Wagging Tail Wednesday: Pop Tart

This week we are sharing Nelson’s story about his second time around as a pawrent. After adopting his first pup through Wags and Walks, he knew he was destined to give another pup a furever home. Why adopt one when you can adopt two?  You won’t want to miss out on this heartwarming story about the bond that Nelson shares with his newest furry friend Pop Tart and the bond that the two pups share.

Thank You to Our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day!

Today is International Volunteer Day (IVD), a day that is celebrated to recognize the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who dedicate themselves to supporting various causes. At Wags and Walks, we could not do our mission without the daily support of our devoted volunteers.

Volunteers are integral to what we do, helping with lifesaving tasks like fostering dogs that we pull from shelters, transporting puppies to the vet to get checked for parvo and other common illnesses, and helping out at adoption events. With our  brand new Adoption Center, which will house 28 kennels, there are even more ways to get involved. We look to volunteers to walk, feed, play with, and love our pups while they wait to go home with a foster or to their forever home. Volunteers can also help with office work or social media/blogging - often from the comfort of their own home! If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved, check out our volunteer page.

Celebrate Adopt A Senior Pet Month With Us!

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which is a special month for all rescue organizations, including Wags & Walks.

It’s no secret that everyone loves puppies. They are so cute...and little...and...the list goes on. There are far fewer Buzzfeed articles floating around touting the cuteness of 8+ year old pups, though. Dog lovers are not nearly as talkative about the wonders of senior dogs, and that’s why Adopt a Senior Pet Month is so important. The reality is that it is significantly more difficult for shelters and rescue organizations to find forever homes for their senior dogs.

Today we are going to support the Adopt a Senior Pet Month initiative by highlighting our very own “senior dogs” who are currently available for adoption. After reading some of these pups’ stories, we encourage you to read a previous post we wrote about the benefits of adopting a senior dog. We hope by learning more about the pros and cons of bringing a dog of any age into your home, you can make the best decision for your family.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Cody

After losing a furry friend, it may be hard to ever think of adopting again. This is the story of how a 10 pound pup named Cody won the heart of Stephen and his wife.  What better way to honor the loss of your furry friend than by giving another precious pup the chance at a wonderful loving life? It turned out to be a win win for this trio! You might even shed a tear after reading this heartwarming story.

Tips for the Perfect Barksgiving

It’s almost time to indulge in everybody’s favorite foodie holiday - Thanksgiving! While we prepare to feast on a delicious meal, we can’t forget about our four-legged family members who would give up their beloved tennis ball for a bite of turkey.

Show that you’re thankful for your dog’s constant loyalty, love and companionship by including them in the celebration with some special dishes (or a full meal!) made especially for them. Below are some of our favorite ideas to make sure your pup doesn’t feel left out on the special day.

Foster Friday: Lor

As we gear up for Thanksgiving, it is time to take a step back and think about everything that we are thankful for this year. From the dogs we have the chance to rescue to all of our selfless volunteers and staff, there is a lot for us to be thankful for here at Wags & Walks.

Our success depends on the helping hand of those in our community, and one of the biggest contributions made to our organization is from our foster parents. Fosters are paramount to our success and they provide endless love and support to dogs in need. Words cannot begin to describe how thankful we are for them.

Our fosters always  tell us how unique of an experience fostering a dog is, and we love nothing more than when a first time foster parent turns into a long time volunteer. Today’s Foster Friday puts a spotlight on Lor, one of our “veteran fosters,” so to speak. She is a pit bull lover and has fostered countless dogs with us over the years. We hope Lor’s story inspires you over this holiday season; it sure shows us how much we have to be thankful for!

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Barking can be an annoying habit for any dog owner, or foster, to deal with. Not only does it quickly get on your nerves, it’s also probably getting on the nerves of your lucky neighbors. We know that you can’t always control what your dog does 100% of the day, but there are definitely ways to try and limit the amount of barking that occurs. Here are few ideas to try out...and remember, not all of them will work for you but keep trying!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Xena

When Richard stumbled upon Wags & Walks on Instagram, he had no idea that just six months later, he would be a dog pawrent to an intelligent, sweet, and silly pup named Xena.

After having to part ways with another dog he loved, Richard was scared he would never have the same connection with another dog. Then, he met Xena. Xena exceeded all expectations Richard had, and surprised him with how quickly he fell in love with her. Plus, he couldn’t think of a better name!

Fall & Our Furry Friends: Preparing Your Dog for Autumn!

Ah, autumn--leaves change to eye-popping hues, a cold snap or two passes through, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafts by our noses anytime we walk by a coffee shop.

