Helping Animals…And Humans

ORANGE COUNTY – October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and Orange County Animal Services is marking the occasion with reduced adoption fees for select dogs throughout the month.

OCAS has reduced the adoption fee to $60 for all adult dogs and select puppies, a 50 percent reduction. All dogs are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked.

The American Humane Association created Adopt a Shelter Dog Month to reduce the number of homeless dogs and puppies in shelters.

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The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 2013 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards.

Since 1990, the OCHRC has presented the Pauli Murray Award annually to a local youth, adult, and business owner who serves the Orange County community “in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all residents.”

Individual and youth nominees must be Orange County residents. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22. Visit for more criteria and the nomination form.


If you own goats or sheep, the Orange County Cooperative Extension is inviting you to a Parasite Management Workshop on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Carolina Holstein Barn on Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough.

Presenters will be Lauren Langley, Orange and Alamance area livestock extension agent, and NC State University Extension meat goat specialist Jean-Marie Luginbuhl.

The workshop fee is $17 per person and preregistration is required by October 16. To register, call Lauren Langley at 919-245-2058 or email her at, or visit

BoCC To Discuss Streamlining Animal Control Regs.

ORANGE COUNTY – Orange County Commissioners will consider a uniform animal control ordinance when the board meets Tuesday.

The county’s Animal Services department is looking to streamline animal control regulations so that the towns and county operate under the same set of rules.

When the board first reviewed the changes last June, multiple dog owners came out to protest.

Many said the changes didn’t take into account different conditions in the rural and urban areas. Others worried that the rules would scrap the unofficial designation of “watchdog,” instead recognizing only trained and registered sentry dogs.

The board will also honor former state senator Ellie Kinnaird for her many years of public service in Orange County.

The board meets at 7 o’clock at the Department of Social Services in Hillsborough.