The City of Tulsa Animal Welfare department, Humane Society of Tulsa and the Animal Rescue Foundation all offer dogs and puppies for adoption when available. Availability depends on dogs found to be homeless or surrendered by owners at any given time.
According to the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare department, only 1 in 4 dogs stays with the first family that adopts them and most dogs that end up requiring adoption are normal, young dogs that require basic training. Being a purebred dog does not have an advantage in terms of keeping a home. Up to a quarter of puppies in animal rescue shelters are purebred.
There are typically fees associated with the adoption of puppies from an animal shelter. Tulsa Animal Welfare is funded by taxpayers and the city charges an adoption fee to recoup part of the cost of caring for each animal. Dogs and puppies require an adoption fee of $75, which covers the cost of age appropriate vaccinations, spaying or neutering and a one year COT pet license if the puppy is older than four months.
Adopting from the Animal Rescue Foundation in Tulsa requires an adoption fee of $150 to be paid if the dog is younger than 7 years, as of 2016. Older dogs are available to adopt for a lower $75 fee. All dogs available for adoption are given an estimated age, since it is usually impossible to know exact date of birth unless the puppy is surrendered by the original owner.