FAQs about Animals & Pets

FAQs about Animals & Pets

Where's the dog park?

  • Located at 801 W. 11th Ave., Stillwaggin' Dog Park is a partnership between Oklahoma State University, the City of Stillwater and Rotary Clubs of Stillwater. The university maintains the park and it is a use-at-your-own-risk facility. 405.744.5328.

Do I have to get a dog license?

  • No. Stillwater does not have a licensing program, but we do require that your dog or cat be current on its rabies vaccination, which must be done by a licensed veterinarian, and wear the tag from the veterinarian.

Does Stillwater have a leash law?

  • Yes. Animal Welfare enforces a leash law for dogs. Dogs must be under restraint by a fence, chain or hand-held leash both on and off their owner’s property. This includes city parks and the bed of pickup trucks. There is not a leash law for cats, but cat owners are responsible for the actions of their pets as defined under a nuisance ordinance.

Can I have livestock within city limits?

According to city ordinance, livestock are prohibited in certain areas.

  • It is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any fowl, including, but not limited to, chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks and geese, or any domestic livestock, including, but not limited to, horses, mules, donkeys, cows, sheep and goats, within 150 feet of any dwelling, house trailer, mobile home, manufactured home, hotel, motel, grocery store, supermarket or food service establishment, except in a duly established Agricultural District wherein such distance limitation shall be 50 feet.

What is Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue?

  • Oklahoma's only neonatal kitten rescue, Tiny Paws fills the gap left by area animal agencies that cannot provide care for these infants

How do I take care of my pets during severe weather?

  • Visit FEMA's "Caring for Animals" page for how to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system. Procedures are the same for any emergency.

What if I lost or found an animal?

  • If you have lost or found an animal (any kind), call Animal Welfare immediately to see if the lost animal is at the shelter, or if someone has reported it lost or found. Finders can either have the animal picked up to be brought to the shelter or leave information with a description of the animal and their phone number. Animal Welfare keeps a board with postings of lost and found animals.

Can I adopt a pet from Animal Welfare?

  • Animal Welfare has many wonderful pets available for adoption, most of which are or will be spayed or neutered and have most of their vaccinations. Animal Welfare occasionally has small pets such as ferrets, rabbits or guinea pigs.

  • Stillwater uses an online service called Petfinders to help organize adoptions.

What happens to strays picked up by an Animal Welfare officer?

  • An animal that is picked up by an officer is held for 96 hours for the owner to claim. During that time, reasonable effort is made to attempt to find an owner. If no owner is found, healthy animals with good temperaments are offered for adoption to the public for about a week. During this week, the animal is advertised on various media and different rescue groups are sought and contacted.

May I turn over my own pet to Animal Welfare?

  • Yes. Any citizen of Stillwater can surrender their pet for adoption. Strong caution is urged that this service be used as a last resort. Although Animal Welfare attempts to find a new home or outlet for available pets in the shelter, the shelter is neither an adoption service nor a pet shop and cannot guarantee that an animal will not be euthanized due to space, health, age or temperament.

Is Stillwater a no-kill city?

  • Stillwater is not officially a no-kill city (meaning there has not been an official proclamation, funds or other means made available for this purpose); however, the Animal Welfare shelter has been low euthanasia or no-kill for more than 10 years by the definition of very few healthy or adoptable animals being euthanized. This does not include the euthanasia of sick, injured or feral animals.

What if I am bitten by an animal?

  • Report the bite to Animal Welfare immediately at 405.372.4171 or 9-1-1. Animal Welfare will determine whether the animal is current on its rabies immunizations, if it needs to be quarantined at a veterinary clinic or be tested for rabies by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

What if I see wildlife behaving unusually?

  • Although the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife does not permit Stillwater Animal Welfare to capture healthy wildlife, Animal Welfare officers will attempt to apprehend sick or injured wildlife. Sick wildlife that has had contact with humans or pets will be tested for rabies.

Do Animal Welfare officers receive any training?

  • Stillwater Animal Welfare officers attend a two-week long animal control academy and attend continuing education through the National Animal Control Association, the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and other related agencies. Academy training includes many subjects such as criminal investigations (cruelty, dog fighting), report writing, animal handling and care and disease control in shelters. Officers are also state certified animal euthanasia technicians.