Greetings Volunteers,

Last Thursday, the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) presented the annual Heart of Marin awards. Marin Humane nominated two volunteers for Volunteer of the Year: Ann Marie Santana and Tim Knowlton (in the photo to the right). To know more about these two incredibly dedicated, compassionate volunteers, here’s Ann Marie’s Heart Of Marin Nomination and Tim’s Heart Of Marin Nomination. Heartfelt thanks to Ann Marie and Tim, and congratulations on your nominations!

But wait, there’s more! More Heart of Marin nominations, that is. Scroll down in this blog to read about three additional, well-deserved nominations! 

Shelter update: We currently have 170 animals in our care at Marin Humane: 52 animals in foster and 118 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 24 dogs, 1 puppy, 47 cats, 8 kittens, 12 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 11 rodents, 4 reptiles, 3 birds, and 2 fowl. Hopalong has 75 animals in their care, 16 kitties in the Oakland office and 59 cats and dogs in fabulous foster homes!

Adoptions update: Yeah for SUNSHINE! Luckily, last week’s wet weather didn’t stop us from making lots of happy matches. Congratulations and thank you to all the intrepid adopters! Here’s the much-anticipated adoption slideshow, and the Adoption Report which includes details on who was adopted this past week at both Marin Humane and Hopalong.

Hopalong happenings! Despite the cold and rainy weather, Hopalong’s mobile adoption event coordinators and dog handlers hosted a very successful mobile adoption event at the Woodlands Pet Food & Treats store in Greenbrae on Saturday the 14th. Seven dogs attended the event, and six were adopted before the end of the three hour event! Thanks to all the volunteers for braving the weather and helping to make these sweet matches!

First Community clinic of 2023: Marin Humane’s next FREE Community Clinic is Saturday, February 4, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City, CA, from 11am-1pm (weather permitting!). If you’re struggling financially, bring your dog or cat to our mobile clinic for free vaccinations, microchipping, flea/tick treatments, food/supplies, and a mini check-up by a veterinarian! Call 415-506-6238 for more info. Personas que hablan español son bienvenidos!

B&Tea Blog: In this month’s B&Tea blog, “Extreme Potty,” I think many of us can relate to the challenges of getting your dog(s) to go outside during an atmospheric river to do their business :). Enjoy this quite entertaining piece by Behavior & Training volunteer Kim Bromley.

Tails of Marin: In “Six Animal Friendly Alternatives To Eggs,” Carina DeVera writes, “Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article on the availability of eggs in Bay Area grocery stores. The pun-laden piece interviewed customers and shared some of their theories as to why the shelves seemed emptier than usual. It ended with a quote from a customer who, when faced with only Just Egg’s plant-based egg scrambles, opted for wine instead.” She adds, “Whether it’s part of an intention to make more animal-friendly choices or simply to save some money, consider reducing your use of eggs this January and beyond. The Just Egg product mentioned as a punchline in the Chronicle article actually happens to be an excellent alternative and makes a delicious scramble or omelet. But if commercially available, ready-made substitutions aren’t your thing, there are many alternatives to eggs that can be used in cooking and baking.” Read the full article here.

More Heart of Marin nominations: In addition to the two outstanding nominees noted above, the San Marin Animal Hospital was nominated in the category of “Corporate Community Service.” San Marin Animal Hospital is one of the leading supporters of Marin Humane’s Pet Safety Net program which provides resources for pet guardians, including those in crisis. Read the San Marin Animal Hospital Heart Of Marin Nomination. In the category of “Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence,” Marin Humane was nominated for demonstrating exemplary service to our constituents. Here’s the Marin Humane Achievement In Nonprofit Excellence Nomination.

And last, but definitely not least, is the nomination of Bruce Wagman for the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” For almost three decades, Bruce Wagman has worked tirelessly, applying world-class legal expertise and a pioneering focus on animal welfare to benefit both humans and animals. Living in Marin, Bruce is recognized as the leading animal lawyer in the US and the only one running an animal law practice at a major US law firm. Bruce drafts and litigates animal welfare legislation, oversees rescue operations, and advises and represents organizations who care for and protect animals. Bruce Wagman is a towering figure in the law, a driving force for animal welfare at the county, state and national levels, and a tremendous example of Marin at its best. To learn more about Bruce’s inspiring career in the service of animals, read the Lifetime Achievement Nomination for Bruce Wagman.

Hope you’re enjoying these sunny days!