Orange County's Animal Services Center (NC)

Orange County's Animal Services Center (NC)

Our Adoptable Pet List - and there new animals coming in every day!!

Click here to see our recent Happy Tails!

"To the world you are just one person, but to a rescued pet you are the world."

Be sure to check the "News" section and the official county site to stay up-to-date on events!

Who We Are

Orange County's Animal Services Center is an open-access facility located in Chapel Hill, NC.
We have many wonderful pets available for adoption- come check us out!

We don't always have the resources to write personality profiles for every animal, but our staff is more than happy to tell you more about any animal we have in our care. We also have small animals available for adoption from time to time (such as rabbits and hamsters).

Come check them out today - maybe the perfect pet for your home is waiting for you!

PLEASE NOTE: Our animals all come from a different background and all deal with the shelter environment differently. Some of the animals here are a little overwhelmed and therefore don't photograph well- so please take that into consideration when browsing our pets. Stop by in person and fall in love with more than just a picture!! These animals need you and are ALL beautiful and special.

Please visit the Orange County's Animal Services website for official shelter information - including adoption fees, spaying and neutering, and more. You can also see additional photos of our adoptable pets from our adoption page, which links to Pet Harbor.

Animal Services needs volunteers to help walk dogs, socialize pets, clean, work at special events, and more! We especially need extra help during the summer months when many of our dedicated volunteers are away. If you are interested in volunteering at the shelter, please contact Sarah Fallin (email - as soon as possible. It takes the efforts of many people to keep Orange County's Animal Services Center up and running, and the more people we have, the better it can be - and the more lives we can save!
The center also has a need for foster homes at certain times.

Taking a foster pet requires that you are willing to work on the issues that the particular pet may have (some need confidence-building, some do not present well in the shelter environment, some need socialization and training, etc.). If you take on a foster pet, we also need you to make every attempt to place the animal with an appropriate permanent home by (for example) posting flyers and taking the foster pet to various events such as adoptathons in order to meet potential adopters. PLEASE consider fostering - with the shelter as crowded as it is, you will definitely be saving a life, and nothing is more rewarding and gratifying than seeing your foster pet blossom and then go on to become the object of adoration in a loving forever home.

Note: When asking about a particular pet at the shelter, it's best to refer to both its name AND its ID number (found at the top of its profile). This will avoid any confusion in the event that a pet's name has been changed.
Thinking of adopting a pet?

For your consideration, here are some thoughts from one rescue group about the advantages of rescuing a dog, and here is some information from the ASPCA about adopting a shelter cat.

As with any major decision, you should learn as much as you can from many sources beforehand. According to the ASPCA, here are some issues to consider before deciding to adopt a pet. While this is not official information from Animal Services, hopefully it will assist you as you think about your options. Our employees and volunteers are also available to help you find the right match for you and your family!

Center hours: Hours may change for Holidays. Please check our website at for holiday and special event closings.

Adopting a friend

Please note: Time is limited for all animals listed, so if you are interested in one of the pets listed here, please inquire about him/her as soon as possible. If you're interested in adopting one of the pets, please contact the center at 919-942-7387- or just stop by!

At the time of adoption, all dogs will be

At the time of adoption, all cats will be

Come Visit Us!

The Animal Services Center has a brand new facility located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, NC. If you're coming from I-40, take exit 266 (Hwy. 86) and head south toward downtown Chapel Hill. Eubanks is the first road on the right, almost immediately off the interstate!
Orange County Animal Services Center
1601 Eubanks Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone: 919-942-PETS (7387)

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter
Check out this sweet comic by "Mutts" author Patrick McDonnell.

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