Greetings volunteers!

Last week, I asked what summer treats you enjoy, and where you might be vacationing this summer. Thanks for all of your responses! It appears that “summer produce is where it’s at!” Fresh strawberries, nectarines, melons, corn on the cob, for sure, and then we all seem to enjoy ice cream to top off a good healthy meal :). And goodness, many of you are traveling far and wide! In the states, you’ll be visiting Cape Cod, the Eastern Sierra’s, even Hershey, PA (perhaps for some chocolate-covered strawberries, ha!). Further afield, some are going to England, Canada, Switzerland, France, and Amsterdam. While others will be going on “bucket list” trips to see animals in Africa and the Galapagos! Hope you share some photos of your travels :).

Shelter update: We currently have 235 animals in our care: 91 animals in foster and 144 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 25 dogs, 39 cats, 48 kittens, 11 rabbits, 13 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 4 reptiles, 1 bird, and 1 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Happy “hump-day”! Check out all the cuteness that went home last week in the adoption slideshow. There’s a lot more where that came from! We’re positively bursting at the seams with dogs and kittens, so tell your friends and neighbors to stop by this week. Adoption fees for dogs and puppies are still waived through the end of the month! For those that want details on who’s been adopted, here’s the Adoption Report.

Tails of Marin: Things are certainly hopping again this summer. With many believing the pandemic is behind us, it seems like everyone is throwing or attending parties, traveling and celebrating in every way possible. As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to remember that this time of year can be a traumatic time for our critters. Loud noises can scare animals, 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. In this week’s Tails of Marin, “Fireworks are no blast for your pets,” you’ll get some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for you and your pet.

Volgistics update: For those of you who volunteer on the Novato campus, we ask that you sign-in/sign-out of your shift on one of the two VicTouch iPads. It’s important that we capture volunteer hours for a few reasons: to include in a variety of reports/grant proposals; and, so we know who is on campus in case of emergency. However, you may have recently found that the VicTouch iPad is not working when you’ve come to the shelter (due to some internet connectivity issues). If you cannot use VicTouch, please add your volunteer hours in VicNet, the internet based portal for Volgistics (our volunteer database). VicNet is also the best option for those volunteering at Kitty Corner or in the community. Here’s the VicNet User Guide which offers step-by-step instructions. Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions! (P.S. while you’re in VicNet adding your volunteer hours, go to the “My Profile” tab and upload a photo of yourself to your account :). Thank you!

Columbia Sportswear discount: Marin Humane employees and 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!

Donation canister volunteer needed: Did you know that there are numerous retail stores & veterinarians that have donation canisters in their locations collecting $$ for Marin Humane? Well, these donation canisters bring in about $6,000 a year, not chump change! We are in need of a volunteer to collect the donations from the canister at Goodman’s Hardware on Redwood Highway in Mill Valley. If you live near Goodman’s or don’t mind a drive to Mill Valley, let me know if you can help us out (collection is probably just needed 1-2 times/month). Thanks!

Doggo enrichment! Over the past few weeks, I sent out requests for toilet paper rolls and egg cartons because the shelter dogs LOVE and NEED them for enrichment. Recently, we had an abundance of Amazon wish list items delivered to us. Since some of our dogs simply like the task of ripping up cardboard, our animal care staff delivered an extra special Amazon package to one lucky dog, Rocky! Keep collecting those toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and egg cartons for the dogs’ enjoyment! Many thanks!

Wishing you a fun and safe holiday weekend!