a live feed so there may or may not be some action. Cats tend to sleep almost as much as they play. But, you'll never know if you don't click out of curiosity!

Social Media

Visit us on Facebook to find more photos and stories of adoptable animals, as well as events and other fun news!

Foster Kittens

If you are interested in fostering kittens too small for the adoption floor or moms and nursing kittens, go to our Kitten Foster Program page and fill out our inquiry form.

Interested in fostering a dog?

All of our foster dogs are part of our Medical Foster Care Program. In most cases, they need to complete treatment for heartworms before they can be adopted. As a foster parent, you would coordinate with our veterinary care staff for any treatment needed. If you are interested in fostering a dog, please call our main number at 919-942-7387. 

Introducing Pets

Check out this page for our recommendations on introducing a new pet to other pets in your home.

Selecting a Pet For Your Family

Kittens do best in pairs! Here's why: 

Are you considering the costs of owning a pet? 

Check out this article about money tips for caring pet owners.

Check out some of our video projects for more information about Animal Services!

Are you adopting a rabbit? 

Properly caring for rabbits can be hard work! Please go to House Rabbit Society for care tips and much more information.