The Orange County Animal Shelter has many wonderful pets for adoption and some that are available through one of our foster programs.
-Visiting Our Facility-
Animals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment needed! Please stop by to view available pets and, while visiting, you may request to meet with an available pet. If you have questions about available pets or about visiting our facility, 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. Meetings with available pets last for approximately 15 minutes and will end an hour before closing on any business day. See our hours on this page.
If you already have a dog at home and are considering adopting a dog from our facility, you may bring your dog for a brief meeting so that you can see how first impressions go between the two canines! These meetings are typically held outside. Please call ahead to speak with the adoption desk if you have any questions about this type of meeting. We are not able to have our shelter cats meet with other animals. Please see recommendations mentioned below for tips on introducing pets in your home.
Check out this page for our recommendations on introducing a new pet to other pets in your home.
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.