spcaLA’s Professional Groomers

VALERIE LOPEZ
As a child, I took it upon myself to care for all of the animals in the neighborhood. No matter the shape, size, or species, domesticated or wild, I considered every critter to be my responsibility. Between tending to my pill bug farm and becoming friends with the stray cats, I helped my parents brush and bathe our dogs. As I grew older, I dreamed of working professionally with animals. When I began job searching, I called different companies and organizations that specialized in animal supplies and care. To my luck, I found a company that was hiring. I started my career with animals as a bather and caught on to the bathing and handling process very quickly. Within a few months, I was asked if I’d like to attend grooming school to become a certified pet groomer. Without hesitation, I accepted the offer. That was over seven years ago and I’ve never regretted that decision. Being a pet groomer is a dream come true.

 


LIZETTE VILLARREAL
I have always had a passion for animals. As a kid I owned and cared for anything my parents would allow me to have. When thinking about my future, I never knew exactly which profession I wanted to pursue, I just knew that animals had to be included in some capacity. While working at a pet retail store, I watched the groomers as they tended to each dog and performed interesting haircuts. The bond that was shared between the groomer and each dog inspired me. I requested and was approved to transfer from the retail department into the grooming department and began my training. That was many years ago but I still find myself loving my profession more and more each day.