At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, cousins and roommates, Lauren and Julianna, began fostering dogs for a variety of Los Angeles-based rescues. As full-time, UCLA college students, the duo dedicated their quarantine to caring for rescued foster dogs. Two litters and nearly thirty fosters later, both women gained valuable experience in the rescue world and animal care as student fosters.
Students across UCLA's campus were eager to learn how they too could get involved with fostering, and in September of 2020, AWFA at UCLA was founded with the goal of connecting UCLA students to rescued foster animals in need. The club's foster network expanded to over six hundred students, and during the 2020-2021 school year, AWFA at UCLA saved 274 animals who found their foster homes in UCLA off-campus housing.
In July of 2021, the board of AWFA @ UCLA unanimously agreed to pursue 501-c3 non-profit status in order to connect college students across southern California with rescued foster animals. And thus, Woof On Campus was born.
Woof On Campus received 501(c)(3) status in January of 2022.
Our current partners include the LA ASPCA, A Wish for Animals Rescue, Ace of Hearts Rescue, MaeDay Rescue, The Rescue Train, and more. We look forward to expanding our programs in the years to come to serve both animals and students in need.
Our Student Foster Program was founded in 2020 to connect Los Angeles college students with local rescued animals. Since the program's inception, we have placed over 300 animals with trained student fosters! Interested in fostering? Check out our Fostering page!
Whether it's educational graphics, informational resources, or answering student questions -- Woof is here to help! We provide valuable information for student pet owners across our website and social media. Looking for more info? Check out our Resources drop-down!
All of our student fosters attend Woof On Campus's Foster Orientation prior to their fostering experience. Woof ensures that all of its fosters have been properly informed of the responsibilities that pet ownership entails in order to provide a smooth experience for both the rescue and student alike.
Our rescue partners put in tireless hours of work to save animal lives. Woof On Campus acts as a liaison for our partners, promoting foster, volunteer, and adoption opportunities to college students involved with our programs.
Our program currently serves UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, and other surrounding Los Angeles colleges. Would you like to see Woof on your campus? We are currently expanding to create club chapters across college campuses. Reach out to us via email at contact@woofoncampus with subject line: Woof On My Campus.
To connect college students with rescues in need while educating current and prospective student pet-owners.