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Oklahoma City Animal Welfare rescues more than 24,000 animals each year that have come to us as strays or been turned in by their owners.

All stray animals are held for at least five days if the animal has identification and at least three days if it doesn't. We make every effort to reunite owners with stray pets that have current identification. Animals are evaluated for health and behavior after the hold period, and then they may be placed in our adoption program. There's no time limit for animals to remain in our care once they are in the adoption program.

Lost Pets

Check the OKC Animal Shelter daily if you lose your pet. Report your dog, cat or other pet as lost on our website and search through pictures and reports of found animals. We encourage you to research the many other available resources for lost and found animals, including social media. Don't forget to make a flyer of your lost pet and post it in your neighborhood. Never give up.

You can read more on our flyer for lost and found pets (PDF) and our flyer for stray animals (PDF).

Found Pets

You can bring pets found in Oklahoma City, Del City, Valley Brook or Tinker Air Force Base to the OKC Animal Shelter. This will help reunite the pet with its owner. You can also file a report for your found dog, cat or other pet. You can also post the pet's picture online, post flyers where you found the pet and take it to a veterinarian for an examination and a scan for a microchip ID. If the pet has an Oklahoma City rabies tag or a numbered OKC Animal Welfare tattoo, call (405) 297-3100 or email

You can read more on our flyer for lost and found pets (PDF).

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