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Edmond Animal Shelter is part of the Edmond Animal Services Unit, which operates within the Edmond Police Department’s Special Services Division.
The shelter is responsible for housing stray and owner-surrendered animals from the city of Edmond. The shelter strives to reunite lost pets with their families and find new forever homes for those who aren’t so lucky.
The Animal Services Unit upholds state laws and investigates issues of neglect, abuse, and animal welfare within the community.
Begin your adoption journey by having a look at the shelter’s website. Here you can find a list of all the cats and dogs currently in their care and available for adoption. Each furry friend has their own biography with a link to adopt. If you think you may have found the pet of your dreams, then complete the online application form (linked to each individual animal). Someone from the shelter will then get in touch to continue the process. When applying, you can see how many other people have already shown interest in that particular animal.
The shelter doesn't hold animals for you simply by showing interest and completing an online application. It's always best to call or visit in person during opening hours if you're keen to get first pick!
They also recommend you bring any current pets to meet their potential new friend. You can all spend time in a “Get Acquainted” room to make sure y'all get on well before committing to the adoption!
Provided everything checks out with your application, you can take your new bud home once the adoption fee is paid.
Adoption fees at Edmond Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, and age-appropriate vaccinations. Dogs will have been tested for heartworm and cats for FIV and feline leukemia (FeLeuk).
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.