Question: What are the requirements for a pet owner in Orange County?
Answer: As a pet owner in Orange County, it is your responsibility to make sure that your pet maintains a current rabies vaccination. You must also supply adequate shelter, proper food and water, and keep your animal properly confined.
Question: What is the adoption process, and what is included with the adoption of a pet?
Answer: The adoption process begins with you coming to the shelter and interacting with the pet you are interested in adopting. You can then complete an adoption application. We will verify that you are allowed to have a pet either by contacting your landlord or reviewing your proof of home ownership. Once your application is approved, you will pay the adoption fees, and after your pet has met the mandatory hold requirements, your pet will be ready to go home!
The following are included in the adoption of a pet:
- Initial vaccinations.
- Microchip identification.
- First deworming.
- Heartworm check (dogs over 6 months old).
- Feline leukemia and FIV test (cats).
- Rabies vaccination and tag.
- Bag of Science Diet dry food.
- Adoption Welcome Kit.
- Information on caring for your new pet.
Question: Can I adopt an animal in Orange County if I live in a different county?
Answer: Yes, you can adopt one of our animals if you live outside of the county. You will still need to provide landlord approval or proof of home ownership and valid identification.
Question: When can I expect to pick up my new pet?
Answer: Once your adoption is approved and your pet has met the mandatory hold requirements, you can pick up your new pet. You will be notified on the day of your pet’s surgery and will have 48 hours to pick up your pet between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Question: If I adopted an animal from an affiliated location, can I return the animal to Orange County Animal Services?
Answer: Animals adopted through our remote adoption locations or main facility on Conroy Road may be returned if any medical problems are discovered. We recommend that you take your newly adopted pet to a licensed veterinarian during the first 10 days of ownership for an examination. If you do wish to return your pet, you must provide Orange County Animal Services with a copy of your veterinarian’s diagnosis and your adoption receipt. You can then choose another pet or apply for a refund of your initial adoption fee. Animal Services will not be responsible, however, for reimbursement of any medical bills.
Question: Can we bring our animal to the free pet behavior class?
Answer: No, the class is a first step in the educational process of responsible pet ownership and is directed toward the pet owner or keeper.