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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2 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

Cuddle up with your furry friend and join us from the comfort of your home for Pranks and Paws Trivia Night on Saturday, April 17 at 7pm. Enjoy a fun-filled night of trivia with your friends while supporting homeless dogs and cats in Tulsa! Complete with a live auction, silent auction, wine and restaurant pull + lots of fun, this could be just what you need to rejuvenate yourself after a long week at work! Register at tulsaspca.org/trivia-night/. We hope to see you and your team there...virtually, of course. ...

Cuddle up with your furry friend and join us from the comfort of your home for Pranks and Paws Trivia Night on Saturday, April 17 at 7pm. Enjoy a fun-filled night of trivia with your friends while supporting homeless dogs and cats in Tulsa! Complete with a live auction, silent auction, wine and restaurant pull + lots of fun, this could be just what you need to rejuvenate yourself after a long week at work! Register at https://tulsaspca.org/trivia-night/. We hope to see you and your team there...virtually, of course.

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The link takes you to a Pet Enrichment page, not registration.

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4 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

Last month our rescue partner OAA was alerted to an animal neglect situation where over 70 dogs were living in mostly outdoor enclosures without access to enough food or adequate shelter. Some dogs were tethered to trees, other's ran the entire property and most were in small enclosures with other dogs. Many dogs were brought into our care and Aries was one of them! Living outside with very limited human interaction is no way for such a cutie to spend her time and she's thankful to now be spayed, vaccinated and ready for adoption into a loving home! Aries is looking for a patient and understanding home with another friendly dog already in it, and no children present.

Survivors of inhumane boarding situations like this often face a unique set of issues. Potty training can take time, and these dogs are all very fearful of strangers, new environments, and being leashed.

The adjustment period post adoption can take months. The dog you bring home today will not be the dog you have in your home 6 months down the line. This can make it difficult for us to match you with the perfect dog for your home but being a part of that dramatic and positive change can be a deeply rewarding experience, and there are many resources to help you help them. These dogs deserve the best after so many years of inhumane housing and treatment! If you are interested in adopting Aries and giving her the life she was meant to have, visit tulsaspca.org/adoptable-dogs.
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Last month our rescue partner OAA was alerted to an animal neglect situation where over 70 dogs were living in mostly outdoor enclosures without access to enough food or adequate shelter. Some dogs were tethered to trees, others ran the entire property and most were in small enclosures with other dogs. Many dogs were brought into our care and Aries was one of them! Living outside with very limited human interaction is no way for such a cutie to spend her time and shes thankful to now be spayed, vaccinated and ready for adoption into a loving home! Aries is looking for a patient and understanding home with another friendly dog already in it, and no children present.

Survivors of inhumane boarding situations like this often face a unique set of issues. Potty training can take time, and these dogs are all very fearful of strangers, new environments, and being leashed.

The adjustment period post adoption can take months. The dog you bring home today will not be the dog you have in your home 6 months down the line. This can make it difficult for us to match you with the perfect dog for your home but being a part of that dramatic and positive change can be a deeply rewarding experience, and there are many resources to help you help them. These dogs deserve the best after so many years of inhumane housing and treatment! If you are interested in adopting Aries and giving her the life she was meant to have, visit tulsaspca.org/adoptable-dogs.

19 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

DRY DOG FOOD NEEDED! Covid-19 recipients and cold weather needs have depleted a vast majority of our dry dog food supplies. We take great pride is helping members of the Tulsa community when they need it most. Last year, we distributed over 40,000 pounds of dog food. We would appreciate donations of dry dog food to help us continue aiding those who have fallen on hard times. Sometimes the Tulsa SPCA providing food is the difference between keeping a pet at home or surrendering it to a shelter. Donated food can be ordered online and delivered to Tulsa SPCA, 3000 Mohawk Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74110 or dropped off at the same address between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. We appreciate all your help as we continue to help our neighbors! ...

DRY DOG FOOD NEEDED! Covid-19 recipients and cold weather needs have depleted a vast majority of our dry dog food supplies. We take great pride is helping members of the Tulsa community when they need it most. Last year, we distributed over 40,000 pounds of dog food. We would appreciate donations of dry dog food to help us continue aiding those who have fallen on hard times. Sometimes the Tulsa SPCA providing food is the difference between keeping a pet at home or surrendering it to a shelter. Donated food can be ordered online and delivered to Tulsa SPCA, 3000 Mohawk Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74110 or dropped off at the same address between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. We appreciate all your help as we continue to help our neighbors!

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Do you take opened bags? Recently had to switch my dog to prescription food.

How harmful would it be to change dog food? Have always fed pedigree, but budget on unemployment is changing that

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Ordered from Amazon! Thank you for service.

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