City of Sand Springs updates animal adoption and licensing fees

The City of Sand Springs has seen an increase in pet adoptions lately. Here are two dogs currently looking for homes.

Sand Springs, OK- Dog and cat adoptions have increased substantially in recent years for the City of Sand Springs, leading to a comprehensive evaluation of the adoption process and associated fees. Beginning April 1, 2017, a pet adoption fee of $65 will be charged and cover costs for spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a general health exam prior to each animal’s adoption.

“We hope the animal adoption trend continues,” said James Adams, Animal Welfare Investigator. “Through a partnership with Spay Oklahoma, the City is able to offer low cost adoptions that include valuable veterinary medical services.”

Persons over the age of 18 are eligible to adopt dogs and cats from the animal shelter. Being a Sand Springs resident is not a requirement.

“When someone selects an animal for adoption, the City arranges for medical services,” said Adams. “Fees can be paid through Customer Service located on the first floor of City Hall. Animal Welfare staff will notify the new owner when the pet is ready for pickup.”

Residents within Sand Springs city limits will also find a simplified change in the license policy and fee for dogs and cats beginning on April 1, 2017. Licenses will cost $10 per animal and be valid for as long as the animal resides in Sand Springs. Each dog or cat will receive a tag that is registered and traceable, should the animal stray or become lost.

“Licenses provide some peace of mind to pet owners,” said Adams. “Most pet owners are reunited with their dog or cat within a day of them entering the City’s care; licensing is a simple and effective tool used to ensure that.”

Pets kept in excess of 24 hours upon contact of their owner will incur a $25 per day boarding fee. Fees cover daily boarding costs for owners who delay claiming a pet.

For more information on pet adoption, please visit

www.sandspringsok.org/animalcontrol.