Greetings Volunteers,

The opportunity to free the Tomales Point tule elk herd from their captive situation is nigh, as the National Park Service (NPS) analyzes three options during its Tomales Point Area Plan Environmental Assessment at the Point Reyes National Seashore. WildCare and Marin Humane are both in full support of “Alternative B” of the plan, which would bring down the 8-foot fence and allow the elk to roam freely enough to find water and food sources, even during times of drought. For more details read this week’s Tails of Marin article, written by our friends at WildCare. An important aspect of this process is the public comment period, which ends on TODAY, Wednesday, June 5th! Those in support of Alternative B can make their voices heard through the NPS website here.

Shelter update: We currently have 320 animals in our collective care. 227 are at Marin Humane: 97 animals in foster and 130 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 18 dogs, 9 puppies, 59 cats, 15 kittens, 10 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 5 reptiles, and 4 birds. 93 animals are with Hopalong: 5 animals are in the Oakland office and 78 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Woohoo, it’s Wednesday! And this past week was an extra fun one, thanks to last Saturday’s California Adopt a Pet Day! Thank you to ASPCA and California Animal Welfare Association for covering our shelter’s adoption fees for the day, and thank you to everyone who adopted last week! Enjoy the adoption slideshow! Check out the Adoption Report to see all the happy families!

Hopalong happenings! Sweet little Ben and Jerry were barely more than pup cups when they were adopted from one of our Mobile Adoption Events back in February. Since then, they’ve grown into big handsome boys! We were thrilled to learn their adopters exchanged contact information on adoption day so the brothers could visit each other. Jerry is now called Bocce, and Ben is now called Tank. They’ve had several play dates over the last few months, and their families report they have very similar personalities and have a great time whenever they get together!  Here’s the latest picture of them hanging out! 

Volunteer High Five to Suzy Puccini!There’s so much that happens in the ‘back of the house,’ or in this case, in the back of the shelter! It’s busy, busy, busy. In fact, some days are so busy, dishes pile up. But any times we need extra help to tackle the dishes, Suzy Puccini steps up to help. And that’s on top of the three shifts of feeding the dogs every week!  Suzy comes early and stays beyond her shift to make sure all the dogs are fed and the dishes are done. She’ll also cover other shifts on short notice when another volunteer is out. Thank you, Suzy, for your dedication to the animals and the animal care team. From all the staff, we appreciate YOU !” 

Calendar contest: Paging all pet parents! We’ve received lots of adorable entries in the Calendar Photo Contest, but it’s not too late to join the fun and see your beloved buddy as the Pet of the Month, or even the cover star. And even if you don’t have a pet to enter, you can still vote for your favorite! All entry and voting fees support the shelter animals! Get more details here!

Bunny fosters needed!  We have quite a few adorable rabbits in our care and we would love to get some of them into foster homes! Foster homes offer more space for kicking up their heels, plus more one-on-one attention and play-time. We’ll provide everything you need! And if you’ve never fostered a bunny before, we’d be happy to guide you every step of the way. If you’re interested in fostering a rabbit, or just want to learn more, reach out to our foster coordinator, Suzanne, at

Volunteer High Five to Vincent Salama! “One of our newer Small Companion Animal Pet Pals is Vincent Salama. I can’t count how many times other volunteers and Animal Care staff have stopped by my office or sent me emails letting me know how wonderful Vince is with the guinea pigs, how he admires them and is gentle with them. Thank you, Vince, for taking such good care of our small companion animals and getting them ready for their forever homes.” ~ Kyle Dunlop, Adoption Supervisor

Thank you for reading this post! Have a great week!