Volunteer Paulina with a gray and white pit bull terrier
Volunteering for three years, Paulina has been a tremendous help to our dog care team.
May 31, 2016
"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
Paulina G. - Honored June 1, 2016
Paulina tell us.....
What programs and projects do you volunteer with at Best Friends LA?
I mainly spend my time walking the dogs and actually bonding with them. I help out the dog team staff as much as I can with anything I can do.
Why do you choose to volunteer with Best Friends LA?
I chose to volunteer with BFLA because everything they do in caring for the animals is absolutely amazing. They approach everything in proper ways and their message to the public is awesome!
How long have you been a Best Friends LA volunteer?
I have been a volunteer for about 3 years now.
What type of fun stuff do you do when you're not volunteering? 
All my free time is spent at the shelter, and if I'm not here, I'm always somewhere spreading awesome stories about the dogs!
Do you have a favorite story to share about an experience volunteering with Best Friends LA? 
A favorite story that happened at BFLA was when I met volunteer Suzy. I only ever used to come to Best Friends for community service hours and never really took the time to bond with the animals, but one day she introduced herself to me and she went on and on about these animals and the way she spoke about them really influenced the way I became towards animals. I began to do more and more readings on dogs and behaviors. Suzy opened my eyes to the different types of dogs there are and how to approach them in ways that were of their comfort. Not only did my bond with Suzy grow but my bond and connection with dogs grew. Because of Suzy I have decided to pursue a career in the study of animals!
Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs! Their names are Chucho and BonBon. Chucho is a mix between; Beagle, Pitbull, Chihuahua, and Dachshund. BonBon is a Maltese.
What others are saying about Paulina:
Paulina has proven herself to be a hugely valuable asset to the dog team. She has, on several occasions, even stayed past her dog walking shift to assist with staff shortages, covering some of our not-so-fun task. She most certainly has a great relationship with the dogs and is even working on becoming a blue paw volunteer. We are so grateful for her. - Drew (Dog Care Manager)
Paulina is a valued and vital member of the dog team!  She is always willing to assist the dog team in areas where we need help the most!  Paulina is great with the dogs and her fellow volunteers!  She ROCKS!​ - MaryAna (Dog Care Lead)