We are so thankful for Roxana's skills as a groomer, she's helped our dogs look and feel better which has directly resulted in many adoptions!
May 15, 2018

"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

Roxana A. - Honored April 2018

Roxana, tell us.....

What programs and projects do you volunteer with at Best Friends LA?

Adoptions, Grooming, Annual Conference, Strut Your Mutt LA

Why do you choose to volunteer with Best Friends LA?

I love dogs and always wanted to donate any time I have to help amazing causes. I read about Best friends and always wanted to visit the sanctuary so when the opportunity came I wanted to participate and started volunteering to help make a change in dogs lives. 

How long have you been a Best Friends LA volunteer?

One year and four months

What type of fun stuff do you do when you're not volunteering?

I'm currently working to start my non-profit to save dogs!

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

Every day that I'm grooming doggies at Best Friends is an amazing experience. People are great and I enjoy spending time making beautiful dogs look even more beautiful. The most rewarding experience is knowing they found a forever home after being groomed! 

Do you have any pets?

I have five doggies! Two Lhasa Apsos that I rescued in Guatemala and brought here when I moved to LA in 2008, the boys name is Koffee and the girls name is Kandy, they’re 13 and 11 years old. Three Yorkies I was supposed to foster but ended up adopting! :) I just fall in love with them. One girl whose name is Bonnie, she’s 8 years old. Two boys: Skippy who is 7 years old and Snoopy is 10 years old. They all have their own special character and I love them so much.

What others are saying about Roxana:

Roxana's kindness transcends all species. She comes in and makes our most unkempt dogs look gorgeous. She grooms the dogs and they either get adopted or go to foster more quickly... it's as simple as that! The ones that remain here feel so much better and all because Roxana touched their lives with her gift as a groomer as well as her kind spirit and doesn't ask for anything in return. Thank you Roxana! -Alandra, Dog Caregiver

Roxana always arrives with a smile on her face and is a joy for staff and volunteers to work with. The dogs respond so well to her calm and gentle approach and she knows how to make bath time enjoyable! Many a pup has been transformed and felt better after some grooming time with her. The Dog Team is so appreciative of her dedicated time and energy, always coupled with a positive attitude! Thank you Roxana! - Leah, Lead Dog Caregiver

Roxana has been such a wonderful addition to our volunteer team. She is genuinely kind and loving, not only to the dogs but also to the staff and volunteers. She has a huge heart and is always positive and smiling. Her skills as a groomer have helped the dogs feel and look better which has directly resulted in many adoptions. We are lucky to have her! - Christine, Volunteer Department Lead