Donna Kalal, Burt Greenspan, Marilyn Freund, Hiromi Lombardi, & Cindy Machado

Greetings Volunteers,

Last Thursday, the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) presented the annual Heart of Marin awards. Congratulations to our very own volunteers nominated for Volunteer of the Year: Marilyn Freund, Burt Greenspan & Donna Kalal; and Youth Volunteer of the Year, Hiromi Lombardi. To know more about these incredibly dedicated, compassionate volunteers, read Marilyn’s Heart of Marin Nomination, Burt & Donna’s Heart of Marin Nomination, and Hiromi’s Heart of Marin Nomination. Huge heartfelt thanks to all four of these wonderful nominees!

In addition to these volunteer nominations, Cindy Machado, former Marin Humane Director of Animal Services, was nominated in the category of Lifetime Achievement for her 40+ year commitment to animals and the organization! Bruce Wagman, Marin Humane Board of Directors member, was also nominated for Lifetime Achievement for working tirelessly applying world-class legal expertise and a pioneering focus on animal welfare to benefit both humans and animals. Read these two inspiring nominations: Cindy’s Lifetime Achievement Nomination and Bruce’s Lifetime Achievement Nomination.

Shelter update: We currently have 212 animals in our collective care. 146 are at Marin Humane: 41 animals in foster and 105 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 23 dogs, 48 cats, 9 kittens, 6 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 4 reptiles, and 9 birds. 66 animals are with Hopalong: 17 animals are in the Oakland office and 49 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: We were closed for the holiday on Monday but we’re back in action and ready for a new week of adoptions! Check out last week’s amazing adoptions, including this little “Nugget”! If you like more info on who went home this past week, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! After a few weeks off for the holidays, we’re thrilled to be back in action with our mobile adoption events at the Woodlands Pet Food & Treats stores! They occur almost every Saturday of the year, 12-3pm, and are entirely run by volunteers. It’s a great chance to get some puppy time, chat with all kinds of folks about dogs, and ultimately help our pups find their forever homes! Pictured here is the absolutely adorable Jovie, who was adopted this past Saturday the 13th at the Novato Woodlands adoption event. We always welcome new volunteers to join us at the events, and in particular could use a few extra hands this Saturday the 20th at the San Rafael Woodlands store. Please email Sam at if you’re interested in joining the team this weekend, or in the future!

B&Tea blog: I’ve been active in animal shelter life for thirty years, so naturally when I go on vacation – or holiday, as it’s known in Brit influenced parts of the world – I visit animal shelters. Needless to say, I’m fun to travel with [eye roll emoji here]. I’ve seen shelters of all stripes, large and well funded, small and struggling in many American states and appreciated the work of street volunteers in foreign countries.” So starts this month’s B&Tea blog from veteran (and intrepid) volunteer, Kim Bromley. You’re sure to enjoy,Busman’s Holiday.”

Home sweet home! Cosmo is one lucky kitty, and thanks to a microchip, he’s now safe at home with his very relieved family. Cosmo went missing from Berkeley three weeks ago, only to show up in Stinson Beach on Wednesday night. Thanks to his chip, we were able to contact his family straight away, and they were thrilled to bring him home yesterday. No one knows how Cosmo got all the way to Stinson but he’s happy to be safe and sound at home, with his kitty sister and his human brother. Hooray for microchips!! We offer microchipping services, and chips are currently FREE for kitties, thanks to a generous cat lover. Learn more here.

Tails of Marin: “Rodenticides, or poisons targeting mice and rats, are harmful to more than just the animals they’re marketed to target. One of the species impacted by these chemicals is the coyote – and love ‘em or hate ‘em, we need them to flourish for a healthy ecosystem!” Read the full Tails of Marin article, “Rodenticides threaten the balance of our ecosystem.”

VCA Animal Hospitals, VIP Pet Perks: The 2024 VCA Animal Hospitals discount cards have arrived. The discount card provides a free first exam, plus 20% off veterinary services every visit. The discount includes: preventive care, dentals, vaccinations, and diagnostics. (Please see card for details, and call your VCA Animal Hospital to confirm their participation). There are VCA VIP Pet Perks cards in an envelope in the tray outside the volunteer office in the Whittell building, and at Sam’s desk in the Oakland office.

Time to go shopping! 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!

Stay warm and dry out there everyone!