In response to COVID-19, please check out our facility updates, bit.ly/OCASCOVID-19.
Orange County Animal Services now requires an appointment for most services, please read below prior to your visit to the shelter.
Orange County Animal Services is currently offering in-person adoptions with an appointment. To make an appointment, please utilize this link: https://v2.waitwhile.com/lists/orangecountyani/join
Pets are available for adoption on a first come, first served basis.
Adoption appointments are limited so the shelter is asking individuals to only make one appointment for visitation and to only make an appointment if seriously considering adoption.
Appointments are currently only available through the beginning of August. Further adoption appointments will be made available soon, please check back for an update on when those will be unleashed.
For those with an appointment, the shelter is asking them to review the list of available pets, viewable here, within 24 hours prior to the appointment to begin identifying which pets they may be interested in. At arrival, staff and volunteers can then escort them immediately to those pets for viewing and interaction.
Those visiting the shelter will be required to wear a mask and submit to temperature screening prior to entry. Anyone experiencing a fever, cough, difficult breathing, pneumonia, who has been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19 or traveled outside of the country within the past month is required to postpone their visit to a later time.
The shelter is continuing to offer virtual adoptions for a select number of pets. These adoptions can be facilitated at any time and do not require an appointment to visit the shelter. To view the pets available for virtual adoption, please visit the shelter’s Facebook page.
OCAS is expanding the “sleepover program” to enable interested Orange County residents to take in a select dog or cat on a trial basis. Animals that are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped are available through this program. They can be taken home for a minimum of two weeks through this program.
To see if an animal is a candidate, please reach out to AnimalServices@ocfl.net or make an appointment to visit the shelter. The selected animals will have the statement “Ask About a Sleepover” on their kennel cards.
Please be advised our sleepover program contract requires the pet be kept separate from existing pets in the home for the safety of all involved.
Stray animals found in Orange County can be brought to Animal Services for admittance at any time during the shelter’s open hours. An appointment is not required for this service. Those visiting to drop off a stray pet are asked to remain in their vehicles so as to limit any unnecessary entry to the building.
For stray drop off, please drive around to the far side of the building and utilize the call box. Press the button and let the representative know you are dropping off a stray pet.
Animal Services loves being able to reunite missing pets with their families! Pet reclaims are a key service offered by Animal Services and are available with an appointment. If you believe your missing pet is at Animal Services, please make an appointment to visit utilizing this link: https://v2.waitwhile.com/lists/orangecountyani/join. Under the “Shelter Services” section appointments are available for those seeking to identify their lost pet.
Those visiting the shelter will be required to wear a mask and submit to temperature screening prior to entry. Anyone experiencing a fever, cough, difficult breathing, pneumonia, who has been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19 or traveled outside of the country within the past month is asked to call or email for assistance.
If, for any reason, you have difficulty securing an appointment to reclaim your pet or have any questions about the process, please email AnimalServices@ocfl.net.
In order to limit the number of people in the shelter at any given moment, the shelter is requiring an appointment in order to surrender an owned pet. The shelter recommends that any person wishing to relinquish a pet first contact local pet rescue groups and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.
Orange County Animal Services is this community’s only open admission pet shelter and is always at risk of reaching capacity. Animal Services should be the last resort for surrendering pets, if all other options have been exhausted prior. There is a $15 fee for each pet surrendered.
To make an appointment, please utilize this link: https://v2.waitwhile.com/lists/orangecountyani/join
If you have an urgent situation and are unable to obtain an appointment and must relinquish your pet, please email us at AnimalServices@ocfl.net and we will attempt to accommodate you as best possible.
Animal Services is actively recruiting interested foster parents who have prior animal care experience, specifically those with cat and kitten knowledge. The shelter is in critical need of foster parents to help care for kittens that are too young for adoption or facing minor to moderate medical issues.
Please visit this page for more information on joining the program.
The shelter could benefit from donations of towels and blankets. Any gently used items are welcome at the shelter and can be dropped off anytime within open hours. The shelter is also in need of dog treats, of any variety.
For the current time, the mobile spay/neuter clinic is suspended, to reduce risk. We look forward to resuming normal operations as soon as possible. Please monitor the website for updates on that service.
Orange County Animal Services is a progressive animal-welfare focused organization that enforces the Orange County Code to protect both citizens and animals. We provide service throughout Orange County, including all municipalities.