Animal Control & Pet Adoption

ANIMAL CONTROL
Animal Control is part of the Jenks Public Works Department.  Animal Control responds to calls involving stray dogs and cats, select wildlife and animals running at large.  Animal Control is dedicated to protecting the citizens of the City of Jenks from rabies and reducing the incidence of animal-inflicted injuries by promoting responsible pet ownership and the enforcement of animal control laws.

Jenks Animal Control may be reached at (918) 299-9511 during our normal working hours, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday.  If Public Works is unavailable and you do not need an immediate response, email Animal Control at animalcontrol@jenksok.org.  You may also call the Police Department Non-Emergency phone number 918-299-6311.  For all Emergencies, dial 911.

What Does Animal Control Do?     Animal Control has many responsibilities including:
♦  Enforcing leash laws and other animal control ordinances.
♦  Capturing and impounding stray animals.
♦  Promoting the adoption of animals.

LEASH LAW
The City of Jenks leash law states that no dog or cat can be off its owner's property unless the dog is under leash or at heel or the cat is in the physical control of its owner.  Animals may be at-large in AG-zoned, un-platted areas provided they are not vicious or constitute a nuisance as defined elsewhere in City Ordinances.

What If Leash Laws Are Broken?     A dog/cat-at-large may be picked up by Animal Control and impounded at our facility or returned to the owner if the dog/cat has a current license tag or other identification.  The owner may also be issued a dog/cat-at-large citation and be fined by the Jenks Police Department.  Citations may require a court appearance.

Who Enforces Leash Laws?     Animal Control personnel or police officers enforce local leash laws in the City of Jenks.  Animal Control has the authority to catch stray animals.  Jenks Police Officers will issue citations if necessary. 

What Happens to Stray Dogs/Cats?     Animal Control is dispatched to pick up dogs/cats when they are stray on private or public property.

How Long Are Stray Animals Impounded?     Stray animals are held for three days (72 hours).  Animal Control makes every reasonable attempt to contact the owner of those animals with licenses or identification.  After the three-day period (72 hours), animals may be offered for adoption or euthanized.

How Do I Find Out If My Pet Was Impounded?     If your dog or cat is wearing an accurate up to date pet tag or a microchip, we will contact you and let you know it was impounded.  If your dog or cat is not licensed, the best way to find out if the animal has been impounded call 918-299-9511.  Impound, boarding and license fees will be charged to reclaim your animal.  Animals can lose their tags; owners should call even if their animal was wearing identification.

What are the animal redemption fees?
♦  Running at-large penalty: $10.00 First Offense: $35.00 Second Offense and each Offense thereafter.
♦  Impoundment Fee: $10.00
♦  Daily Fees: $2.00 for each day
♦  City Licensing Dog Fee: $3.00 if female is spayed / Un-spayed female $5.00. ALL Males $3.00
♦  Dog/Cat at-large Citation Issued by Jenks Police Officer: $149.00

DOG LICENSING
City Ordinance requires all dogs in the city limits must be licensed annually and must have a veterinary proof of current rabies vaccination.  A license can be purchased at the Police Dispatch window located on the first floor of City Hall, 211 North Elm Street.

Why Should I License My Dog?     The most important reasons to license your dog or cat are:
♦  A current license is proof of rabies vaccination and shows your dog or cat is protected from rabies.
♦  A lost dog or cat with a license tag has a better chance of being returned to its owner.

How Much Does a License Cost?
♦  Spayed Female - $3.00
♦  Unspayed Female - $5.00
♦  All Males - $3.00 

How Do I License My Dog?     If your dog is vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian, you can take the signed vaccination certificate to the Police Dispatch window located on the first floor of City Hall, 211 North Elm Street, to purchase a license.

How Often Do I Have to License My Dog or Cat?     A license is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.

What If I'm Given a Licensed Dog?     You will have to purchase a new pet tag.

What Happens if My Dog Loses Its Tags?     If your dog loses its license tags, a new license can be purchased for a small fee.

DOGS & CATS ANIMAL LIMIT
Four (4) dogs or cats, or a combination of each up to four can reside in one household within city limits.

EXOTIC ANIMAL PERMIT
In order to have an exotic animal, the owner must complete an exotic animal permit.  For more information, call City Hall at 918.299.5883.

RABIES VACCINATION
It is very important for dogs and cats to have a current rabies vaccination.  Pets may come into contact with wild animals who could have rabies.  If a rabid animal bites your dog or cat, it could be infected with rabies, putting you and your family at risk.  A rabies vaccination is also required by law to license your dog or cat.  In the case of an un-vaccinated animal bites a person, it must be quarantined at a veterinarian at your expense.  In the case of an un-vaccinated animal is bitten by a confirmed rabid animal, the bitten animal must be quarantined at a veterinarian for six-months at owners expense (State Law) or euthanized.

What Is A Valid Vaccination?     For licensing purposes, a licensed veterinarian must give the rabies vaccination.  A vaccination certificate signed by the veterinarian must be supplied as proof of vaccination.

