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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Tulsa SPCA

Woodland Hills Mall invites you to Pet Night with Santa Sunday, December 15th from 6-7:30PM. Bring your favorite furry friend to see Santa in Center Court! ...

Woodland Hills Mall invites you to Pet Night with Santa Sunday, December 15th from 6-7:30PM.  Bring your favorite furry friend to see Santa in Center Court!

19 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

We are getting this party started at the Tulsa Christmas Parade! #tistheseason #tulsaspca ...

We are getting this party started at the Tulsa Christmas Parade! #tistheseason #tulsaspca

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Cool! Sorry we are missing it...

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2 days ago

Tulsa SPCA

The Tulsa SPCA Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic is open today AND tomorrow from 10am-4pm (closed 1-2pm)! Spend some time with your pets and get their shots up to date! It's the perfect gift for your four-legged friend! Pricing and services can be found at ow.ly/ZNOC50xzpIz #tulsaspca #thegiftthatkeepsongiving #healthypets ...

The Tulsa SPCA Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic is open today AND tomorrow from 10am-4pm (closed 1-2pm)! Spend some time with your pets and get their shots up to date! Its the perfect gift for your four-legged friend! Pricing and services can be found at http://ow.ly/ZNOC50xzpIz #tulsaspca #thegiftthatkeepsongiving #healthypets

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Every pet has to stay up-to-date on their pokes. πŸ™‚πŸ˜…

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