Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is the only open admission pet shelter in Orange County, meaning no domestic animal in need is turned away, regardless of any behavior or medical challenges. The health and wellbeing of these pets is of the utmost importance to Orange County and its community. While most animals are ideal candidates for adoption or rescue placement, a small percentage come to the shelter suffering from long-term and profound health problems or with aggressive behavior that poses a risk to others. In fiscal year 2022, Orange County Animal Services accepted more than 15,000 animals and secured live release placement for 95% of the dogs and 88% of the cats, for an overall live release rate of 91%.
The current shelter that accepts and houses these pets was built in 1987 and was at that point in time considered state-of-the-art, featuring open air kennels for the primary dog building. The building has gone through a number of renovations over the past decade, aimed at improving the comfort of the shelter pets.
To best meet the current and future needs of the community’s homeless animal population, a new shelter is needed and the project is advancing under the administration of Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings.