Spring is in the air and we are thrilled to introduce Sara Pitt, a fantastic foster with such a big heart. Sara has proven that even with a busy schedule, it’s possible to take on fostering not just one, but a few pups at a time. Without further ado, meet Sara!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Georgia for undergrad. You could say my love for dogs began with the Bulldogs - my fosters and I cried together after this year's national championship, but you can't say they weren't appropriately dressed! After a few years back in Chicago, I moved to Los Angeles for law school at USC. I have since joined a large law firm downtown as a commercial litigation associate - though if I could get paid to be a full-time dog mom, I would gladly quit in a second!
What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?
I started fostering with Wags in September of 2017, after a friend who volunteered at the adoption center told me about the program. From conversations with her it seemed like a very organized, well run program, and she had nothing but positive things to say. My boyfriend and I had fostered through other organizations in the past, and I was starting to feel the puppy fever again so we made the leap!
To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)
Since September, I've fostered seven pups from three different litters. Though they've all been wonderful, we came REALLY close to foster failing with one little guy named Lennon (from the Beatles litter). Luckily, Lennon ended up with a wonderful dad (who kindly sends me updates about his dog park visits and training classes!).
What has been your biggest challenge fostering?
Scheduling. My boyfriend and I both work full-time, so it's been a challenge managing both the right times to bring in a foster, and once we have one, making sure one of us is getting home often enough to snuggle them. We tend to foster more than one pup at a time so they can keep each other company while we're at work, which has helped, but it is always a bit of a circus at our apartment when we have fosters.
How has fostering affected you?
Fostering brings an incredible joy into my home! You get to know that you're giving these dogs a second chance, and it has the added benefit of a permanent puppy presence to greet me when I get home. It has honestly been the perfect solution for me as a person who is not completely ready for the long term commitment of a dog of my own.
What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?
I'm always amazed at how well they remember. Every time one of our fosters gets adopted, we always offer to dog sit, or help out whenever his or her new family needs it. It's been so incredible to see that whenever one of the families takes us up on our offer, we're able to pick right back up where we left off with the pups. They still know the way to our apartment, running right up to our front door from the elevator. They remember their favorite spots, what to do to get treats, etc.! It's wild to know that the relationships we form with them during the short time they're with us really do make a forever impression.
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?
Do it! It has been one of the most rewarding things I have done since I moved to the West Coast. Particularly, if you're like me and love puppies, it's such an incredible way to be able to always have a puppy at home (like having a dog that never grows up!). I was definitely worried about getting too attached to say goodbye, and although it's definitely hard sometimes, those pups you truly love just seem to have a way of finding the perfect family in the end and that makes it much easier.
Thank you Sara for your endless generosity and for sharing your countless fostering experiences.
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