Above & Beyond

See how we go above and beyond your average animal shelter.

While caring for homeless animals and placing them in loving homes is the backbone of what we do, we go much further. Our groundbreaking programs help kids who are struggling to read gain confidence through the simple act of reading to a dog, help keep guardians and beloved pets together in times of financial hardship or illness, provide a safe space for people with disabilities to interact with animals, and so much more.

We go beyond our physical boundaries by bringing in adoptable animals from overcrowded shelters throughout the state to ensure more animals find their forever homes (and lessening the euthanasia rate at those shelters).

We advocate for animals, too. Whether it’s lending our voice to end the cruel use of bullhooks on elephants, promoting peaceful coexistence with wildlife, or promoting cruelty-free cosmetics, we’ve never been afraid to speak up and speak out.

Community EngagementCommunity Engagement - Share a Book

From kids to seniors, over the last 30 years, thousands of people in Marin have been touched by our Community Engagement program.

Share a Book | Pet Care Assistance | Animal-Assisted Programs | Jumping for Joy | Youth Programs

Youth Programs

We love it when kids show compassion for animals! If your child or classroom wants to get involved with animals, we can help. We have a wide variety of lessons and programs for classrooms and at our Novato campus. Take a peek at our Humane Education Lessons and Shelter Tours.

Is your child celebrating a birthday soon? They can celebrate it at our shelter!

Pet Partnership Program at Marin HumanePartnerships

When we partner with other organizations, we find that it benefits more than the animals – it helps people, too.

Pet Partnership Program | Pen Pals of San Quentin | Feral Cats

The Joe Willie Project

A generous cat lover has enabled us to provide even more second chances for hundreds of special kitties through the largest financial gift from a living donor in our history.

“The Joe Willie Project” funds medical, behavioral, and placement help at an unprecedented level to promote the adoption of senior kitties and other cats with special needs.