We often get calls for help with pets. Here are answers to the most common questions.
We do not have a shelter and do not take in pets. Pets may be taken to animal shelters, and there is no guarantee they will be placed for adoption.
Homes may be found by placing ads in newspapers or on Craigslist. If placing an ad, be sure to charge something for the pet even if it is only $15 or $20. We have heard that devious people get free pets and sell them for research, puppy mills or other unkind purposes.
Go to Petfinder to search for animal welfare/rescue groups that might help. These groups may not be able to take pets because they are full. However, they may work with pet owners who are willing to take care of their pets until they are adopted.
Pet Food Bank
If you live in Oklahoma City and are having trouble affording food for your pets, the Oklahoma City Pet Food Bank may be able to help on a short-term basis. Call them at (405) 316-3663 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet Food Pantry
The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City provides low-income senior citizens, veterans and the homeless with supplemental pet food on a monthly basis. Email them at email@example.com or call (405) 664-2858.
Spay/Neuter for Stray and Feral cats
A feral cat is an unowned, unsocialized, free-roaming cat. A stray cat is a socialized lost/abandoned/free-roaming cat. Feral & Stray Cats = Community Cats. Community cats have little or diminished contact with humans creating a fear of us. Most community cats are so familiar with their outdoor life that they would not make good indoor pets. Community cats tend to form colonies around food and/or shelter, and some colonies have caregivers that try to reduce their suffering by providing food. These unaltered community cats compound the existing pet overpopulation problem, but this problem can be greatly reduced through Trap-Neuter-Return.
Truly feral cats are not candidates for adoption. They do not seek human companionship or interaction. It takes months to socialize a feral cat, and they may bond to the person socializing them but may regress to a feral state when introduced to new people.
Community Cat Coalition of Edmond – Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
The Community Cat Coalition of Edmond offers free spay/neuter for all stray and feral cats in Edmond. For information, call 405-429-2287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Catnip Stillwater – Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
Operation Catnip Stillwater offers free spay/neuter and vaccinations for stray and feral cats in Stillwater. For information, visit http://www.operationcatnipstillwater.org/index.php or email email@example.com.
Hands Helping Paws – Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
Hands Helping Paws offers spay/neuter for stray and feral cats in Norman. For information, visit http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/OK252.html, call 405-410-5718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vaccinations and Microchips
Anytime we know of a vaccination and/or microchip clinic in the community, we will update this information on our Calendar.
The Bella Foundation assists low-income, elderly and terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care when it cannot be afforded.