Our Story

Wags & Walks was founded in 2011 by Lesley Brog, the daughter of a veterinarian, who was devastated by the number of sweet and healthy dogs being euthanized due to overcrowding in LA shelters. Wags & Walks’ main goal when founded was to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods and to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in local shelters by showing the community that you can find wonderful dogs of all breeds and sizes through rescue. That value has remained consistent as the rescue has continued to grow.


Wags & Walks’ success can be credited to a team of dog-loving, loyal and intelligent people that share a can-do attitude as well as a strong network of partners, incredible alumni (as we call our previous adopters) and our value of choosing our dogs on temperament rather than breed. Every Wags & Walks dog has been through a temperament evaluation to ensure we know the best fit for our dogs. Not only is this a way to ensure successful adoptions, but it also helps spread the word that shelter dogs are the best dogs!

Our team drives hundreds of miles each week and spends hundreds of hours to save as many wonderful dogs as we can. With your help, we can save so many more.

In 2018, Wags & Walks saved nearly 1,200 dogs. Since our inception in 2011, Wags & Walks has saved more than 4,500 dogs and now we have our permanent home at the Wags & Walks Adoption Center. Wags & Walks is so excited to have opened our very own adoption center located at 2236 Federal Ave in Los Angeles which is open from 12 pm - 8 pm daily!

Please join us in committing to save as many lives as possible. Get involved. Adoptfoster and donate. Together we can change the world, one dog at a time...