Greetings Volunteers,

Today is the last day of Adopt a Rescued Bird Month! It’s a great time to bring a new feathered friend into your home. People who keep birds as pets prefer them for their delightful songs, playful nature, ease of care compared to larger animals, and their colorful plumage. Birds also blend well with people of all ages, making them suitable companions for both children and the elderly. Scroll to the bottom of this blog to read the charming story of Junior and Pippin Pigeon, now available for adoption!

Shelter update: We currently have 201 animals in our collective care. 141 are at Marin Humane: 36 animals in foster and 105 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 16 dogs, 6 puppies, 58 cats, 8 kittens, 4 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, 3 reptiles, 5 birds, and 1 fowl. 60 animals are with Hopalong: 9 animals are in the Oakland office and 52 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday and hooray for last week’s adoptions! Lots of smiles and cuteness going on in the adoption slideshow this week For a deeper dive into who went home, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! We have some amazing news! Our sweet boy Maka, who has been in foster since July of last year, has been adopted! He’s been waiting patiently in a fabulous foster home for his forever family, which we just knew would come one day. And they finally did! We are thrilled. And, Maka’s foster dad is so happy he shed happy tears. Maka was surrendered last summer and luckily we were able to place him in a foster home that gave him lots of TLC! We love our foster families for devoting so much time and patience while these special animals wait for a forever home! Thank you fosters, and have a great life, Maka! ♥️

Community Clinic on Saturday! Our next drop-in Community Clinic for low-income pet parents of Marin County will be this 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 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.

Animal Advocacy day – New date! Save the date to join us for Animal Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 16th. Stay tuned for more information, but mark your calendars today!

Coyote info: Thank you Project Coyote for this extremely helpful information on coyote mating season! “Coyote mating season is underway, and with an increase in coyote sightings comes an increase in misinformation and misrepresentation on social media. Such posts spread unnecessary fear and create a misleading narrative. See our graphics for examples. Most coyote conflict can be avoided through proactivity, modification of human behavior, and responsible pet guardianship.” Click here if you’d like to learn more!

Pet sitter/dog walker: We are in process of updating the Home Care/Pet Sitter List as we’re receiving calls for recommendations as people start making vacation plans. The list is for staff and current volunteers (who’ve been active at least three months) to market their independent services to the public. If you would like to be added to the pet sitter/dog walker list please provide the following info to by February 16: 1) your name; 2) service(s) provided: for example, pet boarding, pet sitting, pet visits, dog walking, etc.; 3) locations covered: for example, Marin, Sonoma, Novato only, etc.; 4) contact info: phone &/or email address.

Happy ending! We love a happy ending! Violet and Klaus were with us for nearly 4 months, during which Violet needed special surgery on her eye. It took a couple months for these “skitty kitties” to warm up to people, and they always seemed happiest cuddled up close to each other. So imagine how thrilled we are to see them thriving together in their forever home (the photo on the right)! Thanks to our awesome fosters and feline behavior staff, Violet and Klaus grew into amazing companions for their new family and they’re truly living their best lives today. Hooray! 

Tails of Marin: For several years, California has been struggling with a critical veterinary shortage which has had real consequences for pets and those who love them. Thankfully, two new state laws were just enacted to help address this lack of access, ensuring more pets can live healthy lives. Read this week’s article for full details: “New laws improve access to veterinary care.”

The story of Junior & Pippin: From Kyle Dunlop, Animal Care Supervisor: “WildCare received two pigeons from Marin residents, Samir and Minya, who watched them hatch and grow up. They heard that the pigeons are now with us here at Marin Humane and gave me a call. I asked for more information and photos but didn’t expect such a lovely write up. Their email is really touching so prepare to tear up a little bit. Even pigeons need passionate people advocating for them like Samir and Minya!” Read the full tail of Junior and Pippin Pigeon!

Take good care, everyone!