Getting to Know Samantha Bell DiGenova

Sometimes when you meet someone they just ooze kindness and you immediately feel their warmth and generosity. That is the case with Samantha Bell DiGenova, the Cat Behavior and Enrichment Lead for Best Friends in Los Angeles.

Samantha and I are both volunteers with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation (JGF), which is how we were put in touch. She is a volunteer trainer-mentor to the participating Cat Pawsitive shelters (and I’m a volunteer writer). I was fortunate enough to meet Samantha in person when she kindly played tour guide when I visited Best Friends in Los Angeles last month.

And today, we get to learn more about Samantha and her three adopted cats.

three cats
Packard, Desmond and Yohan

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Touring Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles #NKLA

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with Samantha Bell DiGenova, the Cat Behavior & Enrichment Lead for Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, and tour their impressive facility.

I met Samantha through volunteering with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive initiative (she as a trainer-mentor to shelters and me as a writer) and asked her if I could drive up for a visit. Being the fabulous person that she is, Samantha immediately agreed, and she gave me a personal tour of the Los Angeles facility, which I’m happy to share with you today.

Two black kittens at Best Friends - Los Angeles
Two black kittens at Best Friends in Los Angeles.

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This is why I love Best Friends Animal Society

I think this video about one small kitten says it all – his journey from stray to a forever home!

Best Friends is a wonderful organization. I had the pleasure of visiting  and volunteering at their Sanctuary in Utah this past October. I can’t say enough about this wonderful animal rescue. They do such good work and help so many animals! Not just at their Sanctuary, but all across the nation. If you’ve never heard of them, you will want to check them out! Continue reading “This is why I love Best Friends Animal Society”