The City of Tahlequah Animal Shelter provides a service to city residents by picking up dogs, cats and other animals that are at large, creating a nuisance or danger to the public.
Animal Control officers are also available to remove deceased animals on roadways.
After a small period of time, animals are available for adoption through the City for a fee which includes cost for food that the animal was given during its time at the shelter, a pet license and a rabies shot, which is provided by a local veterinarian. The Animal Shelter does not spay or neuter animals.
To adopt a pet, print out the adoption application (PDF) and return the application to the cashier’s office at City Hall located at 111 S. Cherokee Ave.
Pet Adoption and Release fee: $50
Annual Dog Tag fee: $3 per dog
Recovery of lost pets
Owner must provide proof of rabies shot and City pet license before release.
Become a Pet Foster
Foster parents provide temporary care for dogs and cats at any age in their own home. The primary role of a pet foster is to provide a safe and healthy environment for the pet and to socialize them to help with their adoptability. Some pets may need fostering for only a few days while others may need it longer.
All animals entering foster care must have gone through the City of Tahlequah Animal Shelter protocols prior to leaving the Animal Shelter. To foster a pet, fill out the online Foster Care Agreement form or print the form and return it to the cashier’s office at City Hall located at 111 S. Cherokee Ave. or contact Animal Control Officer Vicky Green.