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There are many dog rescue centers around Oklahoma where stray dogs are taken and either adopted or rehabilitated.
This article lists a few of the best dog rescues in Oklahoma where you can choose to adopt a dog from without having to go to breeders.
Quick note here: The main difference between dog rescues and shelters is that rescues are typically privately run and funded through donations, while shelters are organized by local government.
Dog rescues are not listed in any particular order. Check out other excellent dog rescues in other states here.
Location: PO Box 890547, Oklahoma City, OK 73189, USA (mailing only)
On November 8th, 2011, three very passionate and determined women formed Forever Yours Dog Rescue.
They have a combined twenty-five years of expertise in animal rescue, volunteering, fostering, and fundraising. Dogs have been a part of their lives for over a century.
They are an all-breed dog rescue based in Oklahoma City and are unconcerned about the breed, size, condition, age, or color of a dog.
If a dog needs to be rescued and they are able to assist, they will.
Oklahoma’s unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused pets are cared for by them.
They rescue dogs from the streets as well as local shelters and shelters across Oklahoma, particularly tiny rural shelters that do not have public adoption programs.
There are a number of ways you can help such as donating, volunteering, or adopting.
Location: 1216 E Kenosha #302, Broken Arrow, OK 74012 (mailing only)
Cristina created the rescue after witnessing the need for a safe haven for homeless, abandoned, and injured dogs firsthand.
She works as a trauma surgeon in Florida for the bulk of the year, but when she returns to Oklahoma, she helps with meetings, adoptions, vet care, dog rescue, transportation, and, most importantly, keeps them going every day.
She is supported by a small team, whose vision is one of creating a community that is well-informed on dog health and behavior training, resulting in empty shelters.
They are a non-profit organization that helps homeless canines in need and in terms of rehabilitation, we take a “whatever it takes” attitude.
They also use fosters’ expertise and suggestions to locate their dogs the greatest possible match for them in their forever homes.
Find out about the adoption process here.
Location: PO Box 1292, Jenks, OK 74037 (mailing only)
The purpose of Oklahoma GSR is to locate eligible, permanent homes for German Shepherd Dogs in need, to promote ethical GSD ownership, and to provide useful information to GSD caregivers.
The Internal Revenue Service has designated OK GSR as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.
They are a Tulsa-based foster care agency that has recently expanded to Oklahoma City!
However, do take note that they do not have a shelter and their pets are cared for in private homes.
All of the dogs have been spayed or neutered and given age-appropriate immunizations, heartworm testing and prevention, a microchip, and flea and tick treatment, so potential adopters will have all that sorted out.
Be sure to learn more about them on their website!
Location: 11063-D S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74133 (mailing only)
The goal of Puppy Haven Rescue is to keep growing so that they can save as many lives as possible.
They attribute their phenomenal growth to the generous contributors and volunteers over the years.
Since its inception in 2017, they have been able to create a modest, private boarding facility.
There is enough room for 5 adult dogs, as well as a small nursery for mamas and their litters.
The Dog House has played an important role in their efforts, and they would like to expand this facility to accommodate more dogs in need of rescue as well as outside play and training areas.
They put everything they have into their pets and want to do so for many years to come!
Every year, an estimated 11 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters across the United States.
This group aims to assist animals to avoid euthanasia as much as possible by rescuing unwanted animals, advocating spay and neuter, microchipping to boost the return-to-owner rate, socializing and rehabilitating psychologically and physically damaged animals, and much more.
They go above and beyond to find loving, caring homes for our amazing, deserving animals so they can begin their new lives full of love, happiness, and security.
Location: 399519 US-60, Bartlesville, OK 74006
The Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville (ARF) was founded by two people who wanted to help abandoned animals in their town.
They wanted to make a difference in animals’ lives by caring for them until they could find new homes.
Others quickly expressed an interest in assisting, and their membership has swelled!
ARF’s ambition of constructing a rescue/adoption shelter for stray animals has also come true!
Those who are never adopted can have a happy life with other animals, providing them with food, drink, shelter, and love.
Their new facility, located on 18 acres east of Bartlesville, has made this goal a reality.
ARF is not supported by the city, state, or Federal government, but rather only on public and private funding.
Safe Haven Animal Rescue, Inc. is a charitable rescue organization dedicated to finding homes for homeless and abandoned animals.
It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the bulk of its animals are rescued from shelters when they are about to die.
Others are from puppy mills, while others are from pet owners who are no longer able or willing to care for their animals.
Safe Haven Animal Rescue, Inc. is now limited to finding homes for animals cared for in foster homes, so they really need your support.
Check out the dogs that are available for adoption here.
Other Dog Rescues in Oklahoma Worth Mentioning
There are several other dog rescues in Oklahoma that are in need of your help, but unfortunately, we are unable to cover every single one of them.
Through online reviews and friends’ recommendations, here are 4 more you can visit and support: