Foster Friday: MJ Lewander

Moving across the country and starting a life in a new city all by yourself can be very difficult. This was the experience of our latest Foster Friday feature, MJ Lewander. She came to Wags not only as a way to find something to keep her company, but in order to foster dogs and prepare them for adoption! Her selflessness is why we do what we do! So let’s meet MJ!

Wagging Tails Wednesday: Alexandra Rethore

Alexandra, a hard working professional who often traveled for work, needed a break from her busy lifestyle. Little did she know the love would find in her foster (failure) Brecken! Alexandra took on the role as a first time dog mom like a champ and never gave up on Brecken who came with some behavioral challenges. She did not give up on this adorable pup and both their hard work and trust in each other has paid off. Read on to learn all about their success story.

5 Reasons to Celebrate ‘Walk Your Pet Month’

It’s January, which means that a lot of us are trying to start the year on the right foot. Is one of your New Year's resolutions to get exercise more? What about spending more time outside?

If you didn’t know, January also marks “Walk Your Pet Month”, which is perfect to coincide with your goals to ensure you start the year out right - for you, and for your pet!

Below are five good reasons you should walk your pup, which may also help with some of those New Year's resolutions you’ve been trying to keep. It’s a win-win!

Wags & Walks 2018 Recap

What a year it’s been! As we look back on 2018, we are beyond grateful for the staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters and supporters who have helped our mission in every way. Since the inception of Wags and Walks eight years ago, we have grown in ways that we didn’t think imaginable, and we are looking forward to what 2019 will bring us.  

Foster Friday: Nicole Gozali

Christmas is just around the corner, so for this Foster Friday, we’d like to share Nikki’s story. As a foster mom to seven different pups, she really embodies the compassionate and charitable spirit of the season. Her experience surely is an inspiration for anyone even thinking of becoming a foster themselves. Without further ado, meet Nicole Gozali:

Fur-ever Home: Tips to Help Your Rescue Dog Adjust

This blog post is brought to you by our friends at Wiley Pup

Congratulations on making the decision to adopt a rescue dog! Among the many reasons to adopt, one of the most rewarding is just knowing that you have saved a life and given a loving dog a second chance at a fur-ever home.

This article will explore things you can do before your dog gets home as well as in the first days and weeks of his arrival. Smoothing the transition will set your dog up for success!  

Top Furriendly Spots in LA: Westside Edition

Los Angeles may be one of the most dog-friendly cities in America. Whether it’s a dog bowl outside every door down Montana Avenue in Santa Monica or hotels offering dog beds and chew toys for their puppy patrons, there is no shortage of dog friendly destinations to bring your furry friends. In our first edition of Top Furriendly Spots in LA, we are going to take you to our favorite spots on the Westside, ranging from brunch spots, to hotels, to coffee shops to get some fresh air with your pupper pal.  

Foster Friday: Bob Hsiao

It’s Foster Friday which means it’s time to show our appreciation to a very special foster! This Friday we would like to put our very own Bob Hsiao in the spotlight! Bob currently volunteers at Wags & Walks and helps in the process of finding our furry friends a furever home. As if volunteering isn’t enough, he also fosters our little pups any chance he gets! Ladies and gentlemen, meet Bob!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Cosmo

They say that when you meet “the one”, you know. That is exactly what happened when Zack and Sheena met their pawfect match in Cosmo.

“We knew we wanted to adopt a dog in need and when we saw the picture of Cosmo on the Wags and Walks website, we rushed over to the adoption location,” said Zack. “Within an hour, we were driving home with Cosmo in our lap!”

Happy Howloween from Wags and Walks!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Wags and Walks, because what is more fun than dressing up your furry family members? Whether you are bringing your pup to a holiday office party  or letting him/her lend a hand in giving out candy, there is nothing better than getting creative and seeing how funny (or cute!) you can dress up your pup.

In honor of today, we are excited to share some of the most spooktacular Halloween costumes we’ve seen from a few of our favorite Wags and Walks alumni!

A Letter to Pit Bull Parents: You Are Superheroes

Pitbulls are the only dog breed with an entire month dedicated to their advocacy. And for good reason: they’re often at the core of breed-specific legislation, discrimination, and negative bias in the media.

As a result, bull owners tend to carry an extra responsibility that no other dog owner has to: combatting other people's fear and misconception. (Not to mention having a thick skin for those inevitable moments with rude or frightened people.) Because there’s a big difference when a pitbull is at the end of your leash compared to, say, a Chihuahua.

To that end, we spoke with a few Wags volunteers and alums to find out how they've been able to combat breed stereotypes. From pristine leash manners to tutus and everything in between, here are their tips:

Celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day 2018

For this #FeelGoodFriday post, we want to honor one of our favorite breeds of dogs: pit bulls! Pit Bulls are fun, loyal and intelligent dogs who are often given a less than stellar reputation. If people took the time to get to know these kind and loving creatures they would see all of the positive qualities they possess. In honor of October 27th being Pit Bull Awareness Day, we wanted to highlight some of our precious pitties that prove the negative stereotypes that surround these dogs are just plain wrong!

Miam La Maven Charity Poker Tournament

We are excited to be the beneficiaries of an amazing event, the Miam La Maven Charity Poker Tournament, this November 11th in honor of Mia Helena Sidaros (1997-2015), Jack Steven’s niece / Danielle & Ed Sidaros’ daughter. Mia’s had many aspirations and goals, and two of them were to start her own dog rescue organization and be an advocate for children fighting a similar fight to hers.

Foster Friday: Iliana

Although we appreciate our fosters every single day, we like to take a moment to show them a little extra love on our Foster Fridays. On these days, we pick a foster who has shown immense dedication, love and selflessness to express our appreciation for the work that they do.

On this Foster Friday, we are excited to spotlight a very special foster, Iliana. Iliana is only 10 years old, but she has already taken in 11 dogs for Wags & Walks! We don’t know who is cuter - Iliana, or the pups she fosters!