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.
Schedule an adoption appointment.
Schedule a recheck for your foster pet.
Schedule an appointment to surrender or reclaim your pet.
Adopt a homeless shelter pet in need.
Become a temporary foster parent.
Volunteer your time for adoptable pets.
Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is currently caring for 175 dogs and 124 cats, a total of 299 pets. OCAS serves as the county’s only open admission pet shelter, which means no animal in need is ever turned away. As a result, the shelter is nearing capacity with resources stretched thin. Animal Services is calling on the community for help, asking for interested adopters and foster parents to step forward immediately to care for the animals.
In an effort to help combat the pet overpopulation problem in the local community, Orange County Animal Services launched the “Spay It Forward” program late last year. Initially grant funded, the program provided spay and neuter vouchers for qualifying low-income pet owners. The program experienced high demand after launch and so far, a total of 525 vouchers have been issued, exhausting the available funds. But in order to continue to program, the shelter is now turning to the public for financial help.
Orange County Animal Services is preparing to make available more than three tons of FREE pet food at the South Econ Recreation Center on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 for pet owners financially impacted as a result of COVID-19. The South Econ Recreation Center is located at 3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. Orange County residents are welcome to select up to two bags or cases of food on a first come, first served basis at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. No appointments are needed.
Orange County Animal Services has had a record live release rate for fiscal year 2020, the most in over half a century. With 6,436 domestic animals and other pets adopted, as well as the additional animals either rescued, relocated or returned to owners, the total number of live releases was 10,032, or 88 percent of total impounds. This live release rate increased from the 82 percent achieved in fiscal year 2019.
For Orange County Animal Services, offering a foster care program that places pets in temporary homes until ready for adoption saves thousands of lives every year. Animal Services relies heavily on foster parents and their expertise to help animals, especially kittens, that would not otherwise thrive at the shelter due to being sick, injured, in need of socialization skills and/or are too young for adoption.
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.