Today we want to introduce you to one of our amazing fosters, who is such an important part of the Wags and Walks family. Erica Gately has not only fostered over a hundred dogs for Wags and Walks, but she also coordinates all of our adoption events. She's incredibly instrumental in the Wags and Walks movement, and we're so excited to share a little bit about her today! Take it away, Erica…
"I am originally from the northeast and have loved animals for as long as I can remember. I begged my parents for a dog and they finally agreed when I was 10. I moved to LA 9 years ago, and I work for TJX (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Homegoods) as a pet buyer. Over the years I have adopted 3 Wags and Walks dogs and placed 3 more Wags and Walks dogs in family member's homes. I bought a condo when I adopted my first Wags and Walks Alumni Charlie, so that I could live in a home without breed restrictions. Then I bought a house so I could foster more dogs!
I got involved with Wags and Walks almost 5 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago Lesley, the founder of Wags, posted an American Bulldog named Cupcake that needed a foster. A coworker shared that post and I've been hooked ever since! Worth noting, I never wound up fostering Cupcake because she was adopted the day Lesley planned to pull her from the shelter!
Over the years I have probably fostered around 100 dogs… I've kind of lost count! With a few exceptions, my current foster is always my favorite foster... though Miley and Pepper truly stole my heart since I never let them go (they're now named Brynn and Heartly).
My biggest challenge when fostering is always wanting to become best friends with the people that adopt my fosters! I love helping a terrified dog or dog with a medical condition or dog that has never known the safety of a home blossom into a well rounded dog . It truly has made me feel like I'm making a difference in this world
My biggest surprise as a foster is how much I fall in love with each and every one of my foster dogs, and how great my 3 dogs are with each of my fosters
If someone asked for my advice on whether or not to try out fostering, I would say go for it! You have absolutely nothing to lose and so much to gain!"
Thanks so much Erica! Everyone at Wags and Walks is eternally grateful for all that you do for everyone around you. If you're interested in becoming a foster, fill out at application here. And make sure to share this post with your friends on social media, so that we can spread the word about how life changing fostering is! It not only saves dogs lives, but it will change yours.