Greetings Volunteers!

We hope you’re gearing up for a fun (and safe) Fourth of July weekend! Just remember that this isn’t always a fun day/night for our animals. The sights (and especially the sounds) of Fourth of July celebrations can be terrifying to animals. Loud noises can scare pets, causing them to panic and even run away from home. In fact, animal shelters across the country report an increased number of lost animal companions after fireworks displays, and Marin County is no exception. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for you and your furry family members. Just follow these simple guidelines.

Shelter update: We currently have 325 animals in our collective care. 219 are at Marin Humane: 75 animals in foster and 144 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 23 dogs, 7 puppies, 44 cats, 36 kittens, 13 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 3 rodents, 5 reptiles, and 3 birds. 106 animals are with Hopalong: 12 animals in the Oakland office and 94 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: It’s not Wednesday without an adoption slideshow! Start your upcoming holiday weekend on a positive paw and check out all of last week’s happy matches. And we still have so many more animals waiting for homes! We’re overflowing with bunnies, and adoption fees are waived on our adult cats for a few more days. Check ’em out here. Congratulations to all the adopters!

Hopalong happenings! As her name suggests, Honeycomb the Frenchie is the sweetest girl! She was born with a cleft palate and needed some extra TLC before being ready to go up for adoption. Luckily, Marin Humane’s veterinary team was able to offer their expertise to help repair her mouth, in addition to providing the usual routine medical care. Since then, Honeycomb has been recovering in the loving care of one of our amazing foster homes. We couldn’t be more grateful for this team that has come together to make sure she’s set up for a great future!

Happy ending! Greta was adopted recently and her parents posted this on social media: “Meet our newest head of security & hospitality coordinator, Greta. She can be found working Thursday-Monday at our tasting room in Glen Ellen. Free snuggles with your tasting!”

Happy ending #2! Tom and Jerry were adopted a while ago, some of you may remember this pair of kitties. One of our Vet Assistants said, “It’s so good to see them thriving! They were the saddest (but sweetest) little ringworm kittens ever (Jerry was almost completely bald). So happy they found the perfect home!” There was some concern that they might not be happy living with dogs, but our adoptions staff had faith that the adopters would do a slow introduction, and they did. And now, here they are, hanging out on the couch together!

Volunteer High Five to Leanne Wolfson! A huge High Five to to Kitty Corner volunteer Leanne Wolfson. Leanne has been volunteering at Kitty Corner for nine months as an Adoption Counselor on Thursdays. But, she does so much more than that! Leanne will fill in on a shift at a moment’s notice, helping adopters find their perfect new feline. Most recently, Leanne has been our ‘go to’ transporter – picking up cats/kittens and supplies at the main shelter and bringing them down to Kitty Corner almost every week. Sometimes she does this before her shift and sometimes on an entirely different day. Sounds simple – but it’s not! Leanne comes to the shelter, loads up her car with cats and supplies, heads to KC, unloads everyone and everything, gets our new feline friends safely into their condos and makes sure everyone is cozy, comfy and settled in before she leaves. She also picks up fun things at KC like: dirty laundry, dirty litter pans, and LOTS of donations and brings them back up to the shelter. And, she does all of this with a smile!

Let’s not forget that Leanne has also been fostering kittens for Marin Humane for quite some time AND she helps Janet with Marin Friends of Ferals (MFF). Leanne is always ready to help – she’ll even call or text to say that she is ‘driving through Novato and do we need anything to go to KC?’ Leanne, THANK YOU so much for volunteering at Kitty Corner, for all that you do for us and the cats/kittens, and for your willingness to always pitch in. You are a pleasure to work with and we so appreciate you and all the ‘extras’ that you do.” ~ Ruthie and Catherine, Adoptions

Animal Services Officers to the rescue! From Caralyn Figone, Animal Services Officer: “It was a beautiful Monday morning. The sun was shining, and it was the first week of summer. Mama duck and her 4 baby ducklings were crossing Tiburon Boulevard at 9:30 am. It was not the best time to cross a busy street. Mama duck was accidentally hit. The citizen who hit Mama Duck was so upset and called Marin Humane immediately to let us know four tiny ducklings were on the side of Tiburon Blvd. waiting for help. The smart little ducklings meandered back to their stream just as Mama Duck had showed them many times before. The four little ducklings anxiously waited for Mama Duck to return. Instead, here came Marin Humane Animal Services with their nets. One little duckling was easily caught but the others seemed to have already seen every Disney movie that characterizes ‘Animal Service Officers’ as the mean monsters with a net. So, the remaining three little ducklings were on their guard and hid under the reeds and in the big water pipe culvert that crosses under Tiburon Blvd.

As Animal Service Officers we specialize in thinking while under pressure in the moment. We always try to work ‘smarter’ and brought out our cell phones and played ‘Mama ducks calling their Ducklings’ courtesy of YouTube. It seemed to help bring them out from the inside of the culvert, but they quickly receded back to safety of the culvert pipe when they saw us approaching. The water in the culvert was not the cleanest or the freshest but it served its purpose of keeping those ducklings safely out of reach of the Animal Service Officers. That is when Officer Maya Sleight-Panizo said, ‘I am going in.’ And so she did! We were able to get 2 of the 3 ducklings by moving them through the culvert to the other side of the street where Officer Figone waited over the pipe with one net and caught the first duckling through the culvert, and Officer Sleight-Panizo was swift in scooping up another. That last little duckling must have had all the brains in the group because he evaded us time and time again. We were beginning to think, maybe he was smart enough to survive on his own, as we sat on the cement and leaned over the edge hoping that the ‘YouTube Mama Duck calls’ would lure him out one more time. That is when Officer Sleight-Panizo said, ‘I see the Duckling!’ And again, Officer Sleight-Panizo went back in the water. After more than two hours of wrangling ducklings, this was the last-ditch effort to catch the elusive duckling. With both of us completely focused, Maya reached behind the edge of the culvert pipe with her bare hand as I held a net to prevent its escape. And just like that all four baby ducklings were safely caught and transported to WildCare! It takes collaboration, thinking outside the box, passion, compassion, and Grit! Thank you, Maya, for your heroic efforts and ensuring all the little ducklings will have a chance of survival at WildCare. Maya is proof, Super Hero’s get wet and dirty while working their magic.”

Columbia Sportswear store discount: The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Perk has arrived! From July 7-30th, use this Columbia Sportswear Store Summer Invitation for great shopping discounts. Also for the month of July, the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Backpack Drive will be taking place: donate school supplies or purchase a backpack for their drive and receive $20 off your purchase of $150 or more.

Tails of Marin: “After a long, gloomy start to summer in Marin, the days are finally filled with glorious sunshine and mild temperatures, which for me is the best time to take my dog on long hikes. But along with all the awesome trails with beautiful views we enjoy here in Marin, I’ve also noticed a huge amount of the dreaded outdoor nemesis of dogs and dog guardians: foxtails.” Read further on “How To Protect Your Dog From Foxtails.” Photo courtesy of Boomer saying, “watch out for foxtails!”

Have a great week! And, if you haven’t already, take a peek at this video of our awesome volunteers!