About Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma
About Our Rescue Group...
The Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma (PAWS-OK) is a non-profit pet rescue focused on finding homeless and abandoned cats new loving homes. 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 adoption.
We are a small group whose goal is to match responsible owners with the right pet. When our cats don't fit an adopters specific needs we can provide them with information on appropriate pets available from other local rescues/organizations or individuals. We are also happy to advise anyone who is looking for a specific type of pet (breed of dog or possibly de-clawed cat) or looking to rehome their own pet or a stray that they have found. In some instances we can take the pet (especially a cat) if we have room or in most cases we simply guide the owner on responsible adoption placement practices or refer them to breed specific organizations for assistance.
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 support all the spay and neuter efforts of our counterparts and other organizations. 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. If you are looking for a low cost option for spaying or neutering your pet, please click on "Links" at http://pawsok.com for information on low cost services in your area.
PAWS-OK is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) designated organization and does not receive any public funding. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Every dollar raised by PAWS through adoption fees, donations and fundraising events is used to support our programs. 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 and Holiday Gift Wrapping.
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Come Meet Our Pets...PAWS cats are all kept in personal homes where they are socialized, stimulated and cared for by our loving volunteers. Our cats are available to meet and hold during our Saturday Adoption Events (2x/month) at the PetSmart located on NW Expressway and Rockwell. We also participate in Adoption Fairs and Events around the Oklahoma City. For a complete schedule please click on "Events" at http://www.pawsok.com. Additionally, we can make any cat you are specifically interested in available for a one-on-one meeting at a number of locations in both, north and south Oklahoma City. Just contact us. NOTE: Effective January 5, 2011, we no longer have cats in the Adoption Center at the Summit Veterinary Hospital on N Western Ave.
Our Adoption Process...
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.
PAWS will send an electronic Adoption Request form to potential adopters who contact us via e-mail about adopting. This information helps our Adoption Counselors understand the needs and desires of the adopter in an effort to make the best possible match of new family to new feline.
All our adopters to sign a PAWS-OK Adoption contract that covers a variety of issues related to the adoption, maintenance and relinquishment of the pet if needed. PAWS-OK strongly discourages the declawing of any cat. We understand that in some instances a declawed cat is the only option and in these cases we work closely with the adopter to find them a suitable declawed cat (there are many looking for homes) that fits their needs thus saving the adopter the expense of a declaw surgery and the cat the pain of a declaw surgery.
Adoption fees are generally $70 but can vary depending on the age, health and special needs of the cat.
PAWS will attempt to make a follow-up contact with all adopters a few weeks post adoption to make sure that the new cat is settling in and that the adopter is happy with their new family member. If the cat is not working out, PAWS will take it back into our adoption program and within a predetermined timeframe, exchange the cat for another one in our program if the adopter so desires.
The vast majority of our PAWS cats are suitable as house cats / family members only. Our adult cats have been house pets all their lives and the kittens we have are fostered in family homes and socialized as house pets. Most are dog friendly and wouldn't recognize a potential outside threat if it announced itself. However, we occasionally have cats who would make fine barn cats for rodent control, and would be happy to speak to anyone interested in obtaining one of these. All our cats (house or barn) are spayed or neutered and updated on their vaccinations before placement.