Greetings Volunteers,

Happy June! You know what would make this month even better, adopting a shelter cat! June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than no-fee adoptions! Adopt an adult kitty (5 months and up) during the month of June and we’ll waive the fee! Lots of wonderful cats to choose from :).

Shelter update: We currently have 368 animals in our collective care. 213 are at Marin Humane: 85 animals in foster and 128 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 25 dogs, 9 puppies, 37 cats, 20 kittens, 17 rabbits, 9 guinea pigs, 5 rodents, 5 reptiles, and 1 fowl. 155 animals are with Hopalong: 21 animals in the Oakland office and 134 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! We’re so excited that it finally feels like summer out there (even with a few sprinkles yesterday!). If you’re ready to have an extra-special summer, come meet our available animals and see if your new furry best friend is waiting for you. And in the meantime, check out all the happy families who adopted last week! And if you’re in the mood to get the full scoop on who found their new homes, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! Kitten season is here, and my oh my, are we grateful for all our foster homes! So many wonderful folks have been by the Oakland office in recent weeks to pick up and drop off kittens (and pups), including these two cuties who headed out to foster just this week! It’s also summer vacation time, which means we have a heightened need for help of all kinds to cover for our volunteers and fosters who might be taking a trip or two out of town. If you’ve got some extra time or are looking for a fun summer project, perhaps you’d enjoy fostering or trying out a new volunteer position? Let us know!

Volunteer High Five to Christine Maimon-Duclos! You’re sure to enjoy this Volunteer High Five from Animal Care Supervisor Kyle Dunlop: “You may know Christine as one of Fred’s best friends because she sends him cards from France, or you may know her from her time spent socializing our guinea pigs and rabbits 3-4 days a week. What you might not know is that she also fosters rabbits and guinea pigs for us, helps with Rabbit Romper Room, makes exquisite cardboard toys for all of the rabbits, and has recently decided that when she is here socializing rabbits that she will just clean all of their kennels for us, too.

Lastly, I finally got the Small Companion Animal Pet Pal program up and running. When I asked Christine if she wanted to help train some of the new people she said “of course”! For the first time ever, we have rabbit and guinea pig volunteers every day of the week which is all thanks to Christine. She trained 8 new Small Companion Animal pet pals who each received 2-3 two hour training sessions with her. Christine is welcoming, patient, kind, compassionate and hilarious. Even Fred agrees. 😉. Thank you, Christine, for all you do around the shelter!”

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin column, we tackle a topic we’d rather not have to deal with, ha!: “Oh Rats! How To Get Rid Of Them Humanely.”

Partner with Marin Humane: With so many challenges facing us today, from politics to climate change and economic uncertainty, it’s tempting to think there is little you can do about the future. But nothing could be further from the truth. There’s a unique way you can partner with Marin Humane for the long haul to ensure your values and vision for the future endure. You can do this with a special future gift that you plan. When you remember Marin Humane with a be­quest from your estate, you’re making more than just a financial decision. You’re making a personal statement about who you are, what you care about, and what kind of world you want to leave behind. Year after year, bequests enable Marin Humane to provide transforma­tive services and programs that make our tagline “Lives made happy” a reality for thou­sands. If you’d like to explore creating your legacy by making a planned gift to Marin Humane, please visit this page on different gift options available to you, or contact Nan Zimmerman at 415-506-6233 or at nzimmerman@marinhumane.org.

Volunteer Handbook: The Volunteer Handbook has been updated! Here’s the Marin Humane + Hopalong Volunteer Handbook — please read through all the important information, including our policies & procedures, like our social media policy and confidentiality agreement. Thank you!

Have a terrific week!

Candace