Volunteer Patty Parks with a dog
Find out what inspires Patty P. to volunteer with Best Friends.
January 02, 2015
 "Our Best Friends" is a weekly installment to honor just a few of our outstanding Best Friends LA volunteers. This is your chance to get to know some of the shining stars in the Best Friends LA volunteer program! Volunteers are either nominated by Best Friends LA staff or other volunteers in our program. If you would like to volunteer, e-mail the Best Friends LA Volunteer Department at volunteerLA@bestfriends.org
Patty P. - honored January 5, 2014
Patty, tell us.....
What programs and projects do you volunteer with at Best Friends LA?
I volunteer with the dogs and enjoy playing with them in the yards and working with some of them in the dog skills classes. I've also done a few mobile adoptions and volunteered at the last NKLA Adoption event. 
Why do you choose to volunteer with Best Friends LA?
I volunteer because I love dogs and the thought of so many being without homes, out on the streets ending up in shelters makes me want to help in whatever small way I can. The dogs also make me happy if I'm feeling a little down! 
How long have you been a Best Friends LA volunteer?
I think it’s been close to 2 years since I started with Best Friends.

What type of fun stuff do you do when you're not volunteering? 
I work for a medical malpractice insurance company in Century City and have been there 29 years. I'm an Administrative Supervisor. I like to read and cook, go out to dinner with friends, and I go country dancing on Friday nights! I have 4 parrots & belong to a bird club that meets once a month...everyone brings their birds to socialize

Do you have a favorite story to share about an experience volunteering with Best Friends LA? 
Hmmm...hard to pick a favorite story. One would have to be a summer day when it was very warm and we still had the couch in the entryway by the volunteer entrance. I had taken Chad out to play in the swimming pool and he was absolutely soaked. He's so silly in the pool & always makes me laugh. We came in and sat on the couch, he laid there with his big wet head in my lap and practiced being a couch potato!

Do you have any pets?
I have an almost 12 yr old male border collie/pointer/terrier mix named Buster, a 10 yr old female German Shepherd named Brandy. I also have 4 parrots....a Catalina macaw, 2 African Greys, and a Cockatiel. They all keep me entertained and very busy! 
What others are saying about Patty:
“Patty is a participant in Dog Skills class and is always up for a challenge. She is dedicated to the dogs and wants to raise her skill level in the Behavior Dept. She is willing to work on projects and shows up cold weather or not, to work with the dogs. She has a great attitude and is a very hard worker who is very reliable.” – Jami Lovullo, Behavior and Enrichment Lead