Maria Aragon has been a volunteer with PAWS/LA for about a year and is quick to point out that her volunteer work with PAWS/LA is one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. In 2011, her spouse needed help meeting financial obligations due to illness; Maria had been hearing about PAWS/LA for some time from friends and contacted PAWS/LA to see if they could assist her spouse.
Maria has been an animal lover all of her life. Most of her four-legged companions have been dogs, but there have been many other species when she was a youngster, including hamsters, fish and guinea pigs. Maria fully understands the importance of animal companions and readily admits that she would rather go without things herself than see her pets be deprived of anything.
To this end, Maria works as a volunteer in the PAWS/LA Food Bank, and it brings joy to her heart to see the extent to which the Food Bank helps people who have one less necessity about which to worry when they know their animal companions will be well fed.
Maria was a Marketing Manager for 22 years before she was forced to retire due to a spinal condition. However, her marketing experience serves her in good stead even in retirement. She is able to articulate the importance of PAWS/LA to those in need of help, and to those who may need help sometime in the future. Never shy, Maria is an enthusiastic advocate for the services offered by PAWS/LA and does not hesitate to share her belief in PAWS/LA with anyone who is interested.
Volunteering at PAWS/LA means a great deal to Maria. It gives her an opportunity to help other people which is a priority to her. Maria says that to her, “PAWS/LA stands for unconditional love – just like our pets give to us.”