Greetings Volunteers,

One more week left! Don’t forget that adoption fees are waived for all the bunnies in the shelter through February! Yes, including Baby, Cottontail, Greta, and Rocky Road pictured here! Yes, through the entire month of love! Come to the shelter and find some BUNNY to love! 💖

Shelter update: We currently have 205 animals in our collective care. 145 are at Marin Humane: 48 animals in foster and 97 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 21 dogs, 5 puppies, 38 cats, 10 kittens, 6 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 5 reptiles, and 3 birds. 57 animals are with Hopalong: 28 animals are in the Oakland office and 29 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Welcome to another wet and windy week! 🌧 It’s all warm cuddles here in the weekly adoption slideshow, though. Enjoy! For more details, check out the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! For the last month or two, we’ve mostly been seeing adult cats in the shelters. We’ve been enjoying the brief break from ‘kitten season’ and the chance it gives our adult kitties to be the stars of the show! But this week along came some fashionably late (or early?) kittens including this adorable quartet! What a treat for our staff, volunteers, and a few lucky foster homes! We know it won’t be long before cuties like this are everywhere, and we’d like to make sure we are prepared. Can you help! We’d love to have some more sets of hands to help care for our kittens and cats while they are in our Oakland office, and of course we’re always eager to expand our network of foster homes, too! Existing volunteers can reach out to Sam (smcnaughton@marinhumane.org) to learn more or to sign up for cat care at our Oakland office. If you’d like to refer friends or family our way, they can sign up for the next volunteer orientation here, or submit a foster interest form here.

Tails of Marin: Frequently, I’m asked by friends and volunteers if Marin Humane is a “no kill” shelter. As our CEO Nancy McKenney writes in this week’s Tails of Marin article, “The ‘no-kill’ label can be a great marketing tagline, but it’s divisive and misleading.” Read Nancy’s important article The ABC’s of animal welfare” for greater clarification on the animal welfare landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

Job posting: Marin Humane’s summer camp registration went live last week and was sold out in minutes, well, actually 35 minutes! If you or someone you know want to work at our fun-filled summer, here’s a great opportunity! We’re now accepting applications for a seasonal Summer Camp Instructor. Here’s the Summer Camp Instructor 2024 Job Description. Please submit an application/resume by clicking on this link. Thanks for spreading the word!

San Quentin Saturday! Happy San Quentin Saturday! This week we’d like to introduce you to Ricky Bobby! Ricky Bobby is a 1-year-old American Bully buddy who’s currently in our Pen Pals Program at San Quentin, living with a specially selected inmate/handler in the prison firehouse, getting some training and LOTS of love and affection. If ever there were a dog in search of a comfy sofa and loving family, Ricky Bobby is it. He’s initially shy but give him a minute to warm up and he’ll soon be cuddling up with you! His handler, Aaron, said, “Ricky B. is one of the most playful, big baby companions you could ever ask for. I think Ricky is the perfect-sized dog: not too big and not too small. (He’s about 64 pounds.) After a day of working out, Ricky B. will be there waiting for my arrival with his tail in full swing! He’s completely crate trained, house trained, and has not chewed up a single thing in my room. I taught Ricky Bobby sit, down, leave it, mark training, touch, and more. Ricky B. is a fast learner. I will miss him but as long as he gets a good home, I will be happy!” We think that sums up Ricky Bobby perfectly! Ricky Bobby will be available for adoption very soon and he’s ready to meet you! Call our adoptions team at 415-506-6225 to set up a time to meet him. And per his request, Aaron wanted to say one more time, “Ricky Bobby needs a GREAT home because he is a GREAT dog!”

Happy ending! This is the story of Vala, a baby goat who fell out of a truck and into the hands of many loving and compassionate people. (It’s long, but it’s worth it!) A few weeks ago, a Good Samaritan named Jacob arrived at our shelter with a rather unusual stray in his truck. When our Animal Care Supervisor went out to the truck to assess the situation, she found a frightened baby goat with blood on its legs, trying to make itself as small as possible on the floorboard.

Jacob told us he was driving along when he saw a baby goat fly out of the back of a white Ford truck and “splat like a pancake” on the road. When Vala (as the little goat is now known) flew off the truck, Jacob stopped to see if she had survived and indeed she had. He tried to catch up to the truck to alert them that they had just lost some precious cargo but was unable to. He then checked in with some of the neighboring farms but no one knew where sweet Vala came from. With no other ideas, Jacob brought her to Marin Humane for safekeeping.

Our Animal Care Technicians promptly jumped into gear to make Vala more comfortable with warm blankets and offered her a bottle of milk replacement. Our veterinary staff examined her injuries, cleaned her wounds, and administered pain medication. Amazingly enough, it appeared that there was more blood than injuries, though we couldn’t confirm that for sure without x-rays and further diagnostics. Despite our team’s best effort to bottle-feed Vala every 30 minutes, she was clearly traumatized from her day and wasn’t eating much. We recognized the urgency of Vala’s condition and reached out to Funky Chicken, a farm animal rescue and sanctuary in Vacaville. While Funky Chicken was full, their president, Darcy, agreed to take Vala and get her to UC Davis for care while networking with other rescues to find Vala a more permanent space.

Now that we had somewhere for Vala to go, we needed transportation for her to Vacaville. If you’re familiar with the area, you know that Friday at 3 pm is absolutely the worst possible day to request that someone drive east on Highway 37 (or anywhere, really)! None of our usual volunteer transporters were available and we were starting to get desperate when two of our Animal Care Technicians, Michael and Vanessa, agreed to make the trek on top of their already-long day of work. UC Davis determined that Vala was a one-week-old Saanen goat and that she didn’t break any limbs but did break her tail. Their biggest concern was that she wasn’t taking a bottle at all. Vala stayed at UC Davis with 24-hour care for five days while they tube-fed her and gave her IV fluids, with Darcy monitoring her progress. Once she was stable enough, she was ready to go to her new home: Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary and Education Center.

The team at Goatlandia named her Vala, after the Norse god that took the shape of a hawk. After all, she did go “flying” into her new life! She’s their first baby goat arrival of the season. We share this (very long) story to show how many helping hands can go into saving and caring for a single animal. (And how we never know what will walk through the door here at the shelter!) It really takes a village and we’re so grateful to every person who helped Nala on her journey!

Have an inspiring week! 

Candace