Greetings Volunteers,

Phew, it was a scorcher yesterday, wasn’t it?! Good news, it’s already so much cooler and nicer today for both you and the animals!

Shelter update: We currently have 342 animals in our collective care. 239 are at Marin Humane: 104 animals in foster and 135 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 20 dogs, 3 puppies, 60+ cats, 27 kittens, 6 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 5 reptiles, and 4 birds. 103 animals are with Hopalong: 7 animals are in the Oakland office and 96 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Wednesdays are magical because Wednesdays are adoption slideshow day! Have a look at all the cuties who found their forever homes last week, from kittens and dogs to tortoises and guinea pigs. But guess what? We still have lots MORE cuties still waiting for homes, so spread the word! Congrats to all the adopters … and thanks for choosing to adopt, not shop! Here’s the Adoption Report to see went home :).

Hopalong happenings! We had a lively mobile adoption event this past Saturday at the Greenbrae Woodlands Pet Food & treats store! Seven pups attended (pictured here), and all six of our puppies were adopted before the end of the three hour event. Yay for them! And extra gratitude to the wonderful foster homes who got them set up for success! Our handsome adult dog, King, is still looking for the right folks to take him home, but we know he’s very happy at his foster home in the meantime. Kudos to our amazing all-volunteer team who set up the mobile adoption event, hosted it, handled the dogs and the public, and made some adopters very happy!

San Quentin Pen Pals: Welcome back to the San Quentin Pen Pals update! Each Saturday, we share stories from our Pen Pals program at San Quentin Rehabilitation Center, which matches specially-selected inmates who work in the center’s firehouse with shelter dogs in need of a little extra TLC. ❤ Did you know that the Pen Pals program has a kitty from our Working Cats program here at Marin Humane? We love it when our programs collide! Our Working Cats program gives second chances to outdoor, under-socialized cats who aren’t able to be adopted as typical pets. These kitties often thrive as mousers and offer eco-friendly rodent control – which is exactly what The Warden is doing at San Quentin. The Warden earned his name for obvious reasons: he’s in charge! The Warden doesn’t run from anything, be it a dog, a handler, a guard, or anything else. If you live at the firehouse and don’t respect The Warden’s boundaries, you just might end up with his signature on your hand in the form of a scratch. Luckily, everyone treats The Warden with the utmost respect and everyone lives in harmony – more or less!

Occasionally, The Warden will torment a new canine arrival by jumping over a handler’s door and taunting the dog from atop a dresser. When a dog named Willow recently arrived, after some initial sizing-up, The Warden and Willow started to bond. Soon, The Warden and Willow would cuddle up at night and sleep in Willow’s handler’s bed! It was a tight squeeze but they made it work. The Warden and Willow would even play together in the play yard. It just goes to show, The Warden CAN be won over! We’d like to say thank you to the inmates for supporting a more eco-friendly form of rodent control with The Warden! You can learn more about our Working Cats program, run in conjunction with our partners at Marin Friends of Ferals, here.

Animal Services Officer to the rescue! This little opossum was found earlier this week in a Novato backyard with his foot caught in a snap trap that was likely intended for catching rats. Animal Services Officer Trumper headed out to the home where he caught the opossum, freed it from the trap, and gave it a tasty strawberry treat. Officer Trumper then delivered the little guy to our friends at WildCare for treatment. Just say no to outdoor snap traps! We never recommend traps for use outside. Rodents are a part of our local ecosystem, and if rats are causing trouble in your yard, exclusionary efforts are your best bet. Removing a rodent without removing whatever is attracting them will just lead to new rats moving in. Outdoor snap traps end up catching other critters who are just passing through – like this adorable opossum!

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin article, Kim Bromley – foster mom to many, many animals – writes, “How to keep your house clean with pets.” Perhaps some of you are already sniggering simply at the title of the article. Besides lowering your standards on what constitutes a clean house, Kim provides some helpful hints! And ends with this: “Good luck with your messes and remember to be grateful for the pets you love that continue to teach patience, humility and unconditional love, all of which are far superior to clean carpets.

Your gift matters! Did you know that there’s an easy way to leave a bequest to Marin Humane that doesn’t require the expense of creating documents or restating existing documents? Making a beneficiary designation through your IRA, retirement plan, or life insurance policy costs nothing, and involves just three steps: 1) Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution for a Change of Beneficiary form. 2) Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like Marin Humane to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on your beneficiary form. 3) Return your completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution. If you’d like information about making a planned gift from your estate to benefit Marin Humane, please visit our website here or contact Nan Zimmerman at 415-506-6233 or at nzimmerman@marinhumane.org.

Thank you for all you do! Hope you enjoy this post and the rest of your week!
Candace