marianna jarc
"It is because of people like Marianne that our dogs receive such great love and care."
June 24, 2019

"Our Best Friends" is a monthly 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, email the Best Friends LA Volunteer Department at 

Marianne Jarc - Honored June 2019

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

I walk our  NKLA dogs on Monday and Friday mornings and recently I have started taking part in the Adventure Buddies program. I enjoy volunteering at the Super Adoption each year as well as the Clear the Shelters event.

My husband and I just recently spent 3 days at the Sanctuary volunteering at Puppy Preschool!

Why do you choose to volunteer with Best Friends LA?

I have always loved being around dogs and I love being outside and walking. Volunteering with Best Friends LA combines both my loves.

How long have you been a BFLA/NKLA volunteer?

I have been an NKLA volunteer since November 2016.

What do you do when you're not volunteering (career/extracurricular activities)?

I still work one day a week at the Law Firm that I retired from in 2017. I am very involved with my 2 grandsons who are 7 and 9 and who live close by. I also take a conversational Spanish class every week.

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

My second week of volunteering I locked myself in one of the dog kennels and had to call the front desk for help!

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!

My husband and I live with our 10 1/2 year old Labrador named Dolce. She is a very sweet girl and the name fits her!

What others are saying about Marianne:

Marianne is truly one of our favorite volunteers, appreciated & loved by not only staff, but her fellow volunteers! She is one of the nicest, warmest & kindest people you will ever meet and has done so much to help our entire center grow! It is because of people like Marianne that our dogs receive such great love and care. She is also an awesome dog handler capable of working with all of our dogs, helping them grow skills and enjoy their time in our care! Thank you so much for all that you do for our dogs, our volunteer program, our staff and our center! We are beyond grateful to know you and work with you! -NKLA Staff