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Marisa Hernandez

Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder

As soon as she could walk, Marisa was walking the dog food aisle of the grocery store kissing the bags of dog food with pictures of puppies on them.  Ever since then Marisa has been advocating for animals in whatever aspect she could. Marisa Hernandez has spent the majority of her professional life caring for others. Early on she had random jobs like a Starbucks barista or retail sales associate or even baking bread at a local bakery. Marisa worked as an educator helping special needs students with developmental disorders. After moving away from Minnesota to leave a troubled relationship, she and her three children moved back to Utah where she has a loving family and friends. She’s worked hard to raise her three children nearly alone. While doing so, she also cared for others by serving in an industry she has a passion for, with different positions in the airlines industry as gate agent and flight attendant. This gave her the ability to travel and show her children more of the world. Several years ago, when a friend passed away unexpectedly, Marisa stepped in immediately to keep his small business open for his loyal clients. In 2016 Dogs R Us became Dogs All Day to carry on her friend’s legacy and continue to serve the needs of his customers and their animals providing daycare, grooming, boarding and love. This opportunity has enabled Marisa to foster out many animals to their furever homes. Now Marisa is proud to be one of the founding members of nonprofit organization, Ruff Haven, offering animal care for those in need, dealing with crisis situations that without help might cost them the relationship with their cherished and beloved pets. It's just another step in her career making a difference and caring as much as she can.
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