Greetings Volunteers,

Happy birthday Marin Humane! On December 14th, Marin Humane will celebrate its 116th birthday! Woo-hoo and three cheers to all the volunteers, staff, donors, and supporters who have helped the animals along the way! Our growth, leadership, and impact are motivated by the gutsy advocacy of our founder and continue to be inspired by all of you today! Learn more about our fascinating history here.

Shelter update: We currently have 288 animals in our collective care. 210 are at Marin Humane: 84 animals in foster and 126 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 18 dogs, 2 puppies, 54 cats, 28 kittens, 10 rabbits, 9 guinea pigs, 2 reptiles, 1 bird and 2 fowl. 78 animals are with Hopalong: 15 animals are in the Oakland office and 63 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! It really feels like the holidays out there (bundle up!) and we’re excited to celebrate the spirit of the season with a whooooole bunch of adoption! Let’s see how many animals we can send home as we wrap up 2023! For those who want to know who went home, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings: The end of the year is swiftly approaching, but our team isn’t quite ready for a break yet! There’s still time for a few more adoptions, after all! This past Saturday, our wonderful volunteer team added a total of 5 pups to the list of animals adopted in 2023, including adorable Sassy who is pictured here! Not only did this team ensure that 3 out of the 4 dogs attending from the Hopalong Foster Program found forever homes, they also helped find forever homes for two big puppies who came from the shelter in Novato to join the fun. Our Mobile Adoption Events are entirely volunteer run, so we want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped with these events in 2023! We hope to see all of you again in 2024, and we also welcome any newcomers who might want to try a new volunteer role in the New Year!

100 Cat Challenge: We’re still in the midst of our “100 Cat Challenge.” Adoption fees are waived on all our adult cats until we reach 100, thanks to a very generous bequest! We’re at 78 adoptions so far – can you (or your friends or neighbors 🙂 help us hit 100 before the New Year?? Many fantastic felines available, take a purr-view here!

Mystery dog illness: ‘Tis the season for respiratory illnesses – and that includes dogs! You’ve likely heard about the “mystery dog illness” that’s been in the news recently. While the veterinary community doesn’t have definitive information about the illness yet, there’s no need to panic and there are very simple steps you can take to keep your canine companions safe. * Reduce contact with large numbers of unknown dogs. * Reduce contact with sick dogs. This can be harder to determine, but if a dog looks sick (coughing, runny nose, runny eyes), keep your dog away. * Keep sick dogs at home and seek veterinary care. * Avoid communal water bowls shared by multiple dogs. * Ask your veterinarian for advice on which vaccinations your dog should have. Common vaccinations include canine influenza, Bordetella, and parainfluenza. * If your dog is sick, consider having your dog assessed with a PCR test to help determine the causative agent (viral/bacterial), if possible. We haven’t seen any cases here at the shelter so far and our veterinarians are keeping tabs on the situations. 

Pet Food Express discount card! Pet Food Express has been a good friend to Marin Humane and more than 300 other shelters and animal rescues across California. They created the Pet Superhero discount program to thank the hard-working employees, volunteers, foster families, and countless other supporters that keep shelters and rescues running. The Pet Superhero program includes a Pet Food Express discount card. If you don’t already have one, get yours today at the Volunteer office! Once you get your card, simply register it on the Pet Food Express site, then enjoy 10% off food and litter and 20% off everything else! In addition, a special shout out to Pet Food Express for supporting California shelters during the holiday season! Learn more about their Holiday Shopping Spree initiative here!

Volunteer High Five to Shelli Hoover! “I’m writing to give a special shout out to Shelli, our Sunday afternoon volunteer in adoptions. Yesterday (Sunday) was pretty quiet with only two adoptions for most of the day. But at the end of the day we had a super rush and did 7 adoptions (2 cats, 1 kitten, 2 puppies, and 2 dogs) from 4pm to 5:29pm (Michelle celebrated by noting we were right on time when the last adoption was out the door). If we only had to process the adoptions, it would have been a challenge but to also give every adoption the individual attention they deserved (including collars on all of the felines) called for extra effort. An older couple who have been coming in every week for the past couple of months to look for the right dog after losing their beloved lab, came in to see Ricky and Fred. As someone was already visiting with Fred, I took Ricky out to meet them. I was then distracted by multiple other adoptions and I asked Shelli to check on them. She came back saying they loved him and wanted to adopt him. Even though Shelli was assisting others, she spent time with this couple to make sure they had everything they needed – taking harnesses, leashes and collars out to the yard and helping them fit Ricky. This took multiple tries as Ricky is a bit overweight. Shelli put in extra effort with them and stayed on top of helping us with the other adoptions. A big high five and special thank you from Adoptions for all your help!” ~ Lynn Haxton, Adoption Program Assistant

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin, written by one of our superstar foster parents, Kim Bromley, Kim states: “I’ve known dogs that lost the use of their back legs and continued to be champion ball dogs with the aid of harness wheels; three-legged cats whose climbing-the-drapes routines outshone their four-legged colleagues; deaf dogs with better recall than their hearing mates; and on it goes. So maybe there is no such thing as a disability when it comes to our four-legged companions. Maybe the disability is in us, unable to adjust our world view or our image of ‘what we are.’ I have learned so much from these strong and vibrant friends and I hope they continue to teach me what it means to truly live life to its fullest.” Enjoy the full piece, “Rethinking pets with disabilities.”

Estate planning webinar: If you missed Marin Humane’s recent Estate Planning Basics webinar with Marin County attorney Karolyn Poppin and would like to watch it or share it with a friend, please click this link. If you’d like to contact Karolyn Poppin, she can be reached at 415-273-8882 or at karolyn@poppinlaw.com. For information about Marin Humane’s Legacy Society or Guardians Program, please contact Nan Zimmerman at 415-506-6233 or at nzimmerman@marinhumane.org. Or visit our website here.

Hoping you have a good (and healthy) week!

Candace