Passion and compassion for animals in need drives Sapulpa Animal Shelter

Animal Control Officer Brandie Willard, who volunteered 2 years of her time at Sapulpa Animal Shelter before becoming a part-time and then full-time employee, wants people to know how different the shelter is of what people think of when they think of a “grind.”

Willard told the Sapulpa Times: “The refuge is so often seen as a horrible place. I so want to change… the perception ”of it. “I see local posts about missing / found animals and so many comments are about not calling the ‘pound’. I want [the Animal Shelter] be the first [place] they think they are calling.

She explains the process by saying “[We’ll] pick up this animal, keep it safe, check it for a microchip, get medical attention, and [put a post on social media looking] for the owner. We really want to help! She laughed, “I can’t stand the words ‘hammer’ and ‘dog catcher’. We are the animal shelter and we are here to help! “

The Animal Welfare Division, which is part of the Sapulpa Police Department, which includes the Sapulpa Animal Shelter, is responsible for the welfare of the animals in our community.

The animal shelter performs a variety of tasks, such as picking up stray animals, conducting animal cruelty investigations, reuniting lost animals with their owners, finding new homes for unwanted animals, and providing a safe and loving place. where cats, dogs, and various other creatures have food, water, and “a friendly face with a caring hand.” Its 7 full-time and full-time employees, including Director of Animal Control and former Police Chief Pete Sellers, are dedicated to the health and welfare of the animals in their care.

Animal control officers also enforce the city’s animal code, whose ordinances include requirements for rabies vaccinations, city tags and licenses, spaying / castration procedures, confinement of animals in ownership of the owners, the number of pets allowed per residence (this is more than five by 4 months of age and no more than 3 of them can be dogs over 4 months of age), and allow animals to defecate on public property without proper removal.

Animals picked up by the shelter and not collected by their known owners may become available for adoption, rescue or in rare cases of injury or illness, euthanasia, after three working days and after being notified by letter. Animals without a known owner will be kept for 5 working days to see if someone comes to claim them, before being adopted or rescued. Animals voluntarily returned to the shelter by their owners are immediately available.

The shelter has been remarkably successful in adopting and saving the animals that pass through their establishment. Vendors reported that last spring they had 142 cats and by March they had dropped to 10. When Sapulpa Times visited, there were 30 cats and kittens.

Regarding euthanasia, Sellers said, “There is no ‘refuge without killing’. You will still have to drop it, ”due to injuries and illnesses. But this rate is low.

In 2020, only 15 of the 1,172 animals they housed had to be slaughtered, and all for health reasons. 174 were reunited with their owners and around 1,000 were adopted by responsible families or taken in by local relief shelters.

The employees do everything possible to make the stay of animals with them as happy and as safe as possible. The vendors said they “know and love these animals from front to back”. Dogs are taken outside to play at least once a day, if not more, and cats and kittens are given a lot of affection and love, being held and petted throughout the day.

Willard says the hardest part of working at the shelter “is seeing sick and mistreated animals.” “We don’t have a vet on staff or the funds to get them treated. He [requires] a lot of begging for rescues to “take” them.

But the best part, she says, is “seeing them get adopted and getting updates on their progress.” We love that someone finds their perfect pet. “

The vendor has several goals for the shelter, including reducing costs, obtaining the equipment to make the lab fully functional, and finding a part-time volunteer veterinarian who can treat the animals in the lab.

“We have a fantastic facility,” says Sellers. “We want people to come and visit.” He also wants the community to know that “we’re not trying to be the bad guys, we’re just trying to protect everyone.”

The shelter organizes monthly adoption days, usually Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. The next adoption day will be June 5 at the Creek County Fairgrounds.

Kittens and cats that have already been spayed cost $ 10, and those that are not $ 55, to cover the cost of spaying. Kittens must weigh 3 pounds before they can be spayed or neutered, and therefore adopted. Puppies must be 4-6 months old before they can be adopted. Dogs cost $ 10 if they are already spayed and $ 70 otherwise. Each animal comes with a prepaid rabies vaccination from a veterinarian.

To adopt an animal from the animal shelter, you need to complete a short application that includes information about your current pets and vet, and questions about how you will handle certain situations (what will you do with your animal if you move ? If you adopt a cat, will you declaw it? Where will your animal be kept during the day?).

In addition, the shelter will check with the City to make sure your current pets are licensed, your veterinarian to make sure they have up-to-date rabies vaccines, and your owner, if applicable, to confirm that you can have pets. You will also be required to show government issued ID.

If you are relocated to help the town’s animals, Sellers says the shelter is “always happy to have volunteers” and “still needs donations of cat and dog food and cat litter.”

The volunteer application is on their website or you can stop by for a hard copy.

The Sapulpa Town Animal Shelter is located at 8812 West 100th Street South, just east of State Highway 66, on the road north of Super 8 and south of Freddie’s BBQ and Steakhouse. They will celebrate their second anniversary of the new facility in July this year.

You are welcome to stop by at any time during office hours, which are Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

To reach the animal shelter, you can call 918-227-2722, email [email protected], or send them a Facebook message. You can also file a concern on the City’s website.

To view the full city code on animal prescriptions, go to, click on the menu button at the top left of the page, go to “Businesses”, then “City Code”. The animal code is part 4.

Municipal permits and tags for all animals over 4 months of age can be obtained at City Hall, 425 East Dewey Avenue.

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