Greetings Volunteers,

The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with barbecues, gatherings, and of course, fireworks. But loud noises from fireworks can be terrifying for pets! To keep your pets safe, keep them indoors in a secure and quiet area, away from windows and doors. Create a comforting environment with familiar toys and background noise, like a TV or fan, to help drown out the sounds. It’s also crucial to keep them away from fireworks, sparklers, and grill areas to prevent injuries. And of course, always make sure your pets have updated identification tags and microchips in case they get scared and manage to escape! Read this week’s Tails of Marin, “The Fourth of July is no blast for pets,” for some steps to take to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for you and your pet.

Shelter update: We currently have 316 animals in our collective care. 232 are at Marin Humane: 91 animals in foster and 141 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 24 dogs, 8 puppies, 60 cats, 25 kittens, 8 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 3 reptiles, and 7 birds. 84 animals are with Hopalong: 9 animals are in the Oakland office and 75 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Welcome to another Wednesday and a toasty-hot week! Congratulations to all of last week’s adopters for adding a special new family member to cuddle with under the AC! Stay cool, everyone! We’re so grateful for everyone who chooses to adopt! Enjoy the adoption slideshow and Adoption Report with all the details!

Hopalong happenings! Calling all cat lovers! The Hopalong Foster Program is seeking additional volunteers to help care for the cats and kittens temporarily housed at our Oakland office. Hopalong cat care volunteers have the opportunity to meet and care for a wide variety of kitties in this role, which is the perfect blend of cleaning and cuddling. Please help us spread the word! We’d love to have your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors join us! It’s easy to get started – folks can sign up here to join us for our next Oakland volunteer orientation which is coming up next Wednesday 7/10 at 6pm, or email Hopalong’s Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Sam at smcnaughton@marinhumane.orgThanks for recruiting more volunteers for us!

Pet parade casting call! We invite you to share your love for your pet by submitting a photo of them for a very special project with Cedars, a nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. For the fourth year in a row, Cedars is hosting Pet Parade, an art exhibition at their gallery in San Anselmo and the subject is animals from Marin Humane! Clients of Cedars will select the pet they wish to paint and their work will be proudly displayed in this beautiful gallery. Opening night of Pet Parade will be Friday, September 6. Submitting your pet’s photo does not guarantee it will be painted, however, if it is, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to buy the art prior to it being hung in the gallery. When the exhibit is over, you can take your special artwork home! 

Painting prices range from $65-$250 (half of the sale price goes to the artist, with the remainder going to Cedars and Marin Humane!). Paintings will be available online to view and pet guardians will have one week to decide before the show opens if they want to purchase their pet’s painting. If you opt not to buy your pet’s painting, it will be made available to the public to purchase in the gallery. If you’d like to be a part of this unique project which supports Cedars and Marin Humane, please provide the following information in an email back to Events Manager Molly Foley at by July 15: * Pet(s) name * Your name  * Your email  * Phone number  * Permission to be on Cedars mailing list (yes or no). Photo can be of multiple animals but must not contain any people. Hard copy photos can also be submitted and will be returned to you. Please reach out to Molly if you have any questions! For more about the program see this article.

Volunteer High Five to Melissa McGinn! “Melissa has been a valuable member of the Dog Pet Pal team for 2+ years! Melissa has taken on some additional tasks above and beyond walking the dogs and bringing them to enrichment activities. She has been sorting clean laundry that we use in the Behavior & Training department, including harnesses, collars, and leashes. This might seem like a mundane task, but it’s just something that is time-consuming for me and I soooo appreciate that Melissa has taken this on for me! In addition, Melissa has been mixing shelter dog treats for Dog Pet Pals to use. Again, a much-needed effort on a project that can fall through the cracks when I get super busy. Thank you, Melissa, for eagerly tackling these two tasks, saving me at least 2 hours per week! You’re awesome!” ~ Jane Aten, Shelter Canine Behavior Coordinator

Happy ending! Mr. Howell was under our care for over 600 days! He has landed in a purr-fect home. His adopters wanted to shar this with Mr. Howell’s fan club: “Sorry it’s been so long since I connected with you. Mr. Howell is doing great! We couldn’t love him more and we think the feeling is mutual! He fits right in with us! He is so sweet and loving. And his little poops are just a part of life. Thank you all so much for saving him for us!” See, good things do come to those that wait!

San Quentin Pen Pal update:  Most weeks, we showcase the dogs in the program (naturally!), and the work that each handler is doing with the dogs in their care. But this week we want to take a moment to recognize the other incredibly important job that these men have. All of the handlers in our Pen Pals program also work as firefighters in the center firehouse. Working in the firehouse means responding to calls both inside and outside San Quentin: house fires, grass fires, car accidents, medical emergencies, and more. It’s a demanding job and one that the inmates sign up for voluntarily. We’re very proud of, and grateful for, each of the handlers in our program for their hard work in BOTH roles! You can learn more about this special program at

Volunteer High Five to Diane Swartz!Last week, we had an absolutely CRAZY day with so many new animals coming into the shelter. And only three Animal Care staff onsite. On a “normal” day, I start cleaning the adoption dog kennels in the morning but was way behind schedule due to the influx of animals that morning. So, to my utter delight, as I was about to start cleaning two hours later than normal, I found that the adoption dog runs were ALL FINISHED! Normally, two people work together to clean the 17-adoption kennels because it’s so much work, but Diane did it on her own! The amount of relief that cascaded through my body was extreme. Diane’s extraordinary effort enabled me to accomplish more throughout the day. And importantly, gave me the time to help all of our new arrivals. Thank you, Diane, we so appreciate you!!” ~ Lauren Cole, Animal Care Coordinator

Coyotes! Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re a part of our lives here in Marin County and the greater Bay Area. And we CAN peacefully coexist with these amazing animals – it just takes a little awareness to ensure everyone stays safe. The most important thing you can do is ensure that coyotes aren’t habituated to humans or human-supplied resources. Keep temptations like garbage and pet food to a minimum in your yard, never leave small animals or children unattended, learn proper hazing techniques, and NEVER ever purposely feed coyotes or other wildlife. If you’re concerned about coyotes in your area, check out these resources and stay informed:It’s possible to coexist with coyotes” – “What to Do If You Encounter a Coyote While Walking Your Dog” – “Living with Coyotesfrom Marin Humane –Understanding Coyote Denning Behaviorfrom WildCare – “Coyote Factsheetfrom Project Coyote

Hope you and your pets have a fun, relaxing, and safe holiday weekend!