Greetings volunteers!

Understanding that Labor Day is the federal holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, we would also like to celebrate the labor of our volunteers! You labor for free in almost every department at Marin Humane, and we simply couldn’t operate the shelter without you. Thank you for all of your efforts to make lives happy for the animals and for the people in our community!

Shelter update: We currently have 205 animals in our care: 59 animals in foster and 146 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 22 dogs, 3 puppies, 46 cats, 31 kittens, 13 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 3 rodents, 7 reptiles, 10 birds, and 6 fowl. 

Adoptions update: It’s our last adoption slideshow of the month and the summer! And what a way to wrap up the summer – with SO MANY adoptions! Thank you to everyone who adopted from us, both at the  shelter and at Bark (& Meow) Around the Block held last Saturday in Berkeley. Enjoy, too, the Adoption Report of all 69 animals that moved into their new homes! 

Happy ending! Wanda came to us in April of 2021 and at a whopping 24 pounds, this poor Chihuahua mix was morbidly obese. Wanda was absolutely charming and sweet but very physically uncomfortable, so when her medical work-up showed no reason for her weight other than too much food, it was time for a diet. Our Animal Care Manager took Wanda home to foster and between a diet and gradually increasing exercise, she got this cutie down to 15 pounds in 6 months! An achievement, indeed, but Wanda still had a few more pounds to shed to get to a comfortable weight. Luckily, a family came along who was ready to adopt and willing to help Wanda with her continued weight loss… and just look at her now! Wanda and her family paid us a visit at the shelter last week and WOW! At a little over 10 pounds, Wanda is so much more mobile and happy than she was upon her arrival. We’re so proud of Wanda and so grateful that her adopters were willing to help her ditch those final pounds. Enjoy this awesome before and after of little Wanda!

Puppies in the Park! Do you have a new puppy, or know someone who has a new bundle of cuteness? Well, come join our Puppies in the Park classes! If you have a young puppy – about 10-20 weeks, about 25 lbs. and under – who could use some supervised socialization, this is an awesome class. It’s a single-day class (not a series) that’s about 45 minutes long, held in the Marin Humane dog parks. Check out the “Tiny and Tender” option if you have an extra-petite pup! There are spots open on Sunday 9/4 and Sunday 9/11. You can sign up for any of them here (under the “Beginning” tab). Call 415-506-6280 with any questions!

Tails of Marin: When my kids were in elementary school, there was a pet store that provided a different classroom pet every month. In hindsight, I remember worrying how that small critter fared in the classroom with a bunch of, shall we say, “enthusiastic” first graders. In this week’s Tails of Marin, “Consider alternatives to classroom pets,” you’ll read why it’s important for educators to weigh the pros and cons before bringing a pet into the classroom.

A raccoon of a different color! As mentioned in previous posts, it’s never a dull moment in the life of an Animal Services Officer! Last week, one of our Officers rescued a raccoon from a net that was quite unusual! A quick Google search by the Officer led her to believe the raccoon had “leucism.” Leucism is caused by a genetic mutation that results in a lack of pigmentation, particularly melanin. It effects fur, skin and nails. A key difference between leucism and albinism is that animals with leucism will still have pigmented eyes and noses, and albino animals will have red eyes and pink noses. Take a look at this very striking raccoon! BTW, raccoons and other critters get caught in these sports nets often. If you have them in your yard, think about taking them down after use or at night.

Pignic 2022 is a wrap! Wheek wheek! We had the best time at the Bay Area Pignic on Saturday! It was a beautiful day for a piggie party and the cuteness quotient was off the charts. Thank you to everyone who joined us or otherwise supported this sweet and special event to raise money for our small companion animals and celebrate our piggie pals. Guinea pigs may be small, but our love for these littles is big as can be!

Have a great week and long holiday weekend :).