Greetings Volunteers!

Do you ever watch a video on social media or one sent from a friend and it just makes you smile? Well, “The Great Goat Escape in Corte Madera” was one that did just that for me and was also a big hit with staff when it was circulated last week. Smiles are contagious so, in that spirit, I thought I’d share it with you (in case you haven’t already seen it!). I definitely recommend playing it with the sound on. You’re welcome!

Shelter update: We currently have 273 animals in our collective care. 194 are at Marin Humane: 62 animals in foster and 132 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 22 dogs, 4 puppies, 43 cats, 35 kittens, 6 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 3 rodents, 3 reptiles, 4 birds, and 2 fowl. 79 animals are with Hopalong: 8 animals in the Oakland office and 71 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: This might be the longest adoption slideshow we’ve had in the history of our adoption slideshows! So it’s safe to say we had an incredible week of adoptions. From oodles of kittens, to a few more Maui pups, to a couple of our long-termers (we see you in there, Billie!), it was really an A+ week. Let’s make this new week even better! For all the specifics, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! There were two fantastic mobile adoption events this past weekend on Saturday the 26th, and we’re thrilled with the volume of adoptions! First of all, a huge thank you to all our volunteers who hosted our mobile dog adoption event at the Novato Woodlands. Look at the happy faces of all these adopters and their adorable pups! At the same time, Marin Humane and Hopalong staff attended Berkeley Humane’s Bark (& Meow) Around the Block event where many of our cats were adopted. Woohoo, what a day! We’ll take a break for the Labor Day weekend, and look forward to picking back up with our mobile adoption events, starting at the Mill Valley Woodlands location on September 9th. 

Happy ending: After 201 days in the shelter, Billie was adopted last week! His adopters are continuing in the Family Dog 1 class he started with Dog Pet Pal volunteers, Cathy and John. This wouldn’t have been possible without Cathy and John (did you see their Volunteer High Five in last week’s Blog?). Here’s an update from Billie’s new parents: “Billie did really well yesterday and today. He did not want to eat last night so we did not push it, and at some point his hunger kicked in and he finished the entire bowl in less than a minute. In a few days we will likely switch to a puzzler for feeding. He did not love the crate at bedtime, but settled down after about 5 minutes or so. I am sure he missed sleeping next to your dog, so I laid down on the couch until he fell asleep. He slept through the night. Billie came with me on my morning 3 mile walk and was a champ. He picked up my pace, that’s for sure. He ignored the other dogs we encountered but got quite excited when we crossed 2 cats! I work from home on Thursday and Friday (and every other Wednesday) and he was a great desk partner. He ate breakfast quickly. I left the slider open and he traversed in and out all morning, exploring the yard, marking his territory and napping. My husband came home and filled his pool and he had a blast splashing and playing. Billie ate dinner with no hesitation tonight. More impressively he sat quietly by the table as we ate, probably hoping for a scrap, bit did not beg or bother. Currently, he is hanging out by, not on, his bed, chewing on a bone. We are overjoyed that this transition has been so smooth. We look forward to seeing you next week.”

Kudos to Officer Cimmiyotti! The following letter was in the Marin IJ last week that illustrates the great work of Animal Services and our important partnership with WildCare: “WildCare, Marin Humane team up to save a hawk. Several weeks ago, I was outside in my backyard in San Rafael when I heard a loud rustling coming from the rosemary bushes in the back corner of the yard. All of a sudden, a large, gangly brownish bird emerged flapping its wings, trying unsuccessfully to elevate from the ground. The late afternoon sun shone on the bird, making it difficult to identify it while it chirped high-pitched noises. Moreover, I noticed two turkey vultures hovering over the bird, waiting for the kill. Clearly the bird was in great distress, so I immediately called WildCare, a local wildlife rescue organization. I spoke with a WildCare volunteer explaining the distressed bird’s situation. She requested that I call Marin Humane to have the bird picked up and brought to WildCare.

Connor Cimmiyotti, a Marin Humane animal services officer, arrived promptly and was able to quickly assess what was going on with the bird. He quietly and steadily approached the bird with his net and was able to capture it. Cimmiyotti took the hawk to WildCare, where the staff started their immediate evaluation and began hydrating it intravenously since it was so emaciated. Happily, I got the news several days later that the hawk had begun to eat and the staff assisted it to fly. Soon thereafter, Cimmiyotti (along with three raptor experts) appeared in my neighborhood where the red-tailed hawk was released and reunited with its family.

Reflecting on this incident, it made me very grateful and fortunate that I live in Marin where these two incredible animal care organizations, WildCare and Marin Humane, provide such important and critical care support for wildlife and animals. Thanks to WildCare and Marin Humane for the excellent and consistent support of our wildlife and animals in Marin.” — Martha Walters, San Rafael

Pignic was a huge success! Last wheeeeek’s Bay Area Pignic was an adorable hit! From costumed cavies and piggie play groups, to amazing rescue partners and the cutest raffle and bake sale you ever did see, it was a very fun and fuzzy day here at Marin Humane! Thank you so much to everyone who attended, volunteered, and celebrated our guinea pig pals with us!

Tails of Marin: Walk into any pet supply store and you’ll see a dizzying array of food choices for our pets. Dry or canned? Dehydrated or fresh? Grain-free? Vegan? It can be a bit overwhelming, especially considering that up until about 20 years ago, there were only a handful of options and most people simply bought pet food while shopping at the grocery store.” For further guidance, read this week’s Tails of Marin, “How to figure out which food is best for your pet.”

Tails by Twilight Gala: This year’s biggest fundraiser is a short few weeks away! Tickets are still on sale here! Alternatively, please consider donating an item which will be promoted on our gala website. The live and silent auctions and raffle provide a significant portion of our revenue at the gala. Popular donations we have received in the past include tickets to events, gift certificates/cards, wine packages, products, services, travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences. We hope you will support us at the Bay Area’s classiest critter lover’s event! Here’s the Gala donation form. If you have any questions, contact Molly at mfoley@marinhumane.org or 415-506-6265.

Have a sweet & relaxing holiday weekend!

Candace