Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Valerie is a true local. She graduated from San Luis Obispo High School and attended Cuesta College for a couple of years working towards a Health Services degree. She hopes to someday enroll in the RVT program to continue her passion for helping animals.
She has grown up with 2 dogs, up to 15 different small birds, a duck, 2 turtles, and a chicken, making her a lover of all animals! Her first furchild was given to her for her 7th birthday: a Bichon Frise whom she named Kisses but was more affectionately known as Baby. He lead a very loved and happy life, only recently passing away in December and having lived to be almost 17 years old. She rescued her current furbaby, Leilani, who is now a very happy 8 year old Maltese and living her best life as Valerie’s best friend. She currently lives with a roommate and between them they have 5 pets: 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 fish, and 1 rat.
On her free time you can catch Valerie relaxing on the beach, adventuring with friends, or enjoying nature with her dog and hula hoops. She loves to attend music events, explore new places, and hopes to someday be able to travel the world to see the 7 ancient wonders.
Her favorite part of the job is greeting all the pets with a smile and treating them as her own.