Greetings Volunteers,

February is Adopt a Rabbit Month! Well, every day should be adopt a rabbit day, nevertheless, here’s a list of reasons to add a bunny to your home. If you have been considering a rabbit as a pet, or considering a friend for your current rabbit, maybe now is the time!

1. Bunnies make wonderful companions not only for people but they get along very nicely with cats. And most dogs. 2. They may be small, but they have BIG personalities. Some are big, some are small but each one has their own personality. 3. Bunnies are entertaining. They enjoy a variety of toys to chew on and toss around. When they are very relaxed they will go into “flat bunny” or flop over on their side for a good nap. And, when they are really happy you’ll get to watch the cutest thing ever…Bunny Binky’s! They enjoy tunnels to run through and like puppies, they can get the zoomies!  4. Compared to dogs or cats, they’re fairly low-maintenance. No need to walk in the rain. No barking or meowing when you are out. And they are crepuscular; active in the morning, sleep during the day, and active again late afternoon/early evening. Great for school and work schedules. 5. Petting a bunny reduces stress. 6. Allergic to dogs and cats? Try a bunny! 7. Your bunny will be with you for a long time. On average rabbits live to be 10-12 years old. Many years for lots of bunny love. 8. And lastly, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit! Check out all the bunnies up for adoption here.

BTW, we also need rabbit fosters! We’ll supply everything you need, you supply the bunny love. If interested in fostering a rabbit, contact Suzanne at sgollin@marinhumane.org.

Shelter update: We currently have 156 animals in our care at Marin Humane: 37 animals in foster and 119 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 22 dogs, 46 cats, 13 kittens, 14 rabbits, 9 guinea pigs, 7 rodents, 3 reptiles, 4 birds, and 2 fowl. Hopalong has 65 animals in their care, 18 kitties in the Oakland office and 47 cats and dogs in fabulous foster homes or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Yeah for a sunny (but cold) Wednesday! If you could use some cheering up after Sunday’s Niners loss, we have the perfect antidote here. Happy animals + happy people = a happy afternoon! Congratulations and huge thanks to all of last week’s adopters. Enjoy the adoption slideshow and the Adoption Report which includes details on who was adopted this past week at both Marin Humane and Hopalong.

Hopalong happenings! We were excited to showcase two beautiful big dogs at the Novato Hopalong mobile adoption event on Saturday the 28th: Hawke April. These pups came into the Oakland shelter as strays. They became good friends there, and are now having a great time together at Happy Hound Play & Daycare, where they are being fostered until they find their forever homes! We’re grateful to the team at Happy Hound, and to our volunteers who transported these two dogs to and from the event, and handled them at the event! Let us know if you’d like to help out at one of our upcoming mobile adoption events in February (especially if you’re willing to help with big dogs)!

Can you spare a leash or two? We’re hosting our next free community clinic this weekend and we could really use more leashes to distribute to dog guardians in need! If you have new or gently used leashes you’d like to donate, please bring them to the shelter during our open hours, 10am – 5pm, before our Saturday clinic. No retractable leashes and no longer than 6 feet, please! We also added some supplies to our Pet Safety Net wish list if you’d like to have the items delivered straight to our door. Thanks for your support! P.S. If you’re a pet guardian struggling financially and need vaccines, flea meds, pet food, or more, come to our clinic this Saturday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Marin City, 11am – 1pm.

Workshop! We’re excited to offer the Animal Decisions/Outcomes Workshop in February! This is an excellent session for all volunteers, particularly those interested in what goes into our decision-making process with animals under our care and how we decide if an animal goes up for adoption vs transfer out, foster, or euthanasia. This workshop will be presented virtually on WednesdayFebruary 15th from 4:00-5:30pm. Please let me if you’d like to attend and I’ll send the Zoom link.

Tails of Marin: This week’s Tails of Marin article discusses the reasons  Why You Should Keep Your Cats Indoors. Great article, great “catio” in the photo to the right.

Valentine’s Day request: We’d love to see you with your beloved … pet or pets, that is! Please take a photo with your beloved pet or pets, whether it’s a shelter favorite or your own pet, and send the photo to me at calexander@marinhumane.org. Send one, send a few, that’s OK with me :). Thanks!

Thank you and let’s take a break … from bringing in toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. We’re swimming in these gifts, and the shelter dogs say thank you. But for now, we’ve got plenty. We’ll still take your cardboard egg cartons, though :). When we’re in need of the other items again, I’ll certainly let you know.

Happy February!

Candace