International Women’s Day: Interview with Our Founder

Today is International Women’s Day - a day to celebrate the achievements of women all of the world. As many of you know, our incredible founder and leader, Lesley Zipkin Brog, is a woman..and a badass one at that

Lesley founded Wags & Walks in 2011 after seeing how many healthy, family-friendly dogs were being euthanized due to overcrowding in LA shelters. She mustered up the courage to leave her comfortable job and start an organization dedicated to making a difference. Today, Wags & Walks operates a full-service Adoption Center in LA and has saved over 4,400 dogs...and counting!

This dog-loving, animal-rescuing, hardworking woman should be celebrated every day, but especially today. On International Women’s Day, we are excited to introduce Lesley and share some of her words of wisdom with the world.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Boots

Today is Wednesday, so you know what that’s time to make some tails wag with our Wagging Tail Wednesday!

Today, we would love to introduce you to Boots, who was adopted by the Lila and her family. It was love at first sight for this family, and Boots has even made a name for herself around the neighborhood with her sweet demeanor and tricks (like a high five)! To hear about Boots and her furever family’s story keep reading.

Top Furriendly Spots in LA: Downtown Edition

If you’re anything like us, you want to take your dog literally everywhere. To the park, to brunch, to the bar, to the dentist’s office… (jk but not really because we would if we could!) Luckily, though, LA is an extremely dog friendly town with a plethora of dog friendly destinations, and not just restaurants! Today, we’re taking you on a trip to Downtown LA and touring some of the amazing (and some not so obvious) furriendly spots.

Love Your Pet Day, featuring Wags & Walks Alumni

Today is the easiest holiday to celebrate - it’s Love Your Pet Day! Now let’s be real, we celebrate this holiday 365 days of the year because there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t love our furry family members. Even when our canine counterparts chew up our favorite shoes or dig up our garden, we can’t deny that underneath our anger is a whole lot of love.

To share the love on this special day, we asked our Wags & Walks adopters to share what they love about their dogs. Read on for the heartwarming responses we received.

5 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for You and Your Dog

Valentine’s Day can be one of those holidays that is so hyped up that it ultimately becomes a disappointment. Between trying to find a date, getting a dinner reservation at that coveted restaurant, and dressing up, it can be exhausting - and far from the celebration of love that it’s meant to represent.

But do you know how to guarantee the most special, loving Valentine’s Day yet? Spend it with your pup! Read on for five of our favorite date ideas for you and your dog.

Foster Friday: Marci and Ted

TGIF...and TG for fosters! Our fosters are so important to us that we wish we could celebrate them on a daily basis. From opening up their homes to training newborn puppies to teaching our dogs love and affection, they go above and beyond to help our mission.

Today, we are happy to introduce you to Marci and Ted, a power couple who uses their free time to foster dogs (14 and counting!) for Wags & Walks. We are so lucky to have them as part of our team and are eternally grateful for everything they have done for us.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Murray

Happy Wednesday, everyone! With the start of a new year, we are excited to keep working toward our goal of finding forever homes for even more innocent, loving dogs in Los Angeles.

One of our favorite things is seeing our alumni thrive in their new homes. On today’s Wagging Tail Wednesday, we would like to introduce you to Murray, who was adopted by two wonderful humans, Jacob and Devin. Read on to learn more about how Murray wormed his way into his family’s hearts - and is there to stay!

Make Your Pet Your New Year’s Resolution Buddy

We realize that we are almost a month into the new year, but now that things have settled, it’s time to get serious about your resolutions. As you prepare to embark on #NewYearNewYou in 2019, don’t leave your four-legged best friend behind! Studies show that having a resolution buddy helps you stay accountable to your plans for self-improvement — and who says your that resolution buddy can’t be your pup? Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate your dog into your New Year’s Resolutions:

Foster Friday: MJ Lewander

Moving across the country and starting a life in a new city all by yourself can be very difficult. This was the experience of our latest Foster Friday feature, MJ Lewander. She came to Wags not only as a way to find something to keep her company, but in order to foster dogs and prepare them for adoption! Her selflessness is why we do what we do! So let’s meet MJ!

Wagging Tails Wednesday: Alexandra Rethore

Alexandra, a hard working professional who often traveled for work, needed a break from her busy lifestyle. Little did she know the love would find in her foster (failure) Brecken! Alexandra took on the role as a first time dog mom like a champ and never gave up on Brecken who came with some behavioral challenges. She did not give up on this adorable pup and both their hard work and trust in each other has paid off. Read on to learn all about their success story.

5 Reasons to Celebrate ‘Walk Your Pet Month’

It’s January, which means that a lot of us are trying to start the year on the right foot. Is one of your New Year's resolutions to get exercise more? What about spending more time outside?

If you didn’t know, January also marks “Walk Your Pet Month”, which is perfect to coincide with your goals to ensure you start the year out right - for you, and for your pet!

Below are five good reasons you should walk your pup, which may also help with some of those New Year's resolutions you’ve been trying to keep. It’s a win-win!

Wags & Walks 2018 Recap

What a year it’s been! As we look back on 2018, we are beyond grateful for the staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters and supporters who have helped our mission in every way. Since the inception of Wags and Walks eight years ago, we have grown in ways that we didn’t think imaginable, and we are looking forward to what 2019 will bring us.  

Foster Friday: Nicole Gozali

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:

Fur-ever Home: Tips to Help Your Rescue Dog Adjust

This blog post is brought to you by our friends at Wiley Pup

Congratulations on making the decision to adopt a rescue dog! Among the many reasons to adopt, one of the most rewarding is just knowing that you have saved a life and given a loving dog a second chance at a fur-ever home.

This article will explore things you can do before your dog gets home as well as in the first days and weeks of his arrival. Smoothing the transition will set your dog up for success!  

Top Furriendly Spots in LA: Westside Edition

Los Angeles may be one of the most dog-friendly cities in America. Whether it’s a dog bowl outside every door down Montana Avenue in Santa Monica or hotels offering dog beds and chew toys for their puppy patrons, there is no shortage of dog friendly destinations to bring your furry friends. In our first edition of Top Furriendly Spots in LA, we are going to take you to our favorite spots on the Westside, ranging from brunch spots, to hotels, to coffee shops to get some fresh air with your pupper pal.  

Foster Friday: Bob Hsiao

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!