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Tulsa Animal Welfare Announces Reopening with Pet Adoptions Starting June 10; Animal Intake to Resume June 13

This article was archived on 6/26/2022

City of Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) will reopen for adoptions on Friday, June 10.

The shelter had been closed since May 6, 2022, after cases of canine distemper virus (CDV) were detected. During the past month, TAW treated animals at the shelter and took proactive measures to prevent the spread of CDV.

All dogs that were potentially exposed to distemper have been tested and are negative.

Animal intake will also be available by appointment only starting on Monday, June 13.

TAW public hours are 2 to 6 p.m. at 3031 N. Eerie Ave.

About Tulsa Animal Welfare
Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) is a division of the City of Tulsa's Working in Neighborhoods Department. Under the scope of the Mayor's Community Development and Education Initiatives, TAW is responsible for the welfare of companion animals in Tulsa, including stray, surrendered, abused, and neglected animals. TAW offers pet adoptions for a minimal fee, which includes the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and a one-year City of Tulsa pet license. For more information, visit

About Canine Distemper Virus
CDV is a very serious and sometimes fatal viral illness that affects dogs and other members of the Canidae family. It also affects ferrets. The illness can strike a dog at any age, but young, unvaccinated dogs and puppies are most susceptible. The virus is found in bodily secretions and spread via inhalation. Once inhaled, the virus can move to the lymph nodes and then to the blood, spreading to the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and central nervous systems. The City asks dog owners to ensure their dogs are up to date on the CDV vaccine, as it is recognized as one of the most effective vaccines. For more information on CDV and supportive care, visit