Christmas is just around the corner, so for this Foster Friday, we’d like to share Nikki’s story. As a foster mom to seven different pups, she really embodies the compassionate and charitable spirit of the season. Her experience surely is an inspiration for anyone even thinking of becoming a foster themselves. Without further ado, meet Nicole Gozali:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Nikki and I absolutely love dogs. I grew up in a household with dogs ranging from big to very small and I loved all of them as if they were my siblings. I am extremely active so what I love the most is having an adventure bud!
What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?
I have always loved dogs and previously volunteered at shelters and watched dogs through Rover. When I found out through a friend that there was a way to bring a shelter dog home to get some love, I jumped right on the opportunity and have never looked back!
To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)
To date, I have fostered seven wonderful pups. Ace was my absolute favorite and I miss him every day!
What has been your biggest challenge fostering?
The biggest challenge for me is trying to not get too attached, especially when I have to bring them back to the shelter. Though, it is SO rewarding and amazing when they get adopted.
How has fostering affected you?
It has 100% made me a better and happier person
What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?
How quickly it became a normal part of my life. I was nervous it would take some getting used to, especially with a dog I barely knew, but it has felt so natural.
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?
Fostering is extremely rewarding and what set me back before was how many hours I was away from home working. It is a big responsibility and sometimes it takes a little while to get to know the dogs personality, but if you are ready for it, then absolutely do it! Wags & Walks has also been extremely amazing in terms of communication and getting me all set up to make sure both me and the pup are comfortable.
Thank you, Nikki, for your kindness and for taking care of these dogs in need!
If you’re in the giving spirit this holiday season, consider volunteering or fostering! Visit Wags and Walks for more information about how you can get involved. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter . Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?