Greetings volunteers!

Recently, it seems that we’ve seen more big dogs coming through our doors at Marin Humane. And we’re not alone. Shelters throughout our region, as well as throughout the nation, are seeing a disproportionate number of Siberian huskies, German shepherds and pit mixes, among other large breeds. In this week’s Tails of Marin, we look at “Why shelters may be seeing an influx of big dogs.”

Shelter update: We currently have 227 animals in our care: 100 animals in foster and 127 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 28 dogs, 2 puppies, 35 cats, 31 kittens, 12 rabbits, 14 guinea pigs, 2 reptiles, 1 bird, and 2 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. We’re back for another week of adoptions and, for the month of July, we’ve waived the adoption fees for all our adult animals! That means any animal 5 months and up can go home with no adoption fee. Hooray! Tell all your friends to check out the animals waiting to find their forever home! Now, what you’ve all been waiting for: the adoption slideshow! For here’s the Adoption Report for all the details on who was been adopted. 

An enthusiastic “High Five!” to volunteers Joann Pittelli & Ann Marie Santana! “For our shelter staff that work on keeping the business side of the shelter running and have less direct contact with the animals, it is possible that they may not have noticed the spike in our dog population. This increase comes at a time when Animal Care is short-staffed and extra busy. Unfortunately, getting all of the dogs out for a relief break is a goal that is not always achievable in these conditions. 

Enter Joann and Ann Marie! They have come in several evenings this week, on top of their multiple weekly morning shifts, to help Animal Care make sure more of the dogs get out for their much-needed last walk of the evening. Many of our housetrained dogs will “hold it” for DAYS if they can’t get out to go- you can imagine how stressful and uncomfortable that must be. And they often won’t eat if not able to get out to potty, along with other negative behavioral changes that come along with lack of exercise and enrichment. Kennel relief is so important. The entire Animal Care department would like to thank Ann Marie and Joann for their Collaborative Spirit and Dedication to Animals – you lighten our workload and improve the lives of our animals, it is much appreciated!” ~ Sam Winegarner, Animal Care Manager

And another Volunteer High Five to Ann Marie! “I wanted to give another Volunteer High Five for Ann Marie, who’s been incredibly helpful to me and the MarCom department over the past few months! We all know that great pictures help dogs get adopted and Ann Marie has been crucial in helping us get great photos of our shelter dogs. When we take photos, it’s useful to have a handler who knows the dogs well, and Ann Marie is always ready and willing to help us out. She frequently comes in on Fridays and works above and beyond her regular volunteer shifts to shuttle dogs back and forth – and help us handle the rowdy ones! – while Elizabeth Needham (our volunteer photographer) or I get the shots we need. She really helps us capture their personalities.  

On top of all that, she always sends us updates when she takes dogs off campus for outings, complete with photos and very thorough notes that help me write new social media posts, update bios, and more. I know she spends a lot of time getting this information to us and it’s invaluable content that we could never get on our own! High Five to Ann Marie for your Collaborative Spirit and Dedication to Animals! We love working with you!” ~ Julia Lamont, Social Media & Marketing Specialist

Can’t commit to adoption? Become a foster parent! Fostering is a fun way to be a hero for your local shelter animals. We particularly need foster homes for neonate kittens (bottle babies), mama cats with litters, shy/scared adult cats, cats and kittens with medical needs, large dogs, shy/scared small dogs, dogs with medical needs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and more! Some are short-term and some are longer-term. We’ll provide you with all the supplies you need! If you’re interested in getting started, please email our foster coordinator, Suzanne, at And, please pass this along to family & friends! Thank you!!

Columbia Sportswear discount: In case you missed last week’s announcement, Marin Humane staff & volunteers have exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from July 8th-31st. Please see the Columbia Sportswear Store Summer Invitation for more information. Happy shopping!

Have a wonderful week!