This week's #FosterFriday is one of Wags and Walks' amazing volunteers, Kadie Bogart! Today she's sharing her story of how she became a foster, and how it's changed her life.
Hi everyone, my name is Kadie. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Monica. I was looking to donate my time to the community when I read about Wags and Walks. I met the founder of Wags and Walks, Lesley Brog, at an informational session for potential fosters. At the time a pit bull that I had fallen in love with in the last three years of her life was suffering from lymphoma so I was unable to foster right away. I will never forget the following week when Lesley called me saying that she had a dog that needed a foster, however, she knew what Vega was going through. I told her Vega had passed and I was open to fostering but worried that Vega would be mad at me. I decided that Vega would want me to help other dogs in need. I picked up my first foster dog the next day and have never looked back.
I have fostered over 40 pit bull and pit mixes for Wags and Walks. My first two fosters, Pearl and Millie, earned me the title of "Foster Failure". I was close to failing a third time with Hazel, however, I knew keeping a third dog would change my ability to continue fostering.
My advice to someone who is interested in becoming a foster is... DO IT! I'm not going to lie. I have cried a handful of times over my foster dogs, however, I know that they have all gone to amazing homes. Finding them homes allows me to continue to save the lives of other dogs. I am so thankful for the past two and a half years that I have been involved with Wags and Walks. I have two amazing and very patient dogs and an incredible group of people I have the honor of calling friends.