by LYDIA COBB | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Helping Furry Friends

faces_foster2Growing up here, Taylor Foster loves the beach and exploring Carlsbad Village. And she’s always cherished animals and visiting the zoo. “I wanted to be a veterinarian,” explained Taylor. “When I was 10 I was motivated to help the less fortunate animals.” That was in 2010. Taylor launched Hope 4 Animals, and now, six years later, she continues to expand its capacity. “I hope to improve animals’ daily and overall lives, support animal shelters in need, and help wild animal conservation programs.”

Hope 4 Animals sells handmade copper and silver stamped necklaces and homemade organic dog treats. The online store lists the latest products that customers’ furry friends can enjoy while benefiting the well-being of animals. Profits go toward purchasing supplies for local shelters – food, blankets, leashes and collars, brushes, cat litter, and treats. She donates these to local animal shelters in need. Hope 4 Animals hosts an annual fundraiser for shelters called the Neighborhood Dog Walk, scheduled for July 23.

It’s not only local animals that need our support. Taylor’s passion for helping animals is global. She presented two years ago for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation about polar bears and global warming. “My favorite animals are polar bears, and of course, dogs,” she mentioned. She loves all animals and volunteers broadly to give back: Ivey Ranch Park Equestrian Center for two years and Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This year she’s expanding her volunteerism with Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Forgotten Paws, and UK Equestrian.


Name: Taylor Foster
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Mom, dad, brother
Interests: Tennis, horseback riding, drawing, and reading
Favorite Spot: The beach

Taylor added, “At Hope 4 Animals, our long-term goal is to expand and be able to find homes for abandoned dogs.” When she gets older, she reflected that she hopes to foster shelter animals. Taylor’s mom is a nurse. Her dad runs his own nonprofit and her brother, Jackson, is 16 years old. There’s a waggy-tailed family member and that’s Napoleon, an eight-year old Pomeranian. Taylor encourages everyone to help where they can – donating money, time, and expertise to shelters. After all, it’s her guiding hope that we’ll all be kind and love animals.