The City of Tahlequah and the Humane Society of Cherokee County will be hosting their third TahlePaws Howloween Pet Wellness Fair where pet owners can take their domestic dogs and cats to receive free vaccines and products. Tahlepaws Flyer(jpg)

This year, the event will be located at Phoenix Park, 400 S. Phoenix Ave., and is open to all Cherokee County residents and their pets.

View a map of Phoenix Park  

Can I bring my pet to TahlePaws?

  • Pet safety, health and enjoyment should be your main consideration when deciding whether to bring your pet(s).
  • You need to know your pets temperament in all situations. If you don't know, it's probably best to leave them at home.
  • No dog(s) in heat, no vicious dog(s), and no retractable leashes or leashes over six feet.
  • If you are uncertain of your pets temperament, pet(s) are welcome to wait collared and leashed in your personal vehicle at the Pet Wellness Area and await instructions.

How to find a lost pet & what to do if you find a pet

  • Tell friends, neighbors and mail carriers your pet is lost or you found a pet. 
  • Call your vet, ask if someone has called about your pet or go to a vet to locate a micro-chip.
  • Make a flyer and hang it in the area your pet was lost or found. Find or take a picture and post it on social media. Be sure to describe your lost or found pet and location.
  • Call the City of Tahlequah Animal Shelter at 918-456-1241 and ask if your pet was picked up or if someone has called about your pet. 
  • Call the Tahlequah Daily Press at 918-456-8833 and place an advertisement.

Canine Parvovirus: Know the Signs

Canine Parvovirus (Parvo) is a highly contagious, yet preventable, virus that affects dogs' gastrointestinal tracts. The virus can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are at the most risk. Serious viruses like Parvo weaken a puppy's immune system and lower its white blood cell count, reducingColor of Poop Information(jpg) its ability to fight off secondary bacterial infections.

How Parvo Spreads

  • Contact with other dogs, environments, people, contaminated objects and feces. 
  • Most deaths from Parvovirus occur within 48 to 72 hours.


The virus prefers to infect the small intestine, where it destroys cells, impairs absorption and disrupts the gut barrier. Parvo in puppies also affects the bone marrow and lymphopoietic tissues, and in some cases can also affect the heart. Symptoms include: 

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • vomiting 
  • Severe weight loss 


  • Puppies should be vaccinated at 6, 9 and 12 weeks.
  • Puppies should not socialize with outside dogs until vaccinated.
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Helpful Contacts

City of Tahlequah Animal Control 918-456-1241 

  • Animal neglect
  • Animal Nuisance
  • Vicious Animal

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office 918-456-2583 

  • Oklahoma Statues - Title 4 - Animals
  • Animal Neglect in County

Humane Society of Cherokee County  918-457-7997 

  • Rescue neglected and homeless animals 
  • Rescue and transport pregnant dogs
  • Shelter adoptable dogs and cats
  • Offer low-cost spay and neuter program

Pets for Life of Tahlequah 918-323-1780

  • Keeping pets happy, healthy and home
  • Help with all your pet needs