Steps to Adopting a Pet in the Tulsa community.

Cuddly, cute and a companion. Traits people look for when adopting a pet. Tulsa has several options and experts to help you adopt one of these furry creatures. Navigating the hairy world of pet adoption can be overwhelming (but so rewarding) with the volume of information, but knowing where to start and what is expected, can help.

We recommend adopting through a shelter or rescue. With Oklahoma’s pet overpopulation at epidemic levels, most shelters and rescues operate at full capacity; thus, adopting through a shelter or a rescue, you’re giving back to the community and enhancing a pet’s life. 

Shelters: Government operated, housing unclaimed pets available for adoption. Many shelters work with rescues when the pets aren’t adopted by a certain time or if the animal qualifies for the requirements of a specific rescue.


  • Usually shorter adoption process (as little as 1-3 days) 
  • Cheaper 
  • Owners often can select pet of choice

Fees: Varies but under $100, cost covers vet services: spay/neuter, rabies and preventive vaccines, deworming and flea prevention. 

Local Shelters:

Tulsa Animal Welfare: (cost includes one-year COT pet license)

Jenks Animal Control:

Broken Arrow Animal Control:

To View Eligible pets: 

Shelters’ website

Shelter’s social media


Majority are volunteer based and either take in specific breeds, for certain situations, or any they can care for. Pets are normally placed in foster homes until adopted. 


  • Screening process match your needs, family situation, and home structure with a compatible pet. 
  • Can return a pet to a rescue at any time.
  • Rescues well acquainted with their animals, so they can provide a thorough assessment of the animal’s behavior and needs.
  • Many pets are house, crate, and leash trained.

Two Rescues: Tulsa has several excellent rescues. We are highlighting two to give you an idea of what the rescue does. 

Animal Aid of Tulsa: 

Founded in 1961, Animal Aid is a non-profit rescue caring for injured, sick, or abused strays in the Tulsa area. The animals are treated then placed in foster homes until adopted. Funding comes through their thrift store (15th/Harvard). 

Adoption process:

Fill out application from website or paper at store/events. They check vet and personal references, (if renting an apartment or home, they check with landlord), then Kelly Brown, Animal Aid Supervisor, or another staff member will contact you to set up an appointment. At the appointment, you can meet the animal you prefer or another pet if better suited for you. 

The application requires pictures of full fence line and every room of your house. They conduct a background check to verify you’re not on the Do Not Adopt list. 

You can surrender the pet during its lifetime, but you’re required by contract to return the pet to Animal Aid. 

Time Frame: 5 days or more.

Cost: Cats, $100; Dogs, $125 (covers vet expenses such as spay/neuter, heart worm test and prevention, deworming, necessary vaccinations, flea prevention and necessary surgeries).

View Eligible animals:




Adoption Events    

Animal Aid of Tulsa Thrift Store every Fri from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Pet Supplies Plus every Sat from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Woodland West Pet Resort: Daily from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Alta Vista Animal Hospital 

Financially support: (info on website)

Donate and/or purchase items at thrift store such as clothing, household items to furniture (if large furniture, please call ahead, so they can make room). 

Annual member: Provide an annual donation. 

Attend annual golf fundraiser. 

Rescued ’n Ready Animal Foundation: (RnRAF)

100% Volunteer based. Take in mostly owner surrenders and strays, not breed specific.


Fill out paper application. RnRAF committee and adoption counselor review application then conducts phone interview. Check vet and personal references then conduct home visit. They prioritize compatibility, so they work with you to find the best suited pet.

Time Frame: 3-7 days average, but can vary. 

Cost: Dogs are $150-250; Cats are $75-$100. Adoption fees help cover comprehensive vet expenses: spay and neuter, full vaccinations, fecal exam, deworming, heart wormed tested for dogs, feline HIV and leukemia tested for cats and delicate surgeries if necessary. 

Financially support: 

Fundraiser: Annual 5K Run, Walk and Wag in May. 

View Eligible Pets:

Events at: 41st and Yale Petco every Sat from 11-3 p.m.

Other Ways to Help:  

  • Microchip Your Pet: If ever lost, your information is available and your pet is returned to you. Depending on the company, you want to make sure your information is current and the chip is up to date. 
  • Spay and Neuter: It’s the law in Tulsa! Tulsa ordinance requires all pet owners to get their pet spayed or neutered. 
  • Foster a pet: Love pets but unsure if want to keep one permanently, foster is an ideal option for shorter-term commitments.
  • Report loose animals to shelters. Majority of pet owners with lost pets inquire with shelters. Reporting to the shelter doesn’t require you to forfeit the pet to them, but helps owners to better locate since majority of them contact shelters when their pets are lost. Many shelters allow you to house the animal until owner claims the pet. To see list of animals reported at lost and found, go to TAW’s Facebook Lost and Found page:
  • Donate  


Photography for Animal Aid: Kelly Brown-Elly Photography

Photography for Rescued n’ Ready: Kathy Slemp