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Clear the Shelters: Virtual adoptions amid pandemic

Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 16:32:09-04

Imagine adopting a pet before ever meeting it.

That’s what happened with the Lozanos in Broken Arrow and the newest member of their family — Tullah, which is short for Talullah!

"Pretty much just handed her through the car window and said here’s your dog,” Hector said.

They picked up the five-month-old Red Heeler at the Tulsa SPCA after filling out an online application and never interacting with her.

“I was used to going and walking around, seeing a dog, getting to know a dog kind of thing, playing in their little yard for a while, but it was an easy process," Hector said.

A month into the adoption, it’s worked out great for Hector, his wife Heather and three-year-old daughter Aspen.

“Having her mixed with us especially with a toddler. It’s just really fun to watch them," Hector said. "They’re almost like the same age, playing with each other, interacting with each other.”

An undeniable bond between these two.

Tullah is one of more than a hundred animals who have been virtually adopted since mid-March.

“We’ve been really excited at how well it’s gone over, and how well everyone’s adjusted to it,” said Mindy Tiner, the executive director of the Tulsa SPCA.

Tiner said they’re trying to limit in-person visits and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"We’re trying to keep our staff safe. We’re trying to keep our clients safe, just make it the best possible experience for everyone,” she said.

While the experience is different, the goal is the same — to save an animal and find it a loving home.

"We’ve just always as a family gone for sheltered dogs and it’s always worked out really well for us," Heather said.

For more information about animal adoptions, visit the Tulsa SPCA's website.

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