Greetings Volunteers,

We’re thrilled to share that we met our goal of 100 cat adoptions in November and December! Thanks to a wonderful supporter who left us a generous bequest at their passing, we were able to waive the adoption fees for 100 adult cats. This member of our Legacy Society was committed to shining a light on adult and senior cats, especially after a busy (and lengthy!) kitten season. We’re grateful we could continue their legacy and commitment to finding a home for every shelter cat by meeting our goal. And of course, we’re also grateful to all the adopters who chose to adopt, not shop … 100 more kitties are in their forever homes in 2024! ❤

Shelter update: We currently have 225 animals in our collective care. 159 are at Marin Humane: 43 animals in foster and 116 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 32 dogs, 1 puppy, 47 cats, 11 kittens, 6 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 4 reptiles, 3 birds and 2 fowl. 66 animals are with Hopalong: 7 animals are in the Oakland office and 35 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! Let’s celebrate with a whole bunch of cuteness in our weekly adoption slideshow! Psst … there’s still a whole lot more of this cuteness available at the shelter … spread the word! For those looking for a list of who went home this past week, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! Seamus is a big, sweet guy who has been tugging at the heartstrings of the Hopalong team since he joined our program at the start of this week. He is currently 29 pounds and clearly uncomfortable! We’re hoping to find him an extra special foster home that can support his diet and get him back to a place where he can enjoy cat things, like climbing, jumping, and playing again! Seamus would like to find a quiet home with enough floor space for him to relax and hide, and folks who will brush him and encourage him to come out of his shell. Due to his weight, he needs a very shallow litter box so that he can use it without too much difficulty. The length of foster isn’t determined at this point, but we’re hoping to find a foster home that could keep him for up to a few months or until he is able to be adopted. Should you fall in love, you’d be given the first opportunity to make him a part of your family! If you can foster Seamus, contact Sam at smcnaughton@marinhumane.org.

Columbia Sportswear discount! The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Perk has arrived! If you still have some shopping mojo left over from the holidays, you’ll enjoy the Columbia Sportswear employee store in Richmond and now in Union City! the Marin Humane + Hopalong offer is valid January 5th – January 28th! Here’s the Columbia Sportswear Store Winter Invitation. Happy shopping!

Volunteer High Five to Thrift Shop Volunteers! The Marin Humane Thrift Shop in downtown San Anselmo is an all-volunteer store, and these volunteers R-O-C-K! 2023 was a record-breaking year, with revenue surpassing last year’s revenue by a whopping 10%! Congratulations to all of the Thrift Shop volunteers for working tirelessly to accept, sort, and price donations; for warmly welcoming customers; and to always be selling on behalf of the shelter animals! We are grateful to the 30+ volunteers who have made the shop so successful! With all of their hard work, their 2023 contribution to the Marin Humane veterinary clinic is just shy of $120,000! What an amazing accomplishment! We are so grateful for your team effort! ~ Candace Alexander, Volunteer Engagement

Animal Advocacy Day 2024! Save the date to join us for Animal Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 9th. Stay tuned for more information, but mark your calendars today!

Happy ending! Irwin, the rabbit in the adoption photo above, has hit the jackpot with his new family! They recently sent us this email: “We have decided to name Irwin Bagel. We absolutely adore him! I can’t say enough great things about our experience with Marin Humane. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We’re so excited to see Bagel be part of our family. When we put him in his pen the first thing he did was check out his new toys! Thank you for all of your help!”

Tails of Marin: “The recent rains have brought a refreshing hit of green to Marin. But along with that intoxicating verdancy, luring us out into our yards and onto area trails comes a potentially toxic threat: mushrooms. Mushrooms sprout up quickly during the rainy season and while most are harmless, some are dangerous and even deadly. If your dog is spending time outdoors, even on leash, it’s important to familiarize yourself with which fungi pose a threat. It only takes a moment for a curious pup to take an errant chomp.” Get more information in this week’s Tails of Marin article, “Keep curious snouts away from dangerous mushrooms.”

Community Clinic**: Our next drop-in Community Clinic for low-income pet parents of Marin County will be on Saturday, February 3, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City! Bring your canine companion or feline friend to our mobile clinic at 101 Donahue Street, Marin City, from 11:00am – 12:30pm to get: *Free vaccinations (DA2PP, FVRCP, rabies) *Free microchipping *Free flea/tick treatment *Free mini-check-up by a veterinarian *Free pet food and supplies. This is a FREE event to help low-income Marin County families struggling to meet their pet’s needs. Thank you to Petco Love for helping us offer these crucial vaccines at no cost to pet parents! ** Weather permitting: In the event of bad weather, we will reschedule the clinic to a new date.

Cheers for a fab week!

Candace