How does fostering make a difference?
The ESPCA’s mission is to provide compassionate care to companion animals awaiting adoption, with a vision to end pet overpopulation and create a community of responsible pet ownership. By fostering, you can contribute a great deal towards making that a reality. Each animal that is transferred out of the Enid Animal Shelter or surrendered from the community, and brought into our foster program (and into a foster home) is another life saved. Every animal removed from the Enid shelter, makes room for another animal within the shelter, decreasing the overall need for euthanasia. Each animal accepted into our foster program is spayed or neutered insuring that that animal will not be contributing to the overpopulation of pets in our community.
As a foster parent you have the ability to prepare each foster pet for success in their life after adoption. During their time in your home, foster pets have the chance to learn how to be a part of a family. They learn manners, routines, and how to love.
The ESPCA needs foster homes in the community to provide temporary care, shelter, and love for the animals in the foster program. We provide all medical care, including vaccines, deworming, microchipping, flea control and spay/neuter surgery. We set foster families up with a crate for their foster, toys and help with food if needed. Foster homes allow us to continue to save animals even when our kennels are full. The more foster homes available, the more animals can be saved!
The time commitment varies depending on the age and circumstances of the animal. It is possible for puppies to be in foster the minimum 10 days, however 2-3 weeks is about the average length of time unless you are fostering a mama and babies.
To get started please fill out the foster application below. Our foster coordinator will contact you as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have and complete the needed paperwork. In a matter of no time you’ll be welcoming a foster pet into your home!
The ESPCA provides each foster home with:
- Medical care
- A crate, toys and food if needed
- Our Foster Coordinator is there to help you every step of the way
- Inclusion in our online community of fosters and volunteers
Your responsibilities as a foster are pretty simple:
- provide basic care (food, water, and a safe place to stay) for the animal until it is adopted or returned to the ESPCA.
- transport the animal to the ESPCA for vaccinations, etc.
- bring your foster animal to the ESPCA and/or outreach events until it is adopted
- most importantly, you give each foster love
What type of animal can I foster?
The ESPCA’s foster program accepts all types of dogs, puppies, nursing mama dogs, nursing mama cats with babies, kittens, and each one needs a foster family to help prepare them for a new home. Our Foster Coordinator will work with you to ensure that you are able to foster animals that you are comfortable with and that fit into your home well. If you love to foster puppies, we’ll find puppies for you. If you’d rather foster kittens, then that’s what you will be able to foster.
Still have questions? Contact us at (580) 233-1325.
Need training and behavioral help with your foster pet?
Check out the ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist here.
We’re always here to support you while you save little lives.
If you are interested in fostering a pet, please fill out the foster application to begin the process. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call or stop by (580) 233-1325.
The Enid SPCA is a registered non-profit agency, and all donations are tax deductible. The Enid SPCA is not associated with any national or state agency and relies solely on donations. The Enid SPCA is not associated with the ASPCA. Please consider a monetary donation to assist with the care of the animals staying with us until they find homes.
Hours of Operation
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday - Friday 11:00-5:00