Paws and Effect: Helping Shelter Animals When You Can’t Adopt

Leonor Wertheimer

Orange County Animal Services is proud to join The Bark Report with a special column called “Paws and Effect.” This column will be dedicated to informative animal services and adoption topics such as the importance of spay and neuter programs, adopting and adapting during COVID-19, introducing new pets into your home, and tips for helping pets and people adjust during family gatherings and celebrations. Join us for this monthly column to help spread the word about helping pets in many ways!

Helping Shelter Animals When You Can’t Adopt

If you can’t adopt a pet from your local shelter, please consider making a donation if at all possible. Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) depends upon monetary and material donations to continue to care for the many animals that come to the shelter each year. You can donate money, supplies, or even donate your time to help shelter animals thrive. Donations always make a world of difference for our organization, but they are especially needed during COVID-19.

Donate money:

  • A major lifesaving effort at OCAS has been the medical care and treatment program for shelter animals. This program helps us to treat and care for animals with so many different medical issues such as (but not limited to): upper respiratory infections, urinary infections, skin infections, heartworms, ringworm, and special surgeries and procedures for both felines and canines. Without the help of this program, animals with certain medical issues might be deemed unadoptable. As a result of this effort, OCAS has redefined what it means to be an adoptable animal at the shelter. Donations also help with medications, medical supplies, and some off-site services and procedures (such as radiographs) that are not currently available at the shelter. To donate to this fund, please visit our GoFundMe campaign page at
  • Donations for specific projects may be made online, by mail, or in person through the Orange County Community Giving Fund. You can make a donation online with a credit card or bank account, or you may simply mail a check. The Animal Services projects include initiatives such as Cat Sheltering Enhancement, Community Spay/Neuter, the Free-Roaming Cat Initiative, and the Dog Exercise Area Fund. For more information on Orange County’s Community Giving Fund, please visit
  • Not sure how to assign your donation? No worries! You can make a general donation without any specifications and we will apply it where it is most needed. You can mail a check to our facility or donate in person at 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516.

Donate supplies or gently used items:

  • We use a variety of animal supplies daily and are always in need of these. We need pet food, bath towels, a variety of cleaning supplies, you name it! They can be dropped off or ordered online and delivered directly to our shelter at 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516. View a list of our most commonly used and needed supplies here: Also check out our Amazon Wish Lists by visiting our donation page:


  • Donate your time! Volunteers make a huge difference and we rely on the hard work, love, and commitment of our volunteers in all of our programs. All volunteers go through orientation and training before working in our facility. Please see this page for more information: does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.


Paws and Effect: Helping Shelter Animals When You Can’t Adopt

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