Tulsa City Councilor David Patrick along with Tulsa Animal Welfare and several volunteers have launched "Digs for Dogs", a new effort to convert old trash carts into dog shelters for Tulsa's less fortunate canines.
Volunteers are cleaning the carts, removing old hardware, screwing down the lids and cutting small holes in the tops for entrances. A bundle of straw is also being provided for bedding.
The carts were previously used in the northwest quadrant and were collected with the launch of Tulsa's new trash system that uses a different kind of cart. TARE originally donated 40 of the used carts; however the program proved to be so successful the first week that the board has unanimously agreed to continue the program.
The shelters are available free of charge to city residents who present a valid driver's license or utility bill. Residents will also need a large enough vehicle to transport the shelter.
To request a shelter, call Tulsa Animal Welfare at 918-596-8000 and select option 6. Or you can pick one up in person at the city animal shelter at 3031 N. Erie.