Summer is officially upon us and we couldn’t be any happier! A little extra sun and warmth is just what we need after our long, rainy winter here in LA. With that said, we are so excited to share a little ray of Wags and Walks’ foster sunshine with you: Anaele Moore.
Anaele is a girl after our own hearts who found herself in LA after chasing the sun and never looked back. Since then, she’s changed the world for eight dogs through Wags and Walks’ fostering program, and we are eternally grateful for the time, effort and love she has given to these pups.
Without further ado, learn more about our foster spotlight of the week, Anaele:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in a small town in France where I lived happily amongst the cows, horses and sheep before my family decided to move to Vancouver, Canada, where I would live out my high school years. At the age of 17, I decided I needed more sun in my life so I left for school at Loyola Marymount University. I’ve been in LA for around 3 years now and love to explore the city and the outdoors, I definitely don’t see moving away from the beach in my near future!
What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?
Animals have always been a huge and important part of my life. I have always dreamt of working with animals and I always enjoy life more when they’re around. Being a student with no concrete plan of where my life will take me in the next few years, I wanted to find a way to make dogs a bigger part of my life without committing long term until I knew that I was ready. Wags & Walks has given me the best of both worlds by allowing me to fall in love with so many different dogs of different sizes, breeds and personalities while knowing that they are going to wonderful forever families who are ready and able to take them in.
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 started fostering around February 2017 and since then I believe I’ve fostered 8 dogs. I fall in love with all my pups, but my two favorites would probably be my first foster and my last. They also happen to be my smallest pup and my largest pup to date. My first was an 11 week old Chi/Beagle mix named Sprite and he was to die for cute; he totally melted my heart. My last was a gorgeous Siberian Husky named Jacob, and I seriously didn’t want to let him go!
What has been your biggest challenge fostering?
I foster a lot of puppies and live in a fully carpeted apartment, so cleanup can be stressful! I’ve definitely found ways to make this more manageable (including having a Dexter-esque section of my apartment that is covered with plastic wrap!) In the end, the payoff of having such sweet and loyal companions is always worth the extra time spent cleaning my carpets, and it has never deterred me from wanting to save more pups.
How has fostering affected you?
I have always known I had a passion for giving back and fostering has allowed me to do just this. It is an incredible and bittersweet moment when a dog you’ve grown so attached to has to leave to a new home, but seeing my fosters with their new families and knowing how happy and loved they will be is an intensely fulfilling feeling. Fostering has definitely reaffirmed my love for animals and my want to continue working alongside people who share the same values as I do.
What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?
I have found out that I have no idea what I want when it comes to a dog of my own. I have fallen in love with dogs that I never thought I would have. For example, my idea of a “dream” dog in the past had always been a Husky or a German-Shepherd, but since fostering I have found out that I love little dogs like Chihuahuas just as much! Each dog, no matter the breed or size, has such a unique and incredible personality.
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?
Be diligent and be prepared! Fostering is not always easy and it can be stressful at times, but it is so rewarding that any bumps in the road are insignificant in the grand scope of things. If you have been debating it, do it! You won’t regret it, and you will change the lives of so many families and dogs alike!
Thank you so much, Anaele, for sharing your fostering experience with us. If she has inspired you and you’re interested in getting involved or learning more, please check out our foster page.