Amanda Laraway, operations

Amanda Laraway with a dogamandalaraway@bestfriends.org

I have always been an avid animal lover. My first job at 14 years old was caring for dogs and cats at a local kennel. My eyes were opened when I rescued my first dog in 2013 - a pocket pittie formerly known as Cassidy. I wasn’t aware of the stigma associated with pit bulls until the local news asked to interview my young daughters and I outside of Baltimore Animal Rescue and Center Shelter (BARCS) as we were walking our new addition out of the doors to freedom. That is the moment when my passion and voice began for pit bulls. I started volunteering at a regional dog rescue and eventually served as a board member and volunteer coordinator for several years.

After spending 15 years in corporate America, I decided to take a leap of faith and left my career to pursue my lifelong passion in animal welfare. Working at Best Friends has been a dream come true. I am honored to be a part of an organization that truly walks the walk.

I reside in Carroll County, Maryland with my husband, Matt, two daughters, Ava and Charlotte, and three rescue fur babies: Clarabelle (pit bull mix) Frankie (Chihuahua mix) and Gracie (bichon mix). I am also serving as the board president for the Haiti Street Dog Project.