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Volunteers and Fosters

Each year the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare (COTAW) division provides a variety of services and programs to the community and ways for you to become involved in the care of thousands of homeless dogs, cats, and other animals. In addition to providing animal enforcement and control services for the City, we are responsible for investigating animal cruelty, providing humane education, and offering adoption counseling and outreach.

We rely on the public and animal welfare community partners to enhance the care provided to the animals in our facility. We hope you will consider becoming a Tulsa Animal Welfare contributor or community advocate and volunteer.

Fostering for Tulsa Animal Welfare

Did you know it’s possible to make a short-term commitment to an animal that needs you?

TAW has dogs and cats, puppies and kittens that need time, anywhere from a few days to three months before they are available for adoption or transfer. It might be a litter of kittens or some puppies that are too young to be spayed/neutered. It might be an adult dog that needs a weekend before she can catch a van to be transferred to a partner agency. Maybe puppies that need to be out of the shelter for two weeks before going on a flight. All need just a little more time and you can save their lives. 

Fosters provide food, water and a loving home and TAW provides the medical care.

This link leads to a great article about fostering and questions to ask yourself. Our staff will help if this is your first time and we have a very active community of fosters that support each other. There is a wealth of experience and advice. If you are interested in fostering for TAW, download and complete this foster care application. Mail, email or fax it back to us and we’ll take to you about orientation and you when you might be ready to start. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you during the day.

Foster Care Application

Ways You Can Help Us to Help Pets in Tulsa:

Because of the number of animals we care for each year (more than 20,000 in 2007), we need a great number of volunteers and animal care resources.

Animal Welfare's Animal Care and Control Humane Education Programs

A Tulsa Animal Welfare Humane Educator Ambassador will visit your classroom (with a dog or cat if desired) to discuss spay/neuter education and the homeless animal problem in Tulsa, and offer students positive choices that will help make Tulsa a place where every dog, cat, and domestic animal finds a loving, permanent home.

Shelter Tours for Adult and Youth Groups

Guided Tours are available for groups of all sizes and ages are available by appointment. These interactive tours explore the facility, provide information about responsible pet care, and education on the homeless animal problem in Tulsa, animal behavior and safety, and what to consider when choosing a pet. Animal encounters cannot be guaranteed and are based on animals available at the time of your tour.

We Look Forward To Hearing From You!

For information on these programs please contact Sherri Carrier, TAW Manager, at (918) 596-8002 or by email, or Colton Jones, TAW Operations Manager, at (918) 596-8002 or by email

Volunteering With Us

Interested in volunteering to help our community's homeless and injured animals?

Experience the wonderful feeling of saving a life! Tulsa's Animal Welfare's Shelter volunteer program has a variety of options for anyone looking to help impact the lives of the many animals that end up at the shelter. We need you to help us make a difference.

Located at 3031 N. Erie Avenue, Tulsa Animal Welfare cares for over 11,000 animals a year.  We house a variety of animals; some are homeless cats and dogs who need a safe, warm place to stay while waiting for a new family. Others are sick, injured or orphaned wild animals which require medical and rehabilitative care so that they can either be returned to the wild where they belong or to interested families and rescue organizations.

Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter would not be able to help these animals without the support of dedicated and compassionate volunteers. Volunteers who are willing to donate hours of service to Animal Welfare each year assist us in providing direct care of animals, education, administrative projects, events outreach, and more.

Objective of the Volunteer Program

How to Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer today!

Please contact the COTAW at (918) 596-8002 for more information.