As the third-largest city in Oklahoma, Norman experiences many problems that cities in other states encounter, and a large homeless pet population is one of these issues. With thousands of homeless animals in the area, it is a good thing that there are a couple local shelters nearby that help care for and find homes for these pets!
Second Chance Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that runs strictly off of donations. With the mission of helping abandoned dogs and cats get a second chance at finding a permanent home, the organization helps over 600 animals each year find new homes. The shelter has space for around 100 animals and continuously works to keep them healthy, happy, and on their way to a new family. Every animal that comes to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary is looked over by a vet, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, microchipped, and given flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. While the organization helps all animals find happy homes, the group only takes in animals at-risk in other shelters.
The Normal Animal Welfare Center’s staff is focused on helping potential pet owners find the perfect pooch for their needs and lifestyle. As part of the city, the shelter works closely with animal control to bring in strays off of the streets. All animals that enter the facility are spayed or neutered before they are adopted out. They also receive vaccinations and other preventatives.
If you live in Norman and are looking for a new furry friend, consider contacting one of these great shelters to find your next pet.
Each November, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City partners with Three Dog Bakery Oklahoma and Red Coyote Running and Fitness in Edmond to bring Dog-N-Jog at Mitch Park to both the humans and dogs of the area. Only a few minutes from Norman, load up your dog and lace up your shoes for this fun running event.
Every registrant will receive a t-shirt and a swag bag with goodies and discounts for both humans and dogs. Vendors and adoptable dogs will also be on-site for you to meet with.
Registration is $20 per person. All proceeds go toward improving Edmond Dog Parks.
Join Heartland Weimaraner Rescue at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City each October for the Ghost Runners 5k Dog Run. This event includes the run, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food, and more! You and your whole family won’t want to miss out on the fun activities at the park between 10 am and 3 pm. Don’t forget to stop by the adoptable animals at the event! You just may fall in love with another furry friend.
Registration prices will be released closer to the event date. Heartland Weimaraner Rescue will also be accepting donations at the event.
Second Chance Animal Sanctuary’s Annual Dog Day Afternoon event is a local favorite for Norman residents. Spanning from 10 am to 5 pm, there are so many activities that you and your dog can partake in! Head over to Andrews Park every September for this fun event that includes demonstrations, competitions, and more.
The event includes a Dog Walk, as well! Registration for the Dog Walk is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Don’t forget to visit vendor booths and the concessions area for food and drinks. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.
Low-cost vaccinations, microchipping, and nail trimming will also be available at the event.
April means that the annual Dogs Helping Dogs event is back in Norman! Enjoy the day with your dog at Norman Community Dog Park and Sutton Nature Trail. Browse vendor booths, participate in the silent auction, and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes! Event goers will also receive goody bags with all kinds of great gifts inside.
During the event, both the Norman Animal Welfare Shelter and Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will be on-site with adoptable pets.
Admission to the event is free, but the Norman Community Dog Park Association is requesting monetary donations or items from their wish list.
The Cox Convention Center Arena goes to the dogs each August during the weekend-long OKC Pet Expo. Bring your dog to browse great vendors, watch live entertainment and demonstrations, and socialize with other pooches. During the event, you can sign your pet up for the costume contest for a chance to win fun prizes! There will also be giveaways for both humans and canines during the expo.
Since the event spans two days, it is important to understand the hours. On Saturday, the event begins at 10 am and wraps up at 5 pm. On Sunday, the event has shorter hours and is only open from 11 am to 4 pm.
Admission is free.