Available Pets

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

-Schedule Your Visit- 

DUE TO COVID-19, WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES BY APPOINTMENT AND ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS YOU HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT IN ADVANCE. Animals are available on a first-come, first-served basis and we do not schedule visits with specific pets. If you are interested in scheduling a time view all pets that are available, please call 919-942-7387, option 3, to speak with a staff member at our adoption desk. If the staff is unable to answer right away, please leave a clear message with your full name and contact number. Our staff responds to messages in the order they are received. Every effort will be made to respond to messages the same day, but it is possible that you may not receive a callback until the next business day due to the high volume of calls we often receive. Appointments end an hour before closing on any business day. See our hours on this page.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ANIMAL SERVICES. All visitors and employees accessing Orange County facilities will be required to wear a face covering indoors regardless of vaccination status. We also ask that everyone practice social distancing while conducting any business at our facility.


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. If you are interested in taking a pet home on the same day you adopt, please consult with the adoption desk to find out if that pet is able to go home right away. See more information on adoption and adoption fees on this page.

-Introducing Pets-

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

Click these links for available pets:

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-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.