Ponca City Humane Society

Ponca City, Oklahoma

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About Ponca City Humane Society

Ponca City Humane Society's mission is simple: to place animals in the caring and loving forever homes they deserve.

They serve Ponca City in Oklahoma by both sheltering animals in need and offering adoption services. They also deliver low-cost veterinary services to residents.

As a no-kill shelter, Ponca City Humane Society has created an extended stay program that gives certain animals a better chance of finding an adoring family. This allows them to drop the adoption fees of pets who have been waiting to find a forever home for 100+ days to just $25.  

Their Golden Pet Program encourages senior residents to find an older pet that doesn't have all the energy and training needs of a younger pet.

Contact Info

900 W Prospect Ave
Ponca City
(580) 767-8877
Website: www.pchumane.org

Hours of Operation

Sun - Mon: Closed
Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

To adopt a pet from Ponca City Humane Society, begin by reading through their online articles and resources to help you decide whether or not you're ready to adopt. Adoption isn't something you should take lightly. A pet is a lifetime commitment.

If you think you're ready to adopt, get one step closer to bringing your dream pet home by completing their online adoption questionnaire. This will get you pre-approved and enable you to set up a meeting with an adoption counselor. This counselor will help you get matched-up with the ideal pet based on your home environment and lifestyle.

Once approved, you'll be eligible to adopt for a period of 2 years and can visit the shelter to view the adorable dogs and cats waiting to find a new family. You can also browse profiles of animals available at the shelter, but both you and everyone in your home must come in and meet the animal before they can go home with you.

Ready to adopt? Here are the requirements:

  • Be 21+ years old
  • Be able to provide for the pet, both financially and otherwise
  • Have a valid proof of residence
  • Provide a property tax or mortgage statement (for homeowners)
  • Provide a copy of you lease agreement (for renters)
  • Have a fenced-in yard (a requirement for certain pets)
  • Have all your current pets spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Ponca City Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (6 months and under): $150
  • Adults (7 months to 5 years): $95
  • Seniors(6+ years): $60


  • Kittens (6 months and under): $60
  • Adults (7 months to 5 years): $50
  • Seniors (6+ years): $30

All fees above are subject to change and don't include a $5 processing fee.

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, including a rabies shot and ID tag, microchipping, a complimentary bag of cat or dog food, and a copy of the pet's medical records. Cats will be tested for leukemia and dogs for heartworm.

Adoption Process & Fees

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.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Ponca City Humane Society
Ponca City
directly using the contact info above.

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