Greetings Volunteers,

During Volunteer Appreciation Week, we spotlighted several teams of volunteers. There’s one more group of volunteers we’d like to express our gratitude to — the Pen Pals Program volunteers at San Quentin. These inmates work so hard giving our pups one-on-one attention and training while also working in the prison firehouse either as firefighters or emergency first responders. Dogs with medical and behavioral challenges get the time and attention they need and the handlers get the opportunity to learn new skills and bond with a furry friend. It’s a major win-win! Thank you to all the handlers volunteering their time in this program! If you’d like to learn more about Pen Pals, click here.

Shelter update: We currently have 166 animals in our care at Marin Humane: 78 animals in foster and 88 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 15 dogs, 4 puppies, 30 cats, 6 kittens, 10 rabbits, 12 guinea pigs, 8 rodents, 1 reptiles, 1 bird and 1 fowl. Hopalong has 58 animals in their care, 13 animals in the Oakland office and 45 cats and dogs in fabulous foster homes or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Yay for Wednesday and yay for this sunny week! We were busy, busy, busy last week, and we sure hope we’ll be busy again this week. Sunday is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and while we technically celebrate that particular cause EVERY day of the year, we still wanted to do a little something to mark the occasion. So we’re waiving adoption fees for all adult animals for the whole week! Pass it along — zero adoption fees for all species, 5 months and up, Tuesday 4/25 (yup, that was yesterday!) through Sunday 4/30. You can find the animals waiting for you on our website! In the meantime, enjoy the adoption slideshow! Here’s the Adoption Report if you’d like more details on who found their forever home.

Hopalong happenings! We closed out Volunteer Appreciation Week with yet another wonderful mobile adoption event at Woodlands Novato on Saturday the 22nd! We’re so grateful to all the wonderful volunteers (and fosters) who make these events happen almost every Saturday of the year! Novato’s event resulted in 7 adoptions, with 6 Hopalong Foster Program pups plus a guest star puppy from Marin Humane, all going home with their new adoptive families. We’re looking forward to more fun in the sun at our May adoption events!

Animal advocacy day – May 23! Marin Humane is participating in Animal Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 23rd … and you’re invited to join animal advocates from across the state for a day of action at the California State Capitol. You’ll advocate for animals and their people and meet with legislators. It’ll be an energizing and impactful experience for everyone! If you’re interested in joining us, RSVP here.

Dog treats needed for the shelter dogs! From our Behavior & Training department: We’re somewhat picky about what we give the shelter dogs for a few reasons: 1) If we’re inconsistent, they get upset tummies and diarrhea. Ew! 2) A lot of the pups are picky. They’re stressed in the shelter. So while they may eat things like Milk Bones at home, those aren’t very high value in the shelter environment. 3) A lot of the “treats” we give them are just fancy dog food. That way we’re always confident our pups are getting a balanced diet. If you’d like to purchase some dog treats for our shelter pups, here’s our Amazon Wish List. Many thanks for your consideration :).

Community engagement news: Here’s the Spring 2023 Happy Tails Newsletter, full of wonderful updates about the Animal-Assisted Program. Also, the Community Engagement Department is calling for nominations for the Humane Youth of the Year and Humane Educator of the Year Awards for 2022! Many of you have worked with wonderful people who make a world of difference for animals. Your input will allow us to recognize their dedication and commitment. We want to honor these community members and hope you can help us by nominating someone who you feel has made an impact in 2022. The winners will receive their awards at our Volunteer Appreciation Party on June 17th to recognize their achievements. Here are details on how to submit a nomination: Humane Youth And Educator Awards Info.

Come work at Marin Humane! Our Development department is growing its team and looking for a Development Associate. Take a look at this Job Description For Development Associate and apply here.

Woofstock & Tails of Marin: As you know, we’re gearing up for Woofstock, our groovy, outdoor music festival that benefits the shelter animals. This dog-friendly event means that pups are invited to the party, too. But, let’s remember that just because we love the idea of partying with our dog doesn’t necessarily mean they do. Check-out this week’s Tails of Marin, Bringing Your Dog To Events Isn’t All Fun And Games, if you’re thinking of bringing your pooch to Woofstock on May 7th. Speaking of Woofstock, we could use a few more volunteers to help us at the end of the show to break-down and clean-up for an hour or so. Let me know if you’re in!

Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather!

Candace