Maricopa County Animal Care and Control this month welcomes its new director, Mary Martin. Martin has been serving as the executive director at Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society since 2009.

Martin is no stranger to animal welfare. In fact, she has more than 30 years’ experience working with animals, shelters and rescue groups. She started her animal welfare career in the Valley and was the medical director at MCACC’s Phoenix shelter from 1999-2003. Martin also served as the executive director for the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles.

During her time in Santa Fe, Martin took the shelter from a 65 percent live release rate to a very successful 94 percent.

“I began my career in the Valley and am thrilled to return,” Martin said. “I’ve worked all over the country and Maricopa County has some of the most dedicated leadership, staff, advocates and volunteers who I’ve ever encountered. It’s this type of passion and commitment that will continue to help the most vulnerable animals of Maricopa County.”


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