Greetings Volunteers!

Our hearts are with everyone affected by the devastating wildfires on Maui. If you’d like to support Maui Humane Society in this time of crisis, please see their site for the various ways you can help. Here at Marin Humane, we’re in regular communication with our fellow shelters on Maui and on Hawai’i, and as of today, we’ll be part of an airlift of Maui Humane adoption animals to the Bay Area. The details are evolving; we’ve learned the flight of 100+ animals (to go to five or six shelters) is expected to arrive on Friday night. Marin Humane has agreed to take in about 10 dogs and 10 kittens from this airlift! Stay tuned for more details.

Shelter update: We currently have 325 animals in our collective care. 224 are at Marin Humane: 80 animals in foster and 144 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 15 dogs, 6 puppies, 40 cats, 54 kittens, 7 rabbits, 11 guinea pigs, 4 rodents, 3 reptiles, and 4 birds. 101 animals are with Hopalong: 38 animals in the Oakland office and 63 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! If you need a smile, here are lots of happy families from last week! Thank you, adopters!‘ If you’d like more info, here’s the Adoption Report.

Tails by Twilight: Tickets and tables are now on sale for Tails by Twilight, our annual Gala celebrating lives made happy! To make this event a big success, we’d sure appreciate donations to the silent and/or live auction. 100% of the proceeds raised by the auction benefit thousands of animals served by Marin Humane + Hopalong each year. If you have an item to donate, or tickets to an event, or gift card to a restaurant or winery, thank you … and please fill out this form! If you have any questions on the Gala auction, please contact Molly Foley, event manager, at mfoley@marinhumane.org.

Volunteer High Five to the Vet Clinic Volunteers! “I would like to give a high five to all the volunteers who helped us in the clinic while our “super-volunteer,” Georgia Couderc was on vacation in Africa. As some of you already know, Georgia runs the volunteer show in the clinic: recruiting, training and scheduling all of our volunteers, as well as filling in whenever needed. She also helps create new protocols and frequently suggests and implements new volunteer positions, as needed. Before her departure, Georgia created a schedule for all of the volunteers that would be needed to fill in the gaps during her absence. They all stepped up to the plate and worked many, many hours to keep things running, especially during our Hopalong surgery days which require a very quick turnaround time of recovering animals, getting them ready to get back on the Hopalong van, cleaning the cages and bringing the new group of Hopalong animals in for the next day’s surgery (phew!)!

So … high five and thank you to Ron Coffer, Josie Hopkins, Christina Fisher, Marlies Thompson, Karen Coyne, Lauren Houde, and Laurie Bernstein for all the extra time and work in the clinic these past weeks. In addition, a special shout out goes to our laundry volunteers Heidi and Iris for helping us with the mountains of surgery laundry generated in the clinic. And of course, it goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) high five and thank you, Georgia! The clinic ABSOLUTELY cannot function without our stupendous volunteers, and we thank all of you!” ~ the veterinary clinic team

Tails of Marin: “One of the most popular guests by far at this year’s Marin Humane summer camp was our adorable animal ambassadors and their humans. ‘It’s always fun to see faces light up when our animal ambassador teams show up,’ says Shilo Landis, community outreach coordinator. For more than 30 years, Marin Humane has trained dog and guardian pairs to serve as animal ambassador teams. These teams visit people in a variety of settings. From visiting patients in hospitals to 911 operators at emergency dispatch centers to stressed students at schools during finals to kids at summer camp, these duos bring comfort and joy to those who need it.” Read more about our animal ambassador program in this week’s Tails of Marin column, “Animal ambassadors bring love and comfort.” Marin Humane has 48 animal ambassador teams — which includes one cat! — but the requests for their visits keep growing, so if you have a pet who you think would fit the bill, visit this page to learn more.

Wishing you a happy & healthy week!

Candace