Animal Care Operations Supervisor

Foster Care Coordinator


Maritza has been with Valley Animal Center for three years. She first started off as a Cat Care Associate and eventually moved her way up to Cat Care Supervisor. In 2020, she also took on the role of Foster Coordinator.

Maritza has been in the animal care field since she was 16 and it all began when she had to take care of a feral colony. With a degree from San Joaquin Valley College in Veterinary Technology, Maritza worked as a veterinary assistant for 5 years before dedicating her time fully to the rescue world. Shelter animal care has been what she's always wanted to do and she can't picture herself doing anything else.

She has a soft spot for senior animals. Her two dogs were adopted as seniors: Marlie (age 12), Gordy (age 8), as well as her cat, Darwin (age 9).

Her biggest hope is that one day we can all come together as a community and help minimize the stray population in Fresno.