Volunteer Caren with her cat
After visiting the Sanctuary in 2012, Caren started volunteering with BFLA and has been an invaluable volunteer ever since!
November 12, 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
Caren S. - honored November 16, 2015
Caren tell us.....
What programs and projects do you volunteer with at Best Friends LA?

I have volunteered in the clinic, working with the cats, the dogs, adoptions, greeter and reception.  Also, I have assisted with the photography of dogs and cats and enjoy that immensely.  Most recently I took the Retail Store class and am looking forward to assisting there as well. Physically I am unable to walk the dogs, so I have been quite happy being helpful however I can be in the front office. I love people and enjoy watching the adopters and adoptees go out that front door happily together!

Why do you choose to volunteer with Best Friends LA?

I visited Best Friends Sanctuary in 2012 and was so excited to experience such a wonderful and beautiful facility. It was just when BFLA was opening. I had to have surgery and as soon as I was able, I came to the volunteer orientation and started volunteering!!! I have not regretted a second of it. 

How long have you been a Best Friends LA volunteer?
I've been a volunteer for a little over two years.
What type of fun stuff do you do when you're not volunteering? 

I am blessed with many friends and a wonderful family that keep me busy! I have a 4 1/2 year-old grandson who is the love of my life and I love the times when I am lucky to spend time with him! During the summer I take a water exercise class twice a week.  I have friends from many different areas throughout my life and love the time I have to catch up and see them when I can. 

Do you have a favorite story to share about an experience volunteering with Best Friends LA? 

So far, my favorite experience , and there have been many, but this one stands out in my mind the most! One night I was hanging out at home and the phone rang.  I answered it and there was this smooth, friendly English accent on the phone asking for me! It was Gregory Castle calling personally to thank me for the volunteer work that I do. I was so honored and humbled by his call. This man took the time to personally reach out and acknowledge me. It meant so much to me. I thanked him for all the hard work that he has done and it was a lovely conversation.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, at the moment I have two cats. Isadora is an eight-year-old Maine Coon, brown/gray tabby mix and Hemingway, a five-year-old Maine Coon, gray/black tabby mix with 6-toes on each paw. They both are rescues and both have completely different personalities! Isadora is sweet, loving and loves people. Hemingway is a character onto himself and is afraid of his own shadow. He loves me and both are great companions.  I always laugh because I have always been a dog person and now have no dog and 2 cats…I get my dog fix when I volunteer at BFLA!

What others are saying about Caren:

"Caren is the best! She is always eager to help, eager to learn, and brings tons of joy to the office. It's never a dull day when Caren is around!" - Denise Landaverde, Adoption Specialist