The History of the Tulsa SPCA

Based on an account by Milly Finley and other Tulsa SPCA Volunteers

2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa SPCA. Since the beginning, our organization has provided health care, shelter, food and most of all, love, to thousands and thousands of animals. We continue to grow and do our work with the generous support of our donors and the dedication of our volunteers.

1866

The first SPCA was organized in New York and named the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It is the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States and serves various part of the Northeast, but also provides grants and funds to other SPCA organizations around the country.

1913

The Tulsa SPCA is founded by a group of Tulsa citizens who were concerned about homeless dogs and cats and wanted to protect against abuse of draft animals used to do tilling on farms and heavy work in the mines and oil fields.

1931

The structure that houses the current shelter was built as a Public Works Administration Art Deco building. At one point the main building was a small grocery store. It is believed the owners lived above the store in the space that is now occupied by Tulsa SPCA offices.

1946

The land where the current shelter and facilities reside was donated by H.O. McClure, the founder of the Fourth National Bank of Tulsa.

1949

The Tulsa SPCA was incorporated as a non-profit organization and since that time has been governed by a board of directors.

1987

The Tulsa SPCA building was in need of many repairs: the roof was leaking, a fresh coat of paint was needed and a septic tank system was still being used.

The mailing list was outdated and was less than 800 names long. The organization paid full postage for the drive letter that was sent out to solicit donations.

The only fundraiser was the K-9 Classic, organized by Brad Petty.

The Tulsa SPCA was only open until 3:30pm during the week and for a few hours on Saturday. There was no answering machine, no newsletter, no cruelty investigator and no volunteer group.

At the rate the shelter was being run, it was determined that if nothing changed, the Tulsa SPCA would be forced to shut down within five years.

Milly Finley joined the board.

1988

A search to find volunteers began. At the first meeting only a handful of people showed up.

A new roof was put on the current building.

Milly Finley began the estate planning drive.

1989

The Tulsa SPCA Auxiliary was formed after volunteers were needed to work the booth at the Tulsa State Fair.

Received a non-profit mailing permit.

Stationary and pamphlets were printed.

A new furnace and sewer system were installed.

First newsletter was written and distributed by Milly Finley with the help of a small group of volunteers.

Tulsa World started the column “Looking For Love” which highlighted animals in the Tulsa SPCA system looking for homes.

1990

Milly Finley was elected president of the board.

Began drives to raise money including collection banks, library displays, dog dips, blanket drives and attending every weekend event that would allow them access.

Started public speaking to community groups.

1991

Hired a cruelty investigator, the only one in the state of Oklahoma.

1992

This would have marked the year the shelter would be shut down. But dedication prevailed.

The shelter received a makeover with new counters, floors and an outside paint job.

The Foster Pet, Pet Therapy and dog training classes were developed.

The first KRMG/Moto Photo Cutest Pet Contest was initiated.

A satellite adoption center was opened in Eastland Mall on weekends. Titled New Leash, the space helped increase the number of adoptions from the previous year.

1993

The Tulsa SPCA turns 80 years old.

Debbie Smith became the first president of the Tulsa SPCA Auxiliary. The first Bingo Bash fundraiser was held by the group.

A new van was purchased from an insurance policy left to the Tulsa SPCA.

Used vet equipment was purchased and a new vet program was in the development phase.

1994

New vet clinic agreement was finalized and construction began.

Parking lot was paved.

2000

The first two outdoor dog runs were donated by volunteers Dana Kastelic and Becky Robbins. When this proved to be a success the Auxiliary raised funds to construct more so that all the dogs had a little time to run and play on the weekends.

2003

Tulsa SPCA celebrates its 90th birthday.

2004

More outside runs were built and the dogs could spend the day outside in the fresh air and sunshine with grass under their feet, running and playing with dog and people friends.

The cat room became an open-space cattery. The cage doors were opened and the cats were free to climb, run and play with each other.

2005

The Mobile Adoption Center hit the road, providing opportunities for Tulsans to see Tulsa SPCA animals outside of the shelter.

