Animal welfare

Tulsa Animal Welfare reopens after closing its door for almost 2 months


Animal welfare staff said it had been two long months.

“It’s always difficult for us when we have to close our doors,” said Kristin Barney, Tulsa Animal Welfare. Now, they’re ready to see their furry friends find their forever homes.

“Nothing feels better than opening doors and helping them find loving homes,” Barney said.

Two months ago, the refuge closed its doors to stop an epidemic of distemper virus. It was then that the community stepped in to help.

“We have nothing but great people in this community who have worked diligently over the past two months to help us fight the epidemic,” Barney said.

The Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of Tulsa, the Tulsa SPCA and many other organizations have provided resources for this refuge to reopen.

During this time, the shelter will waive all adoption fees for available dogs, which includes the microchip, spaying and neutering fees, and age-appropriate vaccinations.

Adoptions are by appointment only and all adoptions will resume at normal costs from next week.

Now that the animals are safe, the shelter staff are eagerly awaiting the next step.

“It will be absolutely a big win when we see these guys find their forever home,” Barney said.

Vets also want to make sure the animals stay happy and healthy for years to come.

“We have stopped the epidemic at our facility, but the distemper virus is still present in the community, as it always has been, and that only underscores the importance of making sure your animals are up to date, “said David Bailey, Shelter Vet, Tulsa Animal Welfare.