Greetings Volunteers,

This post gives us another chance to say, Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! The theme for this year’s national Volunteer Recognition Week is “every moment counts.” That sure feels like an appropriate theme for Marin Humane + Hopalong volunteers! Because whether you’re cleaning animal housing, petting guinea pigs, walking dogs, assisting in the clinic, folding laundry, greeting adopters, fostering, helping customers at the Thrift Shop, going to a senior center with your Animal-Assisted Therapy dog, or any of the dozens of other things you do, volunteers make every moment count! Our volunteers never hesitate to help and keep our shelter running smoothly! We can’t begin to put into words how grateful we are, but we hope you’ll accept a simple “THANK YOU!!” ❤

Shelter update: We currently have 249 animals in our collective care. 171 are at Marin Humane: 55 animals in foster and 116 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 26 dogs, 7 puppies, 52 cats, 8 kittens, 6 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 5 reptiles, 3 birds, and 2 fowl. 78 animals are with Hopalong: 7 animals are in the Oakland office and 71 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: YAY for Wednesday! Take a look at all this love from last week’s adoptions! We’re so grateful to everyone who chose to adopt and not shop. ❤ And don’t forget to check out this Adoption Report to see who went home recently! 

Hopalong happenings! Its beginning to look like kitten season is here! Our Cat Program Manager has started hearing even more frequently from local shelters, all of them asking her to pull their kittens into our program. This allows those shelters to focus their energy on animals that are ready for adoption, while our wonderful foster homes provide a safe space for the kittens to grow and be socialized. We wait until kittens are about two months old and at least two pounds before they get spayed or neutered. The two cuties pictured here are near the end of their journey with us! They came back to our Oakland office from their foster home and were transported up to Marin Humane’s vet clinic for spay/neuter this week. They’ll come back down to our Oakland office for a brief recovery period before they head off to one of our adoption sites. By the end of this week they’ll be available for adoption at one of the Woodlands Pet Food & Treats stores in Marin! We’re so grateful to all our fosters and volunteers who help kittens like these along the way. Whether you care for our kittens as a foster home, here in the Oakland office, or by chauffeuring them around the bay, we couldn’t do it without you! And of course, more hands make the work lighter. So don’t hesitate to let Sam (smcnaughton@marinhumane.org) know if you’re interested in getting (more) involved with the kittens this season, as we’d love to have your help too!

Animal Advocacy Day! Marin Humane had a great day last week at our State Capitol where we joined The San Francisco SPCA and other animal advocates from across the state in meeting with legislators for Animal Advocacy Day! Volunteers joined staff and board members to meet with legislators about important, upcoming bills. Thank you to everyone who joined us to make our voices heard. We’re especially grateful to our local representatives, Assembly member Damon Connolly and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike McGuire, both champions for animals!

Columbia Sportswear Store discount: It’s arrived! It really wouldn’t be spring if we didn’t get the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Perk :). This Columbia Sportswear Store Spring Invitation is valid April 5th – April 28th! The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store is celebrating volunteers during the month of April! Volunteers simply show proof of volunteering for Marin Humane + Hopalong such as a badge or t-shirt for access. Happy shopping!

San Quentin update! Each week, we share stories from our Pen Pals program at San Quentin prison, which matches specially-selected inmates who work in the prison firehouse with shelter dogs in need of a little extra TLC. This is Sofia! Sofia is the sweetest Olde English Bulldog who recently spent a little time at San Quentin while waiting for a necessary surgery. Here’s what her handler had to say about her: “With a smile that will melt your heart, time with Sofia is a great way to brighten your day. Sofia needs little in life except love! Her infectious grin and attitude make petting her a given. She’s fully house-trained and quiet! Sofia will be a perfect fit for any sort of family since she’s good with people and other dogs. (She does sometimes enjoy chasing cats.) Give Sofia a chance! She has a face everyone will love… eventually.” 😉. Sofia isn’t available for adoption quite yet but she will be soon! If you’d like to meet this beauty when she’s ready, give us a call at 415-506-6225.

Tails of Marin: Do you live with cats and dogs? Is it the harmonious household you’d hoped for and look like this photo? Well, I hope so, but either way, you’re sure to enjoy this week’s Tails of Marin article, “Cats and dogs can live in harmony.”

B&Tea blog! The B&Tea blog is brought to you by our friends (staff & volunteers) in the Behavior & Training department. The Behavior & Training blog shares fun stories on training triumphs and foibles, cat and dog foster challenges and happy endings along with general musings on living life well with animals. This month’s piece, written by Dog Pet Pal and former newspaperman Neil Lurssen, is one such musing: “Don’t Mess with My Sausage!” Enjoy!!

Have a fantastic week!
Candace