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Tulsa Day Center Breaks Ground on Animal Shelter

New facility will house up to 10 animals so their humans can access shelter


City officials break ground on new Tulsa Day Center Animal Shelter
City officials break ground on new Tulsa Day Center Animal Shelter

The Tulsa Day Center broke ground today on a new animal shelter that will accommodate up to 10 animals, allowing their owners to access the day and night shelter at the Day Center.


Currently, those experiencing homelessness with animals must either bring their pet in a carrier or remain with them outside. The new animal shelter at the Day Center will have room for five large animals and five small animals, most of which are expected to be dogs.


"For many of our friends experiencing homelessness, their pets play a pivotal role in their emotional and physical wellbeing," said Day Center CEO Mack Haltom. "We don't ever want to see someone choosing between shelter for themselves or staying with their companion animal. This shelter will address this barrier, and we expect it to be one more tool in our work to help people find safe, stable and affordable housing."


Rendering of new animal shelter
Tulsa Day Center Animal Shelter

The shelter, designed by Blue Star Integrative and to be built by AC Owen Construction, is expected to open in fall of 2024. The project is part of the City of Tulsa's Path to Home Initiative, which pulls together the many efforts being made by multiple organizations to address homelessness.


"The Tulsa Day Center Animal Shelter is a perfect example of the way Tulsans come up with innovative ideas to solve our city's most pressing challenges," said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. "I am glad this project will soon be in place which will have a significant impact for individuals experiencing homelessness."


Although the construction of the shelter has been funded through grants and donations, the ongoing operations of the shelter will be supported through the Day Center's operating funds. Cash donations may be made at tulsadaycenter.org/donate and pet supplies like dog food and medications will be accepted at the Tulsa Day Center's location at 415 W Archer St.


About the Tulsa Day Center

Through a full range of services, the Tulsa Day Center provides shelter, services and solutions for people overcoming anticipated, situational and chronic homelessness. Support is offered day and night, 365 days a year. Learn more at tulsadaycenter.org


About Path to Home

The Path to Home Initiative is a central source for all programming as it relates to homelessness, housing, and mental health within the City of Tulsa. The City of Tulsa initiative gives a comprehensive overview of all programming and policy work at the local government level focused on helping individuals experiencing homelessness or struggling with mental health, promoting citywide housing efforts, and supporting the work of dedicated service providers. To learn more about the Path to Home Initiative, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/pathtohome




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