Greetings Volunteers,

As you’ve read in this blog, we welcomed Hopalong to the Marin Humane family in July of 2021. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Samantha McNaughton, who joined us in September as the Hopalong Volunteer Engagement and Animal Care Coordinator.

Originally from Minnesota, Sam has been living in Oakland for the past ten years with her partner, Matthew, and their animal companions. In her free time, Sam loves playing ice hockey, reading, hiking/backpacking, and going to the beach to play fetch in the waves with her dog Maddox. They have two cats, Marsala and Puttanesca, who joined their family last year. Sam has been a foster home and volunteer for Hopalong for many years now, and she’s thrilled to be a part of the Hopalong and Marin Humane teams. Sam is pictured here with Puttanesca and Maddox. Welcome Sam!

Shelter update: We currently have 168 animals in our care at Marin Humane: 56 animals in foster and 112 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 25 dogs, 1 puppy, 34 cats, 14 kittens, 10 rabbits, 8 guinea pigs, 12 rodents, 4 reptiles, 3 birds, and 1 fowl. Hopalong has 92 animals in their care, 29 kitties in the Oakland office and 62 cats and dogs in fabulous foster homes!

Adoptions update: We kicked off 2023 with a bang and a whole lot of adoptions! If you have a peek at the adoption slideshow, you’ll notice that quite a few of our big dogs who’ve been waiting oh-so-patiently have finally found their forever homes, so that’s definitely worth celebrating. What’s better than a new home for the new year? We’re waiving the adoption fees for all of the larger pups (30 pounds and up) who are still waiting oh-so-patiently, for the entire month of January. If you or someone you know has been thinking about adding a canine buddy, now’s the time! To find more details on who was adopted this past week at both Marin Humane and Hopalong here’s the Adoption Report.

Happy ending! This sweet kitty to the right is Squidward. She came to us in December from a hoarding situation along with 18 other cats, and this week she found her forever home! Squidward was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), a neurological condition that affects the portion of the brain that controls fine motor skills, balance, and coordination. CH kitties are usually wobbly, and while Squidward only has a mild case, she involuntary shakes and wobbles, especially when she walks and plays. Cats and kittens with CH live happy lives just like other kittens! Squidward is only about 6 months old so she has a whole amazing life ahead of her with her new mama! 

Another happy ending! Here’s an update from Lilah’s adopters: “She has a forever life with us! The best dog you could ask for, in my humble opinion. The pigs love her, the goats are curious. I’m in puppy love. Everywhere we go, she gets all the attention. We are a match! She is learning quickly and slept well, pottied well, and ate & drank well. Played well, drives well, waits patiently … and why did I get so lucky?!Thank you!”

Tails of Marin: It’s news to no one that living in the Bay Area is incredibly expensive. And it’s even more challenging if you’re looking to rent a place to live with your furry (or feathery) friend. Sadly, one of the most common reasons people surrender their pets to Marin Humane is because they can’t find housing that will allow them. It’s heartbreaking to see someone tearfully give up a beloved pet after trying unsuccessfully to find a place to live that’s pet-friendly. In Tips For Finding Pet Friendly Housing, here are a few steps to take to make the process easier.

Columbia Sportswear store discount! Didn’t get what you wanted for the holidays? Well, time to go shopping! Marin Humane volunteers have exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store in Richmond from January 6th to January 29th! Here’s the Columbia Sportswear Store Winter Invitation for more information. Happy shopping!

Here’s hoping you have power, and you’re staying dry and warm 🙂

Candace