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Adopting from the Animal Welfare Shelter
Ready to Adopt?
What type of pet can you expect to find at a
Tulsa Animal Welfare cares for thousands of lost, stray,
abandoned and relinquished animals every year. Some of these pets
are eventually reunited with their owners, but the remaining
thousands need new homes. Because the TAWS accepts all unwanted,
injured, stray and sick animals in the City, we are often unable to
find homes for all the pets in need.
DOGS: Only 1 in 4 dogs stays with the first
family that buys or takes him in. The others are passed between
owners and many end up at animal shelters. Most of these are
normal, young dogs in need of basic training. Unfortunately, being
purebred does not help a dog keep his home. A quarter of dogs in
shelters are purebred, about the same portion as the general pet
CATS: The number of cats that keep their homes is far lower.
Many cats are allowed access to the outdoors where they become
lost. Many pet cats are not spayed and neutered in time to prevent
unwanted kittens. We have so many kittens during the summer we
cannot find homes for all of them. We have also received purebred
cats including Persians, Maine Coon, Ragdoll and Scottish Fold.
Other Pets: Tulsa Animal Welfare occasionally has small
mammals, birds, reptiles and farm animals for adoption.
Is there a fee to adopt from
Tulsa Animal Welfare is funded by your tax dollars. To
recoup part of the cost of caring for animals, the City charges an
|Dogs and Cats
Note: Adoption Fees for Animals Include:
- Cost of spaying or neutering.
- Age appropriate vaccinations.
- One year COT pet license (animals 4 months of age are
|Hamsters, Gerbils, & Rats
If you are ready to make a commitment to the right pet,
you will not only save a life, you'll enhance your own. People with
pets live longer and recover from illness faster than people who
have none. Children with pets learn empathy and responsibility
earlier than other children. Research suggests that children with
pets handle family tragedy, such as divorce, better and may have
fewer problems with allergies.
Ready to Get Started? Come On Down!
How to Adopt
You must meet the following requirements in order to be
able to adopt an animal from the Tulsa Animal Welfare Department
- Be 18 years of age or older with a valid Oklahoma driver's
license or other acceptable identification.
- Never have had any cruelty convictions, animal control
violations or broken any adoption contracts in the past.
- Download and print the
Adoption Application and take the completed form with you to
the Shelter. You can also complete the form at the shelter.
- Visit with the animal you plan to adopt.
- Pay the adoption fees by cash, check, or credit card. Debit
cards are not accepted.
- Pay the adoption fee the same day as the adoption. We do not
place any holds on any animals.
- Know the laws and regulations of keeping a pet in the City of
- Agree to and sign the "Adoption Contract".