Greetings Volunteers,

If you weren’t able to make it to the Volunteer Party on Saturday, we missed you! Here’s a recap of some of my comments, along with photos of the festivities: “It’s been a topsy-turvy couple of years, for sure, but the good news is that we’re a resilient bunch. A dedicated and talented group of volunteers with a common mission to transform lives!  

The theme for National Volunteer Recognition Week is “empathy in action.” Can you think of a more appropriate theme for Marin Humane volunteers?! Whether you’re walking dogs, assisting in the vet clinic, cleaning cat cages, helping out adopters, fostering, socializing the small critters, helping customers at the Thrift Shop, doing data entry, soothing a child with your Animal-Assisted Therapy dog, or any of the dozens of other things you do, volunteers exemplify empathy.   

In fact, you exemplify Marin Humane’s core values:  *Dedication to Animals, absolutely! *Collaborative Spirit, every day! *Courage with Compassion, definitely! *Pursuit of Knowledge, you bet! *Celebrating Differences, check!  

You are our heroes for showing up every day … for loving the animals … for helping people at the shelter, Kitty Corner, the Thrift Shop, and throughout the community! And for every day making a difference!  You truly keep this shelter running. It’s not an overstatement to say that we couldn’t function without YOU! So, three cheers and a round of ‘a-paws’ to YOU!”

Hope you’ll also take a minute, or five, to enjoy this year’s video of appreciation to all the volunteers!

Shelter update: We currently have 231 animals in our care: 108 animals in foster and 123 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 19 dogs, 5 puppies, 39 cats, 33 kittens, 7 rabbits, 11 guinea pigs, 3 reptiles, 2 birds, and 4 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Congratulations to last week’s adopters for giving all these critters, large and small, a second chance at the good life! Here’s the wonderful adoption slideshow you’re all waiting for! And last but not least – the Adoption Report of last week’s adoptions.

Community clinic: We’re hosting our next Community Clinic for pet guardians in need on Saturday, May 14, 11am-1pm! Bring your dog or cat to our mobile clinic at Novato High School to get: free vaccinations, free microchipping, free flea/tick treatment, free mini-check-up by a veterinarian, and free pet food and supplies! Call 415-506-6238 for more info. Personas que hablan español son bienvenidos!

Tails of Marin: “One of the things we often say at Marin Humane is that while our shelter is nice, it’s still a shelter, not a home. Animal shelters can be loud and stressful places for animals, especially those that require extra TLC. One of the best things we can do for those animals, particularly for the most vulnerable ones, is to place them in a loving foster home until they’re ready for adoption. However, it can be a challenge to find foster homes for some of our tiniest guests — motherless newborn kittens.” To learn more, read this week’s Tails of Marin, “Fostering newborn kittens is challenging but rewarding.”

Woofstock – Wine needed! Woofstock is just a few short weeks away and one of the big fundraisers at the event is the Dog Collar Wine Toss game. To ensure a full table of wines, we’re looking for donations of all varietals of wine, anything priced $5 and over (no Two Buck Chuck, please), keeping in mind that guests are paying $10 to participate. Bottles can be brought to Event Manager Molly Foley in the Marketing office or the Development Office. Thank you in advance for your donations!

Have a marvelous week!