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Give a dog a bone — and a birth chart.
From coast to coast, astrology is now helping rescue pups find compatible homes and humans.
Website-building company Squarespace has partnered with Los Angeles-based adoption center Wags & Walks and NYC’s foster initiative Muddy Paws to match pets and people based on zodiac signs.
“Compatibility is a huge factor when it comes to pairing a pet with a foster parent, and what better way to showcase compatibility than with astrological signs?” Ashley Calame, head of consumer, product and international communications at Squarespace Inc., told Reuters. “It’s a fun, engaging way to raise awareness for this program.”
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an estimated 3.1 million dogs enter US animal shelters each year. Unfortunately, following an uptick in pet fostering during the coronavirus quarantine, interest and placement has waned.
But since launching their astro-influenced site in October, Wags & Walks has seen a 20% increase in foster applications.
Because rescues don’t often come with a birth certificate, both Wags & Walks and Muddy Paws assign zodiac profiles based on the personality traits and interaction style of the dogs.
“Sometimes opposites attract, so you can have a Libra with an Aries, sometimes you want a dog that is similar to your personality,” Ariana Howell, volunteer coordinator at Wags & Walks, told Reuters. “So if you’re on your computer all day and you want a dog that’s just going to chill out with you, that might be best for you, and then there are some that don’t work well together. All the signs have an element of earth, water, fire and air, so if you pick the same element, it’s usually a compatible match.”
Tater is an example of a Capricorn in need of fostering. This earth sign is described by Muddy Paws as “a senior pup, but an old dog can still learn new tricks! Capricorns are ambitious and always looking to learn a new skill, and this sign is also known for their protective nature. Tater is very well-behaved, so feel free to take her to Off Leash hours that are offered by many of the city’s dog parks!”
Operating since 2016, Muddy Paws has no physical shelter and is 100% foster-based, relying on the generosity of New Yorkers to foster rescue pets until they can be permanently placed. “We partner with open intake shelters across the United States and with the shelter here in New York City to place homeless dogs into foster homes. We save about 1,000 lives per year, thanks to our fosters,” Juliette Mazza, Muddy Paws foster program manager, told The Post.
Mazza views the new astrology match feature on the Muddy Paws website as a way to engage and educate.
“There are so many different types of foster opportunities and astrology became a way to explain that,” Mazza said. “We have adult dogs, puppies, bond pairs, seniors, pregnant moms, nursing moms and litters. For the website, we assigned dogs a zodiac sign to showcase them and the opportunities that exist. When someone applies to be a foster we look at their application in full and at the needs and personalities of the dogs in need. We really pride ourselves on the matchmaking process and making it an enjoyable experience for all.”
Read on to learn what the stars say about the ideal foster dog for you
The first sign in the zodiac, Aries likes to lead. The best foster pet for them is the energetic type that never tires of running sprints, testing boundaries or playing fetch.
Taurus runs — or more likely walks — on snacks and a high hug quota. They would be happiest with a pup as food-motivated and physically affectionate as they are.
Geminis struggle to pick favorites or choose sides, making a pair of bonded foster pups, their best bet. One for each of their personalities!
Cancers are known for their compassionate caretaking, making them a great match for a foster dog with medical needs or a new mom and her nursing pups.
Leos are fierce — and fiercely protective of the ones they love — making them a perfect fit for a timid rescue that needs a safe space in order to come alive.
Exacting and a little particular, Virgos are best suited for a hypoallergenic, fully housebroken mixed breed that obeys commands and keeps their toys organized.
With a penchant for people-pleasing, Libra does well with a vocal and outspoken dog that won’t hesitate to tell you when and how much they need something.
Prone to obsession and preferring the comfort of their home caves, Scorpio’s best match is an indoor type dog that needs a lot of reassurance and is unbothered by unflinching eye contact.
Freewheeling, adventure-loving Sagittarians are best suited to social dogs that live to be taken along for a ride, run or day rave.
No one understands the value of time better than Saturn-ruled Capricorn, making them the ideal candidate for a palliative-care pup, helping to gild the golden years of a lucky dog.
Innately sympathetic to feeling like an outsider and even an extraterrestrial, Aquarians make for great fosters for dogs that need to be the only member of a single pet household.
Ever the inclusive open-heart Pisces, you are an ideal candidate to foster a litter of little ones. Bonus points: you can leverage their cuteness in photos to boost your right-swipes on Tinder.
Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.