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Animal Welfare

City of Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) staff is taking proactive measures to stop the spread of canine distemper virus (CDV) following confirmation of several recent cases.

TAW will be closed indefinitely while it works to treat animals and prevent further spread.


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While the Shelter will never replace a good home with a caring family, we do our best to provide a safe place where animals will find food, water and a friendly face with a caring hand.

Animal Control Officers enforce the Animal Code found in Title 2 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Tulsa. These ordinances include requirements for rabies vaccinations, city licensing and sterilization requirements.

Cats and dogs not reclaimed by their owners may become available for adoption after three business days. Animals surrendered to us by their owners are immediately available.

They were available for adoption when posted on our web page, but we do not guarantee that a cat or dog seen on our web page will be available to adopt when you arrive at the shelter. The City of Tulsa Animal Welfare Division does not reserve cats or dogs for adoption by telephone or email. You must come to the shelter.

If you're looking for a lost pet, begin by following the links below. We also STRONGLY recommend that you visit and walk through the shelter to see if your pet was picked up by our field officers or brought in by a concerned individual. You may also look on the TAW Animal Welfare Lost and Found Facebook.

Lost Cats |  Lost Dogs |  Other Lost Animals


Comprehensive Animal Welfare Reform Plan

Tulsa Animal Commission collected feedback from stakeholders on draft revisions for the Tulsa Title II Animal Ordinance. The survey was open from July 1 – August 31, 2019. Here is a one page summary of the survey results.


Learn about the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Reform Plan...