As the sixth largest city in the state of Oklahoma, it comes as no surprise that Edmond has a problem with homeless animals. While the city has homeless pets wandering around, there are local shelters that seek to bring these animals in off the streets and provide care for them. Two of these local shelters are the Edmond Animal Shelter and Free to Live Animal Sanctuary.
The Edmond Animal Shelter is part of the Edmond Animal Services Unit. The shelter is home to numerous cats and dogs that were lost, abandoned, or taken out of abusive homes. Many of the animals were brought into the shelter by the Animal Services Unit to keep them safe and off the streets. The shelter also works hard to reunite lost pets with their families, as well as find new homes for the homeless pets. Adoption fees at the Edmond Animal Shelter are just $25.
Free to Live Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that cares for stray, abandoned, and mistreated dogs and cats. Each year, more than 500 animals are placed into new homes. This no-kill shelter takes in as many cats and dogs as possible. At any given time, the sanctuary can hold 150 dogs and 150 cats. With large open indoor and outdoor spaces for dogs to romp around, these dogs get a lot more freedom than they would in a regular shelter. Cats are also given an area that is open and gives them the ability to roam and climb as they please.
If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras with your pup this year, head over to Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown in Bricktown on February for the Pawdi Gras celebration from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. There will be live music, dancing, cocktails, games, and more! Dogs are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras themed outfits.
Tickets start at $25 per person and include a welcome beverage, light snacks, and more. For an additional $10, you can receive a Mardi Gras mask and beads upon entry. Proceeds go to The Bella Foundation. Space is limited, and all attendees must be at least 21.
The OKC Pet Expo is coming to the Cox Convention Center Arena in August. During this free event, you and your dog can watch live demonstrations, speak to veterinarians, browse through vendor booths full of pet-related products, and more! During the event, there will be numerous giveaways with both human and pet products.
Your pet can receive free nail trims and participate in pet activities. You won’t want to miss out on this chance for your dog to meet other local animals and socialize!
Bring your dog out to Mitch Park in April for the Mutts & More 5k and Dog Walk benefitting Paws for Life’s Medical Fund for the Edmond Animal Shelter, which provides medical services for animals brought into the shelter, including heartworm treatments, hospital stays, and more!
During the walk and run, you can help raise money for these animals in need, while having fun and getting exercise.
Registration prices haven’t been released yet, but they will be released closer to the event date. All dogs must be leashed during the event, and owners are expected to clean up after their dogs.
Each December, you and your pooch can head to Midtown Mutts Dog Park for an evening celebration to benefit the Midtown Association! Admission to the event is free.
Santa will be on-site for photographs with local dogs. There will also be “puppuccinos” available during the event from the Children’s Hospital Volunteers’ new Paws for Purpose program. For $20, your pet can get a goodie bag full of treats and toys, and there will even be some Midtown swag included for you! Bags also include a ticket to the After Party at the Holiday Pop-Ups Shops and a beer ticket to The Big Friendly Beer Bus.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your dog how much you love them. Head over to Groovy Paws Valentine’s Photos and Adoption Meet and Greet for an afternoon of fun with your pup and local shelter dogs looking for new homes!
During the event, you can have your pet’s photo taken at the Kissing Booth for a $5 donation to Groovy Paws. Your dog can also enjoy some free treats and receive a discount on a self-wash session!
If you are interested in adopting a new pet, be sure to meet some of the adoptable pets at the event.
This event takes place at the EarthWise Pet on Belle Isle in Oklahoma City.