Greetings Volunteers,

Tis the season for happy stories. And here’s a particularly sweet one! The Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control department received a letter from Madeline requesting permission to have a unicorn in her backyard, if she could find one. The ACC letter of responses was amazing! In part it reads: “It is always rewarding to hear from young people who thoughtfully consider the requirements of providing a loving home to animals. We commend your sense of responsible pet ownership to seek permission in advance to keep a unicorn in Los Angeles County. Enclosed is a pre-approved unicorn license for when you can find one. In the meantime, because they are indeed very rare to find, we hope you will enjoy this enclosed unicorn.” Read the full Unicorn Letter as well as see the Unicorn License! Priceless. Shelter update: We currently have 183 animals in our care: 58 animals in foster and 135 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 17 dogs, 1 puppy, 45 cats, 20 kittens, 8 rabbits, 9 guinea pigs, 15 rodents, 3 reptiles, 3 birds, and 1 fowl.

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! Check out some of the adorable critters who found their forever homes this past week with this adoption slideshow! Looks like the holidays are going to be a lot brighter for these lucky families. For the 411 on the past week’s adoptions, here’s the Adoption Report.

B&Tea Blog: Volunteer Neil Lurssen does not disappoint with his charming story in the B&Tea Blog, “Judging (not judging) the pampered pedigree pooch.”

Volunteer High Five to Volunteer Mailing Teams! “When Development contacted me about getting some help with the 2023 Marin Humane Calendar mailing to donors, I sent out the request to all of our volunteers. Dozens and dozens and dozens of volunteers responded with offers to help! Though we didn’t need everyone, the response was quick and so appreciated. The ten volunteers who came into the conference room were fantastic! The calendar mailing had a lot of moving parts and this team figured out the most efficient way to get it done, completing the mailing in just two hours! Thank you, Suzy, Irene, Chris, Dan, Mary, Kathy, Jane, Marlies, Gayle, and Beth! Then a week or so later, Development asked for a little more help from volunteers for a donor holiday card mailing. This time, Irene, Gayle, Christine, and Rainey stepped up to the task. A delightful hour later, voila, mailing done! A huge holiday High Five to these two groups of volunteer elves who helped at a moment’s notice, all during the busy month of December 🙂! Thank you thank you!!” ~ Candace

Egg cartons needed (again)! Well, our canine residents have powered through all of the egg cartons and toilet paper rolls that you so generously donated the past couple of months. We had an abundance, but now our stock pile has drastically decreased, and we need to replenish our supplies. Please start collecting egg cartons (just the cardboard kind), toilet paper rolls, and even paper towel rolls. You can drop them off in the donation bins in the front of the shelter and they’ll find their way to animal care. Thank you!

Tails of Marin:Understanding the secret language of cats” is this week’s Tails of Marin. The article starts by stating, “You rely on your ability to accurately read other humans’ nonverbal signals to know how they’re feeling, like whether you should shake their hand versus give them a hug or whether you’ve upset them or made them happy. You rely on your ability to understand nonverbal cues to infer all manner of human thinking, feeling, intention and likely future behavior. You cannot, unfortunately, apply what you know about human nonverbal communication to your beloved feline companion. But there’s an equally powerful nonverbal cat language you can easily learn. Read more here!

Be merry and be well!

Candace