Greetings volunteers!

Hey, I bet you didn’t know that today is National Thrift Shop Day! Yup, it is, and what better way to celebrate this day than to celebrate our very own Marin Humane Thrift Shop! The shop is a regular stop for many bargain hunters, especially in this time of “recycle and resell.” But how many people know the history of the Thrift Shop and the Marin Humane Auxiliary? Let’s take a walk back in time, to a different era in Marin history in this blog post.

Shelter update: We currently have 179 animals in our care: 72 animals in foster and 107 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 20 dogs, 2 puppies, 34 cats, 13 kittens, 10 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 3 rodents, 9 reptiles, 6 birds, and 4 fowl. 

Adoptions update: The weather has warmed up and so have our adoptions! Makes me happy to share the adoption slideshow featuring some of the animals adopted last week :). Here, too is the Adoption Report in case you want more details.

Happy ending! Recently, one of our adoption alums came by the shelter for a visit. It’s such a treat when an adopter stops by (or calls or emails) to tell us how things are going with the animal they adopted from us. Here’s a recap from Jane Aten, Behavior & Training Canine Volunteer Coordinator: “Lennox and his dad came by today to check in and say hello. He gushed endlessly about how perfect Lennox is. Lennox’s best friend is his son’s husky. Here are the two of them snuggling in the backseat of his car on a recent road trip. Lennox is still super chill, mellow, and snuggly. He walks at least 5 miles every day, so I’m sure that helps. He also goes to the dog park when there are no other dogs and likes to do zoomies. One of his favorite activities is sunbathing on their back deck. And most of his meals are topped with rotisserie chicken. I may have started tearing up as his dad was sharing all of this with me and going through the 100s of photos of Lennox on his phone.” Yeah for Lennox!

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin, “Let your dog stop and smell the roses,” you’ll learn that in addition to “scenting,” as it’s called, being enjoyable for dogs, it’s actually extremely beneficial for their mental and physical health. Scenting is almost like working on a puzzle or math problem. It can be mentally tiring, which is great for dogs and can ease many behavior issues. If you want to see what your dog’s nose knows, check out our nose work classes here.

B&Tea blog: For another super fun, informative read, check out this month’s B&Tea blog post, “The power of routine.”

Check the Chip Day! Monday was Check the Chip Day! If your pet isn’t microchipped yet, this is your official nudge to do so! We’ve witnessed countless joyful reunions of lost pets and their worried guardians, all thanks to a microchip! And if your pet’s already chipped, make sure the info is up-to-date. We hope you never have to go through the agony of losing a pet, but if you do, a chip with correct info can get them home safely! Live in Marin County and need your pet chipped? Give us a call for an appointment. Chips for cats are free (thanks to a generous cat lover) and just $25 for dogs!

Have a great week and be well,