Foster Friday: Mikayla

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we’ve been honoring all of the mothers in the Wags and Walks world these past two weeks across our social feeds. Today’s Foster Friday is a continuation of that celebration as we put the spotlight on Mikayla. Mikayla isn’t just the dog mom to two Wags and Walks alums, she has also been the foster mom to four other dogs with us, and she is an all around animal lover who volunteers with Wags across our organization.

On Mother’s Day we send a special note to the mother-figure(s) in our lives. For some of us, that’s multiple people. For Wags and Walks, we have so many mothers of all kinds to be thankful for every single day, including Mikayla. But before we get too far into the emotions of Mother’s Day, we’ll let Mikayla’s story do the Mother’s Day emotional gushing for us!

Mother's Day Gift Guide for Dog Moms

Mother’s day is around the corner, and if there is a special lady in your dog’s life you’d like to recognize, do we have some gift ideas for you! It’s a lot of work, being a dog mom. From the 2am walks to the desperate attempts to get your pooch to swallow that blasted pill, and from the messy baths to the pricey vet visits, she does a lot and deserves some pampering on her special day. And if you’re a single dog mom, what better time to treat yourself? A Wags and Walks team member even had her dog’s baby tooth dipped in gold and hung on a necklace as a “just because” gift to herself. Every dog mom deserves to be treated like a princess.

Health Benefits of Being a Dog Parent

Dogs: good for the soul, good for your health? It’s true, my friends. As you sit at your work desk or in the bathroom between rounds of Candy Crush reading this, think about it. What else gets you up in the morning for a brisk walk around the block? What guilts you into that runyon hike you may have otherwise forgone for a morning eating bon-bons in bed catching up on This is Us? Our furry friends do a lot more than offer unconditional love and snuggles. Let me break down the health benefits of being a dog parent.

5 Steps Towards Becoming An Eco-friendly Dog Owner

Happy Earth Day! Living in Los Angeles, the importance of Earth Day and its impact on environmental awareness and protection is clear, as we see both the boundless beauty of Mother Earth and also the harmful effects of pollution in LA on a daily basis. For most, Earth Day is about how we as people can reduce our carbon footprint by making adjustments in our own habits, but we want to take a moment to talk about how that can extend to your pup’s life, too.

2018 Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteering is the foundation of Wags & Walks. Without our volunteer base, we would cease to exist, and we never would have been able to save 3,500 dogs from the shelter. So how do we properly convey how much our volunteers mean to us? It’s hard, as the list of thank you’s is endless, but each and every volunteer that joins us is another part of the puzzle, and we could not be more thankful for the support we are lucky enough to have.

With it being Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to dedicate this to everyone who has been a part of our mission, our journey, and our family.

Everything You Need to Know About Pussy & Pooch

If you’ve haven’t heard about Pussy and Pooch before, let us be the first to introduce this amazing brand to you. They started with the intention of creating a modern and fun retail space that also served as a valuable resource for the local pet community. Their first store was in Downtown Los Angeles, but have since expanded to three locations in SoCal including the Beverly Hills location, just 4 miles from Wags. Did you know? We are fortunate enough to also have mini Pussy & Pooch inside our Adoption Center too!

Foster Friday: Adam

This week’s Foster Friday features Adam whose journey with  Wags and Walks started when he found us while looking to adopt a dog. It’s because of his adoption experience with us that Adam thought of us first when he wanted to start volunteering sometime later. The rest of Adam’s story shows how there are many paths that lead to becoming a foster, but we’ll let Adam take it from here!

Tips to Follow Before You Start Fostering

Wags and Walks would not be the same without our amazing fosters! Fosters have allowed our rescue to continue its mission to save the lives of as many dogs as we possibly can.   In order to do so, we need fosters we can count on, who can temporarily foster the pups we bring in, while waiting to get them adopted.  If you’ve ever thought about bringing a temporary pup into your home keep reading because we are sharing top 4 tips to follow before you start fostering.

5 Ways To Cut Back on Pet Costs in 2018

Is 2018 your year to kick up your savings and work on that new budget? While cutting back on the LA brunches and avocado toasts is one way to stay under budget, we also have some tips on how you can lower your pet costs as well.

Having a dog is an extremely rewarding experience, but it isn’t without its expenses. To be a good dog mom/dad, there are the essential recurring costs like dog food, vet visits, and health care. Most of us also can’t help but spoil our dogs with lots of toys, treats and maybe one too many dog beds. Who can blame us? They are our fur-babies after all.

Here are 5 ways you can cut back on spending while still keeping your dog happy, healthy, and of course, the most spoiled member of your family.

The Data Behind The “Doggie Feels”

Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, and we have a special #FeelGoodFriday blog post in spirit of the holiday. Valentine’s Day is all about sharing love with those around you and feeling it in return. We don’t know about you, but our pups always take the cake for making us feel that unconditional Valentine’s Day love. Sometimes we wonder if their ability to make us feel so happy is magic, but today we’re going to tell you about the science behind why dog love trumps all. If you have a pup nearby, now is the time to give him/her a big hug.

Wagging Tails Wednesday: Marla

L.O.V.E. MADCRUSH! We could read this story over and over again, and our smiles would just keep getting bigger. There’s no relationship like the one between a dog and it’s human, and this Valentine’s Day needed to share one that gives us all the feels. Marla won over Amanda’s heart with just one look and cuddled in to make sure she was never going anywhere else, ever again. Keep reading to hear more about their journey together.

Foster Friday: Mary

Having a full-time dog is a long-term decision and can be too much of a commitment if you aren't fully ready. Bringing foster dogs into a house thinking about making that decision is a great way to not only get in the experience, but also make a huge difference in the community. That is what our latest foster Friday feature is teaching us this week. To learn more about Mary and her time fostering, read on:

6 Ways Support Dogs in The Year of The Dog

The beginning of 2018 has already been a whirlwind at Wags and Walks. We don’t know about you, but it’s been tough for us to take a step back and create those “New Year’s Resolutions” we always promise ourselves we will do. What we do know is that every year we are dedicated to saving more dogs than ever before, and 2018 feels like it is going to be a great year to do just that.

To start, 2018 just so happens to be the year of the Dog, according to the Chinese Zodiac. So, if you are still searching for your 2018 resolution, this may just be the astral sign you needed. From spending more time around dogs to pitching in at organizations and shelters you care about, there is no shortage of ways you can incorporate (wo)man’s best friend into your New Year routine.

To help you get started, we rounded up 6 ways you can show your support for dogs in need in 2018!

Tips to Keep Your Pup Warm and Happy This Winter

All of us in the Los Angeles area are pretty lucky when it comes to winter weather. Compared to some other places in the US, winter in LA is a breeze. That said, people don’t believe us when we tell them it gets chilly here at night! The 20 degree temperature drop feels like more. Plus, for those times when the rain actually hits hard and sometimes lasts for days. We want to make sure your pup is as prepared for the winter weather as you are! Read on to see how!

Foster Friday: Jess Wilton

Happy New Year Wags family! For our first Foster Friday of 2018, we have the wonderful foster, Jess Wilton to introduce to yourself. Despite having a young child and multiple animals, she still finds times to help us give our rescue pups a safe and loving home. Read on to learn more about Jess and her time with Wags and Walks