I was pleasantly surprised by this great shelter. I'm so glad we decided to adopt from here instead of a stuck-up, non-profit pet "rescue" with three pages of rules and 10 times the adoption fee. Seriously, I almost gave up after browsing PetFinder and seeing all the rules put into place for adoptions from private "rescues" around here. Pet rescues, check and see if this applies to you, because a friend of mine ended up adopting from a puppy mill pet shop even after our lectures against it because of the annoying rules, availability, and high price of the private "rescues" around him. As for the OKC shelter: the prices are reasonable. If the dog is adoptable, this is a no-kill shelter. However, un-adoptable dogs will be euthanized. We were told that dogs in cages with other dogs would be a good choice for multi-dog situations; dogs kept by themselves needed to be "only children." I'm also so glad we adopted an adult dog instead of a puppy - ALREADY HOUSEBROKEN. I can't understand why anybody would adopt a puppy when there are well-trained adult dogs available. Our dog came into the shelter injured, so it's obvious they do put effort into rehabilitation instead of just putting them to sleep if there is a chance for healing and adoption. The staff members were helpful, friendly, and informative. When you go to the adopt, the shelter has some nice play rooms where you can take a dog for somealone time. First we had taken out a male dog to play with, but he was more interested in peeing everywhere. We put him back. Next, against my arguing for "no PIT BULLS," my husband pulled out our girl! The lab mix sharing her cage snuck out and tried to run away. My husband had to grab both of them by their legs, and I was sure he was going to lose his hand to the pit bull, but she just waited patiently. We took this one to the play room. She ignored all the other dogs and smells and just wanted to cuddle up with us. Needless to say she picked us, and I'm thankful she did. She's a very well-built pit bull, and we have had people come up to us and ask to breed her. I wish I could turn them all in for animal abuse. It's obvious that she was used by a background breeder, already because she came into the shelter underweight, injured, and freshly having weaned a litter. She probably made her previous owners a good deal of money from their own private puppy mill. But, she has a real home now, thanks to the great OKC animal shelter. They do a nice job with their website, where they have pictures of many of the available pets. But you really can't tell from a picture. Our girl's picture is so pathetic - she was hiding from the camera, shy and lost. You couldn't even see her face because she was wrapped around the handler's legs, trying to hide and not wanting to be left alone again. To be honest, I remember clicking past her page on their website before we went in, because she had two strikes - pit bull and no good photo. Thank goodness nobody else nabbed her. I pray she lives a long time, and we enjoy every minute with our baby. ------- There was a board full of missing dog notes, so if your dog goes through this shelter and you don't get matched up, it's your own fault. You should put a note on the board (or they will do it for you if you call in, but obviously a photo is better) and visit the shelter every couple of days to check. That's just how it works, people. Don't lose your dog and then act like it's their problem. At least they picked it up and kept it from being flattened on Penn or ripped apart by a neighborhood stray.
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Although I could not get the information to vaccinate my newly acquired cat from someone else at 9:00 p.m. I will call in the morning..HOWEVER...this business has helped many animals by responding to my calls of animals in distress....they are prompt..understanding..and VERY accurate. They have many services to help all but the most important one is the volunteer work which more people should be involved in INSTEAD of breeding...If people only knew how many of GOD's innocent creations have to be sent back to HIM..they might rethink sterilization.....I cannot believe people care more about money than DEATH!!! How many must DIE before something so simple is realized by man's own hand's...If you would not do that kind of thing to your children...why would you do that to one of GOD's cretures who has no VOICE..other than the one that might annoy YOU!!!Thakyou OKC animal welfare employees and volunteers for all that you do that goes unnoticed....you are not forgotten by the housemouse...:)
I was so upset to find out that my beloved pet Alvin had to go to the pound when I was in Calif taking care of my mother who is 83. He was an awesome chiweenie, 2 yrs old. I adored him and couldnt take him with me, he was left home with my daughter and family.. My granddaughter is only 4 yrs old and Alvin starting biting her. He is very nervous and can't be with the little ones without supervision. I know this was my fault, but I am trying to find out if he was adopted. I want to know if he is loved as much as I loved him. I have tried to find out but I cant. I just got home and all I do is think and dream about him. Please if you have adopted him let me know he is ok. I will forever love this little guy.