Available Pets



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

If you are interested in a pet that is currently listed as available for adoption OR available for foster, 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 message with your full name, contact number, and information for the pet you are interested in (including the pet’s name and ID number). 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. If you have already left a clear message for our staff, please do not leave multiple messages as checking extra messages makes it more difficult for our staff to respond in a timely manner. 

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.

Schedule A Meet & Greet With An Available Pet

We do encourage everyone to schedule a meeting with a pet that they are interested in adopting. These "Meet & Greet" sessions last for approximately 15 minutes. Meet & Greets are currently available by appointment and are being held in person at our facility. A staff member or volunteer will be present to try and answer any questions you may have. Please call the adoption desk at 919-942-7387, option 3, if you would like to schedule an appointment. Meet & Greet appointments end an hour before closing on any business day. See our hours on this page.


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.

Check out our available pets at these links: 

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Introducing Pets

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

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!