Foster Friday: Jorja Tikaram

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to feature one of our amazing foster moms, Jorja Tikaram! Jorja has proven that even with a baby on the way (and with that same baby as a newborn), you can still make time to foster a dog. Her passion and love for animals is truly inspiring to us and we can’t wait for you to hear her story!

Fostering isn’t always easy, but it’s so rewarding and greatly appreciated, by not only our wonderful rescue pups, but by everyone at Wags and Walks.  We hope that Jorja’s story will encourage all of you animal lovers to make time in your busy schedules to foster a wonderful dog.  You won’t regret it!  

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm Australian and moved to Los Angeles with my husband for his job.  I love animals, yoga, the beach, hiking and exploring new places!

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

I've always loved dogs and being here in Los Angeles and I noticed that there were a lot of dog rescues looking for fosters.  My heart jumped at the opportunity to help a dog in need, so I applied straight away. I came across Wags and Walks while searching for various foster programs that were in need of support.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

I've only fostered two dogs with Wags and Walks: Sweetpea being the longest, over one year!  Sweetpea of course was my favorite, as she stole my heart in the long time we took care of her.

Downward dog champ!

Downward dog champ!

What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

Letting go would have to be the biggest challenge for me.  It’s so easy to get attached to these dogs that you’ve spent so much time with and are so used to seeing.  Though letting go is such a challenge, knowing that these dogs have found their forever home is so satisfying.

How has fostering affected you?

Fostering has definitely broken my heart a couple times, as it’s so hard to say goodbye to the pups once they’ve been adopted. Though it can be heartbreaking, fostering has also made me love and appreciate pitbulls.  After fostering a pitbull and adoring her for how sweet and loving she was, I have become an advocate for the precious breed.

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?  

The length of time it can take for a beautiful dog to be adopted has surprised me the most. I feel that dogs with certain challenges are looked down upon and people miss out on their best qualities- like pit bulls who are simply judged based on their breed.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

My advice would be to keep an open heart, be patient, and be kind. These animals have been through alot and just want your love and care.  

Thank you Jorja, for sharing your foster experience with us!  We are so happy that you decided to foster with Wags and Walks, and we can’t wait to hear about your next foster experience.  You are truly an amazing foster mom to our pups and amazing new mom to your sweet baby! As Jorja shared in her story, with an open heart, fostering makes you realize the amazing qualities that these animals truly have- we can’t agree with her more!  It’s fosters like Jorja, that make it possible for us to continue our mission to save more dogs.  

We are eternally grateful to all of our fosters who have dedicated their time to show unconditional love and care to our rescue dogs who are in the process of finding  their forever homes. If you are interested, you can learn more about fostering or apply to foster directly online through our foster page.

Wishing all of the amazing doggie moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you are spoiled on this special day with lots of doggy kisses, snuggles, and quality time with your pup!

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XO,

Team Wags