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Animal Welfare

City of Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) is closed indefinitely while it works to stop the spread of canine distemper virus (CDV). Due to sustained levels of higher-than-normal intakes that have brought distemper into the shelter, an indefinite closure is required to take the proper precautions to ensure all dogs are tested and receive the necessary supportive care to recover.  

During this time, TAW will continue with:  

  • Emergency animal control and bite case investigations  
  • Return to owner services, following proper sanitation protocols  

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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. 

AdoptionLost Cats |  Lost Dogs |  Other Lost Animals


Spay and Neuter 

When you adopt a pet through the Tulsa Animal Welfare, the cost of spaying and neutering is included. City Ordinance requires all dogs and cats over the age of six months be spayed or neutered. Certain exemptions are allowed by permit. By law, every dog and cat adopted from our shelter has to be spayed or neutered. 

Resources for low-cost providers in the Tulsa area for spaying and neutering include: 


Comprehensive Animal Welfare Reform Plan

Tulsa Animal Commission collected feedback from stakeholders on draft revisions for the Tulsa Title II Animal Ordinance.  Here is a one page summary of the survey results.


Learn about the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Reform Plan...