Adopting a new pet for your home is a big decision and should not be entered into without proper consideration of your lifestyle and the needs of the pet. We are open to all lifestyles and believe responsible pet owners are a very diverse group of people.
We require an Adoption Request Form to be completed on all potential adoptions. The Request helps us to understand your pet experience and "cat personality" preferences so that we can help you select the cat that most nearly meets your expectations. If you are interested in any of the pets you see listed here you can get an Adoption Request Form:
If you are looking for a specific pet and you don't see it listed here, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave us a detailed message about what you are looking for one of our volunteers will get back to you. Keep updated on our ongoing rescue activities, successful adoptions and communications by liking Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS-OK) on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PAWS.OK/ .
Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma (PAWS-OK) is a non-profit pet rescue focused on finding homeless and abandoned cats new loving families. Most of our cats are surrendered to us by people who can no longer care for their pets or who find themselves the caretaker of a neighborhood cat and / or kittens. All our cats are spayed or neutered, tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, fully vaccinated, fostered in a home setting and checked by a veterinarian before being offered for adoption.
We are a small group whose goal is to match responsible owners with the right pet. We attempt to thouroughly check out potential adopters with whatever tools we have available including contacting the potential adopters current and past veterinarians, current landlords and their social media pages to assern their pet ownership history. If we feel our cats are not a match for an adopters specific needs we will try to provide them with information on appropriate pets available from other local rescues/organizations or individuals.
We also seek to educate the public on the current Oklahoma animal welfare laws and urge everyone to communicate with their elected officials to encourge their support for animal friendly legislation.
And of course, we are firm believers in spay and neuter and support other organizations with the same goals. We understand that the greatest impact to our city's pet overpopulation issue and the resulting alarmingly high number of euthansias at our local shelters will only be reduced through spay and neuter programs. To see a list of low cost spay and neuter services in OKC, visit our "Links" tab on our website at: pawsok.com.
PAWS-OK is a non-for-profit 501 (c) (3) designated organization and does not receive any public funding. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. All the dollars we spend on running our organization are recieved as adoption fees, donations or are raised by our volunteers. Ongoing fund raising activities include aluminum can redemption, Purina Weight Circle collection and used cell phone collections. Specific events that raise funds for PAWS-OK include the annual Garage Sale, Santa Photos and holiday gift wrapping.
A handful of our adoptable cats are availble to meet in our Adoption Center at PetSmart on NW Expressway and Rockwell (8357 N Rockwell Ave) during normal business hours. The stores regular business hours are:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 PM
Sundays: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Admittance into the Adoption Center to visit with a cat (after completion of the Adoption Request Form ends 1 hour prior to the store's closing time to allow store associates time to complete store closing activities.
PAWS-OK takes the health of our cats very seriously and sometimes people don't understand why they need to fill out an Adoption Request Form to handle the cats in the Adoption Center (or meet a cat in foster care). We are just protecting the cats from the stress of disease that can be transmitted by well-meaning "petters" (our Adoption Center is not a petting zoo). If they catch ringworm, a URI or a intestinal infection (yes these are all transmittable by humans to cats) then they have to go back to foster care or (HEAVEN FORBID!) the VET for treatment. During these delays their "purr-fect" new home may pass them by and make them wait even longer for a new loving home. So we are just fine with only allowing our cats to meet people serious in adopting..... I hope you are too!