Animal Control

Animal Control Building ExteriorMission

The mission of the Orangeburg County Animal Control office is to protect the health and welfare of citizens in the communities, to educate the public about animal control-related laws, and to provide professional and efficient service.


Animal control is a professional occupation equal in importance to fire, ambulance and police servers. Animal control officers, like other officers, protect the health and welfare of citizens in our communities. In addition they respond to animal conditions of danger and cruelty. Officers patrol to pick up and receive surplus of stray animals that could cause human injury, automobile accidents, property damage or spread disease. They respond to citizen complaints and issue citations to owners when they are found to be in violation of the law.

Pet Adoptions

Animal Control now handles pet adoptions Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a separate entity from the Orangeburg County Animal Control. If you would like to view all animals available for adoption at the SPCA, please visit Orangeburg SPCA.

The SPCA is open for adoptions from 11 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and is located at:
225 Ruf Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118

If you have an adoption question, please call 803-536-3918 today and an SPCA representative will be glad to assist you.

Lost & Found Animals

If you have an animal to turn in to the Shelter or are looking for a lost pet, you may visit the Shelter from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. All animals must be turned in directly to Orangeburg County Animal Control. There is no guarantee as to the disposition of any animal that is brought in.

There will be a $15 charge per animal reclaim and a $5 per day boarding charge after 5 days.Any violation of Orangeburg County Animal Control Ordinances may be fined up to $500 per violation.

If you have a question in regards to a lost or found animal and/or fines and fees, please contact the Animal Control office.

Animal Control Ordinance

The Orangeburg County Animal Control Ordinance is available for view in its entirety.