Adoption Process

Thank you for considering pet adoption from a shelter! It is the goal of Animal Services to match homeless shelter pets with loving, forever homes.

OCAS has hundreds of adoptable pets at any given time. The shelter operates on a first come, first serve basis in order to give each person an equal opportunity.

Animal Services strives to place every pet in a forever home, which is why the first step toward adoption is visiting the shelter in person to interact with the pet of choice. Adoption applications are filled out at the shelter following interaction and are not available online.

Once the interaction has been completed, with the assistance of a volunteer or staff member, the prospective adopter is to visit the shelter’s front lobby area where an adoption application is completed. Fees are processed at time of application. After the pet has satisfied the mandatory hold requirements and is processed through the Animal Services clinic, the adopter will be notified.

Adopters must arrive prepared with a valid photo identification and a form of payment in either cash, credit/debit card or check.

Animal Services welcomes adopters from out of county and state, but does not transport animals. The interested adopter is required to visit the shelter in person.

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Meet & Greets

OCAS provides prospective dog adopters the opportunity to introduce their resident dog with their possible new dog. This is a service available on weekdays only.

 To begin, the person must first visit and interact with the dog they wish to adopt. The introduction between the shelter dog and the adopter’s current dog will require the assistance of Animal Services staff. For shortest wait times the shelter recommends arriving between 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. These introductions are limited to a period of fifteen minutes at most.

On adopt-a-thon event days, when shelter traffic is at its highest, meet and greets will not be conducted.

If the introduction goes well and the person would like to complete an adoption application then it is required to have a second person, likely a friend or family members, onsite to handle the owned dog while the necessary paperwork is completed.

Adoption Fees

Standard adoption fees are $55 for dogs and $40 for cats. This fee includes the following services:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Initial vaccinations, including rabies vaccine and tag
  • Microchip identification
  • First de-worming
  • Heartworm test for dogs six months and older
  • Feline leukemia and FIV test for cats

About Us

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.


Orange County Animal Services
Pet Rescue & Adoption Center
2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 836-3111