Marisa Plaice, Vet Assistant

woman holding dog
Marisa holding new intake, Lucy.

Are we getting tired of hearing about another SFACC staff member who
started out volunteering? Definitely not! Marisa Plaice started
volunteering at SFACC with dogs in 2015. She worked with the Fetch dogs, exercising and socializing dogs that are in SFACC custody but are not available for adoption.
A word about Fetch:
SFACC provides safe harbor to animals in many different situations:
dogs escaping abuse and neglect; pending “vicious and dangerous dog”
hearings in court; dogs who are affected when their owner is
hospitalized, incarcerated, or passes away; dogs who are abandoned in
buildings or in cars; and dogs who need a safe place while family
members escape domestic violence. Some dogs in the Fetch program
eventually become available for adoption, and that is in large part due
to the care of Fetch volunteers like Marisa.
Back to our shelter
hero…a local gal from San Carlos, Marisa always loved animals and
considered becoming a veterinarian. She ventured to Southern California
for college and although vet school didn’t happen, she found her way
back to the Bay Area and to thinking about helping animals. In a way,
she feels her path has come full circle at SFACC. Volunteering with the
Fetch program, she was inspired by the difference she could make. “One
case that still resonates with me is Max, a small pup who was seized by
SFACC officers as part of a cruelty investigation. Early on it wasn’t
clear if he would be made available for adoption. After months of care
and training by volunteers (first Fetch and then regular dog
volunteers), he was adopted into a happy home where he’s thriving.”
working with Fetch dogs, Marisa helped as a vet room volunteer,
cleaning, fetching dogs for exams, and giving out treatments. In March,
2018, Marisa was hired by SFACC as a vet assistant, while she attends
classes to become a licensed vet technician. In this role, she is able
to help with prepping animals for surgery, prepare treatments to
animals, and assist with exams, while getting the hands-on experience
required by her coursework. 
Marisa enjoys the variety of animals at
SFACC and is learning a lot—especially about neonate kittens and
wildlife, which can be challenging to sedate—particularly raccoons who
do not appreciated being trapped. One of the things she likes best about
her job is being able to provide care for animals who might not have
received the care they need until they receive it from SFACC—whether due
to neglect, abuse, or simply because they are wildlife in need of
As a working student, Marisa has little free time but likes to
record shop with her husband Sean, and spend time with their three
dogs: Neko (a Husky mix), Henry (a Pit mix and former Fetch dog), and
Ada, a 9-yr-old Chihuahua mix. They also have a cat named Peach.