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Our Animal Care Specialists

Dawn Schumacher


Dawn has been an Animal Care Specialist at Animal Haven for 10 years.  She has 4 Pomeranian's, a German Short-hair Pointer and 1 cat.  She has adopted a dog and a cat from Animal Haven but, both of these special animals have passed.  Dawn grew up in Indiana where she graduated from Franklin College with a BA. in Physical Education.  She has always had a good connection with animals.  She cares for the animals and assists the doctors with surgery and office visits.  She communicates very well with the clients and helps to educate them about their pet.  She really does a little bit of everything on a day to day basis.  She enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, and bird watching.


Cherie Garcia

cherie_garcia.jpgCherie has been an Animal Care Specialist for 10 years. She graduated from Farmington High School in 2003 and graduated from Apollo College as a Vet Assistant in 2004. She has 3 pets at this time and 3 that where adopted. Her duties at Animal Haven include working with the doctors in both small and large animal, she fills in as a receptionist, assists in surgery, lab work, she also cleans kennels and helps with feeding. She chose this profession because she has always dreamed of working with animals both big and small since she was a child. She was raised on a ranch and has always had a love and passion for all animals. Having a bond with an animal is an amazing feeling. There is one special driving force that kept her striving to do what she loved and that was her grandmother. She promised her when she was diagnosed with cancer that she would accomplish her dream and become a vet assistant and work with animals. She has fulfilled that promise and has loved every minute of it.

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