Today we want to introduce you to one of our incredible fosters, who is an integral part of the Wags and Walks family. Yasamin has fostered a total of seven dogs within the last three months. Yasamin and her husband have such an incredible love for dogs and are always willing to help a wagging tail in need. Without them, we could not save the amount of dogs that we do and we are so grateful to share their story with you! Take it away, Yasamin…
“I’m Recently married with an addiction to puppies, food and travel! The day I first started fostering for Wags was the first day in my life that I actually cried at work. Lesley came to Cornerstone OnDemand and gave a tear-jerking speech on the deplorable conditions these fluffers come from. She also explained what fostering really means: it means saving more dogs from sad lives, giving them a type of love you didn't know you were capable of, and making a difference. We absolutely love dogs so after understanding what it truly meant to foster, it didn't take much more for us to sign up to help. We have our own dog and we give her so much love, all we want is for every dog to have a shot at a life like that.
Thus far I’ve fostered, 7 amazing, unique dogs in 3 months! We have to say our favorite was Malibu because she had a heart of gold. At first she had some behavioral issues (normal coming from a situation of neglect), but after a couple of days of some affection and discipline, she showed her amazing, unique, energetic personality. She was always SMILING!
The biggest challenge in fostering has been the bittersweet moment when the pups get adopted. "I'm leaving on a jet plane..." is what the pups say to us! When they leave it's always bittersweet! We miss them terribly but are so happy to have helped give them get a shot at a happy home, that we forget the sadness.
Fostering has affected me in an extremely positive way! Let's just say my coworkers are sick of hearing me talk about dogs (yet they love when I bring them to work)!!! It's changed our lives. We both love dogs and we both were interested in getting involved in the community but couldn't find something that inspired us enough. Fostering has fulfilled us beyond belief and really opened our eyes to the conditions these beautiful animals can come from. We have even become more social because of this, we talk to people we don't even know about the foster dogs and about the organization. We both have found something we are passionate about and wouldn't trade the fostering experiences we've had for anything.
My biggest surprise as a foster parent is, how loving these dogs are despite of the situation they came from. The dogs that came from neglect were probably the most loving ones out of all of them!
Advice I would give to someone considering fostering is: DO IT. Do not worry yourself about becoming attached, after a couple of foster successes, you will get used to it! Plus a great way to get over the sorrow/happiness of the foster dog being adopted ... is to foster another dog. :)”
Thank you both so much! Team Wags is eternally grateful for all that you do for everyone around you. If you're interested in becoming a foster, fill out an application here. 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 too.