 2013

Tulsa SPCA celebrates its 100th year anniversary!

 2015

Tulsa SPCA opens a satellite location three days a week at the Promenade Mall.

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7 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

TULSA SPCA DOG OF THE WEEK!

Have you ever seen such an adorable smile? Tripp is almost always smiling! He is a very happy boy because he knows how lucky he is. He was rescued by a Good Samaritan from a bad situation. Tripp wasn't well fed in his prior life and came to us very thin. Despite probably not having enough for most of his life, Tripp is a good boy! He doesn't seem phased by the other dogs and is still very loving towards humans. He loves to play and would love a family who shares his passion for toys, long walks and lots of play time!

Tripp has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, heart worm tested (negative) and is current on parasite prevention.

You can meet this handsome boy at Tulsa SPCA! As Pet Of The Week, his adoption donation is half off!

Apply to adopt him here: tulsaspca.org/how-to-adopt-3/
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TULSA SPCA DOG OF THE WEEK!

Have you ever seen such an adorable smile? Tripp is almost always smiling! He is a very happy boy because he knows how lucky he is. He was rescued by a Good Samaritan from a bad situation. Tripp wasnt well fed in his prior life and came to us very thin. Despite probably not having enough for most of his life, Tripp is a good boy! He doesnt seem phased by the other dogs and is still very loving towards humans. He loves to play and would love a family who shares his passion for toys, long walks and lots of play time!

Tripp has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, heart worm tested (negative) and is current on parasite prevention.

You can meet this handsome boy at Tulsa SPCA! As Pet Of The Week, his adoption donation is half off!

Apply to adopt him here: https://tulsaspca.org/how-to-adopt-3/

8 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

TULSA SPCA CAT OF THE WEEK!

Beautiful Olivia came to Tulsa SPCA after her owner passed away. We thought she might be cranky at first, but then discovered she had a few badly infected teeth that had been bothering her for quite some time! We quickly got her the surgery she needed, some antibiotics and pain relief. She blossomed into a loving kitty after that! Olivia has only been an indoor cat and needs to return to a similar life. She is quiet, gentle, and can be shy, but oh so sweet.

Olivia is a Bengal and is about 5-years-old. She has been spayed, vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested (negative), microchipped and is current on parasite prevention. You can meet this pretty girl at Tulsa SPCA! Apply to adopt her here: tulsaspca.org/how-to-adopt-3/

As the Cat of the Week, Olivia's adoption fee is 50% off!
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TULSA SPCA CAT OF THE WEEK!

Beautiful Olivia came to Tulsa SPCA after her owner passed away. We thought she might be cranky at first, but then discovered she had a few badly infected teeth that had been bothering her for quite some time! We quickly got her the surgery she needed, some antibiotics and pain relief. She blossomed into a loving kitty after that! Olivia has only been an indoor cat and needs to return to a similar life. She is quiet, gentle, and can be shy, but oh so sweet.

Olivia is a Bengal and is about 5-years-old. She has been spayed, vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested (negative), microchipped and is current on parasite prevention. You can meet this pretty girl at Tulsa SPCA! Apply to adopt her here: https://tulsaspca.org/how-to-adopt-3/

As the Cat of the Week, Olivias adoption fee is 50% off!

2 days ago

Tulsa SPCA

It's National Puppy Day! And, we've got puppies! Come out and meet them today! ...

Its National Puppy Day! And, weve got puppies! Come out and meet them today!

2 days ago

Tulsa SPCA

The Mobile Adoption Center will be at Crown Village @ Elm Ridge (3301 N Elm Ave, Broken Arrow) today from 11am-2pm. What a great day to meet some of our adoptable dogs and cats! ...

3 days ago

Tulsa SPCA

Happy Friday, Facebook Friends! Look at all these happy faces! ...

 

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Congrats to all these babies getting furrever homes!

Is Prairie available for adoption?

Congrats to all, please give your new family the love, care, and respect they deserve

Yayyy!!!!

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