The Tulsa SPCA has been offering our Pets Are Love (PAL) program, grounded in the philosophy and practice of Animal-Assisted Therapy, since the early 1990s. Our volunteers take pre-screened and pre-trained dogs (and, occasionally, cats) for scheduled visits to facilities in the Tulsa area on an ongoing basis. Although our program focuses on nursing homes, we also serve hospital geriatric units and other facilities that care for patients away from their homes and their companion animals. Most skilled nursing facilities are unable to maintain a pet program as part of their service, and many residents, although they can no longer care for them, desperately miss their pets.

We see the value of our PAL program reflected on the faces of the residents and patients we serve every time we arrive. During our stay, our calm and quiet dogs and cats are held, cuddled, and talked to. Studies have shown that such visitations provide emotional outlets for patients, and lead to increased socialization, relaxed mood, and an overall reduction of blood pressure, as well as boosting the general health of the people we serve.

PAL is always seeking volunteers with qualified pets of their own, or volunteers who have received the required training for handling selected dogs and cats from our shelter. We have a waiting list of facilities requesting regular visits, and are limited only by the number of volunteers and therapy dogs we have available to help.

To learn more, please call the Tulsa SPCA at 918-428-7722 and ask to speak to the person in charge of the PAL program.

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HAPPY TAIL! "Everyone has been settling in great with Thumper. We ended up keeping her name. It’s so cute and unique. LOL The kids absolutely LOVE her, but she seems to have taken to my 12-year-old son the most. He gets home from school and she’ll just curl up next to him and throw a paw over his arm haha! ...

HAPPY TAIL! Everyone has been settling in great with Thumper. We ended up keeping her name. It’s so cute and unique. LOL The kids absolutely LOVE her, but she seems to have taken to my 12-year-old son the most. He gets home from school and she’ll just curl up next to him and throw a paw over his arm haha!Image attachmentImage attachment

11 hours ago

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Little Thelma is a shy and confused as to how she ended up at the shelter with her siblings. She's never lived indoors before and is finding all the noise and commotion in the shelter quite overwhelming. She sometimes hides and other times barks at everything that goes by her kennel. Thelma is a dog in need of some confidence and routine to put her on the right path to successful indoor companion animal! A patient, kind and relaxed human who can slowly introduce her to the big world is exactly her style. Because of her fear, she is looking for a home without young children. She might be able to live with another friendly dog, but would need a slow introduction and a safe place to call her own for the first few weeks. She would do best in a quiet home, with a secure backyard. If you are the hero that Thelma needs apply today to foster or adopt her! We can't wait to see what a wonderful and loving dog she blossoms into! Thelma is 6 months old and only 16 lbs, so she will stay quite small! She has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, and is current on parasite prevention. Visit tulsaspca.org/adoptable dogs to apply to adopt Thelma! If you are interested in fostering, visit tulsaspca.org/become-foster-parent ...

Little Thelma is a shy and confused as to how she ended up at the shelter with her siblings. Shes never lived indoors before and is finding all the noise and commotion in the shelter quite overwhelming. She sometimes hides and other times barks at everything that goes by her kennel. Thelma is a dog in need of some confidence and routine to put her on the right path to successful indoor companion animal! A patient, kind and relaxed human who can slowly introduce her to the big world is exactly her style. Because of her fear, she is looking for a home without young children. She might be able to live with another friendly dog, but would need a slow introduction and a safe place to call her own for the first few weeks. She would do best in a quiet home, with a secure backyard. If you are the hero that Thelma needs apply today to foster or adopt her! We cant wait to see what a wonderful and loving dog she blossoms into! Thelma is 6 months old and only 16 lbs, so she will stay quite small! She has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, and is current on parasite prevention. Visit tulsaspca.org/adoptable dogs to apply to adopt Thelma! If you are interested in fostering, visit tulsaspca.org/become-foster-parent

Comment on Facebook Little Thelma is a ...

Poor baby must be scared

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Duran Muñoz

She doesn’t look small.

20lbs or less!

Kim Petty Crofford she's so cute!

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