What Vaccinations Are Not Valid?     Vaccinations given by an owner, animal breeder, pet store, as well as out-of-country, are not valid for licensing purposes.

How Long Are Vaccinations Good?     Depending on the vaccine given, the rabies vaccination is good for one year.  It is always best to consult with your veterinarian concerning vaccinations, treatment and health questions regarding your pet.  Vaccinations given at a pet supply store are valid if a licensed veterinarian administers them.

How Do I Report an Animal-Inflicted Injury?     Animal-inflicted injuries should be reported immediately.  If the injury occurs in the City of Jenks, call Police.  If the injury occurs outside the city limits of Jenks, report the injury to the local authority.  If possible, confine the animal first and then call the appropriate number.  Tell the person answering the phone where the animal is.  Try to describe the breed, size, color or any distinct markings on the animal, where it may live, and if it's wearing a collar or tags.  A Police Officer will be dispatched to your location to complete an animal bite report.

Are Animal-Inflicted Injuries Dangerous?     Yes, animal-inflicted injuries, including scratches and bites, pose a rabies threat.  If you are injured, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, report the incident and call your physician for treatment advice.

What Happens to an Animal That Causes Injuries?     The animal is impounded and observed, or sent to the lab for rabies virus testing.  It may be quarantined per Police Department orders at an approved veterinary hospital at the owner's expense.

For additional information concerning ordinances, animals, pets, and animal control issues:

DOG & CAT ADOPTION
Animal Control has a pet adoption program for stray and unwanted dogs and cats.

Where Can I Adopt an Animal from Animal Control?     Animals are available for adoption at the Animal Shelter, but citizens must contact Animal Control to make an appointment to view adoptable animals.  Contact Animal Control at 918-299-9511 or email Animal Control at animalcontrol@jenksok.org to make arrangements.

What are the Steps in Adopting a Pet?
1. Once you have decided on adopting an animal, you will need to fill out an adoption form.  If approved, the animal will be sent to Spay Oklahoma on the following Monday when they are open.
2.  Adoption fee is paid directly to Spay Oklahoma.  This is paid when picking up the animal.
3.  We cannot guarantee the animal’s health.  We strongly recommend that you take it to a veterinarian within two weeks of adoption.
4.  If for some reason the animal is not a good fit, you are able to return the animal back to Animal Control.  No refund will be given.

Where Do Adoption Animals Come From?     The animals were impounded and not claimed by an owner.

Will My Adopted Animal Be Healthy?     We cannot guarantee the health of any adopted animal; however, a first visit to the veterinarian is recommended.

How Much Does It Cost To Adopt A Pet?
♦  Dogs - $55.00.  This includes spay/ neuter, rabies vaccine, DHPP vaccine and deworming (intestinal).
♦  Cats -  $45.00.  This includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, FERCP vaccine and deworming.
  Puppies - $35.00 /  Kittens - $25.00 (under 5 months old.  No rabies vaccine if under 12 weeks).

Should I Take My New Pet to a Veterinarian?      To be sure your pet is healthy; we strongly recommend that you take it to a veterinarian within two weeks of adoption.  Not all animal diseases have symptoms right away, but a veterinarian will be able to identify any health-related problems.  The vaccinations included with the adoption are not good for a lifetime and do not cover all diseases your pet may have been exposed to prior to adoption.

SPAYING/NEUTERING
Spay/neutering is the surgical removal of organs essential to animal reproduction.

Why Should My Pet be Spayed/Neutered?      The most important reasons to spay or neuter your pet is to control the pet population, help prevent roaming and reduce animal aggression.  By law, every dog and cat adopted from our shelter must be spayed or neutered.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ADOPTING A PET...
So you're thinking about adopting a pet?   Pets can be a wonderful addition to your life.  To be sure you are ready for a pet, take a few minutes to answer the following questions:

◊  Are you ready to make a commitment to a pet for its entire life?
◊  Do you know and understand the characteristics of the breed you want?
◊  Are you allowed to have a pet where you live?
◊  Is your yard large enough to accommodate a pet?
◊  Will other pets in your home get along with a new one?
◊  Are you financially prepared for the cost of a veterinarian, high quality pet food and pet supplies?
◊  What about the cost and time for obedience training?
◊  Can you afford the time it takes to groom a pet?  Can you afford a professional groomer, if needed?
◊  If you go on vacation, who will take care of your pet?
◊  If you get a puppy, can you put up with chewing, crying or whining during the teething stage?
◊  Is it okay if the animal digs in your back yard?
◊  If you adopt a puppy, do you have the time to house-train it?
◊  Do you have the patience and discipline to retrain your pet if it has bad habits?
◊  If you adopt a cat, will you be ready to keep a litter box in your home?
◊  Can you tolerate a kitten or cat scratching on furniture or carpeting?
◊  Do you have the patience and discipline to train a cat to scratch on a carpet-covered post?
◊  Are you willing to keep the cat indoors?
◊  After a long day at work, do you have the energy it takes to exercise a housebound dog?

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