Greetings Volunteers,

Happy New Year! May 2022 bring joy in its myriad forms to you, your families, and companion animals :). And we hope you share some of those joyful moments with us throughout the year so we can all fill our tanks with smiles and glee!

Shelter update: We currently have 121 animals in our care: 47 animals in foster and 74 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 17 dogs, 1 puppy, 28 cats, 4 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 10 rodents, 6 reptiles, and 2 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday and welcome to 2022! We’re thrilled to be jumping into a whole new year of adoptions… but first, let’s celebrate the last adoptions of 2021! Thank you to everyone who adopted from us and rang in the new year with a new cuddly pal. And if your new year’s resolution was to increase your cuddles, we’ve got you covered here :). And here’s the Adoption Report for the last week.  

Happy ending: “I just wanted to send an update about how absolutely loved and adored Pickles is (now renamed Zeus for how his tail wagging sounds like thunder in his crate). He is absolutely the sweetest & best boy. He gets along amazing with our little girl Shepherd mix and he’s just a goofy lovable sweetheart. We are still working on a little bit of his separation anxiety but he is thriving with the structure we give him. Plus we go to all the meetups with Eleza and the Paws in Progress crew, and I make sure both pups get tons of physical exercise and mental stimulation. Zeus was absolutely what the universe knew I needed and he can sense when my anxiety spikes up and he comes and loves on me and is a calming presence. He is an absolutely doted upon member of our family and I can’t imagine my life without his cute belly rubs and snuggles. Thank you for all the work all of you do for all these animals!!”

Tails of Marin: Our first Tails of Marin of 2022 celebrates Adopt a Rescued Bird Month! They’re beautiful, social, and smart. And some even talk. It’s little wonder that pet birds are growing in popularity. According to the American Pet Products Association, bird guardianship has been on the rise since 2010. Birds can now be found in more than 5% of homes, making them the nation’s fourth most popular pet after cats, dogs, and fish. Read on: “Beautiful, social and smart, birds need adopters, too!

Travel opportunity: Calling all intrepid travelers and Marin Humane volunteers! Long-time friends and fellow volunteers Betsy McGee and Nancy Weiler are setting off for Peru and the Galapagos in January 2023 – why not consider joining them? They’ve reserved a small, private group tour for 14 travelers to the Upper Amazon, Machu Picchu, & the Galapagos, and Betsy and Nancy thought it would be fun to share the adventure with other Marin Humane volunteers. Upon their return, we can be sure of an entertaining and informative “Brown Bag” presentation. (Betsy and Nancy have previously hosted Brown Bags on their trips to the Arctic and Antarctica.) There are six double occupancy spaces available for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more information, visit the expedition web page on the Overseas Adventure Travel website or contact Betsy at betsymcgee@yahoo.com. 

Volunteer opportunity: Want a behind the scenes view of a Nose Work trial? Marin Humane is hosting a trial on January 28, 29, & 30, 2022 and we need several more volunteers on Friday, January 28th. We will gladly take volunteers on the other days, too. You can do one or multiple days, full days, half days…you choose! If you can help out, please sign up here.

Cheers to a happy & healthy 2022!

Candace and Anne