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City ordinance requires that dogs and cats be licensed. The license fee is $10 and good as long as the animal resides in the city limits. A license tag is issued that can be affixed to the animal's collar. This can assist in locating the animal should it stray or become lost. Licenses can be procured at the Animal Control Facility located at 8620 W 21st St.
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Dogs and cats that have been kept at the animal shelter more than three days are eligible for adoption. Adults 18 years of age or older can adopt animals by presenting a valid driver’s license or government issued identification. There is a $65 fee for adoption for anyone who wished to adopt a pet that lives outside of city limits, and $75 for anyone living inside of city limits(includes a city license and microchip). This fee covers the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a general health examination. The City arranges for these services with a veterinary provider. Animals for adoption can be viewed at the shelter during regular staffing hours. Adoptable animals are also posted on social media.
The Sand Springs Animal Welfare Facility is located at 8620 W. 21st Street (a half mile east of the intersection or Morrow Road and Adams Road on 21st Street). The facility is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Unless emergency or other circumstances occur, an officer is available during those times for citizen visits and adoptions. If no officer is at the facility during regular staffing hours, call the police department’s non-emergency number, 918-245-8777. An officer will come to the shelter as soon as one is available.
All pets over 6 mos. of age must be spayed/neutered unless a hobbyist permit is obtained. When outdoors, dogs must be kept in a fenced and gated yard – with the fence and gate height sufficient to contain the dog. Dogs can also be kept in an open yard on a leash not to exceed eight feet to allow for exercise and play. Under no circumstance may a leash extend beyond a property line. Dogs must be kept on a leash while being walked. Although there is no leash or containment requirement for cats, owners are responsible to assure that their cats do not become a nuisance to neighbors.
Note: The Sand Springs Municipal Court has previously ruled that Invisible or Electric fencing may be adequate for the requirement of keeping dogs contained. If animals are not sufficiently contained by the Invisible or Electronic fence and an animal leaves the premises, the owner may still be found in violation of City Ordinance 6.08.070 Dogs to be Kept Confined in Yard, Pen or on Leash or 6.08.080 Nuisance.