- Question: How long do you hold the animal before adopting it out or euthanizing it?
Answer: Orange County Animal Services is required to keep animals that are not displaying ownership (these include tags, a collar, a microchip) for a minimum of three working days prior to adoption or rescue. Animals with signs of ownership are held a minimum of five working days.
If owner information is available, Animal Services will make three attempts to contact the owner by phone. Apitionally a certified letter, which provides an apitional 10 days for reclaim, may be sent to the owner notifying him or her that the animal is at our facility.
During the hold period, an application can be submitted at any time. Animals displaying attributes of adoptability (good health, temperament, etc.) will often be held longer to provide an opportunity for adoption. Each animal is reviewed individually and decisions on hold times are made on a case by case basis.