As we enjoy the picture-perfect scenery and the seasonal delicacies that this time of year has to offer, we dog owners should keep in mind that the change of seasons may mean certain changes in care ought to be offered to our furry friends.

Once you feel those crisp temperatures and see those vibrant-colored leaves start falling, consider these tips to make autumn as enjoyable for your pet as it is for you:

10 Spooktacular Halloween Dog Costume Ideas

Halloween is one of the best holidays in LA. How could it not be? It involves lots of candy and dressing up in silly costumes with your friends and family. Above all, though, it’s one of the only days that dog parents can get their dogs to wear that ADORABLE outfit for more than 5 minutes.

For both the prepared and unprepared, we have 10 dog costume ideas that we hope inspire you this (or next!) Howl-o-ween.

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month with Us

Something wicked this way comes...wicked fun! We’ve had so many exciting activities at Wags and Walks this October, and they certainly aren’t over yet. While this weekend might be consumed by all things trick or treating related, we have a really fun event that can help you celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. Yep that’s right, October is an extra special month for us. Even though we celebrate adopting shelter pets everyday, it doesn’t hurt to take a month to recognize their importance! Learn more about our event this weekend and other ways to can celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Bear

This is the heartwarming story about how Alexander met his best friend, Bear. They say a dog can turn your life into utter happiness, and that’s exactly what happened when these two met. A four hour snuggle sesh is all it took for Alexander to realize that he found his very best pal.  These two are the epitome of “Best friend goals,” and you won’t want to miss this story -so keep scrolling!

National Pit Bull Awareness Month Is Here

Did you know that there is more to October than pumpkin spiced lattes and Halloween? October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month and the 28th of October is Pitbull Awareness Day! This month promotes a cause very near and dear to our hearts at Wags and Walks.

Pit Bull Awareness Month is dedicated to helping restore the image of the American Pit Bull across the US. One of the most stigmatized and negatively stereotyped breeds of dog, it takes all of us working together to help refute these stereotypes and to educate our communities. There are a wide range of false stereotypes pervasive in our society regarding pit bulls. These myths are so widely believed that pit bulls are actually banned in many jurisdictions across the country.

Additionally, there are often breed restrictions for apartment complexes that list pit bulls as one of the breeds simply because of these negative (and false) stereotypes based solely on the breed’s appearance. These restrictions are a huge issue, as they lead to increased rates of pit bulls landing in high-kill shelters.

To support positive understandings of pit bulls, we are dedicating this post to highlighting some of our current pit bull rescues who are ready to find their forever families:

Join the Wags & Walks Team for Strut Your Mutt!

Can you think of a better way to spend your Saturday than being outdoors with hundreds of adorable dogs and like-minded animal lovers?

On Saturday, October 21st, Wags & Walks is participating in Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt fundraiser at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Hundreds of animal lovers will get together for this annual celebration that helps save the lives of homeless pets nationwide. While the charity walk is the main event, there are many other animal-friendly activities to enjoy, including pet portraits, doggie yoga, vendors, and contests.

Foster Friday: Jessica Torrento

Friday is finally here and we are so ready for an amazing weekend! Now today is a special Friday. If you haven’t noticed, it’s Friday the 13th and it’s October, which is already a spooky month. To counteract any bad luck that might be happening today, we wanted to share some good luck that we have been given and keep our karma positive. Today we are featuring an amazing foster, that we are beyond LUCKY to have. Read on to learn more about Jessica Torrento and her experience fostering with Wags and Walks:

Celebrate “Barktoberfest” with Your Pup

October marks the first full month of Fall, bringing us cooler weather and one of our favorite holidays - “Barktoberfest”! Barktoberfest is our version of the ever popular Oktoberfest, since we never like to leave out our four-legged friends from the fun. In honor of this special celebration, we are sharing our favorite dog-friendly breweries in Los Angeles for you to enjoy a pint with the company of your pup.

It’s National Dog Week! 5 Ways to Show Your Dog Extra Love

The last week of September is always an extra special week. No, not because it’s the first full week of fall and the temperatures are finally cooling down (maybe)...This week is National Dog Week! For Wags and Walks, every week is a celebration of the dogs of the world, but we’ll take any occasion to talk endlessly about how much we love (wo)man’s best friend.

This week is all about appreciation for our furry friends, and it is the perfect opportunity to do something special for/with your dog. So we’re sharing 5 ways you can show your dog how much he/she means to you. Not a dog parent but still a dog lover? Not to worry, we’ve got some pro tips in this list for how you can celebrate National Dog Week even if you’re not a dog owner.