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Animal Welfare


Tulsa Animal Welfare will not be taking any walk-in visitations during the COVID-19 threat. Instead, adoptions are now by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling (918) 596-8001. The shelter will be closed to appointments on Wednesdays. 

For stray intake, residents are asked to call TAW’s Pet Diversion Specialist at (918) 596-7387 to schedule an appointment before showing up. If an animal is found that is injured or in medical distress, residents may bring it to TAW immediately.

When bringing animals to TAW, residents should use the north driveway and stay in their vehicles until staff comes out to assist.

Additionally, TAW is asking residents to not pick up strays unless they are willing to shelter in place, while housing, caring for and feeding the animal.  

Animal control services will continue with high priority. Emergency calls, including law enforcement assistance, assisting Tulsa Fire or EMS, injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints and dangerous and aggressive dog complaints are all still being worked.

Response to non-emergency calls and activities including non-aggressive animal complaints, leash law complaints, and nuisance complaints will be limited.

Find a Pet for Adoption!

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...

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.

Many of our animals are featured on Pet Harbor. The cats and dogs featured on our web page are representative of the many cats and dogs available for adoption.

Adoptable Cats |  Adoptable Dogs |  Other Adoptable Animals

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