Pets Are Family

But Remember, Ownership Entails Responsibility

Throughout this, the “Our Pets” issue, we show how pets play a significant role in our lives.They aren’t just like family, they ARE family.

They take care of us when we face a physical and/or emotional disability, serve as solders in war zones, perform a valuable role in search and rescue missions, teach us valuable lessons in patience and compassion, and so much more.

I strongly believe that we owe these animals certain things in return. We should love them back unconditionally, and provide them with a safe home, along with a stimulating and active environment. We must offer them a nutritious diet, access to fresh water and regular check-ups.

Since they are totally dependent on us for all aspects of their care, it’s important to identify resources for their care in our community.

And while we are fortunate to live in a community that values animals as much as ours, resources are stretched too thin.

Fortunately, there are several things we can do to help. The biggest step is to prevent overpopulation by spaying and neutering our pets. Whenever possible, you can also help by adopting animals from your city’s animal shelter or one of the many other pet adoption agencies.

Central Oklahoma boasts a myriad of agencies whose primary mission is to find loving homes (or foster homes) for homeless pets. Most also spay and neuter, thus also addressing the overpopulation issue. All of these worthy organizations are in need of our support, both in terms of funding and volunteers.

Following is a partial list of agencies that serve our communities.

Municipal Animal Shelters

Moore Animal Welfare and Adoption Center

3900 S. 1-35 Service Road, Moore


The Norman Animal Welfare Center

3428 Jenkins Ave., Norman

Phone: 292.9736

Nonprofit Animal Shelters and Organizations

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary Inc.

4500 24th Ave NW, Norman


Helps homeless dogs and cats find their way into safe, permanent and loving homes

Spay Xperts Spay Neuter & Well Pet Care

2305 W. Lindsey St. #123, Norman


Affordable professional veterinary care for dogs and cats, including: spay/neuter, vaccination, microchipping, heartworm and leukemia testing

Friends of the Animals of Norman

3284 Jenkins Ave., Norman

Volunteer organization whose aim is to support the Norman animal shelter as advocates for animal welfare

Hands Helping Paws

Trap, Neuter, and Return (TRN), cat rescue and adoption

Groovy Paws Rescue

Rescue for small-breed and senior dogs

The Bella Foundation


Created to assist low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care when it cannot be afforded

Central Oklahoma Humane Society

OK Humane Adoption Center

7500 N. Western Ave.

Oklahoma City


Includes a spay/neuter program, three cat programs, relocation, bottle-babies nursery and humane education