Mary Martin named Maricopa County Animal Care & Control director

Maricopa County officials have announced Mary Martin as the director of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.

Mary Martin

Mary Martin

Ms. Martin, who will begin in November, has served as the executive director for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society since 2009, according to a press release.

“The Board of Supervisors is proud to welcome Mary as our director of MCACC,” said Clint Hickman, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in a prepared statement.

“We are impressed with her leadership and dedication to the welfare of homeless animals. She is the right person to lead MCACC going forward.”

Maricopa County Manager Joy Rich echoed that sentiment.

“We are pleased to announce that Mary Martin has accepted this important position,” she said in the relese. “Mary is passionate about animal welfare, and has a proven track record of innovative leadership, improving shelter operations, and raising the live-release rate from animal shelters.”

Ms. Martin has been involved with animal welfare for more than 30 years. During her time at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Human Society she took the shelter from a 65 percent live-release rate to a stable 94 percent, the release states.

She oversaw a system that included a stationary and a mobile spay/neuter service, a full-service veterinary hospital, and a behavior center. From 2007-2009, she was the executive director of the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles. She was the medical director of MCACC from 1999-2003. Ms. Martin is bilingual in Spanish.

“I began my career in the Valley, and am thrilled to return,” said Ms. Martin, a Phoenix native.

“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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