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Posted on: February 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Animal Shelter nearing capacity for dogs; urgent adoptions needed

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Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has almost reached capacity for housing dogs at their facility in Chapel Hill. They are asking for assistance from anyone currently able to adopt a dog. 

"Unfortunately, dog adoptions at OCAS were slower in January and dog intake has spiked over the past few weeks,” said Dr. Sandra Strong, Director of Orange County Animal Services. “This causes us concern because we need to balance dog intake with placing dogs in homes or we quickly become overcrowded. We have a variety of amazing dogs that are looking to be adopted by loving families. Sadly, this is an issue happening nationally. So, it is not isolated to our shelter. We are hopeful that reaching out to our community will have a positive impact on the dog population at our shelter."

During the month of February, adoption fees for all available cats and dogs have been reduced as part of an adoption special. Adoption fees for some dogs are often fully or partially sponsored to encourage adoptions.

Anyone interested in adopting may stop by the shelter during operating hours. No appointment is needed to view available pets. The shelter opens at 12 p.m,, Monday through Saturday, and is located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, N.C. For more information about available pets, visiting the facility, and adopting pets, please visit or call the Adoption Desk at 919-942-7387, option 3.

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