Humane Society of Lawton-Comanche County
Re-Homing Your Pet
Sometimes, regardless of everyone’s best intentions, you cannot keep your pet. There are many reasons to make this hard decision, and we will try to address them here.
Medical: Veterinary care can be expensive. If there is an accident, sometimes the veterinary care that your dog or cat needs isn’t affordable. There are some resources for financial assistance in these cases, however. If the cost of veterinary care is the only reason that you are considering relinquishment, we encourage you to see if any of the organizations below can help you out.
Behavior: Training can be hard, especially if you work all day. The ability to train a dog is not an inborn trait. You need to be trained just as much as your dog in order to make progress. We get it: the money, the time, the consistency… your dog is misbehaving and it’s overwhelming.We have trainers that can offer free assistance and advice. We recommend giving one more effort before considering relinquishing your animal. To request a free consultation, call (580) 678-5256.
Landlord Says No: This is a problem in the city of Lawton and Fort Sill. Landlords have possibly had bad experiences with less-than-perfect pet owners in the past, or they want to keep their rentals allergen free. Regardless of the reason, this is a problem. The inability to find a pet-friendly living situation is the number one reason that pets are relinquished.
As we continue to work to improve the situation by working with rental agencies and individuals , we have yet to find a surefire way to fix this problem. If you can afford it, offer to pay a pet deposit on top of your regular deposit. You can also offer a monthly rent, specifically for your pet, in addition to your normal rent. If you have some time, consider certifying your dog as an AKC Canine Good Citizen to show prospective landlords that your dog has passed an objective, measurable test that shows how friendly, obedient and well-behaved your dog is. If you are working with a Licensed Mental Health Professional, you can ask about Emotional Support Animal Certification. If all else fails, we are here help make sure that your dog or cat finds their final loving and caring home.
How to Surrender a Dog/Cat
Found a Stray Animal?
Lawton Animal Welfare is the primary establishment for taking in and sheltering stray animals. If you find a stray animal, you can call Lawton Animal Welfare to have an animal control officer pick the animal up. If you have the animal, you can take the dog to any participating location to have the dog scanned for a microchip. If the dog has a microchip, the owner can be contacted and the dog can be returned to it's family.
Participating establishments include: