Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tulsa Animal Shelter


It is a little hard to find the City of Tulsa Animal Shelter or the Dog Pound as we used to call it. It is in the far north of the city up near the zoo. This is where animals of all sorts are taken when found loose.


Several years ago Smokey got out of the yard one afternoon and before I knew it he had been nabbed by the dog catcher. I immediately ran up there to fetch him and was told that the truck with the day's catch had not returned and that I would have to come back the next day after he had been processed. I went back as soon as they opened in the morning to bail him out.

There he was sitting in one of the cages looking very sad and a little embarrassed with a big yellow number tag on his butt. No matter that my name and phone number was on his collar, or that he was wearing his vaccination and registration tags, he was out of his yard and breaking the law. It cost me $90 to bail him out and I had a hard time getting the sticker off.


Smokey was very embarrassed and promised he wouldn't do it again. I was just glad he was safe and that I got him back. Animals that are picked up by the city are only kept for a week or so. Unclaimed dogs and cats are available for adoption and the lucky ones find homes or are reclaimed by their owners.

3 comments:

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Smokey's no different to the rest of us - he too can do something he shouldn't - I'm sure he's learned his lesson.

Anne

Zhu said... [Reply to comment]

That sounds tough! When animals escape, they are taken to the shelter, even though they have your contact info?

That's crazy!

Tulsa Gentleman said... [Reply to comment]

Zhu - Its not as bad as all that. If your animal has tags or a collar with your ID on it they will call you so you can come bail it out. It still costs you $90 though.