What are your hours of operation?
We are open for adoptions Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What do I need to adopt a pet?
Please bring your driver’s license and your payment.
How much is it to adopt a pet?
Our dog adoption fee is $55 and our cat adoption fee is $40. We often have reduced adoption fees. To see our current adoption promotions please visit Promos and Events.
What is the adoption process, and what is included with the adoption of a pet?
The adoption process begins with you coming to the shelter and interacting with the pet you are interested in adopting. Then you complete an adoption application. Once your application is approved, you pay the adoption fee. After your pet has met the mandatory hold requirements, it 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.
Can I adopt an animal if I don’t live in Orange County?
Yes, you can adopt one of our animals if you live outside of the county. You will still need to provide a valid identification.
When can I expect to pick up my new pet?
Once your adoption is approved and the animal has met the mandatory hold requirements, your new pet is good to go. You’ll be notified on the day of its surgery and you will have 48 hours to pick up your pet. You can pick up between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Can you assist with transporting my new pet?
Animal interaction is necessary prior to adoption approval. Orange County Animal Services is not able to assist with transporting animals. However, if you live out of town and are unable to visit the shelter, you may contact our rescue partners to see if they can help with transportation. Animal Services is partnered with more than 60 rescue partners. For more information and a full list of our rescue partners, please visit our Rescue Partners page.
What are the requirements for a pet owner in Orange County?
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, food and water, and keep your animal properly confined.
A pet I just adopted is sick. What should I do?
If you adopted the animal within the last 10 days from our shelter you may bring your pet to our clinic for an exam. Please call Sandy Register at (407) 254-9137.
Are all animals sterilized prior to adoption?
Animal Services advocates on behalf of the importance of sterilization to help curb pet overpopulation in our community. When adopting from our shelter, the sterilization cost is included in the adoption fee. The majority of animals adopted through OCAS are sterilized, health permitting. In few cases an animal may not be a candidate for sterilization based on an observed health condition or age.
Prior to spay or neuter procedures, each animal receives a pre-surgical examination which helps shelter veterinarians determine whether or not the animal is a candidate for sterilization. In rare cases, a condition may not be apparent and surfaces only during the actual procedure, which could result in an unexpected complication.
Approximately 10% of OCAS?s shelter dogs are diagnosed with heartworm disease. Dogs that are heartworm positive may still be candidates for spay and neuter procedures. Veterinarians conduct a hands-on physical examination of the dog prior to, which includes listening to the dog?s heart and lungs as an aid to whether or not the animal is a candidate for sterilization. Heartworm disease has various stages, which is why the condition itself does not exclude a dog from being spayed or neutered. However, if a veterinarian does not believe the animal is healthy enough for the procedure, they will not proceed. These decisions are made on a case by case basis. It is crucial that any new family fully understand the needs of the animal prior to leaving the shelter, especially one with heartworm disease, or one that has experienced a complication during the spay and neuter process.
Animals with medical conditions that rule them out as candidates for spay or neuter at the time of adoption can still be released to new families. They are welcome back at the shelter for sterilization once they are healthier in the future.
From time to time, the shelter has been asked to provide their policy on the sterilization of heartworm positive dogs. Because each animal?s needs are unique, it is the policy of OCAS that its team of licensed veterinarians maintain full discretion in determining the best treatment plan for sick or injured animals, in addition to which are candidates for surgical procedures.