mark m
Mark is an incredibly caring and gracious person everyone looks forward to seeing when he volunteers!
August 24, 2017

"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

Mark M. - Honored August 2017

Mark tell us.....

What BFLA programs/events/volunteer roles do you find yourself participating in?  

I became a NKLA volunteer in February of this year.  I began working with the dogs and enjoyed it so much that I became a gray paw volunteer pretty quickly.  Being retired and having free time during the work week allowed me to offer my assistance as an admissions valet and to begin transporting animals between the NKLA and Mission Hills facilities, which I also enjoy very much.

Why do you choose to volunteer with Best Friends LA?

I started volunteering at NKLA simply because I love animals and I especially love my dog Brindle who passed away awhile back.  She was a rescue dog who rescued me right back and this is my way of honoring her. 

How long have you been a BFLA/NKLA volunteer?

February 2017.

What do you do when you're not volunteering? 

When I’m not at NKLA I volunteer at the USO at LAX, I like to play golf, take long motorcycle trips, and occasionally travel to other countries in search of tasty food and good surf. 

Do you have a favorite story to share about an experience volunteering with Best Friends LA?
I have many years of experience working with very professional people but none more so than those I have met in your organization.  You should be proud of the service you provide and the manner in which you provide it.  It’s a privilege to work with you.

Do you have any pets?

My wife Debbie and I have a cat named Buddha (though he is the least enlightened cat I have ever met) :)

What others are saying about Mark:

Mark is the best! He is without question one of our very favorite people to work with! Mark has helped us in so many ways at the center - Great dog handling, transport, admission, etc! He is also an incredibly caring and gracious person who we all look forward to seeing when he is volunteering. We truly appreciate everything that Mark does for our team and hope we get to work with him for a very long time to come! Thank you for your valuable and impactful work at Best Friends Mark!

From: Katie (NKLA Lead Pet Caregiver) & Justin (NKLA Volunteer Coordinator)