FAQ

About OK Humane

  • Is OK Humane a “no-kill” shelter?

    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society does not have a shelter facility so we can only take as many animals into our program as we have foster homes available to care for. (Please consider becoming a foster parent!). Generally, once an animal has been accepted into our adoption program, that animal will not be euthanized except in the case of serious illness, injury or behavior that cannot be modified. In cases like this, a decision is made by three individuals, including members of our Veterinary Advisory Board.

  • Does OK Humane get funding from the government?

    No. OK Humane is a private non-profit organization. We are not funded by any government agency, although we do work very closely with the City of Oklahoma City’s Animal Welfare Division.

  • Is OK Humane a local branch of the ASPCA or Humane Society of the United States?

    Many animal rescue organizations have “Humane Society” or “SPCA”(society for the prevention of cruelty to animals) in their names. But did you know that these organizations are not affiliated with, nor are they a “branch” of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)?

    The HSUS is located in Gaithersburg, MD and Washington, D.C. They do not operate any animal shelter facilities of any kind. Their mission is primarily education, awareness and political action on a national level. They are a non-profit organization, but they do not supply any kind of financial support to any local humane society, including the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

    The ASPCA is located in New York City. They operate a shelter and clinic that serves that city, and spearhead educational efforts across the United States. They do provide funds to certain selected animal welfare organizations as part of programs such as the Community Partners Program.

    There are no “local branches” of the HSUS or the ASPCA. Certainly many animal shelters and organizations have some of the same goals and values as those groups, but they are not affiliated or supported by them.

    We would like to encourage you to give locally! When you donate to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, every penny will be used to directly save the lives of animals right here in this community. We have already accomplished so much, and with your help, we’ll continue to expand and save more lives–again, right here in our own community.

  • Where are you located?

    We have staff in several locations.

    Our adoption center is located at 7500 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Their phone number is 405.286.1229 ext. 4. The adoption center is open 11 – 7, Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 – 5 on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays.

    The OK Humane Place Spay + Neuter Clinic is located at 6002 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. They are open weekdays for spay/neuter surgeries. Please call 405-947-7729 to make an appointment.

    Our mailing address is 9300 N. May Avenue, Suite 400-281, Oklahoma City, OK, 73120.

  • How can I contact OK Humane?

    Our main phone number is 405-286-1229. You’ll hear a menu with all the different extensions so you can find the right person to talk to. Visit our Contact Information page for more information.


Services

  • Where can I find information about adopting a pet?

    Follow these links to see: dogs for adoption and cats for adoption.

    Visit our Adoption Information page to learn about our adoption center and local adoption events here. If you have specific questions, please call our adoption center at 405-286-1229 ext. 4. Thank you for choosing to adopt!

  • Can I bring my pet in to get fixed?

    Getting your pet fixed (also called Spaying or Neutering) is a great decision! We have a low-cost clinic open to the public, located at 6002 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Prices range from $25 to $90 depending on the size, age and condition of your pet. The clinic has many programs available to pet owners depending on where you live and the type of animal you have, so please call us and let’s see how we can help you! Call us for information or to schedule an appointment at 405-947-7729.

  • Can I bring my pet in to the Central OK Humane Society for annual vaccinations?

    We currently offer Vaccination Visits if your pet is already spayed or neutered. While we are able to provide the yearly vaccinations and brief examination we are not able to diagnosis or treat any illness; if our licensed veterinarian notices anything that needs further examination we will refer to a full-service veterinarian in the metro. Please call our OK Humane Place Clinic at 405-947-7729 for an appointment!

  • Can you remove all the stray cats around my home/business?

    Often, cats are left behind to fend for themselves when people move away. Sometimes these are feral cats (truly wild cats) or they are pet cats that are free-roaming. In any case, they can reproduce very quickly; in just a few months, a few cats can turn into a dozen or more! For information about our Trap/Neuter/Return program, please click here, or you can call 405-286-1229 ext. 7.

  • Can you come to my school/church/daycare and do a presentation?

    We do have speakers who can come present to your group. Please email info@okhumane.org to arrange.

  • Do you have camps, birthday parties, classes or other programs for kids?

    We currently can offer some options for groups of children, such as group tours, group volunteer opportunities and more. We do not have a full-fledged program just yet, but we can arrange something on a case-by-case basis. Please email info@okhumane.org.


Resources & Information

  • I need behavior help for my cat.

    We have behavior tip sheets for cats available here. For specific questions, please call our adoption center at 405-286-1229, ext. 4.

  • I need behavior help for my dog.

    We have behavior tip sheets for dogs available here. If you would like to be referred to a trainer or classes, please call our adoption center at 405-286-1229, ext. 4.

  • I lost my pet! What can I do?

    Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet.

    First, search your property thoroughly. Look behind, under and inside washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and dish washers. Look behind water heaters, in boxes, under furniture, under beds, in closets, in cabinets, in shelves and bookcases, in drain pipes, in sewer drains, in culvert pipes, under vehicles, in crawl spaces under the house, inside sheds and barns, etc. In the case of cats, also look in attic crawl spaces, on the roof, in roof gutters and up in the trees.

    Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.

    Advertise. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, dog parks and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Use your most current photo of your dog, and use very large lettering that will catch the eye of drivers with the words “MISSING.” Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it. Include your immediate contact information, including numbers to call if you can not be reached.

    Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible. Don’t just call; often your description is different altogether than how someone else would describe your pet.

    Look here to find your local Oklahoma City metro shelter, search online or check your phone book. If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.

    Also try calling area rescues to see if they may have your pet. Your lost pet may now be up for adoption. People should look on www.petfinder.com, input the breed and zip and it will bring up pictures of dogs up for adoption in various shelters and rescue groups in the area.

    Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.

    Don’t give up your search. Animals that have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

    A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Tags and microchips (permanent form of identification) are available at OK Humane Place Spay + Neuter Clinic, call 405-947-7729 for more information.

  • I found an animal. What should I do?

    Here are some tips that we hope will help you reunite the found pet with its owner.

    Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood for several days to look for fliers. If you found an animal in your neighborhood then it probably lives in your neighborhood.

    Advertise. Post found notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, dog parks and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. When describing the animal, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who calls describe it. Include your immediate contact information, including numbers to call if you can not be reached.

    You can place a FREE found ad in most local and community newspapers and it will run for 7 days. Daily Oklahoman: 405-475-3000. This is really important for the folks who do not use the internet and who do check the papers.

    Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a found pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and take a found flier to post.

    Look here to find your local Oklahoma City metro shelter, search online or check your phone book. If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description.

    If the animal is wearing a Rabies tag, call the Clinic phone number and they will be able to give you the owner’s contact info. You should also have a vet scan the animal to see if it is microchipped. This can be performed for free.

    If you are unable to locate the owners and choose to place the animal in another home, the OK Humane Place Spay + Neuter Clinic can help with low cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations. Please call 405-947-7729 for more information.

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Events
  • When is your next adoption event?

    Please view our Events Calendar for our upcoming events. You can also check our Adoption Information page to learn more about our regularly-scheduled adoption events at local PetSmart stores.

  • When is the next Midnight Woofness mega adoption event?

    We currently do not have any more Midnight Woofness™ events scheduled, but we will update this page and our Events Calendar with more information as soon as we do.