Greetings Volunteers!

There’s lots of good content to share, so let’s wait no longer!

Shelter update: We currently have 328 animals in our collective care. 223 are at Marin Humane: 72 animals in foster and 151 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 16 dogs, 5 puppies, 40 cats, 58 kittens, 11 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 6 reptiles, 6 birds, and 1 fowl. 95 animals are with Hopalong: 8 animals in the Oakland office and 87 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: We love making Wednesdays more magical with our weekly adoption slideshow! So many smiles from last week’s adoptions! Congratulations and THANK YOU to the adopters! Here, too, is the Adoption Report for the past two weeks.

Hopalong happenings! There were smiles all around at Saturday’s mobile adoption event at Woodlands Mill Valley! After taking a holiday break to hide away from the 4th of July fireworks, our pups were ready for some action. Our volunteers were ready to jump back into the swing of things too, and they didn’t waste any time getting going! Look at all these delighted adopters and their lucky new pups! We do these mobile adoption events almost every weekend, so there’s no need to feel left out of the fun. Let us know if you’d like to join us for an event later this month, we’d be glad to have your help! (Reach out to to get started!)

Volunteer High Five to Marilyn Freund! “Marilyn is a Kitty Corner Adoption Counselor. Back in February we decided to embrace a new model at Kitty Corner and have our volunteer’s process adoptions during operating hours. This was a bit of a change and required some additional planning, housekeeping and a LOT of organizing. Enter … Marilyn! Besides being a wonderful KC Adoption Counselor for the past six years, Marilyn willingly stepped in to work with us to tidy and reorganize KC. This was quite a task and took a great deal of additional time. Marilyn came in on her non-scheduled shifts to get KC back in tip-top shape, she put together inventory supply lists for all to use, trained her fellow Adoption Counselors on how to process an adoption using the Square at KC and so much more. Marilyn spent countless hours getting KC ready so things would run smoothly with our Adoption Counselors processing adoptions. Marilyn, we are SO grateful for all that you have done (and still do) for us and for the felines at Kitty Corner. Thank you so much!” ~ Ruthie & Catherine, Adoption Supervisor/Adoption Manager

Another Volunteer High Five … to Lizzie Hargraves! “I’d like to give a massive High Five to Lizzie Hargraves! She’s relatively new to the Dog Pet Pal role. If you work in the back hallway of the shelter, you’ve definitely seen her. Lizzie has jumped right into the role and has been coming in multiple days each week. Many of the Dog Pet Pals are travelling this summer. Almost every time an email goes out requesting a sub for a shift, Lizzie responds saying she’ll be here. It’s been such a relief to the team, and I know the dogs are grateful as well. Thank you, Lizzie, for quickly becoming such a key member of the Dog Pet Pal team!” ~ Jane Aten, Shelter Dog Behavior Coordinator

Marin Humane in the news: Animal Services Officer Myers was recently dispatched to a call for service in the Corte Madera shopping center parking lot to assist an owner with a dog that had ingested an unknown quantity of prescription opiate medication. The dog was suffering from opiate overdose and, due to the dog’s large size, the owner was unable to lift the dog into their vehicle to transport the dog to the emergency vet hospital. Officer Myers responded to the call quickly and was provided Narcan by the Central Marin police officer who was also on scene. Officer Myers properly administered the Narcan, stabilized the dog, and helped to load the dog into the owner’s vehicle for transport. Officer Myers ability to stay calm under pressure and sound decision-making in a high stress situation ensured that the dog did not succumb to the drug ingestion. Thank you, Officer Myers! Check-out this story on KRON4 News!

Tails of Marin: “If you’re a regular reader of this column (Tails of Marin in the Marin IJ), there’s a good chance you love dogs. And if you’re like me, you might be the type to want to say hi to almost every dog you see. That’s why it’s important to understand the role service dogs play and how to respect their important jobs. These special canine companions are highly trained to help their humans so it’s important to keep a few things in mind when seeing them. First, when you encounter a service dog out in the world, it’s highly likely they’re ‘at work,’ guiding their handler and keeping them safe. Saying hi to strangers isn’t necessarily on the agenda. However, if you really do want to say hi, always address the handler first and ask if you can say hi. Be sure to allow their dog space and respect the handler’s privacy in regard to why they have a service dog. Guide dogs have been helping the visually impaired and others for decades but over the past several years, emotional support animals (ESAs) have been found to be incredibly beneficial to people suffering from serious conditions such as PTSD or extreme anxiety. However, the confusion over service animals and ESAs has grown over the years, and sadly, so has the misuse of the designation. Get more info here: Why Service Dogs Are Important.

Happy ending! “Dear Marin Humane, We adopted two kitties on Friday, Shadow and Lucky. It was such a hard decision and your staff was so patient and helpful! These two settled right in and we are overjoyed to give them a home and we made the right decision :). They are so sweet and full of good energy! Thank you so much for taking such good care of them, and all of the animals in your care and for ALL that you do. Our home is full of love!”

Marin Humane + Hopalong window decals! Wouldn’t this look perfect on your car window? Tell all that pass by that you’re a proud Marin Humane + Hopalong volunteer! Let me know if you’d like one or two for your car!

Have a great rest of your week!