It’s Foster Friday which means it’s time to show our appreciation to a very special foster! This Friday we would like to put our very own Bob Hsiao in the spotlight! Bob currently volunteers at Wags & Walks and helps in the process of finding our furry friends a furever home. As if volunteering isn’t enough, he also fosters our little pups any chance he gets! Ladies and gentlemen, meet Bob!
Tell us a bit about yourself
I've worked as a financial auditor and stock trader. I'm also a huge fan of the LA Kings (GKG!). I discovered Wags from the "We Are All K9s" Bark Madness calendar that Wags collaborates on with the team and its players and I saw an opportunity to get involved. It was a bit intimidating to get started since I didn't have any prior experience with dogs or volunteering, however, everyone at Wags was so welcoming and supportive starting from my very first volunteer orientation that it was easy to become more involved.
What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?
As a volunteer, I've really enjoyed spending time with the dogs at the Wags adoption center and wanted to bring some of that experience home with me, especially to have the opportunity for more one-on-one time with individual dogs.
To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)
Three so far -- Zeke, Bella, and Martie. Zeke was my favorite because of his complete transformation from hiding and shivering in his crate when he was first rescued into a hyper, tail-wagging dynamo who'll do anything for treats, scratches, and belly rubs. I always thought that I only liked larger dogs but that little Chihuahua somehow slipped his way past all that.
What has been your biggest challenge fostering?
Fostering can be somewhat trickier with roommates. It takes a bit of healthy communication to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the breed and specific health needs of the dogs in question, as well as making sure that the dogs don't overstay their welcome.
How has fostering affected you?
I've come to appreciate that rescue dogs each have their own (often very sad) stories, just as people do. Fostering is such a small thing we can do to help them find their happily ever after -- there's such an incredible contrast between a small amount of time spent versus the lasting impact made on their lives.
What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?
How proud of them I am once they're adopted out -- you don't realize how much you're invested in their development and well-being until you see them start their new life!
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?
If you're at all interested in fostering you should DEFINITELY give it a try because the Wags staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. If you've ever thought to yourself, "I'd love to foster, except..." then reach out to them and they can help make it work. The foster team supports you 100% along the way so you'll never need to feel like you're making a commitment you can't handle. I can attest, first hand, that absolutely no prior experience is needed!
Bob’s kindness is exactly why Wags & Walks is extremely lucky to have him! Thank you so much for loving and caring for our dogs the way you do, Bob!
Volunteers and fosters are always needed! As Bob previously stated, lack of volunteer experience is not a problem. If you can love, you can volunteer. Wags & Walks will be there every step of the way! Find out more information about how you can get involved on our website!
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